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Global standards facilitate universal food and consumer safety and success

Celebrating its 25th year in business, Flair Flexible Packaging Corporation has built a reputation for being a supplier of packaging materials, and a resource for packaging solutions.  Demonstrating its ongoing commitment to food safety and consumer health, Flair HQ’s Food Safety Management System was recently recognized by FSSC22000, a Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) recognized food safety certification standard.

GFSI is an industry-driven initiative dedicated to reducing food safety risks throughout the food industry.  As with BRC, SQF and ISF PACsecure which are also recognized by GFSI, the FSSC22000 certification confirms the presence of exceptional food safety management systems that are aligned with customers’ and potential customers’ internal safety standards.  Based on ISO, FSSC 22000 allows a company to easily align with other ISO standards such as ISO 9001 on quality management, ISO 14000 on environmental management, ISO 31000 on risk management, and many more internationally recognized industry standards. It also allows a company to address unique regional requirements and regulations. 

“FSSC 22000 recognized the safety programs we’ve been following in addition to protocols implemented since the enactment of FSMA and increasing customer requests for more stringent food safety systems. Moreover, because it is a scientific and systemic approach, it provides ongoing evaluation that illustrates areas for improvement,” notes Bernard Lee, Flair’s food safety and compliance manager.  Lee recognizes the renewal process as a step toward continuous development as it will drive the annual review and revision of the overall food safety programs and policies.  “FSSC 22000 certifies that our food safety practices are the strongest in the industry, demonstrates our outstanding level of product safety, and confirms that our systems and processes have been independently verified against recognized industry standards.”

Flair pursued this voluntary certification as a critical component of our food safety culture and to emphasize our dedication to ensuring the quality and safety of products. Commenting on the certification, Flair vice president of corporate operations, Cheryl Miller, stated, “This was a tremendous undertaking for Flair and I am very proud of all of the hard work that went into achieving this certification, particularly from our Food Safety task force.” 

The certification process also serves to instill a greater awareness of quality and safety measures in in the minds and the hearts of the facility’s employees.  Brian Sudbury, Flair Calgary’s operations manager notes, “The entire Calgary team in all departments is diligently vigilant to protect our product and is keenly watchful of all things food safety related.”

Commitment to safety is only one element of Flair’s “beyond packaging” philosophy.  “Flair is a privately owned company offering a unique combination of technology and agility that creates a truly customer-driven environment in which companies can discover solutions that will help grow their product and build their brand.”  Flair’s marketing communications specialist, RJ Foster, continues, “Our experience and access to technologies allow us to be innovative in terms of design, and responsive to customers’ needs. With equal emphasis on science, service, and safety, our goal is not to sell what we’re making, but to develop the solutions manufacturers are seeking…to provide resources beyond expectations and facilitate success beyond packaging.”

 
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The Product Inspection Division of METTLER TOLEDO has announced a new case study that shows how product inspection technology can facilitate  consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) growth. The full press release is below and an image is attached. If you need more information, please contact: Daniela Verhaeg, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or +44 (0) 1763 25 7918. 

New Case Study Shows How Product Inspection Technology Facilitates CPG Growth

The burgeoning consumer-packaged-goods (CPG) marketplace is predicted to double in size from $8 trillion in 2014 to $14 trillion by 2025[1]. As CPG brand-owners continue to outsource manufacturing and packaging functions, growth opportunities for reputable co-packers are abundant. In Canada, it is estimated that 60% of all household cupboards contain a nationally-branded product packaged by Rex Pak - the largest independent co-packer of dry powdered goods.

Rex Pak attributes the success in growth to its expertise in blending powdered and dry bulk products to produce packaged food including rice, pasta, soup powder mixes and sugar - all to a brand’s exact requirements. The company also prides itself on being flexible to be able to handle a range of products at one time and its tried-and-tested, rigorous Quality Assurance (QA) processes.  

A full suite of Mettler-Toledo product technology solutions facilitates the high level of QA needed throughout the production process from chemical analysis of powders in the lab to inspecting the final package. This ensures compliance with food safety standard: Safe Quality Food Institute (SQF) Level 2 certification. Plus, the company has met Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HAACP) guidelines and individual retailer QA requirements. Here, is an overview of the technology which provides QA:

End-to-End Quality Assurance

In the Lab: Mettler-Toledo Titrator Excellent T5 system analyses chemicals to ensure the concentration matches customers’ specifications. Additional Mettler-Toledo lab equipment conducts further analysis and sampling testing.

During Production: Metter-Toledo checkweigher’s provide high precision weighing of pouch fills in real-time.

End of Line: A checkweigher checks the final weights. This is complemented by three integrated Mettler-Toledo x-ray systems (1 x X33 and 2 x X36) to inspect filled, sealed and weighed bags for unwanted contaminants and complete product integrity.

 
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Schwerzenbach, Switzerland, September 27th, 2017 – The updated UV/VIS Excellence spectrophotometers from METTLER TOLEDO can now measure spectra and color simultaneously, streamlining analyses. The Excellence series supports frequently used color scales such as CIE L*a*b* and L*u*v, Tristimulus, Hunter Lab, Chromaticity (x, y), APHA, Pt/Co, Hazen, Yellowness Index, Saybolt, Gardner, EBC, ASBC and Hess-Ives.

METTLER TOLEDO's OneClick™ user interface enables analysis of sample color and other qualities within seconds; the addition of LabX software completes the toolbox, for a solution that supports data integrity and regulatory compliance.

