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AURI has produced a free Clean Label Guide that provides important information to help small- and medium-sized Minnesota food producers make the transition to product ingredients that make for a “clean label.” These are ingredients consumers perceive to be healthier or more natural alternatives to traditional ingredients like additives, preservatives, emulsifiers and sweeteners. For example, […]
The topic of safety in the production process is of the utmost importance to any entrepreneur or business that is developing food for commercial sales. Foodborne illnesses are a preventable, underreported public health problem, which place a burden on consumers while negatively affecting a company’s sales and brand. The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) offers […]
Over the past 10-15 years the food industry has seen a push from consumers for products that are more “label friendly” or minimally processed. Often times this means developing products with as few added ingredients as possible. However, one of the biggest challenges to meat processors is the fact that the consumer still desires the […]
The purpose of the “Nutrition Facts” labeling is to help consumers choose more healthful diets, and motivate food companies to improve nutritional value of their products. Nutrition Labeling is mandatory for most foods offered for sale to consumers. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) allows certain exemptions particularly for small businesses.
Not all meat products require refrigeration. In fact, shelf stable products offer the convenience of ready to eat items that can be stored for extended periods of time. But they must be properly prepared in order to be truly shelf stable. This brochure provides information on the factors to be considered and the requirements for […]
General consideration of business finance, plant personnel and marketing your product,Types of operations such as processing and slaughtering,Physical plant issues including, availability of utilities, plant layout, equipment, etc.,Energy management issues such as electric power, refrigeration, water, transportation, etc., andGovernment regulations.
The retailers are not required to file a notice with the FDA. Further, under 21 CFR 101.9(j)(18) and 21 CFR 101.36(h)(2), nutrition labeling exemptions for low-volume products apply under certain circumstances. For example, if the person claiming the exemption employs fewer than an average of 100 full-time equivalent employees and fewer than 100,000 units of […]