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Thinking SMARTER NOT HARDER as you will see in this video line automation showcasing quality control and labeling of cartons. Automation line by www.casiusa.com offers throughput of 23.7 boxes per minute.  In the first segment, you will notice one box was sent down the line without the lid. This was done to show the reject function. Label and data collection produced Continue Reading

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This final rule affirms the IFR’s change to FDA’s records access as required by the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

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There is so much focus right now on the seven proposed rules under comment and pending final rule making that it’s easy to lose sight that some powerful provisions of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) are alive and kicking well before the proposed rules become final.  For example, you may want to consider the food facility registration suspension of Roos Continue Reading

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“5 log reduction #pathogens in seconds, and a prevention step to record for #FSMA records.” http://buff.ly/1kXfC3I #foodsafety

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Food Safety, Traceability, And Accountability: Where Are We Now? By Laurel Maloy, contributing author, Food Online The Sanitary Food Safety Act was introduced in 1990.  In 2005, changes to the legislation shifted responsibility from the Department of Transportation to the FDA. Now, FSMA is adding to the 2005 legislation Looking back over the last 25 or so years of food safety, Continue Reading

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March 12, 2014

The February California Almond Industry Position Report was released March 10th. Shipments for February were 149.3 million lbs, bringing the YTD total to 1,219.3 million lbs. YTD shipments are 3.6% above last year on a supply that is up a similar amount. The U.S. market continues to lead growth, up 26% for the month and 13.5% YTD. The Asia-Pacific markets are down 18% YTD, driven by both China and India, down 31% and 29% YTD respectively. European markets are up 17%, with Western Europe up 22%. The Middle East/Africa regions are up 13% overall, rebounding from their decline last year.

2013 Crop commitments are up by 3.7% YTD through February, with relatively light new bookings of 88 million lbs in the past month. The outlook for ending inventory on July 31 is approximately 350 million lbs. In the back half of the year, look for the U.S., market to moderate from its current rate of growth, with China and India exceeding their light second half performance of last year. From March through July of 2013, China/Hong Kong imported 31 million lbs from California and India imported 27 million lbs. Both regions look to equal or exceed that total in this year.

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