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March 28, 2017 METTLER TOLEDO Launches On-line Chloride/Sulfate Analyzer The 3000CS Analyzer is an on-line instrument offering automated ppb-level chloride and sulfate measurement for corrosion control in power plant chemistry. Billerica, MA – METTLER TOLEDO Process Analytics is launching an on-line instrument for direct measurement of corrosive ions found in power plant water and steam. Chlorides and sulfates cause pitting and stress corrosion in expensive power plant components such as turbines and boilers, leading to extensive maintenance and unplanned shutdowns. Monitoring these ions at low ppb levels has therefore been identified as key measurements in power plant chemistry. The METTLER TOLEDO Thornton 3000CS Analyzer provides on-line, trace-level chloride and sulfate measurements for corrosion control. The 3000CS uses microfluidic capillary electrophoresis, an ionic separation technology, to provide an alternative to expensive off-line methods such as ion chromatography and inductively coupled plasma. The unit features semi-automatic calibration and an intuitive touchscreen interface, allowing operation without the need for extensive training. METTLER TOLEDO's Intelligent Sensor Management technology in the analyzer provides diagnostics that predict when maintenance or replacement of consumables will be required. "The 3000CS provides accurate chloride and sulfate measurement every 45 minutes without any operator intervention,” says Akash Trivedi, product manager for analyzers at METTLER TOLEDO Process Analytics. ”It provides continuous monitoring of harmful ions and delivers a rapid return on investment by eliminating the need for costly internal or external lab tests." For more information on the 3000CS, contact Akash Trivedi: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .
 
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A First in Canada - International conference dedicated to food fraud QUEBEC CITY, March 2017 /CNW Telbec/ - Senior International Food Regulators and Experts from Academia, Government, Industry and International Organizations are meeting from 4-5 April, 2017 at the Chateau Frontenac, Quebec City, QC, to discuss challenges posed by Food Fraud and to develop a path for collective action. Food Fraud incidents are reported on a daily basis in different parts of the world and are a constant challenge for the food industry sector, food regulators and consumers alike. Such incidents hurt consumers' confidence in the integrity and authenticity of the food they purchase. They may even pose a public health threat, when adulteration of foods involves harmful substances. The modus operandi of the food fraudster is to continually change how fraud is perpetrated to evade detection and keep one step or more ahead of those trying to ensure the integrity of the global food supply system. Food fraud incidents go as far as hurting the reputation of countries or regions of the world, undermining the trust of consumers, and harming the integrity of the food regulatory system of these countries with dramatic economic consequences. Developing tools and solutions to prevent such issue continue to be a global area of concern. To understand this global food challenge and gather momentum for collective action in preventing and managing food fraud, the Institute of Nutrition and Functional Foods (INAF) and the Department of Food Science of Université Laval are joining forces with the Institute of Global Food Security of Queen's University (QUB) of Belfast in the United Kingdom and the Quebec Research and Innovation Consortium on Industrial Bioprocesses (CRIBIQ) to hold an international symposium dedicated to this issue at the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, Canada, from 4-5 April 2017. "Understanding Food Fraud Globally" will bring together senior regulators from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the US Food and Drug Administration, the European Commission and other key European food regulators from the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands as well as China and Australia, along with experts from academia and industry groups to discuss current knowledge, domestic and international experience related to early identification, prevention and management of food fraud incidents. Recent developments in foresight, laboratory detection methods and management tools available to industry and regulators will be discussed, with the intent to identify gaps and opportunities for collaboration. International Organizations such as the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) will be represented at this event and will support efforts for collaboration amongst all stakeholders, including international food regulators to promote enhanced guidance and a harmonized food regulatory environment for food fraud prevention globally. "With such a strong mobilization of expertise from around the globe and such a senior level commitment from leaders of regulatory agencies, academic institutions and international organizations who agreed to come together at the iconic location, where 72 years ago FAO was born as the first UN agency, we are hoping that Quebec City witnesses once more, the creation of a new momentum for collective action to fight food fraud and to support consumer confidence in the integrity of our food supply" declared Dr. Samuel Godefroy, Professor of Food Risk Analysis at Université Laval, Research Scientist at INAF, and one of the key program organizers of this event. The organization of this event is supported by key Quebec-based and international players including: Groupe EnvironeX, QC, Canada, r-Biopharm Canada Inc., the Mars Global Food Safety Center in the People's Republic of China, the International Association of Official Analytical Communities (AOAC), the International Union on Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) and the European FoodIntegrity Network supported by the European Commission. More information on the unique and international event can be found at: foodfraudconference.ca http://foodfraudconference.ca/global-understanding-of-food-fraud/global-understanding-of-food-fraud/
 
