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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.

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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.

New baking method increases volume and shelf-life

Ingredients firm CP Kelco has invented a new method of bread-making which promises longer shelf-life, improved texture and greater bread volume.

Nano sensor slashes pathogen detection time, inventors claim

A handheld sensor under development uses nanoparticles to detect foodborne bacteria in 15 minutes, its inventors claim.

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Taking the junk out of junk food

The relationship between child and crisp has long been a sacred one but instead of exploiting this dynamic to shovel unhealthy food into young mouths isn't it about time healthier...

Irradiated foods highlighted during week of protest

A new report into irradiation finds conflicting and inconsistent regulatory approaches to the use of the technology worldwide, a problem for multinational processors who are using the technique as a...

Bag-in-box can cure beer keg hangovers

The problems associated with transporting and storing beer may be solved with the launch of direct replacement to the traditional stainless steel keg, itsmanufacturers claim.

Danone's beautiful designs for functional yoghurts

Danone is planning to introduce a new line of cosmetic yoghurts next year, according to press reports, as it seeks the next level of differentiation in the increasingly competitive functional...

Nanotechnology risks need more study, German survey finds

Clear definitions, terms and standards as well as far more research into the potential problems of nanotechnology is needed before the science is used to a greater degree in products,...

Redesigned standardiser improves milk production, companies claim

A redesigned automatic milk standardiser allows processors to continually monitor fatcontent and eliminates the need for skilled technical support, the manufacturers claim.

Wild wheat gene could boost nutrient content of modern varieties

US scientists have identified a gene from wild wheat that could increase protein and micronutrient content of its cultivated cousin by 10 to 15 per cent, and could soon be...

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Hybrid can offers better hygiene, claims manufacturer

A hybrid can now on the market helps increase hygiene during aseptic filling processes claims its manufacturer.

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Decontamination method reduces chemical use

A decontamination process for packaging chilled products reduces the amount of chemicals needed for sterilization and increases shelf-life, claims its manufacturer.

FreshCan extends shelf life of sports drinks

A new drinks container can extend the shelf live of drinks containing active ingredients, claims its manufacturers.

MAP packaging ensures fresh bread

A new Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP) system has been developed by Italian firm PFM to prolong bread freshness.

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Banknote protection transformed for packaging

Anti-counterfeit software that puts hidden design features into banknotes has been transformed into a brand protection tool for use by industry.

Fragile-food sorter breaks barriers, its manufacturer claims

A new fragile-food sorting system can remove up to 100 per cent of foreign material while losing less than 0.5 per cent yield, its manufacturer claims.

Gas equipment firm achieves highest food standard award

A global gas technology company has been awarded the food industry's highest international quality standard for food safety management.

Nanotech research holds promise for food industry, say scientists

Discoveries in nanotechnology are affecting a range of aspects in the food industry, from food safety to the molecular synthesis of new products and ingredients, according to a survey of...

Apple and oregano coating kills E. coli, say scientists

An natural and edible coating for fresh fruits and vegetables killsdeadly E. coli bacteria, whileproviding boost to flavor, say scientists.

Modular belt designed for hygiene, claims manufacturer

A new modular belt uses less links, reducing the risk of contamination, claims its manufacturer.

Meat preservatives work as antibacterial agents, scientist claims

Solutions used by meat processors to improve shelf life and taste can also help to reducepathogens, including E. coli 0157:H7, according to a recent study.

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