Food design & research > Test systems

Listeria contamination more likely at retail level than in manufacturing plant

11 February, 2015

While considerable effort has been expended to reduce the presence of Listeria monocytogenes in the food processing industry, new research suggests that contamination may be occurring at the retail level.


Mecmesin MultiTest-i tension and compression test stands

08 February, 2015

The Mecmesin MultiTest-i range of compressive and tensile test stands is particularly suited to the laboratory environment. They are available in a range of capacities.


Portable sensor can sniff out fishy fish even in restaurants

06 February, 2015

Up to 30% of seafood is mislabelled when it enters the US, with unscrupulous dealers naming other species as grouper, for instance. Scientists have developed a handheld sensor that can bust mislabelled fish, even when it's cooked.


Martin Christ Epsilon 1-4 LSCplus and Epsilon 2-4 LSCplus benchtop freeze dryers

03 February, 2015

John Morris Scientific has announced the release of two Martin Christ benchtop freeze dryers: Epsilon 1-4 LSCplus and Epsilon 2-4 LSCplus.


New Salmonella serotype identified

23 January, 2015

Texas Tech researchers have discovered a new serotype of the Salmonella bacteria. The serotype was confirmed by the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the international reference centre for Salmonella.


Nasal mucus proteins help create accurate machine 'nose'

19 January, 2015

Odours can be complex: different forms of the same molecule of carvone, for instance, can smell like either spearmint or caraway. While the human nose can easily distinguish between these two smells, until now, machines haven't been able to.


Milk Orange to make milk fat measurement more accessible

03 December, 2014

Milk Orange: sounds like a bizarre new brand of flavoured milk. In fact, it's the world's first fluorescent sensor that rapidly measures the level of fat in milk.


Could use-by dates be past their use-by date?

18 November, 2014

Cheap electronic circuits printed with eco-friendly materials could take the guesswork out of knowing whether milk is actually out of date or whether it has a day or two left - no smelling required.


Electronic tongue successfully tests cognac, whiskey

13 November, 2014

Researchers have developed a low-cost 'e-tongue', an electronic 'tongue' that could one day sample food and drinks to check for quality before they hit the shelves - or even monitor water for pollutants.


Litmus testing to detect E. coli - and maybe even cancer

14 October, 2014

The good old litmus test has been adapted to detect pathogens such as E. coli in liquids. A research team set out to make testing liquids faster, easier and more affordable by using litmus dyes and paper to detect the presence of bacteria.


Non-invasive device detects malformed chickens on the production line

25 August, 2014

 state of conservation of poultry and detects malformations by analysing its electrical properties. It is a non-invasive system that would help to guarantee the quality of the final product before it is delivered to the consumer.


Retsch Camsizer P4 particle size and shape analyser

20 August, 2014

The Retsch Camsizer system for the determination of particle size and particle shape has been upgraded. Compared to the previous model, the analyser has faster cameras with higher resolution, a stronger light source and new software features.


Microbiosensor developed to detect probiotics

28 July, 2014

Mexican researchers have developed a microbiosensor that detects beneficial bacteria in food. The micromechanical device has been used to evaluate the growth of L. plantarum 299vm.


Simple DIY halal kit to be developed

14 July, 2014

Malaysian researchers are developing a testing kit that identifies non-halal ingredients within one minute. The kit, developed by the University of Selangor, can be used to test food, cosmetics and medicines.


Malaysian scientists develop sarcocystis spp PCR kit

24 June, 2014

Researchers from Universiti Teknologi MARA in Malaysia have developed a PCR kit that provides a sensitive and specific means of screening, detecting and identifying sarcocystis spp.


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