Food design & research

Group formed to promote biological agriculture

26 April, 2006

The Biological Farmers of Australia has formed a sub committee to promote the principles, benefits and good practices of biological agriculture.


Shelf life extender

15 March, 2006 | Supplied by: NutriMed Group

Multisorb Technologies has introduced the FreshCard oxygen absorber to preserve the freshness and quality of packaged food and extend product shelf life.


Move to focus on food systems

15 March, 2006

Vital health and environmental issues such as food security and sustainable development are to be addressed after the European Science Foundation recently accepted a proposal for a new Forward Look that aims to create a broad research agenda focusing on all aspects of food systems.


Curbing foodborne illnesses

23 February, 2006

According to OzFoodNet 5.4 million cases of foodborne illness occur in Australia annually.


Soup-ed up packaging

17 February, 2006

Soup packaging has taken an interesting twist with manufacturer Campbell’s of the UK launching two of its dry soup brands in a PET jar, manufactured by RPC Containers Blackburn.


Ticking eggs

13 February, 2006

They're a highly nutritious food containing top quality protein, 10 vitamins and minerals in one convenient package, but the Heart Foundation is still expecting some Australians to be surprised when they see fresh eggs now displaying the Tick.


Developing safe mercury message

13 January, 2006

The NSW Food Authority has been asked by the world’s leading health body to help devise communication solutions so other countries can show people how to safely eat fish while reducing the risk from mercury.


GE canola contamination in Australia

10 November, 2005

The Biological Farmers of Australia (BFA) has called for immediate action by federal and state governments to determine the source, and extent, of the genetic engineering contamination of conventional canola in Victoria.


Taking confusion out of eggs

02 November, 2005

The Australian Egg Corporation has announced the appointment of five nutrition and medical healthcare experts to the newly formed Egg Nutrition Advisory Group (ENAG).


How peanuts cause allergy

29 October, 2005

Research by a scientist in the UK helps understand a hitherto unexplained mystery of food allergy. He has discovered the route and type of transport taken by peanut proteins through the gut to the immune system. This route favours an immune response and helps explain why peanuts are one of the most allergenic foods.


Packaging covenant talks recycling

05 October, 2005

The Australian Institute of Packaging in conjunction with the Centre for Design, RMIT University and the Sustainable Packaging Alliance combined to present a half-day forum on the New Packaging Covenant. Participants debated the issues surrounding the NPC that is due to expire this year and be replaced with NPC mark 2.


Plastic packaging cancer link

02 October, 2005

Compounds found in plastic products used to wrap or contain food and beverages have aroused concerns as possible cancer-causing agents because they can sometimes leach out of the plastic and migrate into the food, researchers are claiming.


Food scientists get passionate

28 June, 2005

Strong emotions will be part of the agenda at the 28th annual AIFST convention in Sydney in July when food scientists from Australia and other nations gather to hear the latest research and talk about their passion for food.


Virtual food

18 June, 2005

Nutritional information as provided on food labels tell us little about the effects various food components actually have on our body. But that could change, thanks to a novel concept described by New Zealand researcher Dr John Monro in 'Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture' - the use of virtual food components (VFCs) to evaluate the really physiological effects of what we eat.


Brand protection - Using packaging, coding and marking to safeguard product authenticity

06 May, 2005

Using a variety of technical 'tricks', packaging manufacturers have virtually built a 'firewall' against counterfeiters. Technical developments are revealing newer means of protection which also cater to the economic interests of the production industry


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