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Salmon inspection can leap ahead with automated vision, claims study

Computer vision systems could automate salmon fillet sorting lines, reducing labour costs and increasing processing speed, according to a study by scientists in Norway.

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Wanted: testing for supplements

The dietary supplement industry needs an independent testing program that is recognizable to consumers in order to enhance the credibility of its products as well as encourage solid science and...

Heat sealing reduces salad packaging and spoilage

A new a way to seal flexible film packaging reduces the amount of material required and extends the shelf life of products, according to results of recent trials.

Humidity during heat processing reduces salmonella

Processing beef at low humidity reduces the effectiveness of killing salmonella through cooking, according to a recent study.

Thermometer assists tracing in supply chain

A portable refrigerator thermometer allows processors to record temperatures more accurately and easily, improving the traceability of products, its manufacturer claims.

Researchers develop new nut allergen test

A research laboratory has developed new tests that enable processors to identify pine nuts and chestnuts in food, which could help protect consumers with allergies.

Ultrasound improves conveyer cleaning, says study

Ultrasonic treatment could provide processors with a new method of cleaning conveyor belts, according to a recent study.

Steam cleaning cuts salmonella in meat, says study

Using commercial household steam cleaning can provide smaller processing plants with a low cost method of decontaminating beef and hog carcasses, according to a recent study.

Modular belt improves washdown efficiency

A new modular belt is designed with less hinges to reduce both the risk of contamination and cleaning time during washdowns, its manufacturer claims.

Absorbent pads help retain packaged meat colour

A new absorbent pad prevents meat discolouration while retaining moisture in packaging, its manufacturer claims.

Crown expands easy-open closure range

Crown Closures Europe has put out three new diameters for its Ideal brand, expanding the range for which it can be used for packing foods and beverages.

Fiber-optic light paves way for more accurate inspection

A new light source based on fiber-optic technology could be the next step in improving the accuracy of automated food inspection machines.

Processing lab opens for pre-production testing

A new lab that provides powder processing services allows firms to test small batches before they progress to full production.

Washing system cleans processing parts in minutes

A washing system can clean detachable food processing machine parts in minutes, allowing quick washdowns during changeovers, its manufacturer claims.

Labeller adds tamper safety to containers without changeovers

A new machine that can attach up to 400 tamperproof labels to containers per minute runs continuously without changeovers, its manufacturer claims.

New EU food testing labs come into operation

Three new EU food laboratories are coming into operation today, providing testing facilities for heavy metals, mycotoxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs).

Krones to unveil new aseptic sterilisation process

Germany-based Krones next week plans to unveil a new sterilisation process for the aseptic filling of sensitive beverages.

Superchilling keeps fish fresh longer, claim scientists

Superchilling methods are being developed by Norwegian scientists to extend the shelf life of fish and meat, while reducing storage and transport costs.

Tea wash reduces pathogens in meat, say scientists

Tea could be the wonder ingredient used as surface washes to improve the safety of ready-to-eat meats and vegetable.

Breakthrough technology

Baking breakthrough improves product quality

Bakers could soon be benefiting from new technology developed to ensure high standards of product quality and appearance are met while maximising efficiency, cutting costs and reducing waste.

Trehalose best for improving aroma in dried fruit products?

Trehalose, a sugar found naturally in mushrooms, honey, lobster and shrimp, improves the aroma and quality of dried fruit ingredients, suggests a new study.

New system to allow greater boiler control, says manufacturer

New high tech computer controls would allow processors to modulate their steam and hot water boiler systems more accurately, its manufacturer claims.

Lactococcus strain may offer end to food allergies

Non-pathogenic gut bacteria, bioengineered to produce a compound that regulates immune response in the gut, may offer significant potential for beating food allergies, if results from an animal study can...

Quaker pioneers new snack process to cut time, costs and waste.

US cereal and snack maker the Quaker Oats company has developed a new way of processing granola and snack-food products which cuts time, wastage and costs.

Ozone nano-bubbles harnessed to sterilise water

A new steriliser uses ozone nano-bubbles to produce a water mixture that can be used for food processing.

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