Food Science

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Alarming additives and Food Labels: Beef and Alcohol in Popular Fruit Juices

After learning that some fruit flavoured drinks could contain traces of alcohol and beef, a Hindu man in Melbourne wrote to Heinz Australia to enquire about their food labels and whether that was the case in his favourite beverage, Golden Circle juice. He was shocked when the company replied, revealing that the entire Golden Circle …

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FSANZ Considers Easing Food Safety Restrictions on Raw Milk Cheeses

Cheese enthusiasts are excited by the potential of tastier cheeses hitting the market soon. The FSANZ (Food Standards Australia and New Zealand), are considering a proposal that could see eased food safety restrictions on raw milk cheeses. This proposal, if it is passed, will allow for a greater range of cheeses to be sold within Australia and …

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One-Minute Halal Detection Kits Being Developed in Malaysia

Following on from a scandal in Malaysia last month when Cadbury’s confectionary products where incorrectly accused of being non-halal, the University of Selangor (Unisel) has begun developing a DIY kit for Malaysian Muslims to determine whether food is halal. The kits will take less than a minute to detect non-halal ingredients in food, cosmetics and medicines. …

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New Zealand Researchers Investigate Safer, Cadmium-Free Potatoes

Researchers at New Zealand’s University of Canterbury (UC) are looking to improve food safety levels by creating cadmium-free potatoes. Initial research conducted by Dr David Leung, a biotechnology lecturer at UC, and his PhD student Seyedardalan Ashrafzadeh focused on the health risks of cadmium present in potatoes. Cadmium has long been thought of as a …

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New Drying Technology

CHEP Australia Pioneers New Drying Technology for Plastic Crates

CHEP Australia, the nation’s leading provider of pallets and plastic crates to the food industry, has launched an innovative new drying technology that promises to maintain food quality. The world-class technology uses centrifugal force to remove 98 percent of excess water. It promises to make its plastic crates the driest on the market, and 80 …

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AsureQuality Food Testing Lab Expands in Christchurch

New Zealand Government food safety and biosecurity firm AsureQuality has opened the doors of its newly appointed and expanded food testing laboratory in Christchurch. New Zealand Prime Minister John Key, AsureQuality’s most valued customers, and other dignitaries were in attendance at the recent opening celebrations. The festivities capped off ten months of extensive renovations at …

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Foods Can Now Be Certified as Non GMO

In recent years, more food manufacturers have been producing GMO items. That means foods that have been genetically modified in some way. Usually, that means produce that has been modified to be more resistant to insects or poor weather, but there has been a growing concern among consumers and in certain groups about the safety …

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Germany Creates Better DNA Traceability

The need for detailed food composition screening has come to light more than ever with recent scandals involving horsemeat being used in food products. Countries including the United Kingdom, Italy, and Germany have had to bear the brunt of this scandal that reached all the way to Queen Elizabeth herself. Through testing, it was determined …

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How Bluescope Can Protect Your Cool Rooms from Bacteria

Cool rooms can be especially sensitive to bacteria growth, and any restaurant or food service owner needs to take extra measures to protect these spaces. In fact, studies show that the risk of bacteria is continuing to grow in such spaces, and that makes the concern all the more serious. Now, there are options to …

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Food Irradiation Is not as Scary As It Sounds

Many people hear the term, food irradiation, and they immediately think that this must mean the products they eat will turn them into a monster from b-rated horror movies. After all, the word sounds very similar to radiation, which is dangerous, deadly, and scary. However, this process is actually extremely safe and serves a very …

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