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Issue 1 2014



Food Safety supplement 2014

6 March 2014 | By

Barry Callebaut's François Bourdichon looks at Listeria monocytogenes and what we’ve learned from the last 30 years, while Lilia M. Santiago-Connolly and Raghu Ramaswamy from Heinz look at the need for risk assessment and validation in frozen food manufacturing...


New research gives further insights on O2-ingress in food packaging

5 March 2014 | By Peter Ragaert & An Vermeulen, Pack4Food and Mieke Buntinx & Roos Peeters, Research Group Packaging Technology & VerpakkingsCentrum, University Hasselt

Diversity in food packaging has become increasingly important in the last few decades due to different trends such as globalisation and convenience. This has resulted in an increased need for certain barrier properties in order to guarantee the desired shelf-life of the packaged food product. In the case of gas…


Advanced microbial modelling techniques and risk-based management applied to aseptic-UHT process

5 March 2014 | By Laure Pujol and Jeanne-Marie Membré, INRA, UMR1014 Secalim and LUNAM Université, Oniris

Ultra High Temperature (UHT)-type products are ambient stable products, with a long shelf life (three to six months). Since they do not require any cold chain storage and can be consumed immediately, they are consumed extensively everywhere on the globe. They are defined as commercially sterile meaning that the product…


A novel approach to reducing the total and saturated fat content of baked goods

5 March 2014 | By Charles Speirs, Bakery Science Manager, Campden BRI

In 2008, the Food and Agricultural Organisation and the World Health Organisation reviewed their recommendations on dietary fat and fatty acids in view of the growing evidence on dietary fatty acids and health outcomes1. The key recommendation was that our diet type should change to limit the saturated fatty acid…


The relevance of reducing sugar and sweetness in products intended for infants and young children

5 March 2014 | By Martine Alles, Director Developmental Physiology & Nutrition and Simone Eussen, Nutrition Scientist, Nutricia Research

The early years of life are a period of very rapid growth and development. Many organs including the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, adipose tissue and the brain are still under development in infancy and toddlerhood. Body size doubles and body weight increases five-fold in this period of time. Two grams of…


Enrobing in the confectionery industry

5 March 2014 | By Ramana Sundara, Ángel Máñez and Josélio Vieira, Nestlé Product Technology Centre

Enrobing is a process that involves covering a confection or snack with chocolate or chocolate coatings. Traditionally, this process was slow and involved manually dipping the pieces into melted chocolate by hand. As demand for chocolate-coated sweets increased, it became impractical or impossible to employ enough people to dip sweets…


Near Infrared: Food fraud and NIRS

5 March 2014 | By Saskia van Ruth, Head of Authenticity & Novel Foods Business Unit & Professor of Food Authenticity and Integrity and Rob Frankhuizen, Scientist, State Institute for Quality Control of Agricultural Products, RIKILT Wageningen University and Research Centre

Nowadays foods and ingredients are sourced from many different parts of the globe. Since the 1960s, global food transport has been increasing at an exponential rate, faster than food production itself. For certain countries, this network ensures access to any food item regardless of season or origin. The number of…


Understanding the dark side of food: the analysis of processed food by modern mass spectrometry

5 March 2014 | By Nikolai Kuhnert, School of Engineering and Science, Jacobs University Bremen

Do we actually know what we eat? How well do we really understand the chemical composition of our daily food? These are two questions of utmost importance for consumers, food manufacturers and the scientific community involved in food research. The answer to that question is anything but straightforward. Our knowledge…