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Agent QC: A secret sensor on the job

Finding out if the truck delivering your frozen fish fails to keep your goods at the proper temperature could become easier with Agent QC's undercover transport tracking system, reports AhmedElAmin.

Rice biotech link up brings gains to Hisparroz

Ambitious rice giant Hisparroz will link up with a gene discovery firm to bring new rice varieties to market and fresh gains to the bottom line, the Spanish group has...

Poultry campylobacter source found in lungs

The source of the bacterium Campylobacter on poultry farmsand in processing plants probably lies in the birds' lungs, according to research by two scientists, reports Ahmed ElAmin.

New accord brings Asian and UK food scientists in closer collaboration

European and Asian food scientists will link up under a new agreement through their respective professional bodies.

DNA test tackles deadly cereal disease

A new DNA-based test could make the identification of fungi that cause Fusarium head blight (FHB) in cereal grains far easier to detect.

Pathogen study targets eradication of black rot

A large-scale study into the bacterial pathogen responsible for major vegetable crop losses worldwide could lead to significant savings for food producers.

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.