Scottish scientists have received funding to mass-produce a food testing kit that detects the presence of a host of potentially fatal contaminants within hours, making it the fastest technology of its type in the world.
Label Live is a software product that calculates the ingredient listing, nutrition information and allergen declaration for products based on information entered only once for each raw material. Any time the formulation is changed, the software will recalculate the ingredient listing etc, cutting the time it would otherwise take to do this task every time a product is reformulated.
Production Techniques (PTL) designs and manufactures a large range of chocolate processing and bar manufacturing equipment. As an extension of this range, the company has designed a highly effective ultrasonic guillotine for use in nutritional, muesli, cereal and protein bar manufacturing, bakery, licorice and cakes. The guillotines can also be used with almost any food product that can be cut ie, fish, cheese, dried fruit, etc, regardless of how sticky it is.
FluoRaptor is a fluorescence-sensing laser sorter designed to maximise the detection and removal of defects, extraneous vegetable matter (EVM) and foreign material (FM) based on differing levels of chlorophyll as well as colour, size and shape. The sorter achieves good product quality and speeds product changeover for processors of fresh cut products and a variety of fresh and frozen vegetables and potato products.
DNA-embedded ink used in packaging may become the solution that authorities and companies need to combat counterfeit products.
In these trying days of drought, growers and machine manufacturers are forced to re-think their design and priorities when it comes to new machinery development. Now a greater priority has to be given to water-saving means and methods - from cleaner harvesting through to efficient filtering and water recycling in the washing process in order to minimise overall water consumption without jeopardising the need for proper sanitising of the product.
Hepatitis E virus infections can be fatal in pregnant women, but until recently doctors thought the disease was confined to China, India and developing countries. Now Europeans are also contracting the disease, according to scientists at the Society for General Microbiologyâ€™s 161st Meeting at the University of Edinburgh, UK, from 3 to 6 September 2007.
The first Morinders Brickman B900K briquette press in Australia was purchased by Victorian meat packing company SRS last year. The company needed an efficient method of disposing of cardboard boxes in the wet room where staff unpack meat
Large European chocolate producers are using double-walled magnetic filters from Goudsmit Magnetic Systems to remove very fine iron particles (from 25 mhu) from liquid chocolate
Thanks to a control system from Siemens, breweries can oversee the entire brewing process from a single monitor, allowing them to produce beer faster and more cost efficiently while ensuring quality of taste remains at a consistently high level