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Scientists create bio-film from sweet potato and thyme

Scientists at North Carolina A&T State University have created a bio nano-composite film from sweet potato starch and thyme essential oil.

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ScanTech Sciences to open ECP food treatment center

ScanTech Sciences, Inc. has started construction of its first Electronic Cold-Pasteurization (ECP) food treatment center which will bring 175 jobs to Rio Grande Valley.

Counterfeit alcohol consumption not just due to low prices - study

Previous work has overestimated the impact of low prices on counterfeit alcohol consumption, according to a Russian study.

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Anton Paar and Purdue investigate flow characteristics of fine powders

Anton Paar has donated a powder rheometer to a Purdue University researcher who will use it to investigate the flow characteristics of fine powders such as cornstarch.

JRC finds 14% of honey samples to be adulterated

More than 14% of tested honey samples have been found to be adulterated, according to a long-awaited report by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre (JRC).

Analytical methods to detect coffee adulteration reviewed

Approaches to test the accuracy of claims for samples of roast ground coffee have been reviewed by researchers.

Dutch project scaling up multi-analyte methods

An institute of Wageningen University & Research is part of a project to improve multi-analyte diagnostic assays for rapid (on-site) detection of food safety issues.

FAO calls for integrated approach to food chain crises

The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has highlighted emergency prevention methods and tools to improve food safety and security.

MRSA in 40% of sampled retail pork - DVFA

Forty per cent of fresh pork sampled was found to contain livestock associated-MRSA (LA-MRSA), according to a Danish study.

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JBS investment for CSU center

Colorado State University (CSU) has started construction of a $15m facility to improve best practices in food safety, meat sciences and animal welfare.

Symposium targets food fraud prevention and mitigation

Regulators and experts from academia, government and industry are meeting in Quebec this week to discuss food fraud.

Research round-up: Viable organism detection and outbreak reporting via Twitter

For the third time of 2017 we run the lab gauntlet and analyse the data that relates to food safety and quality research.

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Fraunhofer centre to focus on microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technology

Fraunhofer is to open a site in Ireland to focus on microfluidic “lab-on-a-chip” technologies.

Advances in wearable Smart Glasses will outpace handheld technology

By the end of the year, manufacturers will see ‘transformational’ wearable technology in the consumer market, which will overtake sales of handheld devices, says NSF International.

special edition: product inspection

Researchers develop novel food inspection system

An ultra-low field (ULF) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system using a high-temperature superconducting quantum interference device (HTS-SQUID) for food inspection has been tested by researchers.

Alibaba trials Blockchain in Aus and NZ to tackle food fraud

Alibaba Australia is to trial Blockchain to mitigate the risk of counterfeit and fraudulent food products.

Dispatches from GFSI 2017 in Houston

USP seeks comments on non-targeted analytical methods guidance

USP is seeking feedback on a guidance document that covers how to develop and validate non-targeted analytical methods for authentication of food ingredients.


Food mould innovator selected to pitch invention to Silicon Valley

An Australian researcher who has discovered how to stop mould growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators in pitching pitching to big-name backers.

R-Biopharm to develop improved ELISA method to detect allergens

R-Biopharm is developing an improved ELISA method to detect food allergens as part of a project with two universities.

Novel food vehicle suspected in Salmonella outbreak

Truffle oil was implicated as the likely source of a 2015 Salmonella Enteritidis outbreak, according to a study.

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BfR to work more with Portuguese-speaking agencies

The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) in Germany is to increase cooperation with Portuguese-speaking countries.

WGS can address multiple questions in one experiment - study

Whole genome sequencing (WGS) clearly separates outbreak isolates from background isolates, according to a study.

Dried surrogate bacteria could help with process validation, FSMA compliance

A new validation technique using dried surrogate bacteria that could help companies come into compliance with new FSMA requirements has been developed by French company Novolyze.

VTT creates 100% bio-based stand-up pouch for crisps, potato chips and muesli

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed lightweight 100% bio-based stand-up pouches using its patent pending enzymatic fibrillation of cellulose (HefCel) technology.

Organic is a single part of a sustainable food system, and only works in certain contexts: study

Organic may be less sustainable and less beneficial to consumer health than previously thought, according to new research.

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