Marquis Macadamias introduces 5-log pasteurization to ensure product safety

AUSTRALIA/SOUTH AFRICA – Marquis Macadamias, the world’s largest macadamia growing and processing company, has implemented 5-log pasteurization capabilities in its Australian and South African facilities with the introduction of Napasol pasteurization systems. The systems have allowed it to safely process over 30,000 tonnes of kernels. It implemented the technology as it wanted to ensure product safety for consumers. The technology…

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Minerva Scientific establishes matrine, oxymatrine residue testing in Chinese honey

UK – Minerva, a specialist analytical laboratory, has come up with a Liquid Chromatography with tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS-MS) procedure for trace-level detection of the pesticides oxymatrine and matrine in Chinese honey. Matrines and oxymatrines are herbal alkaloids, which can be found in plants from the family Sophora flavescens, a shrub-like tree growing extensively in some regions of China. They…

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Australia’s melon industry strives to achieve farm to fork traceability

AUSTRALIA – The New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) has developed a traceability adoption framework for the melon industry to ensure the industry leads in traceability based on globally accepted Global Standards 1 (GS1). This was part of a project with peak industry body Melons Australia, on enhancing seamless data flow in the traceability of seedless watermelons.…

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Universitat Politècnica de València researchers develop new test for detecting gluten in food

SPAIN – A team from the Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV), belonging to the Molecular Recognition and Technological Development (IDM) Institute, has developed a new test for the food industry that uses a cell phone to detect gluten in food in a simple, fast and inexpensive manner. Close to one percent of the global population suffers from celiac disease, a…

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Focus Brands International goes remote in auditing

U.S – Focus Brands International, a division of Focus Brands LLC, a leading developer of global multi-channel foodservice brands, has contracted RizePoint, a technology leader in food safety, quality management, and compliance, to develop a new remote auditing program for its brands’ franchised locations. RizePoint developed the program on their Quality Management Platform, allowing Focus Brands International to schedule and…

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Elea showcases benefits of synergizing Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology, Radiant Energy Vacuum Dehydration

GERMANY – EnWave Corporation, a global leader in the innovation and application of vacuum microwave dehydration, has partnered with Elea, the global leader in Pulsed Electric Field (PEF) technology, to host a showcase event on the synergizing of PEF and Radiant Energy Vacuum Dehydration (REV) for faster, higher quality, low energy drying for food applications. REV is a fast, low-temperature…

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Kemin Industries develops cost-savings indicator for frying oil

SINGAPORE – Kemin Industries, a global ingredient manufacturer, has developed a new cost-savings indicator for Kemin Food Technologies – Asia customers in the region’s frying industry to better understand and see the benefits of using antioxidants to extend the shelf life of frying oil, especially during times of market volatility. Kemin scientists leveraged company expertise and internal studies conducted over…

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International Atomic Energy Agency, FAO strive to ensure safety in animal products

ZAMBIA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are working with Zambian experts to address drug resistant microbes as well as food contamination in meat and other animal products. The causes of food poisonings and contamination range from production and handling practices to the unsafe use of veterinary drugs among others. For many…

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European packaging company Schur Flexibles develops antibacterial coating for films

AUSTRIA – European packaging company Schur Flexibles has developed an antibacterial varnish that can be applied to a range of its films, including those used for food packaging applications, to enhance point of sale hygiene. Schur Flexibles explains that at the point of sale, packets are often touched, picked up, and put back. The antibacterial coating is aimed at preventing…

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Restaurant chain Chipotle incorporates RFID technology to improve traceability

U.S – Chipotle, an American chain of fast casual restaurants, is testing radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology at its Chicago distribution center and about 200 restaurants in the Greater Chicago region to improve its traceability and inventory systems. The RFID labels developed in partnership with the  Auburn University RFID Lab will be used on meat, dairy and avocados from five Chipotle…

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