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September 2012

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Go West, young brand!

Tyson Fresh Meats Inc. expands production of its Open Prairie Natural Angus® beef brand to the company’s Pasco, Wash., facility in response to increased consumer demand for natural beef on the “Left Coast.”
During the early stages of human history, “following the herd” was a strategy of survival ...
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Eight rules for setting meaningful and achievable sustainability goals

Eight tips the author has found beneficial as Tyson Foods’ sustainability goal-setting process has matured.
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Formulation Strategies: Nostalgia vs. novelty

Waging the battle of traditional versus unique in product development in side dish and appetizer categories.
Innova Market Insights looks at new product introductions in the side dishes or accompaniments sector.
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2012 Plant of the Year

Universal Pasteurization Co., Lincoln, Neb.
We’ve created a new annual award — our Plant of the Year — and asked our readers, Web site visitors and industry contacts to vote, choosing from the list of processing facilities visited by NP from January 2011 through June 2012.
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Wastewater treatment programs advance

Increasing demands placed on processing facilities are many, but wastewater remains a battle as new regulations and challenges impact facilities every year.
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Processors ‘HAV’ to be prepared

On Aug. 14, 2012, the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued Directive 5,000.6, “Performance of the Hazard Analysis Verification (HAV) Task."

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Poultry Perspectives: Grab a mic

“Transparency” has become a hot buzzword in the last few years.
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Beef biz better off without big government

When my friends in Washington, D.C., ask me about Florida, like many people outside the state, they often think of Florida only for its sunshine and beaches.

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The validation vex

The Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) has been working for months now on a new approach to validate the effectiveness of existing Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) systems.
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A slow drip

Drought strikes farmers and protein processors hard, and will ripple through the food chain.
It’s time once again — an election year is here, which in turn affects the current administration’s decision-making process.
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Watching the detection

Improvements to X-ray and metal detection systems help keep hard-to-find contaminants from reaching the consumer.
Between the field, the transportation, the slaughterhouse, the processing and the further processing, there are dozens of places where a foreign object can become embedded in the meat tissue.
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Protein Problem Solver: Automated washing of totes, buggies and vats plays critical role

Hygiene mandates in food production and packaging facilities continue to be a critical focus of processors and regulators, yet some companies still cling to cumbersome and less-than-effective methods of washing and sanitizing containers used in the process stream.
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Innovation in renewable packaging materials

“Sustainability is a throw-around word.” An experienced product developer told me this recently.
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Meat Science Review: Guidelines for measuring meat color

Consumers routinely use product color and appearance to select or reject products, and suppliers of muscle food products must also create and maintain the desired color attributes.
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Gums, fiber, starches: Keeping it together

Gums, fibers and starches add taste, texture and satiety, while also providing health benefits, but are consumers comfortable with them?
It may be possible soon due to science, as protein producers use gums, fibers and starches to add health benefits and taste to their products.
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Automating safety through clean-in-place systems

Clean-in-place and open-plant cleaning systems are utilizing automation and improved chemicals to improve sanitation and sustainability.
Change is coming as clean-in-place and open-plant cleaning systems embrace sustainability measures and add more automation.
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