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Pasteurisation: Oilseeds, nuts and almonds

22 February 2010 | By Jürgen Fischer, Member of the Executive Board, Bühler Barth AG

Agronomic foods are often naturally contaminated with harmless and pathogenic microorganisms. In most cases, agronomic goods are freshly processed, or appropriately processed to preserve and increase shelf stability. Common preservation techniques include heat pasteurisation or sterilisation, irradiation, disinfestations with gaseous substances etc. In particular, the two latter techniques are rarely…

How to convert your processing plant to H1 and HT-1 registered food machinery lubricants

22 February 2010 | By Peter Bird, Marketing Advisor, Food Industry Machinery Lubricants, ExxonMobil Lubricants & Specialties

Recalls of food and beverage products due to contamination concerns have risen significantly over the last decade. Considering that recalled products can be devastating to a brand and potentially harmful to consumers, it is not surprising that the U.S. Food Processing 2008 Annual Manufacturing Trends Survey indi­cated that food and…

The implementation of an Advanced Traceability System in a Polish fish processing plant

22 February 2010 | By Olga Szulecka, Sea Fisheries Institute, Gdynia

At present, food safety is one of the main priorities among European Union policies. The very significant element of food safety is traceability, i.e. "the ability to trace and follow a food, feed, food-producing animal or substance intended to be, or expected to be incorporated into a food or feed,…

The challenge of clean label reformulation

22 February 2010 | By Holly Hughes, Charles Speirs & Sarah Chapman, Campden BRI

With consumers becoming more aware of what is in their diet, there is a growing interest in more ‘natural' and healthy foods free from additives. The UK food industry is under increased pressure to simplify ingredient lists and remove ‘arti­ficial' additives from foods. The increasing popularity of the clean label…

Cloning: What’s the beef?

22 February 2010 | By Chris Cattini, Senior Scientific Officer, IFIS Publishing

The International Food Information Service (IFIS) produces the FSTA - Food Science and Technology Abstracts® database, a resource specifically developed for the food industry. The database offers unparalleled access to a broad range of food science and technology information relating to every aspect of the food chain, including all the…

How to ensure hygienic design in projects?

12 December 2009 | By Dirk Nikoleiski, Quality Manager, Kraft Foods R&D

Launching new products that require new process lines, a facility expansion or even a new plant at a new location are challenging and complex endeavours in the food industry. An example situation and flow might be as follows:

Sustainability and PepsiCo UK: meeting the challenge together

12 December 2009 | By Emma Clarke, Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo UK

PepsiCo UK & Ireland (PIUK) employs over 5,500 people across 13 locations, including the largest crisp manufacturing plant in the world located in Leicester, the Quaker Oats factory at Cupar in Scotland, Copella apple juice bottled at Boxford in Suffolk and a number of other manufacturing, distribution and administration sites.…

Recent applied research in baking at Campden BRI

12 December 2009 | By Gary Tucker, Head of Bakery & Cereal Processing Department, Campden BRI

At Campden BRI, the Department of Baking & Cereal Processing aims to combine science and technology in order to provide technical support for the international baking and cereal processing industries. The success of the Department is based on a broad, practical experience of cereal and bakery technologies that enables it…

Microbiological safety of chocolate confectionery products

12 December 2009 | By Anett Winkler, Corporate Microbiology, Kraft Foods R&D

For many years, low moisture foods, such as chocolate, were regarded as microbiologically safe due to the inherent product characteristics. Water activity levels below 0.6 would prevent any microbial growth, whereas water activities below 0.85 would prevent proliferation of pathogenic / toxin formation by toxigenic microorganisms[1]. A water activity of…

The value of a number

12 December 2009 | By Richard Dempster, Director, Product and Technological Development, AIB International

Often, we get in the habit of accepting numbers from computerised displays without regard to accuracy or precision, and when we do evaluate a number, we often look at how precise it is. We forget that we can be very precisely wrong. We don't really pay close attention to numbers…

Danish Meat Research Institute provides innovative solutions for the global meat industry

12 December 2009 | By Lars Hinrichsen, Chief Executive, DMRI

While Denmark is renowned for its high-tech agricultural sector, the Danish Meat Research Institute (DMRI) based in Roskilde provides scientific research and consultancy to make better solutions for tomorrow's meat industry. Employing a dedicated team of approximately 100 researchers, DMRI develops advanced knowledge on everything from animal welfare before slaughtering…

How to determine the spray drying parameters of dairy and food concentrates?

12 December 2009 | By Pierre Schuck & Romain Jeantet, INRA and Agrocampus Ouest and Eric Blanchard, Laiterie de Montaigu

The second and concluding instalment of Pierre Schuck and associates' article on spray drying parameters of dairy products discusses the results and conclusions of their research. The most frequently used technique for dehydration of dairy and food products is spray drying. This is an effective method for preserving biological products…

Fat bloom and cracking of filled chocolates: issues for the European manufacturer?

10 September 2009 | By Frédéric Depypere, Claudia Delbaere, Nathalie De Clercq & Koen Dewettinck, Laboratory of Food Technology and Engineering, Ghent University

The European chocolate manufacturing market, comprising over 2,000 companies and employing more than 200,000 people, has an annual turnover of approximately EUR 43 billion and exports chocolate for a value of more than three billion Euros. Specific for the European market is the large proportion (over 90 per cent) of…

Ethics in a downturn

10 September 2009 | By Alex Cole, Global Corporate Affairs Director, Cadbury

Talking to ordinary consumers about ethical issues is in Cadbury's DNA. Two hundred years ago, the Cadbury family set out to market hot chocolate as an alternative to alcohol, priced within the reach of the ‘common man' and with a guarantee of purity in an age when adulteration with brick…

Detecting bacterial spores in soup manufacturing

10 September 2009 | By A.C.M van Zuijlen & S.J.C.M Oomes, Unilever R&D; P. Vos, Check-Points B.V. and S. Brul, University of Amsterdam

Spores from mesophilic aerobic sporeforming bacteria (Bacillus) are sometimes able to survive the thermal process of commercial sterile products and sporadically cause spoilage or food poisoning. Because of an increasing demand for more fresh products, ideally the processing temperatures should be tailored to inactivate the actual spore load rather than…