Food design & research

Detect banned substances in imported seafood

13 February, 2008 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Thermo Fisher Scientific has developed three food testing methods in response to concerns over contamination of imported seafood. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has banned the import of certain fish species from China because of possible contamination with drugs and unsafe food additives - including nitrofuran, malachite green and chloramphenicol - which are prohibited in food products for human consumption. The ban has stimulated significant interest in the development of analytical methods for detecting trace levels of these substances in food.


US demand for frozen-food packaging

12 February, 2008

Demand for frozen-food packaging in the US is projected to increase 4.1% per year to US$6.4 billion in 2011. This, along with other trends, was presented in Frozen Food Packaging — a new study from The Freedonia Group, a Cleveland-based industry research firm.


Artificial sweeteners linked to weight gain

12 February, 2008

Researchers have laboratory evidence that the widespread use of no-calorie sweeteners may actually make it harder for people to control their intake and body weight. The findings appear in the February issue of Behavioural Neuroscience, which is published by the American Psychological Association (APA).


Avocado industry researchers receive Australia Day awards

29 January, 2008

Avocados Australia and Australian avocado growers congratulate both Dr Tony Whiley and Mr Ken Pegg for their tireless and dedicated work for the avocado industry, recognised in the Australia Day 2008 Honours List.


Strategic opportunity overview released

22 January, 2008

Targeted foods have broad implications for the future of the food and beverage industry. As consumers are using diet to address health conditions, companies are responding by launching products with functional benefits targeted at specific health needs or population groups.


EFSA finds animal cloning safe

15 January, 2008

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is launching a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on the implications of animal cloning on food safety, animal health and welfare and the environment.


Poultry workers exposed to drug-resistant bacteria

23 December, 2007

Poultry workers in the United States are 32 times more likely to carry drug-resistant E. coli bacteria than others outside the poultry industry, according to a recent study conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


Decontaminating molluscs at four times the speed

11 December, 2007

Researchers at the Universitat Jaume I (UJI) and the Spanish Research Council (CSIC) have patented a method to remove organic pollutants, such as pesticide residues, from bivalve molluscs.


Sugary soft drinks in decline: study

05 December, 2007

Australians are spurning sugar-sweetened soft drinks in favour of diet soft drinks and water, according to research released recently by the University of Wollongong.


Why pizza boxes should not consist of recycled cardboard

03 December, 2007

A new test can identify takeaway paper-based food containers (such as pizza boxes) that break phthalate safety rules, according to a recent paper in the journal Packaging Technology and Science.


Ancients made chocolate an alcoholic brew

26 November, 2007

The human love affair with chocolate is at least 3000 years old — and it began at least 500 years earlier than previously thought, according to new analyses of pottery shards from the Ulúa Valley region of northern Honduras.


Food testing at Beijing Olympics

12 November, 2007

While the world’s athletes train for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, an American microbiologist has helped direct the international spotlight onto the host country’s food safety practices.


Folic acid fortification under question

02 November, 2007

Scientists at the Institute of Food Research (IFR) are concerned with the process of fortifying flour with folic acid, due to recent evidence of how it is absorbed by the body.


Nutritional benefits of organic products

02 November, 2007

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has hailed preliminary findings from a four-year European Union (EU) study that indicate some organic foods are more nutritional than their non-organic counterparts.


Interrupting moths' sex lives

08 October, 2007

Hygiene Group operates throughout the UK where it is a supplier of specialist hygiene contract cleaning services to the food, drink and pharmaceutical industries


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