Food design & research

How are policies impacting trans fat consumption?

14 February, 2018

Several policies have been implemented worldwide to limit the availability of trans fat in the food supply, but banning trans fats would be the most effective global health intervention.

Digestive health gaining importance in nutraceutical industry

07 February, 2018

A survey of 220 nutraceutical industry professionals revealed that digestive health is one of their top priorities, which may be fuelled by an increasing customer interest in healthy gut microbiota and probiotics.

How heat kills Salmonella

07 February, 2018

Very high temperatures kill living cells very quickly, but what causes bacteria like Salmonella to die at lower temperatures and can this information be useful to food processors?

Listeria hysteria

01 February, 2018 by Nichola Murphy

At least 82 dead in South African listeriosis outbreak — source continues to be a mystery.

Vaccines fail to protect farmed fish from disease

31 January, 2018

Vaccines used by commercial fish farmers may actually be doing more harm than good.

Consumer confusion: what foods are healthy?

17 January, 2018

A survey conducted by New Nutrition Business found that 79% of consumers find messages surrounding health, food and nutrition confusing.

Canning concept could cut food loss

10 January, 2018

Food loss could be significantly reduced in the future following Tata Steel's development of its mobile canning line concept.

The sound of good bubbly

13 December, 2017 by Nichola Murphy

A new study suggests you may be able to differentiate between a high-quality glass of champagne and cheap bubbly just by listening to the sound of the bubbles.

Mega losses forecast if plain packaging comes to the beverage industry

08 December, 2017

They did it to tobacco — a minimum AU$395 billion loss is forecast if plain packaging is forced onto the beverage industry.

The smell of death is a dead giveaway

08 December, 2017

By detecting decay compounds such as cadaverine at very low levels, a newly developed bioelectronics sensor can alert users to rotting food before the stench becomes obvious.

Researchers working on sulfite-free wine

05 December, 2017

Researchers from the University of Kansas School of Engineering are working on developing a low-cost, easy-to-use device that attaches to the bottle and can filter up to 99% of sulfites from any wine as it is being poured.

Flies carry more harmful bacteria than suspected

27 November, 2017

Researchers studied the microbiomes of 116 houseflies and blowflies from three different continents and found they carried over 600 hundred different species of bacteria.

High-salt diet reduces good gut bacteria

20 November, 2017 by Nichola Murphy

A German study has found that a high salt intake may reduce levels of Lactobacillus bacteria in the gut, therefore causing blood pressure to rise.

Can sunlight stop E. coli in its tracks?

20 November, 2017

Treating wastewater with solar irradiation shows promise in reducing two E. coli strains, but a resilient strain persists.

VegEze app helps increase vegetable intake

13 November, 2017 by Nichola Murphy

Eating the recommended five portions of fruit and vegetables every day can be challenging, but scientists have developed an app called VegEze that aims to encourage Australians to increase their intake of vegetables.

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