On June 21, 2016 a new rule will change the beef grinding process for an estimated 71,000 companies in the United States. The new requirements not only affects inspected facilities, but also exempt facilities, where they regularly mix cuts of beef from various sources.
The new Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) rule will now require exempt facilities to keep records of the source, supplier and cuts of meat that are being used to prepare raw ground beef products. In addition, sanitation practices throughout the entire process will also be recorded on a lot-to-lot basis. This will allow the agency to better determine the source of a foodborne illness.
To ensure employees are qualified to perform their duties, the Food Marketing Institute recommends training and certification in Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) for at least one manager in charge of the grinding operation. The HACCP compliance program is designed to prevent, eliminate or reduce food safety hazards to an acceptable, safe level.
Since potentially deadly pathogens such as Salmonella and E. coli can’t simply just be killed during the process, grinders must explore ways to minimize the risks. Among the solutions, data loggers are used to measure and monitor the temperature …read moreContinue reading →
Fishermen plying the waters off the southern New England coast have noticed significant changes in recent years. Though generations of commercial fishermen have made their livings on these highly productive waters, now, they say, they are experiencing the impacts of climate change. …read moreContinue reading →
A group of researchers at Osaka University developed a method of the consecutive formation of bonds of two butadiene, alkyl groups, and benzene rings by using a cheap nickel catalyst. Using this technique, it has become possible to synthesize high-value terminal olefin by using cheap butadiene. …read moreContinue reading →
Testo have just released a new version of a classic HVAC hero, the testo 552 Digital Vacuum Gauge has been re-released with added Bluetooth capability, opening the door for a number of new features.
The testo 552 is a digital vacuum measuring instrument for the evacuation of refrigeration systems and heat pumps. It measures even the smallest absolute pressures and provides highly precise information on the status of the dehumidification of a system (removal of foreign substances, incl. oils or foreign gases).
Although not an official member of the ‘Smart Probe‘ range, the new version of the testo 552 connects via Bluetooth with the testo Smart Probes App on your smartphone or tablet.
This allows you to monitor the absolute pressure reached during the evacuation, conduct in depth analysis, create measurement reports and send these by e-mail report.
With the new testo 552 App function, results are downloadable as a PDF report
The testo 552 is the only digital vacuum measuring instrument whose absolute pressure sensor, in contrast to other sensor technologies, no longer needs to be serviced, and still provides highly accurate measurement results. Thanks to the battery life of up …read moreContinue reading →
The interactions between graphene and its environment have a significant influence on the use of this promising material by the semiconductor industry. Thanks to the comprehensive findings of an international research project, these interactions are now better understood and can be controlled as a result. …read moreContinue reading →
A family of compounds known as perovskites, which can be made into thin films with many promising electronic and optical properties, has been a hot research topic in recent years. But although these materials could potentially be highly useful in applications such as solar cells, some limitations still hamper their efficiency and consistency. …read moreContinue reading →
Oregon’s Tech Soft 3D has strengthened a number of its principal offerings, including HOOPS Publish, HOOPS Communicator, HOOPS Exchange and more in its 2016 release.
HOOPS Publish 2016
It goes without saying that 3D PDFs are quickly becoming a de facto standard for communicating manufacturing data. In fact, today’s 3D PDF users aren’t just treating these documents like pieces of paper, they’re beginning to understand them as product-specific applications that have nu… …read moreContinue reading →