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Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

    Halewood International to Launch Ideagen Q-Pulse

Major drinks manufacturer, Halewood International, is to launch a UK-wide quality management system using software from Ideagen. The producers of Crabbie’s, Lambrini and Red Square Vodka – among other brands – will adopt Ideagen Q-Pulse for the management of key operational documentation such as quality policies, specification information, consumer feedback and internal and external audits.
Q-Pulse will become […]

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Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

    Ishida X-ray Technology Helps Karwendel Play it Safe

Leading German dairy company Karwendel-Werke Huber is ensuring outstanding product quality for its Exquisa and miree cream cheese and quark specialities with the help of eleven X-ray inspection systems from Ishida Europe. Two models from the Ishida X-ray range have been installed, the IX-GA-4075, which is inspecting plastic tubs with fill weights between 135g and […]

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Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

    Irish Quality Assurance, Health & Safety/Farmer Health & Wellbeing Event

A Teagasc Quality Assurance event was held on the farm of Harry and Amanda Murphy, Ballamon, Ferns, Co. Wexford on Thursday, 24 August.  In association with Bord Bia, the objective of the event was to highlight the key areas where farmers are having issues with the Bord Bia Quality Assurance Inspection for beef and sheep.  Other […]

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Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

    Brooklyn Brewery Chooses Fresh Floor Finish

After abandoning plans to build a new $70 million state-of-the-art plant at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in nearby Staten Island, N.Y., world-famous craft brewers, Brooklyn Brewery, sought major re-development work at their long standing home in Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighbourhood, including upgrades to floor coating systems located in the brewery’s main production halls. Bucking the trend […]

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Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

    Poultry Firm Slashes Antibiotic Use Through Holistic Remedies

Experts in poultry health have helped one of the UK’s largest food businesses to slash its antibiotic usage in the past two years, by adopting an holistic approach to animal well-being. St David’s Poultry Team have been working with Faccenda Foods to look at innovative ways of maintaining the health of the birds on farm, […]

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ABP Ireland Strikes Gold at International Quality Awards

    ABP Ireland Strikes Gold at International Quality Awards

ABP Ireland, part of ABP Food Group, was a quadruple winner at the prestigious annual International Taste and Quality Institute (iTQi) Awards. The Brussels-based institute is a leading global authority when it comes to testing and promoting superior food and drink products. The 135 judges are selected from leading European culinary and sommeliers associations.
ABP Ireland […]

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Bühler’s SORTEX PolarVision™ Technology Safeguards Quality of Blåtand’s Super Berries

    Bühler’s SORTEX PolarVision™ Technology Safeguards Quality of Blåtand’s Super Berries

SORTEX® optical sorting technology is helping world-class berry supplier Blåtand AB to drive efficiency in processing its wild berries, as it gears up for growth and expansion into new markets. This leading international food company supplies high quality frozen berries, jams and fruit preparations to caterers, restaurants, wholesalers and retailers in the food industry. It prides […]

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Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

    Does Your Steam Pass the Taste Test?

By Francisco Pedrosa, National Clean Steam Specialist at Spirax Sarco
While quality and purity of steam used in the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries has been an important consideration for years, the food and beverage sector has been slower to analyse the type of steam it uses.
There is a misplaced assumption amongst many food manufacturers that steam […]

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Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

    Ishida RVE Multihead Weighers Raise the Bar

Ishida is launching a new series of mid-range multihead weighers for the high performance weighing of free-flowing and semi-sticky products for a large number of dry, fresh and frozen food applications.
The new Ishida RVE range is available in a wide choice of models – including 10, 14, 16 and 20 head models – together with […]

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The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

    The Revision of ISO 22000 on Food Management Moves One Step Further

Revision is ongoing for ISO 22000 on food safety management systems, which has just reached the Draft International Standard (DIS) stage. The revised standard will incorporate a new core structure as well as recognized key elements to ensure food safety at every step of the food chain.
The ISO 22000 revision aims to consolidate the most recent issues surrounding food […]

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SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

    SGS Explores the Use of DNA and NGS for Food Authenticity, Traceability and Safety

