SPONSORED White paper: The Continuing Evolution of Food Grade Lubricants
This article details the evolution of food grade lubricants and how their use can eliminate lubricants as potential chemical hazards in HACCP plans.
For many years, the United States Department of Agriculture's food safety and inspection service division (USDA/FSIS) reviewed the formulations of maintenance and operating chemicals, including lubricants, for use in official meat and poultry establishments that operate under USDA inspection. This “Prior Approval Program” as it came to be known, was the industry standard for determining food-grade lubricants. The USDA/FSIS' List of Proprietary Substances and Nonfood Compounds was the only source for good-grade and non-food-grade lubricant reference for food and beverage processors worldwide.
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After almost a decade of uncertainty, the confidence of plant floor managers is soaring. Even with a number of challenges and while implementing new technologies, there is a renewed sense of optimism among plant managers about their business and their future.
The respondents to the 2014 Plant Engineering Salary Survey come from throughout the U.S. and serve a variety of industries, but they are uniform in their optimism about manufacturing. This year’s survey found 79% consider manufacturing a secure career. That’s up from 75% in 2013 and significantly higher than the 63% figure when Plant Engineering first started asking that question a decade ago.