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Issue 2 2012



The Food Safety Modernisation Act: A food manufacturer’s perspective

7 May 2012 | By Lilia M. Santiago-Connolly, Senior Manager Food Safety, Heinz North America and Kurt E. Deibel, Chief Quality Officer, Heinz North America

Food manufacturers in the US regulated by the Food & Drug Administration (FDA) are preparing for forthcoming challenges related to the Food Safety Modernisation Act (FSMA) which was signed into law by President Obama on 4 January 2011. The globalisation of the food supply, the aging population and an improved…


EHEDG Supplement 2012

2 May 2012 | By Delphine Chasseriaud, Kim Yeomans, Flemming Skou

CIP station: Technology for high security and hygiene quality(Delphine Chasseriaud, EHEDG Member)CIP cleaning of processed food fouled membrane installations is a process step(Kim Yeomans & Flemming Skou, EHEDG Members)


Extrusion of precooked pasta

1 May 2012 | By Mian N. Riaz, Head Extrusion Technology Program, Food Protein R&D Center, Texas A&M University and Brian Plattner, Process Engineering Manager, Wenger Manufacturing Co

Pasta is a common source of carbohydrates in our diet today. Production and consumption of pasta products vary depending on the region of the world and culinary traditions within a society. Italy ranks as the highest consumer of pasta in the world at nearly 26 kilograms per capita, which is…


Herbicide residues in genetically modified, herbicide-resistant crops

1 May 2012 | By Gijs A Kleter, RIKILT; John B Unsworth, Private Consultant and Caroline A Harris, Exponent International

Global agriculture has witnessed a continuously increasing adoption of genetically modified (GM) crops, both in terms of the area covered with these crops and the number of countries where these crops are grown. In 2011, the total worldwide acreage of these crops amounted to 160 million hectares, with the top…


LCMS as a reliable tool for monitoring food allergens contamination

1 May 2012 | By Linda Monaci, National Research Council of Italy (ISPA-CNR)

Food allergen research has considerably expanded its field of interest in recent years probably due to the increasing incidence of food allergies throughout the population. According to the last legislation issued on this issue, there is a current trend to develop reliable methods tailored to the detection of food allergens…


The changing face of water stewardship: It’s about much more than philanthropy

1 May 2012 | By Daniel W. Bena, Senior Director of Sustainable Development, PepsiCo, Inc and Tara Acharya, Director of Global Health and Agriculture Policy, PepsiCo, Inc

As the title suggests, the concept and practice of water stewardship in the food and beverage industry has seen some significant evolution over the past decade. Part of this evolution was natural, but much of it, arguably, was the result of external stressors and diverse stakeholder voices which facilitated this…


The risk of mycotoxins in foods – factors affecting production and control measures

30 April 2012 | By Elli Amanatidou, Higher Scientific Officer, Chemical Safety Division Mycotoxins, Food Standards Agency

This article is an introduction to mycotoxins, providing general information on mycotoxin potential health effects, control measures and due diligence for businesses. Mycotoxins are ubiquitous in nature. According to the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO), at least 25 per cent of the world’s food crops are…


Appropriate controls for PCR detection of foodborne pathogens

30 April 2012 | By Martin D’Agostino, Microbiologist, The Food and Environment Research Agency

Over the years, there has been a great increase in the number of PCR based assays for foodborne pathogen detection. For example, a very basic search for ‘salmonella food PCR assay’ using the database will produce over 600 results. Clearly, this has led to a huge choice of PCR-based…


Thermal processing in the food industry

30 April 2012 | By Matteo Campagnoli, Research Manager, Barilla G&R Fratelli

Nowadays in the food industry, there are innovative technologies with some very interesting applications on an industrial scale and finished products on the market. In spite of this, heat remains the main process used to preserve foods. The aim of this article is to give an overview of the main…