TOMRA 5C crowned 2022 best machine innovation at Japan Food Journal Awards

JAPAN – The famous annual Japan Food Journal Awards’ machine category went to the TOMRA 5C premium sorter, which took first place for setting new industry standards in accuracy, efficiency, and ease of use by employing digital tools and AI technology. The Japan Food Journal Awards, which are now in their 25th year, highlight goods that promote the growth of…

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Researchers look to identify bacteria present in dairy processing environments

IRELAND/AUSTRIA – Ireland state research agency Teagasc and the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna in Austria are currently undertaking a project to identify the bacteria present in dairy processing environments to evaluate the impact on Listeria monocytogenes. Food-processing facilities are required to follow regulations to provide food safety assurance. However, the food-processing environment in general is not sterile, Teagasc said.…

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PathogenDx presents new virus detection technology to curb plant-borne pathogens

U.S – PathogenDx, manufacturer of DNA-based pathogen testing kits, has introduced a new patented virus detection technology — Phytox — to help curb the spread of new and existing plant-borne pathogens, which are currently on the rise. The company claims that the new Asymmetric RT-PCR microarray technology for the cannabis, food, and agriculture industries can detect nine viruses or more…

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Italian multinational Ferrero aces 3-month probation at Arlon facility

BELGIUM – After no issues were discovered during the initial clearance period, Ferrero, which was recently involved in a Salmonella fiasco, has been given the go-ahead to continue with its manufacturing operations.  The company disclosed that the Federal Agency for the Safety of the Food Chain (FASFC) in Belgium has granted it final approval for manufacturing at the factory in…

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Fujitsu, Phytocontrol Group automate analyses of food contamination

JAPAN – Fujitsu, a leading Japanese global information and communication technology company, has kicked off a strategic collaboration with Phytocontrol Group, a French leader in contaminant analysis for environmental and food safety, to develop AI-supported chromatography analysis services. These services aim to contribute to the assurance of food safety by accelerating and improving the accuracy of contaminant analysis in the…

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CP Foods reinforces commitment to animal welfare, attains Farm F1rst assurance

THAILAND – Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CP Foods), a global top three producer of poultry and pork,  has become the first Thai company to secure the UK’s Farm F1rst certification for its chicken production process, affirming its commitment to food security and safe supply chain that underpins animal welfare. The certification amplified CP Foods’ traceable and internationally-recognized practices on animal…

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Control of Darkling beetle could prevent Salmonella in poultry

GLOBAL – The management of the Darkling beetle, which is endemic to poultry houses could be key to preventing Salmonella contamination in poultry. Darkling beetles are a vector for foodborne pathogens, including Salmonella and E. coli, and poultry diseases like Marek’s disease, infectious bronchitis, and blackhead disease. In addition, darkling beetles have been known to bite birds, leaving scars on…

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CP Foods beefs up food safety, turns to healthier product innovations

THAILAND – CP Foods, one of the world’s largest food and beverage conglomerates, has opted to shift focus on innovation of healthier products and ensuring food safety, as part of meeting its sustainability goals. Unhealthy food is responsible for 8 million premature deaths worldwide each year and contributes to healthcare costs related to non-communicable diseases (NCDs) estimated to exceed USD…

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Study demonstrates potential of x-ray technology in agricultural sector

INDIA – A study led by a team of researchers from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) and the Fraunhofer Development Center for X-ray Technology (EZRT), has demonstrated the potential of X-ray radiography for a rapid and non-destructive determination of key market-related traits from X-ray scans of peanuts while still inside the hull. Consequently, the evaluation…

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Researchers advise industry to explore alternatives for organophosphate esters

UK – University of Birmingham researchers have called on manufacturers to check their use of organophosphate esters (OPEs), which are considered a threat to human health, and start exploring alternatives. The researchers conducted a study, published in Science of the Total Environment, on common synthetic chemicals found in UK foods where nearly 400 food samples were tested for evidence of…

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