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The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) was signed into law in 2011, as the largest sweeping overhaul of our nation's food safety practices in more than 70 years. In the past years, the produce industry has been exempt from proposed regulations, but that's about to change come 2018.

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Posted in: News Blog Posts Food Agriculture Nuts By MadgeTech Marketing Team

It's been a decade since more than 600 people in 47 states got sick after eating peanut butter contaminated with salmonella. Now justice is finally being served to ConAgra who has to dish out the largest criminal fine ever in a U.S food safety case, to the tune of $11 million.

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Posted in: News Blog Posts Food Nuts By MadgeTech Marketing Team

Since 1994, September has been National Food Safety Month in the United States. Each year, September is used as a time to increase awareness and provide training in hopes of reducing the number of people made sick by foodborne pathogens.

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Nuts are considered a healthy snack, but whether they grow in the ground or on trees, there's always the risk for contamination. Following Salmonella outbreaks in 2001 and 2004, almonds are required to be pasteurized, which has other nut processors taking precautionary steps to ensure their product doesn't lead to the next outbreak. To maintain the taste and crunch we expect from our favorite nut, processors often turn to roasting, blanching or steam to reduce any potential contamination without the use of chemicals.

For dry roasting processes, nuts are continuously conveyed through a roaster with heated air applied above and below the product bed. Typically, peanuts are exposed to temperatures of 300 °F for 25 minutes, then stored in stainless steel bins in an isolated area to protect them from any contaminants. The bed depth, time and temperature are monitored throughout the roasting process. Validation can easily be achieved using MadgeTech's QuadThermoVault data logger, which can withstand temperatures up to 350 °C (662 °F). The QuadThermoVault is also equipped with four thermocouple channels to monitor the journey of nuts as they are processed, and it easily fits inside most conveyor belt ovens.

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Posted in: News Blog Posts Infographics Steam Sterilization Food Software Nuts By MadgeTech Marketing Team

Macadamia Nut Recalls

3/31/16 10:49 AM

A recent series of macadamia nut recalls have prompted producers to make changes to their food safety measures to ensure safe nuts are being delivered to consumers.

Although macadamia nuts grow inside a husk, they open when mature causing the nuts to drop to the ground. Although some are harvested while still in the trees, most macadamia nuts are collected from the ground, meaning they are introduced to a variety of bacteria.

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Posted in: News Blog Posts Steam Sterilization Food Nuts By MadgeTech Marketing Team

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