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Explosion of opportunities in Nutraceuticals

23 April 2010 | By

New research from Business Insights has revealed that despite costs of over $10m to gain the right to claim that a food or drink product has a health benefit, investing is worthwhile.

The challenge of clean label reformulation

22 February 2010 | By Holly Hughes, Charles Speirs & Sarah Chapman, Campden BRI

With consumers becoming more aware of what is in their diet, there is a growing interest in more ‘natural' and healthy foods free from additives. The UK food industry is under increased pressure to simplify ingredient lists and remove ‘arti­ficial' additives from foods. The increasing popularity of the clean label…

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…

Cisgenesis: a novel way to combat late blight

10 September 2009 | By Anton Haverkort, Senior Researcher, Wageningen University and Research Centre

In most countries with temperate climates, cereal, notably wheat, is the most important arable crop. In a few countries such as the Netherlands, potato dominates. In the European Union, over 50 million hectares of wheat is grown against approximately two million hectares of potato, yielding some 70 million tons of…

Online detection of foreign bodies in packaged foods using ultrasound

10 September 2009 | By Gauri S. Mittal, Professor, School of Engineering, University of Guelph

The presence of foreign bodies (FBs) in processed foods is one of the major concerns of the food industry, and their detection and identification are important in quality assurance and safety. An FB is any undesirable piece of solid matter present in a food product. When foods are manufactured or…

Neogen develops immunoaffinity column for deoxynivalenol

11 July 2009 | By Neogen Europe

Neogen Europe Ltd. announced the introduction of a new immunoaffinity column for the analysis of deoxynivalenol (DON, vomitoxin) in a range of foods by high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC), ELISA, GC-MS and other analytical methods.

Use of molecular techniques in the food industry

1 June 2009 | By Mieke Uyttendaele and Andreja Rajkovic, Laboratory of Food Microbiology and Food Preservation, Ghent University

Microbial analysis in foods is an integrated part of management of microbial safety in the food chain. Both competent authorities and individual food business operators use microbial analysis for monitoring of the actual situation and trend analysis in order to detect emerging risks. For compliance testing to defined microbiological criteria…

The ISO 22000 series – global standards for safe food supply chains

1 June 2009 | By Jacob Færgemand, Sales and Technical Director Food, Bureau Veritas Certification

The launch in September 2005 of the ISO 22000 series, developed by ISO technical committee ISO/TC 34, Food products, signalled the arrival of a truly global option for ensuring safe food supply chains. This article gives a technical overview of the different standards in the series and how they can…

ISO 21469: is it really necessary?

1 June 2009 | By Sid Stone, Managing Director, InS Services

Some of you may have read details of the standard ISO 21469 which covers ‘Safety of Machinery - Lubricants with Incidental Product Contact - Hygiene requirements,' and may wonder why the food industry or the lubricants industry need yet another standard to which they should adhere.

To what extent do microbial enzymes affect the shelf life of food of animal origin?

1 June 2009 | By Dr Peggy Braun, Institute of Food Hygiene, Veterinary Faculty, University of Leipzig

Increasing interest by consumers, producers and retailers in food safety, supported by several regulations of the European Commission (e.g. EC-regulation 178/2002; EC-2073/2005 amended by EC-regulation 1441/2007), gives accurate shelf-life determination of products a new consequence. Although there is rapid progress in food processing and new concepts such as predictive microbiology…

Assessing the safety of genetically modified crops used for food and feed purposes

20 February 2009 | By Gijs A. Kleter, RIKILT – Institute of Food Safety, Wageningen University and Research Center

In the mid-nineties, genetically modified crops (GM) that had been obtained through recombinant DNA technology were grown commercially at a large scale for the first time. The agricultural area that is covered with these crops has since then grown steadily, reaching 114 million hectares globally in 20072. GM crops and…

Proteins: a source of clean label ingredients

20 February 2009 | By Fred van de Velde & Arno Alting, Project Managers Ingredient Technology, NIZO food research

Consumer awareness of additives drives the industry to launch natural and/or clean label products. Products without added flavours and colourings or with only natural flavours and colours are well known in the market. However, further cleaning of the product label is thorough as it focuses on functional additives and texturising…

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