• SafeTraces saniDART™ (Rapid Sanitation Verification Solution) Receives AOAC Approval

    SafeTraces' saniDART™ is the first rapid solution for verifying sanitation effectiveness at a microbial level to receive AOAC certification. saniDART addresses major shortcomings of two commonly used methods for verifying sanitation effectiveness in food production, the Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) test and the Aerobic Plate Count (APC) test. The ATP test measures the effectiveness of the sanitation processes in removing organic matter but is not a reliable indicator of bacterial inactivation. Meanwhile, the APC test is a reliable indicator for bacterial inactivation, however the 48-hour wait period for results precludes making in-process corrective actions. saniDART is a powerful tool for monitoring bacterial inactivation with APC-like test quality and results available at a speed closer to that of ATP tests. "Now more than ever, consumers and regulators are demanding high standards and visibility into food safety practices throughout the supply chain," said Erik Malmstrom, SafeTraces Chief Executive Officer. "There is a significant unmet need in the food industry for a better, faster, and cheaper solution for sanitation verification at a microbial level. SafeTraces responded and innovated, which is what we do best. Receiving AOAC validation, the gold standard for proprietary testing methods in food safety, is a major milestone for saniDART™. We look forward to delivering this groundbreaking solution to the food industry in a big way." Results in the AOAC validation report (Performance Tested Method #032001) provided evidence that saniDART is effective at detecting the presence of saniTracers™, proprietary abiotic bacterial surrogates and a key component of saniDART, on stainless steel surfaces representative in food processing and manufacturing facilities. saniTracers are manufactured by encapsulating short, non-coding DNA sequences within food-grade material particles and are applied on food contact surfaces in processing facilities, including Zone 1. saniTracers are degraded and removed in a similar manner as microbes during cleaning and chlorine-based sanitizing. saniTracers levels can be quantified by a simple swabbing and on-site qPCR test that provides results in 25 minutes. By measuring saniTracers levels before and after sanitation, saniDART provides powerful, actionable information in a pass/caution/fail format for verifying sanitation effectiveness. The saniDART rapid sanitation verification solution includes saniTracers consumables, test kits, an off-the shelf qPCR reader, and a tablet with a cutting-edge augmented reality (AR) feature to identify sampling points in food processing facilities. saniDART is supported by market-leading environmental monitoring software to manage floor plans, scheduling, corrective actions, reporting, and analytics. AOAC International (formerly the Association of Analytical Chemists) is an independent, third-party, not-for-profit organization that develops standards on measuring and determining the safety and integrity of food and other products worldwide. An AOAC-Research Institute (AOAC-RI) validation means that the manufacturer's claims have been verified by a trusted third-party laboratory. Founded in 2013, SafeTraces is a mission-driven team of entrepreneurs, scientists, engineers, and food safety practitioners dedicated to using nature's DNA to make food production safer, more transparent, and more sustainable. Our rapid, easy-to-use, and cost-effective testing solutions for sanitation verification and traceability build on groundbreaking and patented DNA-based technology. We developed the first and only on-food traceability solution, the miniDART, which leverages natural, edible, invisible, DNA-based barcodes (FDA-GRAS) that are applied directly to the product and that downstream purchasers can read with a rapid, inexpensive test in order to verify product source, authenticity, and purity in minutes. Additionally, we developed the first rapid solution for verifying sanitation effectiveness at a microbial level, the saniDART, that uses FDA-GRAS, AOAC-certified abiotic bacterial surrogates in order to enable in-process corrective actions, evaluate sanitation crew accuracy and proficiency, and support environmental monitoring, continuous improvement, root cause analysis, in-house validation, and FSMA and SQF audits. To learn more, contact us at www.safetraces.com SOURCE SafeTraces, Inc. Related Links http://www.safetraces.com
  • Minimizing Metal Can Damage During Sterilization

