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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Spanish authorities unearth saffron fraud

SPAIN – The Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) together with the European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) and Europol have uncovered a saffron fraud operation in Spain that used ingredients from China. The Guardia Civil, the oldest law enforcement agency in Spain, found a group was selling modified gardenia extract from China as saffron across Spain. The harvest price…

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Spanish researchers uncover bacterial contamination in organic leafy greens

SPAIN –  A study by Spanish researchers has uncovered that amoebas that live on organic leafy vegetables can shelter human pathogens like Pseudomonas, Salmonella, and Helicobacter. Single-celled organisms such as free-living amoebae (FLA) feed on bacteria and can act as hosts to pathogenic bacteria which resist FLA digestion. “Food and food-related environments create an ideal meeting place for free-living amoebae…

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Oenological analyst Dolmar Laboratory ties up with Tentamus Group

SPAIN – Dolmar Laboratory, a laboratory specialized in analytical services linked to the wine and beverage sector, has tied up with Tentamus Group, an international group of laboratories. Dolmar currently has the widest scope of accreditation in the field of oenological analysis in Spain. It offers a wide range of accredited analytical services and technical advice to more than 2,000…

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Estación Enológica de Haro launches new wine analysis services to boost wine authenticity

SPAIN – Estación Enológica de Haro (EEH), a public and governmental laboratory situated in the major wine growing region La Rioja, Spain, has launched its new wine analysis service for public and private organizations in the oenological sector. The first of its kind to be provided by a laboratory in Spain, the service leverages Bruker’s nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) spectroscopy…

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GFSI 2022 Conference tackles opportunities to ensure safe sustainable food

SPAIN – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), a global food safety standards overseer, has during its annual conference addressed opportunities to combat issues such as climate change, food waste and plastic pollution while maintaining or enhancing safety and quality. The three days conference on the theme of Delivering Impact for Safe Sustainable Food was the first in-person GFSI Conference…

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EthiChain develops rapid DNA analysis to detect animal traces in vegan food

SPAIN – EthiChain, a Spanish biotech startup, is developing a portable device that will be able to identify animal DNA in contaminated “vegan” products, in just one hour. The complexity of most food supply chains makes them extremely vulnerable to food fraud, meaning some consumers in the vegan community may have food trust issues. In this context, the EIT Food-funded…

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Sanifruit develops a new chem-free postharvest solution for apples, pears to prevent food waste

SPAIN – Sanifruit, an innovative biotechnology company dedicated to the development of natural chem-free post-harvest treatments for fruits, has launched a chemical-free solution for apples and pears to cut fruit losses. The application of the treatment offers multiple benefits for the plants such as the reduction of fruit losses after the periods of conservation and transport or the reduction of…

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GFSI 2022 Conference to tackle food safety challenges

SPAIN – The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), the world’s largest network to help achieve safe food for people everywhere, is set to bring together food safety experts from around the globe at the GFSI Conference in Barcelona from 29-31 March 2022, to discuss shared food safety challenges and find ways to ensure greater action and impact. The event will…

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Dibaq Group awarded Best Aquaculture Practices certification

SPAIN – Spain-based Dibaq Group, one of the principal national and international manufacturers of pet food and aquaculture, has been awarded Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) certification for one of its feed mills, becoming the first company in continental Europe to win certification for a feed mill. The Global Seafood Alliance, which operates the BAP program, said the certification is evidence…

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