Food design & research > Test systems

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circuits printed with eco-friendly materials could take the guesswork out of knowing whether milk is actually out of date or whether it has a day or two left - no smelling required.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

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.

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