Swedish push for mandatory Vitamin D fortification for more products
June 2, 2015

The number of foods requiring mandatory Vitamin D fortification in Sweden may soon increase due to a proposal by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA). Currently in Sweden, all milk and margarine must have Vitamin D added. The NFA has proposed expanding this to include yoghurt, lactose-free milk alternatives, oat milk, cooking oil, butter and soured milk. The NFA also wants to increase the amount of Vitamin D added to milk from the current 3.85 – 5 micrograms per litre to 10 micrograms per... ...Read more »

Airline foods scientifically tested for unpleasant tasting factors
May 27, 2015

Researchers in the US have found scientific reasons behind the common complaint that airline food tastes bad. Researchers in the US have found scientific reasons behind the common complaint that airline food tastes bad. In a study conducted by Cornell University, researchers found that a plane’s noise was the biggest factor impacting the taste of food. “Our study confirmed that in an environment of loud noise, our sense of taste is compromised,” said Robin Dando, Assistant Professor of Food... ...Read more »

When is Good Beer Bad? When Good Beer Turns Bad
May 27, 2015

Beer is good. In fact, some might say it’s very good. Except when it’s bad. One reason good beer can turn bad is due to the presence of unwelcome microorganisms, such as Lactobacillus and Pediococcus. These two culprits are well known among brewers for causing faults like off flavours and sourness as well as other problems such as odours and turbidity. Stopping these bacteria from getting into the process at various stages can be very challenging; therefore brewers will take steps to prevent... ...Read more »

Same day test for beer spoilage organisms
May 25, 2015

Beer spoilage microorganisms are of major concern to most breweries. Negative effects of beer spoilage include off taste, off smells, and visual faults such as turbidity. NEW brewPAL™ — powered by Veriflow® from Invisible Sentinel delivers an ultra-sensitive and user-friendly method for brewers to detect and monitor levels of the major culprits of beer spoilage. In under 3 hours, the brewPAL™ can be used to analyze in-process beer for Pediococcus and Lactobacillus from post-boil to bottling.... ...Read more »

AsureQuality: Global experts in food safety and quality
May 13, 2015

AsureQuality is a leading provider of food safety and quality assurance services to the primary production and food manufacturing sectors in Australia, New Zealand, the Middle East and Asia. It offers audit, inspection and testing services along the supply chain for customers throughout these regions; and has a scientific and agricultural pedigree that goes back over 100 years. AsureQuality lab, Christchurch, New Zealand   The company has a network of purpose-built laboratories spread internationally... ...Read more »

Dark chocolate improves blood flow to brain, study
May 11, 2015

Dark chocolate improves blood flow to brain, study Unsweetened dark chocolate may improve attention and help consumers beat the ‘midday slump’, according to new research from North Arizona University (NAU). The study, published in the journal NeuroRegulation and sponsored by confectionery company the Hershey Company, is the first to examine the acute effects of chocolate on attentional characteristics of the brain and the first study of chocolate consumption performed using electroencephalography... ...Read more »

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends
May 11, 2015

Australian alcoholic drink habits, update in trends In 2014, 68 per cent of Australian adults drank alcohol in any given four-week period, with the average volume consumed over this time being 23.6 glasses per person, according to the most recent findings from market research organisation Roy Morgan Research. The most popular place for partaking was at home and, contrary to popular stereotypes, Australians aged under 30 were slightly less likely to drink than those aged 30 and older. Roy Morgan Research... ...Read more »

5 ways outdated equipment costs your business
May 8, 2015

5 ways outdated equipment costs your business Passing on rising costs to suppliers and customers is not often possible. So this pushes cost cutting towards improving procurement practices, increasing operational efficiency and eliminating waste. Upgrading obsolete or older coding and labelling technologies, as well as through inspection equipment, are two ways this can be done. Upgrading gives the opportunity to significantly reduce total cost of ownership (TCO), so it’s critical to look at this... ...Read more »

Global packaged water consumption to overtake carbonates in 2015
April 29, 2015

Global packaged water consumption to overtake carbonates in 2015 Historically carbonated soft drinks have led global soft drinks consumption, but 2015 will see packaged water overtake carbonated drinks, according to the latest findings from market research organisation Canadean. A new Canadean report has predicted that packaged water will overtake global carbonates consumption, reaching over 233 billion litres in 2015, while carbonates are expected to grow at a slower pace to around 227 billion litres.... ...Read more »

Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how muscle processes nutrients from food, research
April 22, 2015

Five days of eating fatty foods can alter how muscle processes nutrients from food, research Many consumers might think that they can get away with eating fatty foods for a few days without it making any significant changes to the body. However, new research suggests otherwise. After just five days of eating a high-fat diet, the way in which the body’s muscle processes nutrients changes, which could lead to long-term problems such as weight gain, obesity, and other health issues, a new study from... ...Read more »

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