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Submersible carton developed for hydrocooling

A company says it has developed a submersible carton that allows fruit and vegetables to remain fresher for a longer period.

Leak tester allows package contents to be reclaimed

A flexible, repeatable leak test system allows the contents of damaged packaging to be reused and for the return of seal-tight products to the processing line.

UK food lab investigates volatile flavour perception

UK food laboratory extends its sensory analysis capacity to take on new business.

Smart camera detects the misshapen, the off-colour

A new imaging camera helps food processors detect when they are serving up misshapen or off-colour products, before they are shipped off to the customer.

Tocotrienols inhibit build-up of plaques, shows lab study

Tocotrienols appear to be better than the more common vitamin E form alpha-tocopherol at stopping an initial stage of atherosclerosis, a condition responsible for more than half the deaths in...

Danisco invests in diagnostic tools to fight food contamination

Investing in faster tools to fight the risk of food contamination, the venture capital arm of leading ingredients firm Danisco will pour more funds into German technology company Profos.

New science unlocks secrets of salmonella success

Omnipresent food pathogen Salmonella can evolve at a surprisingly rapid rate "by jettisoning superfluous DNA", report UK scientists.

Soup rockets to space on new formulation

A soup that is edible under weightless conditions marks the latest food science formulation to head into space.

Companies team up on DNA detector

In a bid to meet the growing demand for food safety testing products Applied Biosystems has teamed up with DuPont Qualicon to develop a new DNA detection system.

Molecular tracer tags rigid, flexible packaging

US company Ampacet has developed molecular tracers that allow manufacturers to monitor flexible and rigid cosmetics plastic packaging - at any stage in the supply chain - to help resolve...

PET bottle hot-fills without ribbing

A new type of plastic bottling technology allows companies to package hot-fill products in containers with smooth rather than ribbed or panelled walls.

Cross breeding could boost chickpea crops

Indian scientists have developed a way of cross breeding chickpeas, a feat that to date has been extremely difficult to undertake. The programme is aiming to develop chickpeas that are...

ConAgra campaign targets health-conscious consumer

ConAgra's new 'Green is Good' marketing campaign for its Healthy Choice range shows just where food companies are targeting their resources.

VitaPlant champions safety, quality in plant-based supplements

Swiss research institute VitaPlant is embarking on a research project to develop six new plant extracts, in partnership with US natural products supplier EuroPharma. Jess Halliday speaks to Dr Bernd...

EU targets commercial nano tech research

With nano-scale technologies poised to become a strategic platform for the development of new processes for the food and agriculture sector, the EU is starting to develop a coordinated research...

Bioinformatics may isolate food allergy proteins

A team of UK scientists will analyse and demonstrate how bioinformatics could help food companies improve their products, from pin-pointing allergy-causing proteins to identifying the cause of batch spoilage.

Raw milk concerns push demand for detection

The European Union is reportedly considering lowering the legal levels of alkaline phosphates (ALP) in the dairy pasteurisation process, presenting an opportunity for lab tech firms such as Advanced Instruments.

Fortified milk could raise folate status

Fortifying milk with folic acid offers an accessible source of the vitamin, report Dutch researchers who tested bioavailability of the nutrient in a clinical trial.

Air quality: getting the right flow

Controlling air quality is key to food safety in processing plants according to updated guidelines published by Campden & Chorleywood.

Laser system provides covert brand protection

Microtrace has teamed up with a laser technology company to offer customers, including food processors, a covert system for brand protection and for tracking products.

Moisture Control Technology increases shelf-life

Australian CSIRO has designed Moisture Control Technology (MCT) to control free moisture found in stored or transported fresh food, enabling food to stay fresher for longer.

E-paper: future of RFID, intelligent packaging?

A prototype of electronic-paper could be the future for radio frequency identification (RFID) tags and for intelligent packaging, according to the company developing the technology.

Salt reduction tackled at IFT

Though consumers are still not prepared to sacrifice taste for a low-sodium diet,the food industry is beginning to make headway in find alternatives to salt despite numerous challenges, writes Anthony...

Ultrasound technique offers faster, safer dairy processing

Ultrasound technology, set to be piloted in dairy processing by Australian food scientists, offers cost-savings to producers by drastically improving the speed and hygiene of ultrafiltration, writes Chris Mercer.

Form shrink process reduces contamination, Multivac says

A new kind of shrink process reduces the chance of food contamination and gives a closer fit of the product to the package, according to Multivac.

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