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  • Repete at IPPE 2018
    Stop by and see Repete at IPPE 2018! Booth: Hall B – B6524 Date: January 30–February 1 Location: Georgia World Congress Center, Atlanta, GA Floor Plan: View Here Show Times Tues., 10 A.M. – 5 P.M. Wed., 9 A.M. – 5 P.M. Thur., 9 A.M. – 3 P.M. “The 2018 International Production & Processing Expo will bring together more than 1,200 exhibitors and 30,000 visitors in Atlanta, Ga. USA from Jan. 30 – Feb. 1, 2018. The trade show focuses on Innovation – bringing together buyers and sellers of the latest technology of products and services to make your business successful, Education – learning from the experts in free – and fee-based world-class programs beginning Mon., Jan. 29, on topics that cross industry interests, Global Reach – attracting more than 8,000 International visitors from 129 countries, and Networking – meeting new and rekindling old relationships with leaders across the industries.” […]
  • Animal Feed with Insect Meal Gaining Traction
    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.
  • FSMA Inspections Delayed Until 2018, Will You Be Ready?
    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 […]
  • Insight FS breaks ground on new mill featuring Repete automated system
    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 […]