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Counterpoint: Threats To A Safe Food Supply

December 7, 2010 7:52 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

The exemption of small producers from the regulations contained within the Food Safety Modernization Act may ease the burden of an agency already spread too thin. Last week, the U.S. Senate passed the Food Safety Modernization Act, granting more regulatory authority to the FDA. The future of the bill is uncertain, as the  senate’s inclusion of a fee structure  to fund the bill deviates from parliamentary rules, and even if the congress is able to get the bill on track, it must return to the house to be reconciled with the original version passed there.

Point: Small Doesn’t Mean Safe

December 7, 2010 7:51 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

The food safety bill has cleared the Senate and is headed back to the House, but not without some changes. One amendment looks to exempt smaller producers from FDA regulation which, if kept in the legislation, will compromise the agency’s ability to ensure a completely safe U.S. food supply.

Breaking Up Over Coffee

November 23, 2010 9:08 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Breaking up is a very delicate art with so many intricate details. There is the venue—do you do it over the phone or in person? If you do it in person, should you do it over dinner, or maybe something shorter like a cup of coffee? The café breakup is often a popular choice. It’s short and sweet, and let’s face it, the pang of heartbreak may be slightly lessened by ingesting legal stimulants.

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Candy And Capital Punishment

November 11, 2010 9:54 am | by by Amy Lawrence, News Editor, Manufacturing.net

When I was younger, the scariest thing about Halloween was Michael Myers and the creepy woman down the street who was straight out of  Hansel and Gretel . Who knows what could have been in that candy? Jump ahead a decade or so, and you still don’t know what’s in the candy. Children’s jewelry has toxic metal.

And I Think It’s Going To Be A Long, Long Time

November 11, 2010 5:13 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D

Knowing the implications such a device would have on my life expectancy, I will be the first in line to propel into the night on one of Rossy’s custom-made jet-propelled wingsuits. On the road again. The travel distance was greater than a five-hour drive, which means that I allowed myself to succumb to the will of the airlines.

Making The Grade

November 8, 2010 6:26 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

So, your facility just went through a food safety audit and passed with flying colors. It’s time to celebrate, right? Um, maybe not so fast. While inspections are the key to preventing a food recall disaster, it’s the quality of the audit that really counts. Remember that massive salmonella outbreak that sickened more than 1,800 people? According to a  Washington Post article , one of the companies involved in the recall, Wright County Egg, received a “superior” rating from its auditor, AIB International, just two months before the recall hit.

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We're All Just Bugs

November 5, 2010 6:10 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

A number of news sources — including the Associated Press — have recently reported that Google has been quietly working on research and development of hardware and software solutions toward a lofty goal: autonomous cars. According to a post on Google’s corporate blog, the self-driving vehicles have rolled over 140,000 miles on California roads with drivers sitting behind the wheel, ready to intervene in case of a malfunction.

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It's A Lowercase i-Dominated World

November 2, 2010 7:05 am | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business Technology

Apple is on a path to overtake Exxon as the largest company by market capitalization, and it's a strong — and troubling — signal that the market is no longer placing as high of a value on industrial companies that depend on traditional manufacturing, business spending, or natural resources for revenue.

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I Can’t Believe I Got This Jetpack

November 1, 2010 5:52 am | by by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, IMPO

Last week, the mainstream media announced the “retirement” of Sony’s cassette Walkman. After 30 years, the world’s first low-cost portable music player would cease manufacturing and distribution. I have to admit, the announcement evoked a quick wave of nostalgia, even though this was a product I never actually owned.

The Heat Is On Industry

October 29, 2010 7:44 am | by How do you keep cool? Let me know by e-mailing me at carrie.ellis@advantagemedia.com .

by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info As I near the close of yet another issue of Chem.Info, I can’t seem to tune out “The Heat is On,” an old relic from Glenn Frey, which has played like a broken record in my brain over the last couple of weeks. (Why that song in particular? I have no idea.

