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New technologies and chemistries for food can coatings

4 September 2007 | By Julian Stocker, H J Heinz Co. Ltd.

Canning has been a valuable form of food packaging and preservation ever since Napoleon offered a prize for the invention of a method of preserving food for military campaigns. In the UK there are 4 billion food cans sold each year and in the enlarged EU the figure is more…

Bacterial transfer during slicing of delicatessen meats

4 September 2007 | By Elliot T. Ryser and Ewen C.D. Todd, Michigan State University; and Keith L. Vorst, California Polytechnic Institute

Delicatessen slicers have long been recognised as a source for the spread of both spoilage and pathogenic microorganisms in the retail food environment. However, based on the higher prevalence of Listeria monocytogenes – a serious bacterial foodborne pathogen of major public health significance, in delicatessen meats sliced at retail and…

Rapid pasteurisation of meats using radio frequency or ohmic heating

4 September 2007 | By James Lyng, UCD Dublin, School of Agriculture, Food Science and Veterinary Medicine

This article introduces the use of radio frequency (RF) and ohmic (OH) heating for meat pasteurisation and gives a brief overview of some UCD Dublin findings on the quality of OH and RF cooked meats. RF and OH vs. conventional pasteurisation of meat In pasteurising meat, the aim is to…

TNO focus on food safety and risk management

23 May 2007 | By Hilde Cnossen & Marijke van Dusseldorp, TNO Quality of Life

TNO Quality of Life is one of the five core areas of the Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research. TNO carries out research aimed at providing concrete solutions to problems encountered by industry and government bodies in six areas of activity: Work and Employment, Chemistry, Innovation Policy, Prevention and Healthcare,…

Nanotechnology for Food Packaging

23 May 2007 | By Dr. Raymond Oliver F.R. Eng., F.I.Chem.E, Director of Science and Innovation at Cenamps

‘Nano’ or small-scale technologies are an exciting area of science involving work at the nano scale; far smaller than micro-scale technology and impossible to view with the human eye. No-one yet knows the extent to which nanotechnology could transform our world, but it is generally acknowledged that the technology could…

Italian flavour for meetings

23 May 2007 | By Ellen Go Yanko, Office Manager, EHEDG

The EHEDG is as busy as ever with a meeting in Parma, Italy and plans for a conference in November, as well as numerous meetings throughout the year. On top of this, the organisation needs a new secretariat to organise all these dates. Read more about the group’s activities this…

New tools to optimise spray dryers

23 May 2007 | By M. Verschueren, J. Straatsma, M. Schutyser, C. Akkerman, P. de Jong, NIZO food research, Ede, the Netherlands

Spray drying is an essential unit operation for the manufacture of many products with specific powder properties. It is characterised by atomisation of a solution or suspension into droplets, followed by subsequent drying of these droplets by evaporation of water or other solvents. Spray drying is used for the manufacture…

Lubricating the way to higher standards

23 May 2007 | By Eddy Stempfel, Shell Aseol AG

The food industry differs substantially from other industries in its demands for lubricants, with the emphasis not simply being on technical performance. A great deal of attention is also given to issues such as cleanliness, health, safety and preventing contamination.

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.