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R&D is ever-changing as whole genome sequencing, antimicrobials and nanomaterials are investigated for food safety uses


R&D is where it all starts - from whole genome sequencing of foodborne pathogens to antimicrobials to stop pathogen growth and the role of nanomaterials in food safety all the latest techniques to ensure a safe supply chain can be found in this section

Nanotech discovery promises safer food packaging

A UK research institute believes it has identified safe and effective antimicrobial nanoparticles for food packaging, a discovery that could revolutionise how food is packaged in the future.

RFID patent promises future of cheaper tags

Multispectral Solutions (MSSI) has been awarded a patent for ultra wideband RFID, a technology that promises more accurate tracking of products and the possibility of cheaper tags in the future.

Para Red testing launched as consumer confidence wavers

RSSL is launching a single screening service to test for the presence of illegal food colourings such as Sudan I-IV, Para Red and Orange G just as public concern over...

Soleris shelf-life test quicker than conventional means

A new study suggests that Soleris technology is over five times faster than conventional test methods in determining the shelf-life of pasteurised milk.

Canadian beef industry loses patience over border dispute

Canadian frustration over the failure to reopen the US border to Canadian beef imports has fuelled demands to accelerate the expansion of its own meat processing capacity, writes Anthony Fletcher.

US industry discusses agroterror threat

The US will host its first international symposium on the burgeoning threat of agroterrorism to discuss ways of reducing the US food supply chain's vulnerability to terrorist tampering, Tom Armitage...

ASI launches food detection for tricky applications

ASI Instruments has launched ShieldPoint, a series of radio frequency capacitance switches designed for point level detection in challenging food applications such as sticky slurries,reports Anthony Fletcher.

GM rice: China to supply?

While acceptance of genetically modified ingredients remains divided across the globe, recent field trials in China suggest GM rice could reduce health problems and increase yields in the burgeoning Chinese...

New network expands RFID's scope of traceability

A port operator and an RFID supplier are building an RFID-based network to track and manage containerised ocean cargo, a move that could save companies billions and guarantee supply chain...

Coca-Cola to test citrus flavours for new drinks

Opportunities are flourishing for flavour suppliers targeting health-positioned drinks as number one soft drinks firm Coca-Cola says it will push R&D investment in health positioned products.

Russia re-vamping its meat sector

Russian meat firm Mikoyan has been named as the most popular meat producer on the Russian market. Angela Drujinina talks to Russian firm Mikoyan about the challenges and opportunities in...

Spanish retail achieves fresh fruit RFID traceability

Spanish supermarket chain Mercadona has installed RFID tags within the dry, fresh and frozen goods areas of its new logistics centre near Madrid.

Month shelf-life for fruit with vitamin - mineral coating

A mineral and vitamin mixture that cuts the browning and extends the shelf-life of sliced apples could encourage consumers to eat more fruit, say researchers, Lindsey Partos reports.

Peanut kits tested for accuracy

As the deadline for the food allergy bill approaches, new research shows that the peanut testing kits used by the food industry are around 95 percent accurate.

Australia supports food scientists in functional food race

Spearing the booming global €30 billion market for functional foods, Australian food scientists will receive funding from their government to develop and apply new technologies to protect the health-promoting activity...

Lock claims detectors offer 30% higher sensitivity

Inspection equipment manufacturer Lock is using Interpack to showcase its new MET 30+ range of metal detectors, which it claims offers up to 30 per cent higher sensitivity than standard detectors.

Brussels clears lab detection test for Bt 10

Brussels clears new lab technology that can detect illegal GM sweetcorn Bt 10 following the discovery of this unapproved maize in Europe's food chain, writes Lindsey Partos.

Ishida unveils high speed multihead weighers at Interpack

Ishida Europe has launched a range of multihead weighers that it claims are the fastest and most accurate models ever produced.

Nestlé's cereals go whole grain in UK

Nestlé UK has followed the lead of General Mills across the Atlantic, announcing today that from June 2005 every box of Nestlé breakfast cereals will be made with whole grains. scoops industry award's sister site has won website of the year in the 2005 Business Food and Drink Journalism awards.

Loma unveils latest innovations at Interpack

Loma Systems says it has taken its biggest ever stand at Interpack 2005, currently running in Dusseldorf, Germany, to showcase its portfolio of end-of-line inspection equipment, including IQ 2 metal...

Satiety triggers: the secret weapon against rising obesity?

Food designs that use flavours, ingredients or aromas as triggers to limit food intake could be the next generation of consumer food, as food technologists across Europe work together to...

Ohmic heating could up juice quality

Israeli scientists say that ohmic heating of orange juice has proved to be a good way of improving the flavour quality of orange juice while extending sensory shelf life. The...

Dairy sector sees profit in gene-transfer technology

Gene-transfer technology used to produce dairy cows capable of resisting a widespread bacterial infection could help dairy producers increase yields.

EFSA debates risk tools

Europe's food safety agency is calling for comments from industry and scientific community on a new opinion that tackles the risk assessment of genotoxic and carcinogenic properties.

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