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Article: “McDonald’s transitioning to cage-free eggs in US, Canada”

Written September 9, 2015

All restaurants in two countries will be serving eggs exclusively from cage-free hens within 10 years

McDonald’s will fully transition to serving cage-free eggs at all of its restaurants in the United States and Canada over the next ten years, the company announced on September 9.

The company stated it is making the change the nearly 16,000 McDonald’s restaurants in the two North American countries to meet consumers’ changing expectations.

“Our customers are increasingly interested in knowing more about their food and where it comes from,” said McDonald’s USA President Mike Andres. “Our decision to source only cage-free eggs reinforces the focus we place on food quality and our menu to meet and exceed our customers’ expectations.”

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Article: “FDA Essentially Bans Trans Fat”

June 16, 2015

In a move aimed to prevent heart attacks and deaths, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday finalized its determination that the main sources of artificial trans fat are not safe. FDA gave food manufacturers until June 2018 to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) from their products after concluding that the oils are not so-called GRAS, or generally recognized as safe.

“The FDA’s action on this major source of artificial trans fat demonstrates the agency’s commitment to the heart health of all Americans,” said FDA’s acting commissioner Stephen Ostroff, M.D., in a statement. “This action is expected to reduce coronary heart disease and prevent thousands of fatal heart attacks every year.”

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IDFA Article: “Are You Ready for Inspections Under New FSMA Rules?”

June 3, 2015

Final regulations implementing the major provisions of the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), including new regulations for inspections, will be issued this coming August.  When compliance enforcement starts in the fall of 2016, companies will be required to conduct a comprehensive hazard analysis, establish risk-based preventive controls and verify their supplier’s preventive controls as part of the inspection process.

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From Cow to Candy



Bruker exhibited at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers Confectionery Association (PMCA) 68th Annual Production Conference in Lancaster April 14th talking to confectionery suppliers and manufacturers about rapid testing methods for fat quality, protein, moisture and sugars. One of the hot topics was how to use Bruker technology to streamline compliance with the new Food, Safety and Modernization Act.


The star of the show however was Dundee Lady, pictured above with Cynthia Kradjel, Bruker Optics Business Development Manager.

Organized by the Professional Dairy Managers of Pennsylvania, (PDMP), Dundee Lady and two other cows attended the show to provide confectionery manufacturers with a tangible connection to the true source of the dairy-based ingredients that are added to confections. PDMP focus includes promoting the dairy industry to raise awareness of the positive production and safety of dairy products and to educate dairy producers on technologies to increase productivity and profitability.


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Understanding FDA’s Food Nutrition Label Makeover

IDFA Webinar Series

April 22, 2014
2:00pm – 3:30pm EST

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently proposed sweeping changes to nutrition labels that will affect virtually all dairy products. If approved, the new labels would place a greater emphasis on total calories and added sugars and change Daily Values for certain nutrients, including Vitamin D and potassium. This webinar will provide an in-depth look at the proposed regulations and analyze their impact on dairy products.

Cary Frye: IDFA vice president of regulatory and scientific affairs
Michelle Matto: IDFA’s nutrition and labeling consultant.
Steven Steinborn: Partner at Hogan Lovells US LLP. 

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USP Presentation at IFPAC 2014: Melamine Gone Stealth: Impact of Sample Preparation on NIR Detection of melamine in Skim Milk Powder Matrix

Jeffrey C. Moore and Lucy Botros
U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention
Rockville, MD

Presented at the IFPAC Food Quality, Safety & Analysis Symposium on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Bruker Presentation at IFPAC: FT-NIR Technology for Process Control in the Food Industry

Presenter: Dr. Florian Eigenmann, Business Development Manager for Bruker Optics Inc.

Presented at the IFPAC Food Quality, Safety & Analysis Symposium on Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

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Webinar by Food Seminars International

“Critical Issues Facing the Meat Industry”

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December 10th, 2:00pm EST

Areas Covered in the webinar:
•Safety hazards of meat
•Pathogens associated with meats
•Misconceptions about growth hormones
•Misinterpretation of carcinogens associated with meats
•Nutritional value of meats
•Efficiencies of the production of meat as a food
•Tenderness enhancement techniques for beef and pork
•RFID as a method of tracking production origin

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NEW Animal Pharm Report – The Influence of Feed Ingredients on Food Quality & Safety 2014

Future Challenges for Feed Additives – Production Efficiency, Environmental Issues and Improving Human Food Quality and Safety.

This report covers:
• All feed additive aspects and interactions in detail
• Factors driving the development of functional foods
• Relevant EU legislation
• Product benefits
• Research challenges for the future

Purchase your copy today and save 10% (ends December 6th, 2013)
Please quote discount code: APFEED14 at the checkout.

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