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Tell Your Boss To Go Home

October 25, 2010 10:56 am | by by Luke Simpson, Associate Editor, Chem.Info

Not too long ago, my trusty Office Depot desk calendar informed me that National Boss Day was upcoming. I don’t know who organizes these things, but having a work-related “day” on a Saturday seems inappropriate — kind of like inviting your family to work for Thanksgiving lunch.

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The Business Case For Fuel Cells

October 25, 2010 6:39 am

by Lauren Kiesow, Associate Editor, Manufacturing.net The catchphrase “going green” has been around for awhile now, garnering a strong following for those who care about the sustainability of the planet. In an effort to become more energy and cost efficient, increasing numbers of companies are utilizing fuel cells as part of their daily operations.

Staying Afloat With R&D, Not The Lottery

October 14, 2010 8:12 am | by by Joel Hans, Associate Editor, IMPO

I’m a fairly avid listener of podcasts at work. They help me concentrate in the office, and, at times, they can be good inspiration for whatever I’m working through my mind at the time. I’ve been listening to NPR’s Planet Money podcast for a good six months now, ever since I heard their exposé on the recent collapse of our economy through the abuse and failure of subprime mortgages on This American Life .

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Making Safety The New Toilet Paper

October 13, 2010 7:57 am

I am writing this on an airplane... One of those sinus-frustrating sojourns from the west coast, seemingly airborne for days... The business that jetted me across the skies was in San Diego, attending the National Safety Congress & Expo, in order to get the first glance at new technologies relating to the safety arena (I also saw a ten foot tall robot on the show floor, but I digress.

Sorry, I Can’t Hear You, I’m Eating Sun Chips

October 8, 2010 6:38 am | by by Kim Ukura, Associate Editor, PD&D

Yikes, Frito-Lay, your environmentally responsible packaging is making it harder for me to sneak a few delicious potato chips. For shame! About six months ago, Frito-Lay launched the new biodegradable bag for  Sun Chips  with a splashy marketing campaign that played up that the bags are compostable.

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Trust Your Gut

October 5, 2010 6:06 am | by by Mike Schmidt, Associate Editor, Manufacturing Business technology

While software and technology providers are experts on their respective offerings, it’s the customers who are the experts when it comes to their respective needs and wants. When it comes to new technology, I’m hardly a bandwagon-jumper. I still don’t own a BlackBerry, iPhone, or even a high-definition television.

Dead Wood Rising

October 4, 2010 5:48 am | by by David Mantey, Editor, PD&D 

When we think of dead wood, we will always think termites before we think family. "This economy is lumpy.” The statement didn’t launch the event with the flash and bang that I had anticipated. Then again, I was a first-timer and had no idea what to expect. For some reason, as I was munching on food from the journalist trough on the SolidWorks campus, I pictured a press event with musical overtures, pyrotechnics, and a shotgun blast to kick it off.

Salt, Sugar, Fat: Above The Legal Limit?

October 1, 2010 10:40 am | by by Krystal Gabert, Editor, Food Manufacturing

Things are not looking up for manufacturers of the bacon-wrapped turkey-infused donut. I'm not sure that such a product is real, but the level of disappointment I've felt walking the grocery store aisles lately leads me to believe that it must be. A CDC report released last month shows that a record number of U.

People Over Profit? Fool Me Once ...

October 1, 2010 5:03 am | by by Carrie Ellis, Editor, Chem.Info

To allow profit to take precedent over people is a dangerous prospect, no matter the size or type of company. If you’re fooled into thinking safety is other people’s problems only, then shame on you. Prioritizing profit over people: The implications of this seemingly popular trend are not limited to the processing market, but the severity of the implications are amplified here.

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An Asset You Can’t Afford To Lose

September 24, 2010 5:21 am | by by Lindsey Coblentz, Associate Editor, Food Manufacturing

Upton Sinclair’s early 20th century novel,  The Jungle , has often been credited as the catalyst for the launch of food safety laws in America. It’s no wonder, as Sinclair horrified readers with images of maggoty beef and sausage infused with rat guts. As the author of a novel that inspired such change, one would think Sinclair would have been pleased.

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