PELA Commodities finalizes installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine

UGANDA – PELA Commodities, a Ugandan company that buys, processes, packages and markets agricultural grain products, is set to commence operations after finalizing the installation of Uganda’s first Aflatoxin removal machine, TOXI-SCRUB. The machine was created by Eye-Grain, and Perry Engineering Ltd, a certified TOXI-SCRUB system reseller, delivered it together with the grain handling equipment. It was set up by…

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FAO, SADC debut Regional Agricultural Information Management System

AFRICA – The Southern African Development Community (SADC) and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have together unveiled the first SADC Agricultural Information Management System (AIMS), a platform to generate agricultural data for the region’s evidence-based decision-making. For policy-makers, the lack of trustworthy and consistent data in the agricultural sector in Southern Africa has always been…

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Air Products develops digital intelligence tool to enhance freezing efficacy

U.S – Air Products, a provider of industrial gas, has introduced a new digital intelligence solution that enables food companies to remotely monitor and manage their freezers, increasing productivity and minimizing product loss. Food manufacturers can now have more understanding of the cryogenic freezing process thanks to Air Products Smart Technologies’ (APST) usage of sensor and wireless communications technology. Production…

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Anyong Biotechnology employs award-winning technology to maintain seafood integrity

TAIWAN – Anyong Biotechnology, world-class aquatic food processing company, has employed  a freshness preservation technology known as Cells Alive System (CAS), in the pursuit of longer storage periods for seafood. Originally a medical-grade technology for freezing stem cells, Anyong says CAS is highly praised for its ability to preserve the freshness of ingredients while maintaining the nutritive value and taste…

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Unified’s IoT Service enables restaurants to automate and optimize operations

U.S – Unified Office, a leading provider of SDN-based, hybrid cloud, managed, Voice-over-IP (VoIP) and Unified Communications services has launched a new sensor-based Industrial IoT service for restaurants and other Small and Medium Sized Businesses (SMBs). The ‘Total Connect NowSMOperational Performance SuiteTM (TCNOPSTM)’ helps restaurants to intelligently automate and optimize infrastructure, food safety, operational efficiencies, and compliance controls. TCNOPSTM real-time…

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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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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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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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Hazel Technologies’ innovation successfully improves quality of grapes

U.S – USDA-funded agricultural technology company Hazel Technologies, has conducted a successful trial with New York-based fresh fruit importer, Jac. Vandenberg that has seen the extension of the shelf life of Chilean table grape imports post-arrival. In the trial, personnel at Jac. Vandenberg’s New Jersey Import Operations Department received two groups of Thompson seedless grapes that were packed in Chile…

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Salvus develops Interferometric-based biosensor to improve food safety in poultry industry

U.S – Salvus LLC has come up with an Interferometry-based detection technology that could help the poultry industry rapidly identify the presence of diseases, viruses and chemicals in both production and processing environments, improving food safety. Interferometric-based biosensors use a laser light source, a wave guide and an optical detector to detect the presence of key chemicals and pathogens pen-side…

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