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Food grade lubricants – are they environmentally friendly and biodegradable?

23 May 2007 | By Dr Mary Moon, Bel-Ray Company, Inc

Needs unique to the food processing industry have motivated the development of food grade lubricants.1-4 These lubricants are formulated to minimise risks associated with unavoidable occasional trace contamination in food and beverages. Well-defined regulations specify standards for food grade lubricants in certain nations.1,5 A new international standard for food processing…

Functional food markets – a recipe for success

23 May 2007 | By Jarmo Markula, Innoliito Concept Studio

Did you know that Finland is the leader in functional food innovations? It seems as though the Finns turn their weaknesses into strengths; they may not be very talkative, but they are leading producers of mobile phones, and they may not have a very rich food tradition, but they are…

Ten years in the food industry

23 May 2007 | By Huub Lelieveld, Unilever

The past ten years have seen many changes in both food science and technology as well as in food regulations. Contrary to the decades before then, most of it has been consumer driven. Consumers have become more aware of the influence of eating habits on their lives, in particular their…

Twenty years of dealing with a crisis

23 May 2007 | By Karen Masters, Business Development Manager, Emergency Response Service

Shortly after Reading Scientific Services Ltd formed its Emergency Response Service (ERS) in 1987, the UK food industry faced one of the biggest, and most public, extortion attempts ever to occur. A former Metropolitan police detective, Rodney Witchelo, had begun his campaign to extort money by contaminating jars of baby…

Control of Salmonella in pork by decontamination

23 May 2007 | By Søren Aabo, Senior Scientist, Department of Microbiology and Risk Assessment, Institute for Food Safety, The Technical University of Denmark

The Danish swine industry produces more than 20 million slaughtered pigs each year. For many years most of the production has been exported, with England, USA and Japan being some of the most important markets.

Developments in food refrigeration

23 May 2007 | By Judith Evans, Senior Research Project Manager, FRPERC (Food Refrigeration and Process Engineering Research Centre), University of Bristol

Refrigeration is a vital part of modern food production. Without a means to cool and keep food cold, the quality and safety of food would be compromised and the sophisticated cold chain we are used to would not be possible. The whole food chain is underpinned by refrigeration from primary…

Packaging trends: the past ten years

23 May 2007 | By Peter Wareing, Leatherhead Food International

Food packaging is traditionally required to have many functions: to contain and protect the food, to provide a surface for information labels, to add a distinct brand identity and to present the food attractively so that consumers will purchase it.

Titration techniques in the food industry

23 May 2007 | By

Titration is an analytical technique that is widely used in the food industry. It allows food manufacturers to determine the quantity of a reactant in a sample. For example, it can be used to discover the amount of salt or sugar in a product or the concentration of vitamin C…

Intense Light Pulse as a new food preservation process

23 May 2007 | By M. Federighi and N. Elmnasser, UMR-INRA 1014 SECALIM ENVN/ENITIAA;, F. Leroi, IFREMER, and A. & N. Orange, IUT

Food preservation implies that micro-organisms are inactivated or suppressed in order to enhance the safety and quality of the product. Alternative physical techniques aim to combine the stability and microbial safety of foods with a minimal loss of quality attributes. Because these techniques have little or no thermal effects on…

CCFRA: science and technology for better business

7 March 2007 | By Dr Leighton Jones, Head of Corporate Communications, CCFRA

The principal priorities for all food companies are safety, quality, efficiency and innovation. Everyday, CCFRA helps food and drinks companies to achieve these – and so succeed in business.

The FINE Action Programme

7 March 2007 | By Giorgia Valli (Aster s.cons.p.a.), Alessandra Folli (Centuria-RIT), Linze Rijswijk, Joep Koene (Development Agency East Netherlands)

Having outlined the origins and aims of the Food Innovations Network Europe (FINE) in the latest issue of New Food, you can now read about the group’s Action Programme and plans for cooperation to achieve their goals.

A time to review and renew

7 March 2007 | By Ellen Go Yanko, Office Manager, EHEDG

2007 is now well underway and with the passing of another year, the EHEDG has taken time to reflect on its major achievements. The result has seen the compilation of the group’s main guidelines and documents in the form of a 2007 Yearbook – an excellent way to get the…

The front tables are history

7 March 2007 | By Thomas Ricker, Research and Development, KRONES AG

The major innovations still happen. They obey what is termed the technological ‘Zen principle’. One of these innovations is the F1 filler, a new generation of filler design at KRONES. It scores essentially in terms of three innovative features: modularised construction of the entire machine with no front table, a…

Online transflectance NIR imaging of foods

7 March 2007 | By Vegard H. Segtnan, Jens Petter Wold and Martin Høy, Matforsk AS, Norway and Jens T. Thielemann and Jon Tschudi, SINTEF ICT, Norway

Most solid foods are heterogeneous on one level or another. Minced meat or an intact piece of meat, for example, will have smaller or larger local regions that are almost pure fat, pure lean meat or pure connective tissue. For such heterogeneous foods the distribution of the local differences is…