FSSAI deliberates on using advanced technological tools to ascertain food quality, safety

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has said it is exploring the possibility of using next generation technological tools like blockchain and machine learning to ensure food safety and quality. Such tools assume importance as the current pandemic situation has negatively affected many aspects of routine regulatory inspections, monitoring and surveillance at both the domestic level and border points which are indispensable for ensuring food safety and quality. Addressing a virtual event organized by industry chamber CII, FSSAI CEO Arun Singhal urged the industry and researchers…

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Illumina partners with Sanigen to help NGS platform technology penetrate South Korean market

U.S – Sanigen, a South Korean-based molecular diagnostics and bioinformatics company, has announced that it will become a channel partner (distributor) in the region for Illumina, the world’s leading genome sequencing company. The partners will work together to deliver Illumina’s Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) platform technology to the food safety and microbiology sector in South Korea. NGS is a massively parallel sequencing technology that offers ultra-high throughput, scalability, and speed.  “NGS offers an unprecedented opportunity to the food market to improve safety, We are delighted to partner with Sanigen whose…

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Montague leverages TOMRA Food’s grading technology for new packhouse

AUSTRALIA – Montague, a family-owned fresh fruit supplier, after an exhaustive selection process for a partner for its new world-class processing facility, has settled on TOMRA Food, a manufacturer of sensor-based sorting machines and integrated post-harvest solutions for the food industry, for its state- of- the- art food grading technology. The 18000 square meter facility with a capacity in excess of 40 million kg is one of the largest in the world. It features a 6-lane Multi-Lane Sorting (MLS) System with a capacity of 3,000 bins. All movements from pre-size…

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Zenput raises US$ 27 million to boost development of remote multiunit operations technology

U.S – Zenput, the leading operations execution platform, has raised US$ 27 million in Series C financing, led by Golub Capital, a U.S.-focused credit asset manager, to continue developing its application to automate operation procedures like tracking food safety, public health protocols and changing market conditions. The Series C round comes as the company saw 100% revenue growth over the past year. At the same time, product usage more than doubled at stores. The San Francisco-based company expects to see a surge in its technology users over the next 12…

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Bayer offers IAFP meeting attendees an inside look at its Rodent Monitoring System

U.S – Pest Management and Public Health, a business within the Environmental Science Division of Bayer, is offering attendees of the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) annual meeting-a meeting which provides attendees with information on current and emerging food safety issues-an inside look at the company’s latest rodent protection technology. Bayer Digital Pest Management unites decades of Bayer professional pest management expertise with the power of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform. The Rodent Monitoring System (RMS) enables food safety professionals to focus on proper inspection and the area of…

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Virginia Tech’s study affirms ability of SeaWell Protective Packaging System in maintaining seafood quality

U.S – Aptar Food + Beverage – Food Protection, a respected leader in food safety and an expert in packaging science, equipment design, and processing, has shown the ability of its SeaWell Protective Packaging System to reduce bacterial growth and preserve seafood quality throughout the supply chain, in a study conducted by Virginia Tech. The study showed that optimizing liquid control slowed the growth of bacteria in the package, thereby slowing product degradation. Comparing the microbial growth and kinetics of spoilage between scallops packaged in a SeaWell-based tray vs. standard…

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Food Corporation of India backs startups to develop grain-testing equipment

INDIA – State-run Food Corporation of India (FCI), an agency for procurement and distribution of food grains, is working with two Indian agri-startups to develop a simple and handy food grain-testing equipment, to be set up at the government-operated mandis to ease the manual grain testing process. Mandis are market yards of Agriculture Produce Market Committee (APMC), which are run and regulated by state governments. The food grains are usually subjected to a mandatory quality check against fixed central government standards using Bureau of Indian Standards procedures (BIS). Apart from…

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P&P Optica secures funding to implement its Hyperspectral Food Safety Inspection Tech

CANADA – Canada’s P&P Optica (PPO), a food processing solutions company that provides industrial application solutions in food processing, has raised an undisclosed amount of Series B funding for its food safety inspection technology, which uses hyperspectral imaging to gather quality metrics on the food inside of processing plants. The round was led by Ag Capital Canada, with new investor Synovus Family Office as well as existing investors Fulcrum Global Capital, Export Development Canada (EDC) and others. The Waterloo, Ontariro-based PPO says it will use the new funds to implement…

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AgUnity’s block-chain technology to enhance quality, traceability of indigenous vegetables

KENYA – Virginia Tech’s Center for International Research, Education, and Development has partnered with Egerton University in Kenya and the Australian startup AgUnity to adapt a blockchain-based smartphone app that will help diminish barriers to consumption of better-quality nutritious vegetables. The app, known as AgUnity’s Version 3 App (V.3 App), tracks African indigenous vegetables from the producer to the end consumer. Information about how these vegetables are grown, transported to the market, or processed rarely makes it to the final buyer, which impedes sales especially with the increased demand on…

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FSSAI recognizes New Precision Value Analyzer for iodine value measurement in vegetable oils

INDIA – Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has recognized an indigenous food testing equipment known as Precision Iodine Value Analyzer (PIVA), used for the measurement of the degree of unsaturation; Iodine Value, in vegetable oils. Conventionally, Iodine value is determined using manual titration, and few analytical instruments based on automated titration are also available in the market. However, these techniques have downsides in that they take longer analysis time, are costly, and use toxic chemicals. The technique was developed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research…

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