    MADERA, CA, April 15, 2020 — JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT), a leading technology solutions provider to the global food and beverage industry, has introduced a new breakthrough for Continuous Rotary Sterilizers called Gentle Can Handling (GCH) which reduces damage to food containers as they run through the sterilization process. GCH has the potential to enable customers to achieve higher speeds and more throughput or run lighter weight cans which may provide significant cost savings. For over 100 years, food processors have utilized the Rotary Pressure Sterilizer (RPS) to agitate and sterilize food products in hermetically sealed metal cans. However, over time, in the relentless effort to reduce cost and increase efficiency, processors have requested higher speeds from JBT and lighter weight cans from their suppliers. The early days of 25 cans per minute has evolved into speeds in excess of 1000 cans per minute for the modern RPS, but a combination of the higher speeds, lighter weight cans and new can geometries has, at times, resulted in unacceptable damage to cans. However, that has all changed thanks to a global team, consisting of JBT engineers from South Africa, Belgium and the US, who collaborated to design a new technology called Gentle Can Handling. This technology can be applied to both new RPS equipment and retrofitted to existing RPS equipment. Andrew Prins, JBT Technical Product Manager for Retort & Rotary, said: “After a can is filled and seamed, that sealed container goes into a rotary cooker in a continuous manner, entering the pressure cooker through a valve that works like a revolving hotel door on its side, and exiting in the same manner as a sterile product. But when you make contact with the can with the ejector that pushes it out of the reel and into the valve, you may cause damage to the container. We have come up with a new shape for the ejector and modified the other transfer components so that the can is removed from the reel and enters the valve in a more stable and controlled manner which reduces the impact forces the can experiences and thus can damage is greatly reduced.” GCH, continued Prins, allows for much greater control the whole way through the process, so there is a gentler movement of the containers from one shell to the next. And because it is much smoother, it can also potentially run faster. With a maximum speed of about 600 cans a minute per lane, JBT customers are able to process up to 1200 cans a minute over two lanes. “Gentle Can Handling provides processors with an improved technology to reduce can damage and potentially use lighter weight cans that may provide significant cost savings.” Prins added. About JBT JBT Corporation (NYSE: JBT) is a leading global technology solutions provider to high-value segments of the food & beverage industry with focus on proteins, liquid foods and automated system solutions. JBT designs, produces and services sophisticated products and systems for multi-national and regional customers through its FoodTech segment. JBT also sells critical equipment and services to domestic and international air transportation customers through its AeroTech segment. JBT Corporation employs approximately 6,500 people worldwide and operates sales, service, manufacturing and sourcing operations in more than 25 countries.
  • Packaging: A guardian of public health & essential lifeline of economy

    The COVID-19 pandemic is causing major disruption to the global economy as human health takes priority, yet the essential role that packaging plays in society means that the industry must adapt to ensure supply meets demand. It has had a considerable impact on the Indian packaging industry serving the Food Sector. Availability of raw materials, prevention of infection via packaging, recyclability and safety are the major concerns that needs to be addressed. We bring you this FREE TO ATTEND webinar to discuss these issues with industry experts and find solutions. Date- 28 April (Tuesday)
  • Leading the pharmaceutical labeling industry with unique ideas and technological prowess

    In 1977, we entered the pharmaceutical label industry with GMP-compliant roll tack labels. In the early 1990s, we developed an LPE pack label equipped with light-shielding and shock-absorbing functions, establishing the position of labels as a functional packing materials in the pharmaceutical field. Later, we developed various labels offering high added value in medical settings, including a shrink tack label that heat shrinks around a container for sealing and tamper-proofing, and split labels to reduce medical errors by peeling off a section of a label for reapplication to a patient's medical chart. Moving forward, Iwata Label will continue to promote research and development devoted to the pharmaceutical field and make broad contributions to society through its unique label business.
  • Thirteen partners from Mediterranean countries join forces to improve traceability and reduce fraud in the fish supply chain

    SUREFISH (2020-2023), financed with 2 million euros by the PRIMA (Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) Program in the framework of the Horizon 2020 program, brings together organisations, companies and research centres from Spain, Italy, Tunisia, Egypt and Lebanon with an interdisciplinary approach to, through R&D, ensure fish authentication and reduce fraud based on RFID, Blockchain, TTI (time-temperature indicators) and tamper-proof technologies as well as to harmonize and validate related analytical methods and create a trans-national laboratories network. Fish chain is particularly vulnerable to fraud, primarily to species substitution and mislabelling. The consequent incorrect labelling of the fish itself brings to a low confidence on Mediterranean fish products. To alleviate this situation, the project partners have been working since last March on innovative solutions to obtain the unequivocal traceability necessary to confirm the authenticity of fish products. To this end, four pilot cases will be implemented among the different countries associated to the project: Tunisia (on fresh and marinated anchovies), Egypt (on fresh farmed tilapia fillets), Lebanon (on fresh groupers) and Spain (on Bluefin tuna). Consumers will be provided a mobile APP for smartphones to obtain information concerning to traceability and authenticity of fish they consume, which will positively impact on the recovery of consumer confidence in the Mediterranean fish sector. ITENE, which will bring to the project its experience in traceability solutions, will work together with ENCO, the Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II (UNINA), the Centro Nacional de Tecnología y Seguridad Alimentaria (CNTA), the Institut National des Sciences et Technologies de la Mer (INSTM), the Central Laboratory for Aquaculture Research (CLAR), the American University of Beirut (AUB), the Slow Food Tebourba association (ASS. SLOW FOOD), the industrial association ANFACO-CECOPESCA, the fish SMEs Group Didon Marée, Fish Basket, Sofia For Fresh and Frozen Fish Trading S.A.R.L (SOFIA) and BALFEGO, as well as the company Ingenieria y Control Electrónico S.A. (INGE).
  • Aptar Requests U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization for N95 Filtering Facepiece Respirator Decontamination with ActivShield

