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Ice fraction assessment by near infrared spectroscopy

26 August 2010 | By Astrid Stevik, Research Scientist, SINTEF

The discussion of the energy crisis for a steadily growing population is often limited to scarce amounts of electric power based on more or less environmentally friendly energy sources. However, lack of food, and in particular fresh food, is also part of the current energy crisis. Fresh food is one…

The DNA of safer lubricants: product and systems certification

26 August 2010 | By Sarah Krol, General Manager, NSF Internatinal

For decades, manufacturers, retailers and trade organisations have emphasised voluntary compliance of government food safety standards with a strong focus on product safety. Today, global retailers and manufacturers are working to find common ground with schemes that focus on the quality and effectiveness of the underlying management systems involved in…

Extrusion of cereals

26 August 2010 | By Mian N. Riaz, Head of Extrusion Technology Program, Texas A&M University

The world cereal yield was 2,219 million tons in 2009, according to the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation1. Cereal grains are grown all over the world and provide more food energy than any other type of crop, they are therefore staple crops. Cereals can be consumed in their natural…

An interview with Brian McKenna, President of EFFoST

26 August 2010 | By Brian McKenna, EFFoST

Currently serving his second term as President of EFFoST, the European Federation of Food Science & Technology, Brian McKenna sat down with New Food editor Helen Difford to talk about the group. Brian, can you give some insight into who and what EFFoST is?

FISHing for pathogens: Rapid detection of whole microbial cells in foods

30 June 2010 | By Byron Brehm-Stecher, Assistant Professor, Rapid Microbial Detection and Control Laboratory, Iowa State University

Today’s food production and distribution networks are extremely efficient. We are able to move food from the field to the table rapidly and effectively – on a global scale – under conditions that maximise quality, visual appeal and nutritional content. Unfortunately, toxigenic or infectious microbes may also come along for…

Partnership with fishing industry proves a winner

30 June 2010 | By Toyota Material Handling

The harsh working environment of Norway’s fish production industry means that forklift trucks must be built to the highest order to survive and thrive. Enter Toyota Material Handling Norway. Strictly speaking, Fjordlaks Aqua AS (Fjordlaks means ‘Fjord Salmon’ in Norwegian) should not really be called Fjordlaks at all. It neither…

Using LC-MS to study the fate of food ingredients in the human body

12 May 2010 | By Christian H. Grün & Hans-Gerd Janssen, Unilever Research and Development, Advanced Measurement & Data Modelling

The human body is designed for effectively extracting nutrients from the food we eat. The nutrients provide the body with energy, but in addition, they also provide the building blocks for cell growth. More recently, it has also been realised that specific food ingredients can be associated with a direct…

High-Pressure and Pulsed Electric Field: What do the consumers think?

12 May 2010 | By Nina Veflen Olsen (Nofima Mat) and Anne-Mette Sonne (MAPP)

New products and processing techniques are continuously being developed within the food industry. While food scientists may focus on the technical novelty and applaud the progress of science, consumers are often more conservative and sceptical about changes. From earlier experiences with gene modification and irradiation, we have learnt that advantages…

Watson-Marlow Masosine Technology Replaces Gear Pumps at Chocolate Factory

12 March 2010 | By Watson-Marlow Pumps Group

Watson-Marlow Masosine MR and SPS series positive displacement pumps have been installed at the Fakenham, Norfolk plant of chocolate and confectionary specialist, Kinnerton. The first Masosine pump was introduced to replace a gear pump that was damaging product on an Easter egg production line, with a second model acquired recently…

NSF Registration

22 February 2010 | By Sarah Krol, General Manager, Nonfood Compounds Registration Program, NSF International

The use of food-grade lubricants has revolutionised the food manufacturing process, making it possible to increase productivity, improve food safety and protect metal surfaces from corrosion and wear. They withstand extreme temperatures and can be designed for specialised applications. So what does the future hold for these Titans of the…

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…

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…