Home canning predisposes Italy to botulism infections

ITALY – Italian researchers through the national surveillance system have reported 1,039 suspected cases of botulism from 2001 to 2020, with a predominance in the Southern part of the country. One reason why Italy has one of the highest botulism rates in Europe is the nation’s long-standing habit of home canning. 406 cases of botulism involving 599 people were laboratory…

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FAO/WHO expert committee develops risk assessment models for Listeria

ITALY – The Joint FAO/WHO Expert Meeting in Microbial Risk Assessment (JEMRA)  has developed risk assessment models for Listeria monocytogenes on leafy greens, frozen vegetables, cantaloupe melon, and ready-to-eat (RTE) seafood in response to a request by the Codex Committee on Food Hygiene. The group also provided recommendations to inform possible future revisions to the Codex Alimentarius “Guidelines on the Application…

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Researchers create autonomous edible defrosting sensor

ITALY –Consumers could soon tell whether a frozen foodstuff has been thawed and then refrozen thanks to a technology created by scientists at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia in Italy. Ivan Ilic, Mario Caironi, and their colleagues published the discovery in ACS Sensors under the title “Self-Powered Edible Defrosting Sensor”. Food, especially meat, can be frozen to extend its shelf…

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Researchers develop novel packaging for extending pasta shelf life

ITALY – Researchers in Italy have developed a brand-new method for prolonging the shelf life of fresh pasta by 30 days using a novel packaging process that also involves applying bioprotective probiotic cultures to the dough. The Frontiers in Microbiology journal featured their new fresh pasta preservation recipe. Pasta is serious business in Italy, with reportedly more than 300 specific…

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Marsha Bro named President of Kemin Food Technologies in Europe, Middle East, Africa regions

ITALY – Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has named Marsha Bro as the President of Kemin Food Technologies in Europe, Middle East and Africa regions (EMEA). Bro takes over from Valter Dompè, who has shifted to serve as President of Kemin Textile Auxiliaries – Garmon Chemicals, located in San Marino, Italy. She has held various executive positions within Kemin…

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Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano, Kaasmerk Matec, p-Chip Corporation tie up to increase traceability in cheese

ITALY – The Consorzio del Parmigiano Reggiano (CFPR) has tied up with Kaasmerk Matec (Kaasmerk), a leading producer  of casein  cheesemarks and p-Chip Corporation (p-Chip), a digital tracing technology inventor, to launch a line of food-safe and secure traceability digital labels for its Parmigiano Reggiano cheese wheels. The new technology will deliver previously unseen levels of traceability, inventory tracking and…

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Codex approval of steviol glycosides production technology to boost production of low-sugar foods

ITALY – International food standards body Codex Alimentarius has adopted the specifications for four different technologies for the production of steviol glycosides. The four production technologies approved by Codex are stevia leaf extract, steviol glycosides from bioconversion, steviol glycosides from fermentation and glucosylated steviol glycosides. The International Stevia Council (ISC) has welcomed the move will boost access to sugar-reducing solutions…

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