Posted: Jul 22, 2014  |  By: Gidon Eshel, Bard College

The true cost of cattle is much, much higher than you imagine

That eating beef is environmentally costly is by now widely appreciated. My colleagues and I decided to calculate just how costly beef production is for the environment, and how it stacks up against pork, poultry, dairy and eggs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 21, 2014

Wurst news: AU$488 million for sausage price fixing

In Germany, the Bundeskartellamt has imposed fines totalling approx 338 million euros (AU$488 million) on 21 sausage manufacturers as well as 33 individuals for conducting illegal price-fixing agreements. Read more »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Big data mining helps identify contaminated food sources

Identifying the source of foodborne disease outbreaks is not always easy. Some outbreaks have quite long incubation times and getting consumers to remember exactly what they ate some weeks ago is almost impossible. However, IBM has developed a tool that may help. Read more »

Posted: Jul 17, 2014

Global cereal and vegetable oil prices down, meat prices up

Cereal and vegetable oil prices have dropped amid improved global supplies, resulting in a drop in the FAO Food Price Index for the third consecutive month, but it is not all good news as meat prices are up and food insecurity is still rife in Africa. Read more »

Posted: Jul 14, 2014  |  By: Janette Woodhouse

Dead lizards and what ever happened to "innocent until proven guilty"?

"Rotting lizard found in baby formula" makes an arresting headline. It has all the features to make it popular - innocent babies, uncaring international food processors, biosecurity threat to the nation … But are we sure its true? Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Gluten-free, wheat-free, lactose-free

Individual nutritional lifestyle choices are changing the bakery market in developed countries like Germany. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Home baking boom benefits bakery mixes market

The resurgence in home baking has increased sales not only for ingredients used for baking from scratch but also the bakery mixes. Read more »

Posted: Jul 11, 2014

Reducing spoilage

Innovative packages are the key in the fight against food loss and wastage. More effective barrier layers, germicidal films and freshness indicators are intended to help products to keep for longer and halt consumers' throwaway mentality. However, despite all these improvements, companies have to keep a constant eye on process efficiency and on costs. Read more »

Posted: Jul 10, 2014  |  By: Bio-Rad Laboratories Pty Ltd

Real-time PCR for food testing

Real-time PCR methods are ideal for fast investigations when urgent answers are needed (eg, contamination of a production plant). The recent E.coli O104:H4 German outbreak being a perfect example. Read more »

Posted: Jul 10, 2014

You really need to attend Foodtech Packtech

New Zealand's largest three-day food manufacturing, packaging and processing technology event is worth putting into your calendar as a 'must attend'. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: Heather Bray and Rachel A Ankeny

Making a meal of GM food labelling

In this final instalment of GM in Australia - a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops - Heather Bray and Rachel Ankeny explore the murky world of food labelling. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: IBISWorld

Sweet or sour? The forecast ups and downs of the Australian sugar industry

Wilmar International and MSF Sugar's announcements that they will no longer export through Queensland Sugar Limited is likely to have a significant impact on the Australian sugar supply chain - but it's not all bad news for the sugar industry. Read more »

Posted: Jul 7, 2014  |  By: Busch Australia Pty Ltd

Suck it up - vacuum packing fresh meat

The vacuum pump remains at the heart of every packaging machine. The quality of the vacuum pump largely defines the quality of the packaging machine and, therefore, the quality of the packaging. Read more »

Posted: Jun 30, 2014  |  By: Kyle Turner, University of Oxford and Steven Allender, Deakin University

After three-year saga, health star rating labels finally ready to go

Assistant health minister Fiona Nash has announced that Australian and New Zealand ministers responsible for food policy and regulation have signed off on the health star rating system for front-of-pack labelling. Read more »

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

If only they used HACCP - US food safety moving from reaction to prevention

In the US, the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) will fundamentally change food safety for food processors as the focus will shift from reacting to contamination incidents to preventing such incidents. Read more »

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

Traffic light labels get the green light

The embattled Health Star Rating (HSR) system has received yet another blow to its credibility after new research has suggested that not only is the HSR system confusing to consumers, so too is the existing Daily Intake Guide system. Read more »

Posted: Jun 30, 2014

Enhanced wholegrains: nature's best superfood

With consumers becoming increasingly health conscious, the demand for cereal and bread products with wholegrains will continue to increase - placing pressure on food manufacturers to incorporate new superfoods in their products to keep up with consumer demands. Read more »

Posted: Jun 26, 2014  |  By: Carwyn Williams*

Ripe returns

Avocados are not traditionally part of the Asian diet, but with markets in this region showing enormous growth potential, Carwyn Williams, director of Southern Produce at avocado exporting company Avanza, explains how the company has taken a pioneering approach to getting its avocados into Thailand. Read more »

Posted: Jun 25, 2014  |  By: David Tribe, University of Melbourne

Setting the standards: who regulates Australian GM food?

In this second instalment of GM in Australia - a series looking at the facts, ethics, regulations and research into genetically modified crops - David Tribe walks us through the bodies responsible for GM policy and oversight. Read more »

Posted: Jun 20, 2014

Test run equipment before purchase

A new test facility in the Netherlands is allowing food processors to test their production methods to see if the proposed improvements in efficiency and quality can be realised. Read more »

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