Feeding insects to livestock has been a highly contentious topic, but the practice of including insects like black soldier fly (BSF), housefly and mealworms in animal feed is becoming more common. According to a recent Feed International article, there are many benefits to animal feed enriched with insects – insects are an easily sustainable source or protein, they are highly digestible, they contain high levels of essential amino acids, and they are preferable to plant-based proteins for younger animals. According to the article: “In the United States, the use of insect meal is decided on a state-by-state basis, as it is a grey area within U.S. Food and Drug Administration regulation.” Read the full article.
As the original deadline of Sept. 17, 2017 loomed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced it would delay Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) inspections for hazard analysis and risk-based preventive controls requirements for large animal food facilities until the fall of 2018. Even with the extension, many companies are still struggling to prepare. Now is a great time to take a moment to see if your facilities are ready for an inspection. The Food Industry Council developed a checklist of what you need to do when the FDA conducts an inspection of your facility. Included on that extensive list is: Complete Preventive Control Qualified Individual Training Finalize Written Food Safety Systems Ensure Ease of Records Access Document Corrective Actions Properly Upgrade Sanitation Flashlights Review Allergen Controls Conduct Environmental Monitoring Develop a Microbiological Sample Retain Policy Develop a Companion Sample Policy The final piece of Food Industry Council advice […]
Fond du Lac County based Insight FS recently broke ground on its new, high tech feed and grain facility, which will be feature a new Repete Automated Control System. Repete is supplying Insight FS with the brains of its new fully automated operations, giving Insight FS the power to “stay ahead of industry trends and new regulations.” Steve Hellenbrand, Insight FS feed marketing manager, told the Fond du Lac Reporter the new Repete system will allow all mill operations to be completely controlled and monitored by the software, shattering the image of the common mill being a collection of people lugging around sacks of feed. “When you put together a mill like this, and it’s automated, the jobs are different than what you would think of in a traditional mill,” Hellenbrand said in the article. “The mill operator, instead of dumping bags of feed, sits behind a computer screen.” According […]
5 things you might not know about Repete Even though Repete has been the independent automation leader for process manufacturing for over 50 years, designing and delivering automated control system solutions for plants and feed mills worldwide, many people aren’t aware of everything Repete does. Here are 5 things you might not know about Repete. Our customers help feed over 1 billion people a day. With more than 1,400 systems deployed worldwide, serving in more than 36 countries on 5 different continents, Repete systems play a major role in feeding one-seventh of the world. See more Set it, and forget it. Our highly intelligent FLX Automation Platform was built to give plants the ability to go to a lights-out level – meaning an operator can walk away while the system is running resulting in increased accuracy and traceability while lowering production costs and eliminating user errors. Learn more about FLX We’ve officially […]