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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)

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…

Foreign body complaints in the food and drink industry

26 April 2013 | By Mike Edwards, Microscopy Section, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Campden BRI and EHEDG affiliate

Foreign bodies form the biggest single cause of consumer complaints received by many food and drink manufacturers, retailers and enforcement authorities. The accidental inclusion of unwanted items may sometimes occur in even the bestmanaged processes. Foreign bodies in foods are therefore quite rightly a matter of concern to all food…

Show preview: Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition 2013

26 April 2013 | By Helen Bahia

This year’s Total Processing & Packaging Exhibition takes place against a tough backdrop for the industry. Manufacturing output fell by three per cent in the year to March 2013, according to the Office for National Statistics. On top of that, the manufacturing industry is suffering a degree of collateral damage…

Flavours: When performance and packaging are no longer compatible

26 April 2013 | By Martina Lapierre, Flavour Technologist, PepsiCo

“The sensory threshold for difference detection can be considered to occur when there is a 30 per cent decrease in the concentration of a flavourant”. Flavourings are concentrated aroma chemical systems used in food and beverage formulations and as such are important in the provision of aroma and taste. Their…

Food allergens: identifying thresholds and assessing the risk to consumers

26 April 2013 | By René Crevel, Science Leader, Unilever Safety & Environmental Assurance Centre

Food allergies have long been known as a clinical phenomenon, with welldocumented case studies as far back as the 1920s. Their recognition as a food safety issue only arose in the 1990s partly in the wake of the remarkable increase in prevalence of general allergic diseases. In order to protect…

Natural flavour ingredients

28 February 2013 | By Jane Parker, Flavour Centre, Reading University

The flavour of processed foods has changed significantly over the last 50 years. Think back to the days of the early stock cubes or the original powdered desserts which bore only a passing resemblance to the real flavour. Since then, the food industry has been involved in a continuous programme…

Taking ownership of the production process

27 February 2013 | By David Minsk, President US Sales, Hanna Instruments

David Minsk, President of US Sales at Hanna Instruments, highlights the fact that the company is vertically integrated, with everything manufactured internally...