    Crystal Lake, Illinois, April 3, 2020 - AptarGroup, Inc. (NYSE: ATR), a global leader in drug delivery, consumer product dispensing and active packaging solutions, is seeking U.S. FDA Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for a solution that allows easy disinfecting of N95 filtering facepiece respirators (N95 mask). The N95 masks are desperately needed by healthcare personnel due to the shortage of disposable masks during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this simple disinfecting process, the N95 mask and a Photo: N95 Mask Decontamination with ActivShieldTM by Aptar

    The European Union published Directive 2019/904 on the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment. Among other things, this calls for a circular approach to be taken to dealing with single-use beverage packaging made of plastic and in particular the packaging caps, as these often end up in the environment as separate waste. The directive requires the lids and caps of bottles and composite packaging with a capacity of up to three litres to remain firmly tethered to the containers for as long as they are used. The EU member states are required to implement corresponding regulations by July 2024 at the latest. New solutions needed The statutory requirements mean the manufacturers are having to have a rethink, as the new caps have to be compatible with the existing types of bottle mouth on the one hand, while meeting the consumers’ need for a practical, convenient and high-quality solution on the other. Until now, though, cap design has both literally and figuratively been ‘detached’ from the actual packaging itself. It has been guided by the standards applicable for off-the-shelf screw caps and pressure caps. But now individual packaging designs have to be taken into account too, in order to keep the solution user-friendly. This means entirely new cap models need to be developed. Cap solutions from ALPLA The Relax and Soul designs now being offered by ALPLA meet the requirements made in terms of sustainable and functional cap solutions. The following applies in both cases: 1. No additional material is needed for their manufacture compared with conventional caps. 2. The caps remain firmly tethered to the beverage packaging for the entire life cycle from manufacture to disposal and do not therefore generate any separate waste. 3. There is no need for technical modifications to or additional investments in the existing bottling lines. 4. They can be used on various packaging sizes. The Relax model This model allows the consumer to fix the cap in one of three different positions on the bottleneck below the mouth after opening the bottle. Two bands are used to tether the cap to the packaging. The mouth and the bottleneck are clear through 360 degrees, as they are with untethered caps. This cap solutions is suitable for type 1881 and 1810 bottle mouths. The Soul model With this version, the cap can be bent back to an angle of approximately 160 degrees when opened and attached to the thread with a small pin. This fixing in place prevents the cap from springing back, allow the consumer to enjoy their drink undisturbed. This cap is available for bottle mouth type 1810.
  • Containers for Coronavirus swabs

    ISI Plast underlines the importance of the item MU 1500, valued as most suitable to contain and transport the Coronavirus swabs that are collected to be analysed. We enclose pictures in order to make clear and immediate its easy use. All of our products are produced with selected raw materials in compliance with food contact or are manufactured with Post-Consumer materials in full respect of recycling, recycled materials, etc.. etc.. All perfectly in compliance with regulations and suitable to contain waste caused by CORONAVIRUS, like swabs, masks, gloves, white coats and all that must be immediately isolated and disposed of, in respect of applicable regulation.
  • ACG Continues Production to Meet Mission-critical Pharmaceutical Requirements to Combat COVID-19, with Employee Safety a Top Priority Across Operations

    Despite widespread disruption, ACG is continuing production in its factories around the world, helping to keep supply chains running smoothly to meet mission-critical demands. Being a crucial supplier to the pharmaceutical industry in these difficult times comes with a huge duty to care for employees and associates, and ACG continues to do ‘everything and more’ to protect their safety and wellbeing.
  • AMI’S PLASTIC REGULATIONS 2020 POSTPONED The event will now take place on 2-4 November in Cologne

    8th April 2020, Bristol AMI has announced that its Plastics Regulations Conference, which was scheduled to take place in Cologne in Germany on 10-12 March, has now been postponed to 2-4 November 2020. Uncertainty created by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) led to the decision to delay the conference.
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