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Is Sustainable Palm Oil A Sustainable Option For Food Manufacturers?

Just last week, the world’s largest consumer products company, Proctor & Gamble changed its policy for palm oil supply in reaction to pressure from activist group Greenpeace, vowing to use only sustainable palm oil in its products. The Sustainable Palm Oil Trend The trend toward sustainable palm oil is growing in leaps and bounds. As consumers revolt against …

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Australian Shoppers Value Food Safety, Says New Local Study

Food safety is the most important quality to Australian supermarket shoppers, according a new independent study from Roy Morgan Research. Safety outranked convenient trading hours, low prices, easy parking, and the range of fresh produce for consumers. Food Safety a Very Important Deciding Factor Fifty-seven percent of respondents aged 14 and over said food safety …

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Unit of Competency Update for Food Safety Courses

At AIFS, we’ve recently updated the Unit of Competency codes for some of our food safety courses. Read on to find out why.   What is a Unit of Competency? When you complete nationally recognised, or accredited, training in Australia you receive a document called a Statement of Attainment which lists the Units of Competency …

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New Spectroscopy Centre

American Investment in New Victorian Research and Testing Centre

American measurement firm Agilent Technologies has opened a cutting-edge new Spectroscopy Technology Innovation Centre in Mulgrave, Victoria. The high-tech $25 million facility, located within the Monash Technology Precinct, offers world-class research and testing laboratories along with customer demonstration and training facilities. It will improve local capabilities to analyse a range of food and beverage products. …

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Food Packaging Can Be More Sustainable

Sustainability in food packaging has always been a major issue for all types of food manufacturing companies as well as organisations that promote food safety. One of the most important parts of sustainability comes in the type of materials used to package the products. And the right packaging can provide a much longer shelf life …

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Is Aspartame Safe?

It seems that every few years a new study comes out about aspartame, making people seriously consider its safety. This artificial sweetener is used in a number of products, especially diet beverages.  While the sweetener has long been in use, a few studies have shown concern that the artificial sweetener can cause cancer. Of course, …

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Fruit

Oxford Study Shows Vegetarians Have Lower Risk of Heart Disease

Recently, Oxford University completed a study that lasted more than a decade. This study also involved more than 40,000 participants. The purpose of the study was to determine if vegetarians are less prone to heat disease. The results are actually quite interesting: the study indicated that people who eat a vegetarian diet are 32% less …

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Rice

The US FDA is Concerned about Arsenic in Rice

The United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) carefully monitors the foods that are consumed by the people of America. It is important to note the information that the FDA has gathered because it could apply to foods that are imported into Australia. An Important Study Just recently, at the end of 2012, the FDA …

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Fish

The Problem of Mercury in Fish

There are so many reasons to eat fish. It is one of the healthiest things on this planet you could consume. Fish includes high amounts of unsaturated fats, iodine, and omega-3 oils. All of these things are so important to a healthy diet. However, there is a problem with fish in the modern day. Some …

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Pine nuts

New Research on Pine Mouth

The New South Wales Food Authority recently completed a study on Pine Mouth as far as the causes of it and any concerns linked to it. This condition goes by a couple of names, including Pine Mouth and Pine Nut Syndrome. It is the condition when someone who eats pine nuts regularly starts to taste …

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