Automation
METTLER TOLEDO InMotion sample changers are compatible with a diverse portfolio of analytical instruments. With the new version of Excellence spectrophotometers, InMotion sample changers can now also automate spectroscopic analyses of large numbers of samples. Samples are transferred to the spectrophotometer via peristaltic pump, then measured in a flow cell, providing the user with a fully automated workflow that includes cleaning steps.

LabX 2018
The release of LabX 2018, which accompanies the new Excellence spectrophotometers, adds workflow flexibility and supports compliance with regulations such as 21 CFR Pt 11. Together, LabX 2018 and the updated Excellence series permit the automation of a research group's custom UV/VIS protocols. With integrated calculations, reports and data-management, operators' and lab managers' time is saved, and the risk of transcription errors minimized.

For more information visit www.mt.com/uvvis

 
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Wilmington, MA – September 18, 2017 - Koch Membrane Systems (KMS), a global leader in membrane filtration technologies, is pleased to announce the return of the FLUID SYSTEMS® nanofiltration (NF) and reverse osmosis (RO) product lines.

“Professionals around the world have relied on FLUID SYSTEMS® products to deliver consistent, high-quality filtration,” says Taylour Johnson, water and wastewater product manager. “We see these products as an important addition to our extensive product portfolio, allowing us to provide municipal and industrial clients a total treatment solution with reuse potential.”

The FLUID SYSTEMS® NF and RO products are available in standard 8” FRP hard overwrap configuration (8040) in standard and high area construction, and are listed under ANSI/NSF Standard 61. The FLUID SYSTEMS line includes multiple products engineered to serve in potable water and industrial water applications including:

*             TFC® SW: High rejection seawater RO membranes for treatment of high TDS industrial streams and seawater desalination

*             TFC® HR: Robust high-rejection and low-fouling brackish water RO products for consistent operation when treating industrial streams and wastewater effluents

*             TFC® SR: Low energy NF products for water softening, seawater sulfate removal and organics removal

In addition to NF and RO elements, KMS offers a line of standard systems, which includes a high recovery option.

FLUID SYSTEMS® was an early pioneer in RO technology. Since 1967, when it developed and patented the first spiral wound element, the FLUID SYSTEMS® brand has been an innovation leader in the membrane filtration world. From the first cellulose acetate RO membrane ever installed commercially, to the first multi-leaf spiral wound element, to the introduction of the first thin-film composite membrane (TFC® - now a trademark recognized as a worldwide industry standard), FLUID SYSTEMS® continuously delivered premier advanced solutions to the filtration market. In 1998, FLUID SYSTEMS® became a part of Koch Membrane Systems, one of the world’s largest water treatment and membrane filtration companies.

For more information on the FLUID SYSTEMS® product line visit http://www.kochmembrane.com/PDFs/Brochures/ro-and-nf-solutions-brochure.aspx <http://KOCH.pr-optout.com/Tracking.aspx?Data=HHL%3d%3f355%3c%26JDG%3c937!OHL%3d8%2b62&RE=MO&RI=462180&Preview=False&DistributionActionID=44454&Action=Follow+Link>  or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>  .

 
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Sydney, Australia, 14 September 2017 -tna has launched a new turnkey vibratory motion blending system to accurately mix multiple dry or wet products. The tnaroflo® VMBS 3combines speed, continuous vertical motion and mass flow technology to deliver exceptional blend accuracy, precise recipe control and reduced ingredient costs. Suitable for both dry and wet environments, the tna roflo VMBS 3 can blend a wide range of products, including baked and fried snacks, nuts and dried fruits, pet food, pasta, cereals and gummies, but is also ideal to mix fresh and frozen products like salads or frozen vegetables.
 

Incorporating tna’s renowned weighing technology with an integrated load cell, the tna roflo VMBS 3 ensures that each ingredient is measured to the highest level of accuracy, delivering maximum system precision and superior control over both recipe and costs. Each integrated ingredient input module (IIM) of the tna roflo VMBS 3 features a highly compact design, comprising an infeed conveyor with hopper, control conveyor and weigh conveyor, offering some of the smallest factory footprints. Depending on the individual requirements of their recipes, manufacturers can combine up to 22 IIM modules, all of which are centrally controlled by a single controls system. As such, the tna roflo VMBS 3 works with just about any production layout and in any configuration for complete operational flexibility.
 

The system’s hygienic, washdown design with a stainless-steel construction, no wearing parts and a mobile hopper facilitates cleaning, reduces maintenance and ensures superior equipment reliability. In addition, the tna roflo VMBS 3 operates on natural frequency, requiring minimal amount of energy for a more sustainable production process.
 

Product blending is becoming increasingly popular across the food industry,” comments Roger Treacher, group product manager – conveying at tna. “Whether manufacturers want to add some beef jerky to their trail mix for an extra protein boost or revive the sales of an existing product line by adding a new flavour to the bag, accuracy is key when it comes to product blending – especially when incorporating more expensive ingredients, where every gram counts. With our new tna roflo VMBS 3 manufacturers can easily expand the concept of the traditional trail mix to other product categories while keeping an eye on their costs. What’s more, the system’s modular setup makes it easy to add more modules further down the line, all while taking up the least amount of floor space.”
 

The tna roflo VMBS 3 is suitable for a variety of infeed methods, including manual or bulk or directly connected to the processing line. Output can be fed onto a variety of distribution systems, including tna roflovibratory, horizontal or belt conveyors.
 

To find out more, visit https://www.tnasolutions.com/product/product/tna-roflo-vmbs-3

 

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