Researchers look into superheated dry steam as new sanitation method for low-moisture foods

U.S – Researchers at Cornell University are looking into the use of superheated, dry steam to clean food manufacturing facilities in places where the use of conventional wet sanitation is constrained. Abigail Snyder, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Food Science at Cornell University, is the study’s principal investigator. V.M. Balasubramaniam, Ph.D., an Ohio State University Professor of Food Science and…

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Study shows significance of front-of-pack nutrition labels in promoting informed food choices

INDIA – A study on the acceptance and potential application of various front-of-pack nutrition label designs in promoting informed food choices by the ICMR-National Institute of Nutrition has revealed that “warning labels” can discourage consumers from choosing and consuming even moderately unhealthy foods. Additionally, it demonstrated how “summary ratings” like the health star or Nutri-Score may be used to find…

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Taiwan reports high illiteracy on food temperature requirements among online delivery personnel, consumers

TAIWAN – In light of the COVID-19 outbreak in Taiwan, research by World Universities Network researchers has identified the need to strengthen literacy on meal received and food registration temperature in a study that examined the food safety risk of online food delivery platforms. Online food delivery businesses for everything from groceries to prepared meals have seen a sharp rise…

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Research deems paperboard packaging ineffective in preserving milk freshness

U.S – North Carolina State University researchers have found that paperboard milk cartons, used in practically every American school, may not maintain milk freshness as well as other packaging options. According to a study by Elsevier that was published in the Journal of Dairy Science, packaging has an impact on flavor. Lead investigator MaryAnne Drake, Ph.D., of the North Carolina…

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DTU National Food Institute find PFAs in organic egg yolks

DENMARK – The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (Fdevarestyrelsen) and the DTU National Food Institute have detected the environmental pollutant per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in organic egg yolks from Danish chicken farms, posing a risk to consumers. PFAs, which are classified as fluorinated chemicals, do not break down in the environment. Instead, the 4,700 synthetic compounds in this group…

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Study connects nitrites, nitrates to increased risk of type 2 diabetes

FRANCE – An increase in the risk of type 2 diabetes has been connected to the use of nitrites and nitrates, according to a new study that was published in the peer-reviewed weekly medical journal PLOS Medicine. Nitrites and nitrates are substances that occur naturally in food and water. They are also used as food additives to increase shelf life.…

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Nordic food safety regulatory representatives identify hazards in seaweed

EUROPE – A collaborative Nordic initiative that began in 2020 with the aim of creating a unified Nordic approach to seaweed food safety risk management has just come to an end, and its final report focuses on the chemical and microbiological risks connected to the commodity. Representatives from the Faroe Islands, Iceland, Denmark, Norway, and Sweden who oversee food safety…

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Study shows how feedback loop between media, politics, science hinders the adoption of GMOs

UGANDA – Researchers from South Africa and Uganda have shown how the feedback loop between the media, politics, foreign influence, and science hinders the adoption of GMOs and how governance concerns have a greater impact on Uganda’s agricultural industry than scientific ones. When introducing new technologies like GMOs, socio-cultural factors are crucial. Similarly, major players in the adoption process play…

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Center for Produce Safety funds research on long-term pear preservation

U.S – The Center for Produce Safety has funded a two-year initiative that intends to look into how fresh pears change during storage and how this information might be applied to reduce long-term threats to food safety. The U.S$335,000 project, spearheaded by Researchers at Virginia Tech’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the University of Georgia will look at…

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Study finds alarming levels of “forever chemicals” in U.S freshwater fish

U.S – Researchers have underscored that identifying and reducing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) exposure sources should be a top concern for public health after their study found alarming levels of the compound in U.S freshwater fish. According to the study’s findings, eating one dish of fish might have the same negative health effects as consuming significantly contaminated water for…

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