Food design & research

A taste for whisky

09 June, 2017

Whiskies might vary in taste and smell, but they are so alike in chemical composition that most analyses can't tell two similar brews apart.


Oyster parasite found on Stewart Island

01 June, 2017

Two oyster farms on Stewart Island have Bonamia ostreae, a naturally occurring parasite. The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) confirmed the detection, saying the parasite can be fatal for flat oysters; however, there is no food safety issue from eating oysters with the organism.


Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators

26 May, 2017 | Supplied by: Thermo Fisher Scientific

The Thermo Scientific refrigerated incubators for temperature applications ranging from 4 to 60°C utilise compressor technology designed to provide favourable temperature conditions for applications that require thermal stability and uniformity above, around or below the usual ambient laboratory temperature.


Guar gum sales recover

23 May, 2017

The demand for guar gum is forecast to recover from the minor losses registered between 2011 and 2016, expanding almost 2% yearly to 53 million pounds in 2021.


Is sucralose safe?

16 May, 2017

Research at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on sucralose — the sweetening ingredient in the original SPLENDA Sweeteners — concludes it to be safe.


NIZO and PSE form a centre of excellence for food product and process modelling

26 April, 2017

Dutch food and nutrition contract research organisation NIZO and UK-based Process Systems Enterprise have announced the formation of the Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Food Product and Process Modelling.


Intestinal bacteria, diet, metabolism and health

12 April, 2017

A metabolite produced by intestinal bacteria has been shown to offer protection against type 2 diabetes.


The molecule that protects against aflatoxin

07 April, 2017

Researchers have found a promising way to prevent the loss of millions of tons of crops to a fungus each year, offering the potential to dramatically improve food security, especially in developing countries.


How robots and drones will help feed the world

05 April, 2017

A team of researchers from the University of Georgia (UGA) in the US is developing a robotic system of all-terrain rovers and unmanned aerial drones to gather and analyse data on the physical characteristics of crops, including their growth patterns, stress tolerance and general health.


How to stop mould growing on fresh food

24 March, 2017

A plasma-based technology is proving successful in stopping the growth of moulds on fresh produce.


Using shellfish to fight food poisoning

23 March, 2017

Chitosan — a natural carbohydrate derived from crustacean shells — has been found to have potential to fight Clostridium perfringens food poisoning, which causes abdominal pain, stomach cramps, diarrhoea and nausea.


Australian anti-mould technology gets global boost

23 March, 2017 | Supplied by: Murdoch University

An Australian researcher who has discovered a method for preventing mould from growing on fresh food will join a select group of innovators charged with improving global health outcomes through food.


Fast testing system for E. coli and Listeria in leafy vegetables validated

24 February, 2017

A new system method that provides clear results in just 45 minutes and delivers final results within the time frame of a production shift has been validated by the FDA and EP.


Billions saved and longer lives: the case for sugar, salt and fat taxes

21 February, 2017 | Supplied by: University of Melbourne

University of Melbourne modelling has shown that Australia could save $3.4 billion in healthcare costs by introducing a package of taxes on sugar, salt, saturated fat and sugary drinks, while subsidising fruits and vegetables.


Baker Perkins MPF19 benchtop extruder for research and product development

16 February, 2017 | Supplied by: Baker Perkins Inc

Baker Perkins has added a new version of the benchtop MPF19 to its range of twin-screw extruders for the food industry.


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