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Meeting the Needs of Today's Food Production Industry with Komax Sanitary Mixers and Steam Heaters Designed to Adjust to Changing Regulations HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., March 22, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The food industry is changing quickly, but Komax's commitment to it is ever strengthening, made clear by its complete line of sanitary static mixers and heaters. The Regulatory Burden Trends often come and go within the food industry, but one thing that simply doesn't is regulations. The regulatory environment is only growing more substantial, and the right equipment can mean the difference between a successful product line and a host of recalls that can cripple a company. Komax sanitary static mixers and inline steam heaters were designed specifically to help companies in the food and beverage industry create more efficient production lines while remaining in compliance with the regulations that surround the industry. "Our equipment was designed to ensure easy external cleaning or simplified clean in place operations. What's more, though, is that there are absolutely no motors or moving parts so you experience real power savings," said Alphonse Mendy/Applications Specialist. The advantages Komax presents with their products are clear. They're far easier to utilize during production of almost any product, including thick viscous slurries like tomato paste and mayonnaise. A Wide Range of Options Komax static mixers are ideal no matter what the industry, and one of the reasons this is possible is that they are custom designed to fit your needs. The sanitary line come in a number of different sizes from one to twelve inches or any size specified. All of them incorporate the quality so many companies have come to know from Komax - 316 stainless steel and sanitary tri-clover end fittings. Selecting Komax static mixers and inline steam heaters means highly predictable results and product uniformity. With regulations ever increasing in the food industry, Komax is always going to be the way go for higher level static mixing and steam heating equipment.
 
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BDO Examines Future of Canada's Food & Beverage and Transportation Industries Technology remains critical as 60% of food manufacturers report investing in innovation and 58% of transportation, warehousing and distribution decision-makers cite technology as a positive driver for change in the industry TORONTO, March 16, 2017 /CNW/ - Canada's food & beverage (F&B) and transportation, warehousing and distribution (TWD) industries continue to face many challenges, yet new innovations and advancing technology are helping business leaders remain largely optimistic about the future. The findings were released today in BDO's 2017 Industry Insights: BDO's Focus on Transportation and Food and Beverage Report, which garners insight and opinions from more than 150 senior personnel and decision-makers in the F&B and TWD industries. The report found that though increasing competition and market volatility continue to demand attention, leaders in both industries expect technology and innovation to help them increase efficiency and reduce costs. In the F&B sector, 60% of businesses stated they are investing in innovations to help them meet an expected increase in overall demand, while 58% of TWD respondents feel technological advancements will help them improve business by streamlining inventory management and creating significant logistical advantages. "Embracing technology has never been so vital to a company's success," said Marcus Sconci, Leader of BDO's National Transportation, Distribution and Warehousing group. "Companies who are slow to innovate simply won't be able to compete in today's business climate. Incorporating technology can help increase productivity, lower costs, and streamline processes, providing companies with a critical competitive edge needed to remain relevant on a global scale." Government regulations remain highly problematic for both sectors, with 57% of F&B leaders and 64% of TWD decision-makers citing cost of regulatory compliance as a major stressor to their business. Many respondents observed that the negative impact of regulation disproportionately affects smaller companies, further thwarting their operations, while providing an advantage to larger companies. Recruiting and retaining skilled employees also remains a key challenge across the board, with nearly half (49%) of F&B respondents reporting difficulties finding experienced employees, and 23% of TWD respondents citing the ability to find skilled employees to replace retiring employees as a critical issue in their industry. "Labour concerns continue to be problematic for a number of industries throughout Canada," said Melissa Krakar, Leader of BDO's National Food and Beverage group. "Companies with ambitious growth plans require the right people to support that growth and need to be taking advantage of government incentives and programs designed to offset the cost of recruitment, employee training and innovation." Overall, the survey identified several key strategies needed to remain competitive in a fluctuating economy which include modernizing operations, retaining talent, staying ahead of regulations, cutting costs, accurately predicting changing consumer preferences and population growth, and making use of industry research and insights. To read the full report, click here.
 

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