Food design & research > Test systems

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.

Pack-Vac Leak Detector

31 May, 2013

Continual process monitoring with the Pack-Vac Leak Detector will detect sealing problems before they snowball and catch defects before they get to customers.

Food laboratory accuracy remains a concern

28 May, 2013

A retrospective study of nearly 40,000 proficiency test results over the past 14 years shows that food microbiology laboratories continue to submit false negative and false positive results on a routine basis.

Witt Leak-Master Easy packaging test system

02 May, 2013

The Leak-Master Easy is suitable for testing almost all stable and flexible packaging, including vacuum packaging. The test system enables even the smallest leaks to be detected without any test gas.

Improved detection test could aid bioterrorism defence

19 April, 2013

A technique developed by a University of Missouri research group may make food contamination testing more rapid and accurate. The detection test also could accelerate warnings after bioterrorism attacks.

Genome sequence of fatal Shiga-toxigenic E. coli constructed

15 April, 2013

Researchers have been able to reconstruct the genome sequence of an outbreak strain of Shiga-toxigenic Escherichia coli (STEC) that caused over 50 deaths in Germany. They used an approach known as metagenomics, which bypasses the need for growing bacteria in the lab. Metagenomics has been used previously in a clinical diagnostic setting to identify the cause of outbreaks of viral infection, but this is its first reported use in an outbreak of bacterial infection.

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