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Nanomaterial’s growth in food use reined in by health risks: Review

The use of organic and inorganic nanomaterials (INMs) in food applications is growing, a review concludes, yet its short history has not completely revealed the associated risks. 

Cott: UV systems provide us with insurance before bottling

Cott Beverages is using Hanovia UV disinfection technology to treat process water used in the production process.

Clean label drive spurs innovation in texturizers, preservatives

The challenges of clean label formulation might hit hardest at the humblest of ingredients, texturizers and preservatives—those behind-the-scenes stage hands that do the dirty work of making food formulations palatable...

Interpack 2017

Treofan turns to phthalate-free packaging films and mineral oil barriers

Treofan has started to offer its customers phthalate-free packaging films on request using phthalate-free base polymers in the extrusion process.

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Sainsbury’s removes a number of Houmous products after complaints over the taste

Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s has temporarily removed a number of Houmous products from its stores due to a ‘taste issue’.

Fiji looks at irradiation to open up fruit and veg exports

Fiji has proposed a project to support irradiation to help increase exports of fruits and vegetables to international markets.

Ametek to acquire Mocon for $182m, expanding into the F&B package testing market

Ametek has agreed to acquire Mocon for $182m, with the deal expected to close in Q2, 2017.  

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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.

Leatherhead: EU food safety law will form basis of UK regulations

Leatherhead Food Research has said it anticipates EU food safety legislation will be brought into UK law wholesale following Brexit.

Australia

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.

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.

Dutch waffles and cheese biscuits recalled for mineral oil contamination

The Belgian Food Authority (FASFC) has recalled several Dutch waffles and cheese biscuits due to mineral oil contamination.

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Steamy solution to ensure melon safety

Steam can kill E. coli, Salmonella and Listeria on cantaloupes, according to an Agricultural Research Service (ARS) scientist.

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Bonamar launches irradiated crab meat

Bonamar Corporation has partnered with Gateway America to launch crab meat products that have been irradiated.

JBT Corporation acquires Avure Technologies for $57m

JBT Corporation has acquired Avure Technologies, which provides high pressure processing (HPP) systems, for $57m.

Witt gas analyser measures trace oxygen levels

Witt has unveiled a gas analyser that can measure trace oxygen levels in the ppm (parts per million) range.

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Diversified Technologies launches Pulsed Electric Field system

Diversified Technologies has introduced a Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) system for processing fruits and vegetables.

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915 Labs and Printpack to present MATS technology

A Thai university is hosting a conference to introduce a method for packaging foods and beverages called Microwave Assisted Thermal Sterilization (MATS).

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Fresh Strips in SPIE Startup Challenge

A start-up focussed on improving food safety and reducing waste has been selected as a finalist in the 2017 SPIE Startup Challenge.

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EU project for nanotechnology-based antimicrobial packaging

An EU-funded project is aiming to extend food shelf life by using novel antimicrobial surfaces applied in active packaging.

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Poindexter Nut Company adds second Napasol pasteurization line

Poindexter Nut Company has increased its walnut pasteurization capacity with a second Napasol pasteurization line.

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FAO and Sapienza University work together on food safety

The FAO and an Italian University have strengthened collaboration around areas including food safety.

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Bruker acquires Active Spectrum Micro-ESR Business

Bruker has acquired a manufacturer of benchtop micro-ESR (Electron Spin Resonance) spectroscopy systems used for applied and industrial applications.

Use of infrared and UV investigated to inactivate microorganisms on meat

Fraunhofer IVV is helping to develop processes for the surface sterilization of packaged meat and sausage products.

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Shanghai Food Safety Federation visits Döhler

The Shanghai Food Safety Federation has visited Döhler’s Asia-Pacific headquarters.

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