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Bacteria-killing water replaces chemical cleaners

A US company has made inroads in bringing its electrolysed water technology to market as a replacement for chemical cleaners.

Shipping container material reduces contamination risk

A new type of shipping container material replaces wood and reduces the risk of contamination of any foods being transported, its creator claims.

Natural enzymes improve product texture, say EU scientists

European Union scientists have developed new natural enzymes that claim to improve the texture of high-protein food products, reducing the need for certain product-enhancing ingredients.

Company develops spray to light up pathogens

AgroMicron is developing a spray that lights up pathogens, providing a way for companies to quickly detect contamination in foods and drinks.

Frutarom develops natural tasting citrus flavours

Frutarom has developed unique processing technology that it claims maintains the true natural flavour of citrus fruit.

Filling sensor reduces waste, allows faster changeovers

An integrated filling sensor simplifies batch delivery by eliminating the need for separate controllers for valves and pumps.

Danisco technology taps human flavour perceptions

Danisco has developed new technology that it claims can harmonise flavours with other food ingredients and, for the first time, human perceptions of flavour.

Probiotic dairy could help block HIV

Scientists have devised a way of using 'live' bacteria in yoghurt to deliver medicine that can prevent HIV infection, potentially opening up a new avenue for probiotic dairy development.

Coating protects floors from temperature changes

A new concrete coating is designed to protect floors at food and beverage plants from dramatic temperature fluctuations and to resist bacteria.

Sensor measures small flows of liquids

A flow sensor is designed for the automated measuring low volume liquids in food plants.

Texture analyser measures quality of thin foods

A texture analyser for measuring the quality of thin foods can now be used to test the strength of packaging.

Sensor sniffs gases on meat to determine freshness

Russian scientists say they have developed a sensor that "smells" a meat's gases to determine if it is fresh and how long it has been kept in storage.

Food quality tester linked to Internet monitoring service

A spectrometer manufacturer has linked up its Internet monitoring service with its quality testing machines, a move that could help food laboratories improve productivity.

Device automates food safety testing

A portable spectrophotometer automates the process of testing water at food and drink plants.

Brewers set to benefit from winter malting barley

A new variety of winter malting barley could provide brewers with a better quality and more stable barley supply, say scientists who have been developing the variety for the past...

Company develops speedy test kit for bird flu

Applied Biosystems plans to release kits that can test humans and animals for avian flu virus within two hours.

Food makers see cost savings in microencapsulation

The increasing economic viability of microencapsulation technology has led to significant interest within the food and beverage industry.

New cowpea variety retains 'perfect' green color when dry, frozen

A greener variety of black-eyed pea may well solve the problem of color fading faced by frozen food processors, allowing them to sell a better looking product, say scientists.

Vacuum drying method preserves vitamin content

Scientists in Germany claim to have developed a microwave vacuum drying method that preserves the vitamin content of fruit and other foods.

Pathogen tester speeds up process of detecting contamination

DuPont Qualicon has introduced a new pathogen testing instrument to speed up the process of ensuring food products meet regulatory requirements.

Palsgaard launches emulsifiers for very low fat spreads

Danish firm Palsgaard has launched a new emulsifier combination for very low fat spreads and butter with a fat content of between 10 and 15 per cent.

Measuring meter reader fits tight spaces

Small electromagnetic shakers are designed specifically for tight fitting processing and packaging distribution lines that require precise metering and low maintenance drives, the system's manufacturer claims.

Australian food safety tester buys into European market

SAI Global has acquired EFSIS Ltd., one of the food safety inspection and certification firms companies will be turning to when checking whether they are in compliance with the EU's...

Drum motor is self contained for food safety

Netherlands-based Van der Graaf has developed an internally powered drum motor featuring specially designed sprockets for driving food industry modular conveyor belts.

Analyser can detect cheese fat in seconds

A new device can analyse fat and dry matter in cheese in seconds while it is being processed, giving operators a qualitative advantage over methods currently used in the industry.

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