Regulation & Safety

PreScouter said the pandemic may not end before 2022. Pic: Getty Images/marieclaudelemay

PreScouter publishes coronavirus testing report

By Jim Cornall

PreScouter, a Chicago-based research intelligence firm, has released a new report that details all of the currently available COVID-19 workplace testing options, detailing the logistics and investment required for each option.

In addition to containment detection and quality checks, the machines can address inefficiencies that lead to downtime. Pic: Eagle Product Inspection

Eagle launches new x-ray solutions

By Jim Cornall

US company Eagle Product Inspection Inc. has launched the Eagle QuadView Short, with a more compact footprint, for x-ray inspection of jars and bottles with four-view coverage for glass-in-glass contaminant detection.

Humans collaborating with robots in manufacturing processes should be provided with maximum safety combined with ease of use, while meeting new requirements for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites, all of which can be delivered with the latest cobot, the MELFA ASSISTA from Mitsubishi Electric. Pic: Mitsubishi Electric

Mitsubishi produces new cobot

By Jim Cornall

Mitsubishi Electric’s new collaborative robot, the MELFA ASSISTA, has been developed to work alongside human operators without the need for guards or safety fences, while meeting requirements for adequate distancing of workers in manufacturing sites.

Dairy Dialog podcast 84: Tetra Pak, Hälsa Foods, IFT, YPACK

Dairy Dialog podcast 84: Tetra Pak, Hälsa Foods, IFT, YPACK

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s Dairy Dialog podcast, our guests are Jan Lindqvist, food technologist at Tetra Pak; Hälsa’s CEO, Mika Manninen; Thomas Burke, food safety scientist at the Institute of Food Technologists; and Dr José María Lagarón, YPACK project coordinator.

Aggreko said UK food and beverage companies should plan ahead to prevent a situation where cooling systems may struggle to meet rising demand. Pic: Aggreko

Expected surge in demand for cold storage solutions

By Jim Cornall

Higher seasonal temperatures and reduced product demand stemming from the coronavirus crisis will result in cold storage spaces exceeding capacity, according to UK temporary power and temperature solutions company, Aggreko.

The Recover Better campaign is being convened by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi) with the UN Global Compact and the We Mean Business coalition.

Companies joins UN-backed Recover Better campaign

By Jim Cornall

SIG, Royal DSM, and more than 150 other companies have released a joint Recover Better statement, which calls on governments around the world to match their ambition to achieve a zero-carbon economy by aligning coronavirus economic aid and recovery efforts...

Bord Bia said the system should be in place in 2020. Pic: Bord Bia

Bord Bia launches Grass Fed Standard

By Jim Cornall

Bord Bia, the Irish Food Board, has launched a Grass Fed Standard, which it says is the world’s first on a national scale, that allows it to track and verify the percentage of grass consumed in the diet of Irish dairy herds.

Dairy Dialog podcast 79: DuPont, DW Reusables, Quickes, Andonix

Dairy Dialog podcast 79: DuPont, DW Reusables, Quickes, Andonix

By Jim Cornall

On this week’s Dairy Dialog podcast, our guests are Morten Boesen, global product line manager, fresh dairy, at DuPont Nutrition & Biosciences; Rudi Raskin, vice president sales, DW Reusables; Mary Quicke, managing director of Quicke’s; and David...

Kenya has new regulations for its dairy industry. Pic: Getty Images/Skyhouse

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Kenya hits dairy imports with 10% levy

By Jim Cornall

The Kenyan Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives has issued its regulations for dairy industry for 2020.

“In times like this, the resilience of the human spirit is more visible than ever. It’s incredibly uplifting to see so many businesses and individuals stepping up.

Dairy donates time, money and food to the coronavirus pandemic

By Beth Newhart

The coronavirus is upending businesses and economies around the world, and the dairy sector isn't immune. While some aspects of the industry need stability and assistance, others are able to share their wealth and give back.

“Do you provide paid sick leave for your employees? If not, will employees feel financially obligated to come to work even when sick?”

NMPF beefs up coronavirus resource website for dairy

By Beth Newhart

The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) in the US has set up a designated website for those in the dairy industry to utilize during the health crisis. It’s updating regularly with general information, work permit templates and multimedia resources.

US lays out new COVID-19 guidelines for food industry

By Beth Newhart

The Trump Administration released a set of coronavirus guidelines for all Americans, with special provisions for critical infrastructure industries like food and beverage. Brands have been adapting this week to the new reality, while keeping employee...

US dairy groups pressure Senate to act on labor reform

By Beth Newhart

After the House of Representatives passed the Farm Workforce Modernization Act (FWMA) late last year, dairy organizations are reminding the Senate why they feel it’s crucial to the future of agriculture labor. Young farmers are also speaking out for essential...

The new Eagle EPX100-S. Pic: Eagle

Eagle debuts EPX100-S

By Jim Cornall

Food and beverage manufacturers and processors continue to look for ways to reduce waste while improving yield and product quality and consistency.

Alimentaria takes place at the Fira de Barcelona Gran Via venue.

Alimentaria moved to September

By Jim Cornall

More trade shows are being postponed because of the coronavirus outbreak that has recently led to a lockdown in northern Italy.