Food design & research > Test systems

Restoring confidence in Japanese food safety, post-Fukushima

27 April, 2015

To help restore confidence in the safety of Japanese agricultural produce following the 2011 Fukushima nuclear accident, a team of researchers has used technology originally designed for use in outer space to create a system to detect radioactive contamination in food.


Setaram Instrumentation announces new distributor

24 April, 2015

Setaram Instrumentation has announced that DKSH Australia is now its exclusive representative in Australia and New Zealand.


NIR hyperspectral imaging accurately detects peanut contamination

01 April, 2015

A novel form of near-infrared (NIR) spectroscopy known as NIR hyperspectral imaging (HSI) could help clear up the uncertainty around peanut allergen labelling, researchers say.


Inlabtec Serial Dilution System for viable cell count determination

31 March, 2015

Inlabtec has introduced its Serial Dilution System to Australia. The system automates the traditionally labour-intensive process of serial dilution and replaces glass tubes with single-use sterile bags.


Quick test method developed for fish toxin

11 March, 2015

The recent scombroid poisoning scare will no doubt leave many consumers wary of purchasing seafood. In a case of perfect timing, Flinders University researchers have announced a revolutionary method to test for histamine in fish.


Multitasking food dyes could reveal clues about food quality

13 February, 2015

Rutgers University researchers have discovered that the fluorescence of food colours increases as viscosity increases, meaning the dyes could act as embedded sensors for food's physical consistency in products such as yoghurt or milk.


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.


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