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Infrared spectroscopy and its role to monitor wine fermentation

28 August 2013 | By Daniel Cozzolino School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide

The term Process Analytical Technologies (PAT) describes the field of process analysis and measurement technologies that have been expanded to include several physical, chemical, mathematical and other analytical tools used to characterise chemical and biological processes. Over the past few years, on- in- and at-line analysis, the so-called PAT technologies,…

Trans fats in foods and the commercial challenges

28 August 2013 | By M. S. Alam Head of Fats and Oils Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University

Fats and oils are major sources of energy, providing nine kilocalories per gram compared to carbohydrates and proteins which provide only four kilocalories per gram and 3.8 kcal/g of energy, respectively. The two major sources of edible fats and oils are plants and animals. Plant sources or vegetable oils are…

Rheological aspects of chocolate with an improved health profile

28 August 2013 | By Isabella Van Damme, Material Science Program Manager R&D, Mars Chocolate

Chocolate is adored by people around the world for its unique flavour and smooth, luxurious texture. It provides an indulgent pleasure with the added benefit that cocoa flavanols promote a range of health benefits. Is it possible to improve the nutritional profile of chocolate while still maintaining the quality aspects…

Low calorie sweeteners: Consumer perceptions of safety and use in weight control

28 August 2013 | By Helena Gibson-Moore Nutrition Scientist, British Nutrition Foundation

This article presents an update on low calorie sweeteners including results from consumer research which examined attitudes towards low calorie sweeteners, the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) consultation on the safety of aspartame, Stevia in the marketplace and the role of low calorie sweeteners in weight management. A preference for…

Issue #3 2013 – Digital version

25 June 2013 | By

In this issue: Spray Drying, Low-Water Activity Foods, Metabolomics, Extrusion, Plasma, Pesticides & Contaminants, Cheese Processing, Conveyor belts, Sustainability...

Pesticides & Contaminants supplement 2013

24 June 2013 | By Carl K. Winter, Markus Lipp, Jeffrey Moore

Pesticide biomonitoring: applications and limitations for food safety risk assessment (Carl K. Winter Department of Food Science and Technology, University of California, Davis)Novel yeasts, novel flavours (Markus Lipp and Jeffrey Moore US Pharmacopeial Convention)

Metabolomics supplement 2013

24 June 2013 | By Robert D. Hall, Amparo Gamero Lluna, Catrienus de Jong

Plant metabolomics – a new opportunity for quality analyses (Robert D. Hall, Managing Director, Centre for Biosystems Genomics, Group Leader Metabolic Regulation, Plant Research International)Novel yeasts, novel flavours (Amparo Gamero Lluna and Catrienus de Jong NIZO food research B.V.)

Screening platform for optimal spray drying of enzymes and probiotics

19 June 2013 | By Maarten Schutyser and Jimmy Perdana, Food Process Engineering Group, Wageningen UR, Martijn Fox, NIZO Food Research

Many food ingredients, such as enzymes and probiotics, are spray dried to provide a longer shelf life. A major hurdle when applying spray drying is the extensive optimisa tion required for formulation and drying conditions to obtain powders of acceptable quality. Therefore, a high-throughput screening platform based on single droplet…

Potential vehicles of foodbone pathogens

19 June 2013 | By Evangelina Komitopoulou, SGS, Larry Beuchat, Center for Food Safety, University of Georgia

Until recently, there has been a common belief that low numbers of microbial food contaminants should not be a major issue in low-water activity (aw) foods where growth does not occur. However, depending on its end usage or target population, low numbers of pathogens can lead to foodborne illness, hence…

Ingedient functionality

19 June 2013 | By Eugenio Bortone, Senior Scientist, Extrusion Innovation Team, Frito-Lay North America

The extrusion process can involve simple formulations such as the ones used for snack foods consisting of simple starch or very complex formulations as the ones used in pet food diets which involve several ingredients. The latter are designed specifically to meet the nutritional requirements of the target species. In…

Cold atmospheric plasma – A new tool for food manufacturers

19 June 2013 | By Danny Bayliss, New Technology Specialist, Department of Food Manufacturing Technologies, Campden BRI

Consumers expect that the food they consume is safe to eat. In addition, the consumer also wants their food to have high nutritional value with minimal preparation times, as evidenced by the growth in products such as convenience ready-to-eat (RTE) foods and minimally processed fresh produce. In order to meet…

Show Preview: IFT Annual meeting & Food Expo

19 June 2013 | By

From 13 – 16 July 2013, the IFT Annual Meeting & Expo will be held at McCormick Place South in Chicago, Illinois. Food professionals from more than 50 countries around the world will be attending this year’s event, plus exhibitors from more than 30 countries will be showcasing the latest…

Reducing fat and sodium in cheese

19 June 2013 | By Professor Donald J. McMahon, Western Dairy, Utah State University

Health regulators seek to reduce dietary fat intake and sodium intake by stipulating that cheeses should be made with lower fat and lower salt contents. However, both fat and salt contribute to cheese flavour, and fat especially impacts cheese appearance, texture and melting. Cheese is adversely affected by fat and…

Conveyor belts in the food manufacturing environment

19 June 2013 | By Roger Scheffler, EHEDG Member

Conveyor belts are an essential component of industrial food manufacturing. They can be found in almost every part of the production process – from the receiving area of raw products / live animals up to the area where finished products are packaged. Belts must be easy to clean if they…

Barilla activities in sustainable agriculture

19 June 2013 | By Luca Ruini, Cesare Ronchi

Barilla has released its study on the environmental impacts of pasta conducted with the life cycle assessment methodology through the publication of the Environmental Product Declaration. If we don’t consider the home cooking phase, which does not fall under company dominion, durum wheat cultivation is responsible for more than 80…