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Pre-wash system improves bottle cleaning

A pre-wash system significantly improves the cleaning performance of bottle washers, its manufacturer claims.

DNA pathogen test will produce results within hours

A DNA-based pathogen detection system, that will provide test results within hours, is being developed through funding from Tate & Lyle.

Preservation system bears fruit for processors

Agrofresh have unveiled improved sales results and new research to back-up the success of its SmartFresh fruit and vegetable preservations system.

Developer targets injectable RFID ink at meat market

A biocompatible radio-frequency identification (RFID) ink would allowprocessors to track individual cuts of meat or vegetables, allowing them to make speedy recalls during food contamination outbreaks.

German project to create meat analysis RFID

Researchers in Germany are developing radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that will measure and transmit the quality and condition of meat as well as enable processors to identify products throughout...

Antimicrobial paper extends shelf life, claims manufacturer

MicrobeGuard today announced the launch of a lining paper liner that will feature AgION antimicrobial technology.

New freshness test for pre-packaged bread

Bakery Equipment supplier Stable Micro Systems has developed a new way of determining bread softness and freshness in pre-packaged loaves - allowing manufacturers to test store-ready bread without risking damage.

Starch research targets clean label products

New research into the properties of various starches could be of use to food manufacturers developing clean label products.

EBI Food Safety sets up China office

Dutch company EBI Food Safety has opened a representative office in Beijing to meet demand in Asia for its natural anti-bacterial products.

Book review

Pasteurisation guide provides practical advice on standards

An updated guide on pasteurisation aims to help processors set manufacturing standards that allow for the consistent production of safe foods.

Scientists speed up pathogen detection system

A new technique developed by scientists improves on mass spectrometry detection methods to speed up the identification of foodborne pathogens.

Food-standard pressure transmitter launched with 10-year warranty

A new range of pressure transmitters with food standard clean-in-place (CIP) capability has been launched with the longest warranty in the industry, its manufacturer claims.

Healthy trans fat oil developed?

University of Arkansas researchers have developed a trans fat oil that they claim could have health benefits.

Low-phytate dough promises better nutrition

US scientists have been examining newly-developed varieties of low-phytate, high-phosphorus wheat in order to assess its impact on baking quality, nutritional content and suitability for industrial bread production.

Trans Fat Focus

New Tate & Lyle ingredient system targets trans free desserts

British ingredients firm Tate & Lyle has introduced a new method to eliminate trans fats in desserts, a move that comes in response to the renewed trans fat momentum in...

Cold water cools Salmonella rate in eggs

Using cold water instead of warm during a second wash of eggs can help cooling, which reduces the risk of pathogen growth both inside and outside the shell, according to...

Irradiation kills pathogens not taste, according to study

Irradiation technology effectively kills foodborne pathogens such as Listeria without conclusively worsening taste or smell, according to a new study.

Researchers study electrolyzed water as pathogen killer

Electrolyzed water can be used to destroy pathogens like E. coli in foods such as vegetables,according to new research into the process.

Software ties product location to temperature and humidity data

Updated software from Sybase allows managers to locate individual products in real time usingradio frequency identification (RFID) technology and tie that information to temperature and humidity conditions.

Bilwinco software uses RFID to track and trace

An upgraded software programme using radio frequency identification (RFID) to track and trace products, will improve food safety management information, its manufacturer claims.

EU funds projects to improve food safety

EU-funded projects devoted to improving food safety and quality are among those showcased by the European Commission yesterday at a conference in Brussels.

Rapid molecular tests being developed to speed up process

Gen-Probe and 3M have teamed up to develop rapid molecular tests food processors can use to ensure the safety of their products, the two companies announced this month.

Weekly Comment

Trans Fats: A Farewell to Harm

There's no way but out for heart-damaging trans fatty acids, and procrastinators in the food industry will achieve nothing by delaying reformulation other than lagging behind in the game as...

Sanitary curved conveyor designed for small products

A new series of sanitary curved flat belt conveyors is designed to transfer small food productsas small as a penny, its manufacturer claims.

EU sets up food contact materials reference lab

The EU yesterday opened a commmunity reference lab for food packaging, part the bloc's plan to ensure the chemicals used in their manufacture do not affect human health.

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