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Industry: FDA should rein in request for preventive controls, hazards in new facility form
Food Chemical News via American Frozen Food Institute
The food industry is pushing back U.S. Food and Drug Administration's proposal for facilities to disclose food safety plans and other information to the agency through an online food/feed facility profile to help it enforce the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. In one of a handful of letters submitted before FDA's July 10 comment deadline, Donna Garren, vice president of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Frozen Food Institute, says information on hazards and preventive controls would not be helpful to FDA before inspectors are inside a plant. More

Power cuts benefit plant's bottom line
Packaging Digest
Leading North American metal can manufacturer Silgan Containers has completed three power reduction projects at its plant in Sacramento, Calif., that not only have resulted in dramatic savings in electric power usage for the first year of the new system operations — but will continue in subsequent years and for the foreseeable future. More

Oxygen-detecting dye 'breakthrough' for packaging manufacturers, developers
Beverages Daily
Summer is here, and the Food and Drug Administration has missed another deadline to implement the Food Safety Modernization Act. By this point, the FDA was supposed to implement the preventive controls requirement and a voluntary qualified importer program. This has not happened, and many are asking why. One reason is a matter of politics and budget. As you may know, we are in an election year, and budgets get tighter this time of year — that's just politics. Another reason is in the complexity of the framework. The law itself is fairly simple, but once you get into the details, it becomes complex to get it right for the industry. More

When Meeting Regulations Is Not Enough

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Often-used color additives difficult to find au naturel
Consumers are becoming more discriminating about color. While it goes without saying that attractiveness plays a major role in enticing the palate, vivid colors can end up turning off consumers by evoking some chemical cocktail. This paradigm shift is driving processors to search for more natural colorant sources that allow for cleaner labels. More

Growers use cutting-edge technology to reduce energy use
Two family-owned agricultural companies are among the largest growers in Ventura County that are looking past the green in their fields, to operating green in their processing facilities. The two companies have installed some of the latest in sustainable energy technologies at their Oxnard facilities. More

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