Food design & research > Test systems

Finding E. coli earlier and more accurately

20 June, 2014

Kansas State University master's student Lance Noll has developed and validated a molecular assay that can detect and quantify major genes specific to E. coli O157.

How E. coli O157:H7 binds to vegetables

24 April, 2014

Research presented at the Society for General Microbiology's annual meeting shows that the disease-causing E. coli O157:H7 interacts directly with plant cells, allowing it to anchor to the surface of a plant where it can multiply.

Food safety detective combats food fraud

10 April, 2014

To combat food fraud, we need to identify which factors play a role in vulnerability of organisations and the food chain, according to Saskia van Ruth, the newly appointed Professor of Food Authenticity and Integrity at Wageningen University.

80% of hospital food contaminated with ESBL-producing E. coli

10 March, 2014

A new study may have cemented hospital food's bad reputation. The study found that more than 80% of raw chicken in hospitals was contaminated with an ESBL-producing E. coli strain which is resistant to antibiotics.

Infrared technology key to non-destructive food quality testing

21 February, 2014

Non-destructive food quality testing could soon be a reality, thanks to researchers from the University of Western Australia. The technique is similar to using infrared thermometers to detect body temperature.

Electronic tongue could replace human tasters, researchers say

03 February, 2014

Spanish researchers have developed what they call an "electronic tongue" - an analysis system based on the human sense of taste that can distinguish between several brands of beer.

Comprehensive GM test developed

20 January, 2014

In response to increased demand for monitoring and labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods, scientists have developed a comprehensive method for detecting GM ingredients. It is claimed to be the first of its kind in the world.

Mocon OX-TRAN Model 12/21 10x oxygen transmission rate test instrument

06 December, 2013

Mocon's OX-TRAN Model 2/21 10x system accurately and repeatably measures barriers at levels 10 times lower than previous levels. The system measures films or packages at precise temperature and relative humidity conditions.

Real-time Salmonella sensing

21 October, 2013

Recognising the need for a real-time biosensing system to detect pathogenic bacteria such as Salmonella, a team of researchers from Auburn University has come up with a system which includes a magnetoelastic biosensor.

New machine slashes pathogen detection times

16 October, 2013

The machine, designed by Purdue University researchers, reportedly concentrates foodborne Salmonella and other pathogens faster than conventional methods by using hollow, thread-like fibres that filter out the cells.

Herbal products don't match their labels

14 October, 2013

The majority of herbal products on the market contain ingredients not listed on the label, according to recent research from the University of Guelph.

Agilent opens $25m Spectroscopy Technology Innovation Centre in Victoria

02 September, 2013

Measurement company Agilent Technologies has announced the opening of its new Spectroscopy Technology Innovation Centre in Mulgrave, Victoria. The $25 million centre houses cutting-edge research and testing laboratories, as well as user demo and training facilities.

OdourScan Model 2000 Electronic Nose

03 July, 2013

The OdourScan Model 2000 Electronic Nose uses a set of six tin oxide detectors that have different sensitivities to detect different odourants and gases. The response from one or multiple detectors can be used to detect and measure the odourants.

Detection of illegal cooking oils in China

01 July, 2013

In recent years in China, illegal cooking oil incidents have led to serious food safety risks and negative social repercussions. The illegal cooking oils include the refined waste oil from restaurants, repeatedly used oil and waste animal fats. Because such cooking oils may contain toxic polymers, peroxide and so on, they can be dangerous to human health.

Microfluidic chip could aid food safety

21 June, 2013

A new process for making a 3D microstructure that can be used to analyse cells could be useful in counterterrorism measures and water and food safety concerns.

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