Fresh produce decontamination
By Linda Everis - 27 June 2016
In recent years, the consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables has increased, largely due to advice on healthy eating and because exotic varieties of both are available year round. Few doubt that the increased consumption is beneficial to the consumer. Microbiologically though, there are some real challenges to the production of fresh produce.
Integrating the Packaging and Product Experience in Food and Beverages
By Peter Burgess – 17 June 2016
Packaging is so much more than just a means of getting products safely to consumers. It is also a highly effective and visible platform to convey both brand values and key marketing messages. It also differentiates products from the competition and influences consumers’ trial and repeat purchase decisions.
Checking processes work
09 June 2016
Validation of processes is an essential part of the manufacturing of food and drink. It confirms that a process meets the requirements for a specific intended use - that is, that it is fit for purpose.
Validating the effectiveness of processes which reduce the target microbiological population is crucial to producing a safe product and is important throughout the whole food and drink chain - from growers and chemical producers to equipment suppliers and food manufacturers.
Mathematical Modelling - Get a slice of the action!
By Mark Naylor – 23 May 2016
Have you ever considered using mathematical modelling to simulate your own process?
As more companies in the food and drink industry are turning to mathematical modelling to develop and optimise their processes, knowing the advantages and pitfalls of this technology is becoming increasingly important.
A model is used to describe how a system works. This system could represent anything from the entire universe down to a single plant cell, but for today it represents a cake in the oven.
Japan – a gateway to Asia
By Asako Nagata – 5 May 2016
Choosing the right market when exporting food is an exciting yet challenging task. Potential trade barriers, market trends, and competition with local products are just some of the factors that can work for or against you.
The third largest economy and second largest food market in the world, Japan has a heavily food focused culture. Known for its discerning taste, what's popular in Japan often goes on to be successful in other Asian countries – that's one of the reasons it's sometimes said to be the gateway to Asia.
Challenges in microbiological identification
By Julie Archer – 26 April 2016
Julie Archer, Microbiologist discusses some of the common issues and challenges in microbiological identification and the sophisticated DNA‐based methods being used at Campden BRI to help food and drink companies.
Introduction to the China National Food Safety Standard for Uses of Food Additives
By Xiangwen He – 14 March 2016
The food safety incidents that have occurred in China in recent years have led to increasing international media scrutiny and have damaged the reputation of Chinese products, not only in domestic markets but also in foreign markets. The major causes for these incidents have been identified as being the results of the illegal use of food additives. In order to strictly regulate the use of food additives and food flavourings and re-build the confidence of consumers, China has now streamlined its food supervisory system. There are currently three main competent agencies responsible for supervision of additives: The National Health and Family Planning Committee of China (NHFPC), which takes responsibility for reviewing the safety of new food additives and formulating food safety standards for food additives; The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA), which is responsible for the supervision of the production and circulation of food additives; and The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine of China (AQSIQ), which takes charge of the inspection and quarantining of imported and exported food additives.
In pursuit of baked-product quality
By Gary Tucker – 3 February 2016
The word ‘quality’ means different things to different people, but on the whole, when it comes to buying baked goods, consumers tend to talk about appearance, smell and how ‘fresh’ they perceive the product to be. The consumer is the ultimate judge of quality of baked goods.
Quality is a word that is often used by food manufacturers to entice consumers into buying their products. But the very nature of baked goods and their limited shelf-life means that bakers need to have a thorough understanding of the key factors that influence the quality of their output.
Food Safety Modernization Act: changing rules for food businesses exporting to the US
By Steve Spice ‐ 19 January 2016
The key concepts that exist in US food regulation are those of adulteration and misbranding, essentially making sure that neither is food contaminated nor its packaging misleading.To European eyes until relatively recently quite a number of the key US pieces of food law could look quite dated.
For adulteration some parts of the original 1906 Federal Meat Inspection Act still apply and elsewhere for misbranding there is the Federal Food, Drug & Cosmetic Act 1938 with important amendments for food additives in 1958 and for colour additives in 1960.