SGS, the inspection, verification, testing and certification company, has developed a range of techniques and technologies to ensure its clients know exactly what is in complex food samples, achieving a long-pursued aim. DNA-based methodologies have become a powerful tool for food analysis, the detection of potential adulteration, and as a deterrent to economically motivated adulteration.
Traditionally, […]

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Ishida Helps Turkish Dried Fruit Packer

    Ishida Helps Turkish Dried Fruit Packer

An Ishida IX-GA-4075 X-ray inspection system is providing Turkish dried fruit packer Anatolia AS with a final comprehensive quality inspection for its bulk packing operation. Based in Izmir, Anatolia supplies a wide range of products, including sultanas, raisins, apricots, dates, figs, currents and dried mixed fruit, which are exported worldwide.
The rising popularity of pre-packed dried […]

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RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

    RAPS Opens New Plant in Germany

RAPS has invested around €1.5 million in new technology at its German headquarters. Working with a renowned plant manufacturer, a state-of-the-art facility for raw material preparation has come to life. Offering a wider selection of cleaning methods and improved contaminant detection, the company can now handle a broader array of raw materials at higher throughput speeds.
RAPS […]

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New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

    New Protein Knowledge Platform Goes Live

An online knowledge-sharing platform designed to maximise the potential of whey protein and lactose has been set up by Arla Foods Ingredients. Arla Foods Ingredients is a global leader in value-added whey solutions.
The new Whey & Protein Blog – www.thewheyprotein.blog – will act as an impartial, non-commercial focal point where individuals, businesses and experts with an interest […]

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New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

    New Synthetic High-temperature Grease

High production temperatures in the food industry, for example in ovens, proofing cabinets, conveyors or motors, put considerable strain on the bearings. Klüber Lubrication has now succeeded in developing a new high-temperature grease for a wide range of applications in the food industry, which is able to realise its full potential at permanent temperatures of […]

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NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

    NSF International Launches Raised Without Antibiotics Certification

Global public health organization NSF International has developed an independent certification protocol — Raised Without Antibiotics — to certify animal products have been raised without exposure to antibiotics. The new certification protocol will help consumers identify products that do not contribute to the growth of antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
NSF International’s Raised Without Antibiotics certification can be granted […]

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Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

    Loma Systems Launches Final Generation IQ4 Metal Detection Series

Further underlining its position at the forefront of high performance inspection equipment for the global food and pharmaceutical markets, LOMA SYSTEMS® (www.loma.com) has launched its revolutionary new IQ4 series of next generation metal detection systems. The cutting-edge technology offers improved sensitivity compared to previous models and a plethora of exciting ‘industry first’ features purpose designed […]

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Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

    Yorkshire Crisp Company Gains SALSA Accreditation

All Yorkshire Crisps and Yorkshire Popcorn produced by the Sheffield-based Yorkshire Crisp Company now have accreditation from SALSA (Safe and Local Supplier Approval).
SALSA is a food safety standard for small and micro businesses based in the UK and Channel Islands and demonstrates that The Yorkshire Crisp Company is able to produce safe and legal food […]

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Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

    Eilersen Electric Launches the World’s First Hygienic Beam Load Cell

Eilersen is releasing a new series of digital load cells in a hygienic (aseptic) design for dynamic weighing, process weighing, filling, packaging and general weighing applications targeted primarily at food and pharma customers. The new hygienic design is unique without any exposed bellow grooves, facilitating easy cleaning to minimize the risk of bacteria and contaminants […]

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Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

    Hygienic Sealed Wall Kerbing Within Food and Drink Factories

In the food and drink factories it is an important factor when manufacturing, processing, packaging and distributing quality products, daily. With various processing areas in a factory it is imperative that the construction of the factory will not impede production or fail due to its impact wear.
With strict demands within the food and drink industry […]

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Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

    Ravenwood Launches End of Line Quality Control System

Linerless gurus, Ravenwood Packaging has unveiled its latest game-changing technology, the VXR; combining vision, x-ray and seal check technology. The new innovation launched at Pro2Pac, ahead of the Ravenwood Annual Conference.
The new compact and high-tech arrangement provides an all-inclusive process for the seamless production of sleeving, contaminate detection and sealing of trays. Customers will benefit […]

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Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

    Key Technology Helps Processors Improve Product Quality, Increase Yield and Reduce Costs

Key Technology has a long history as a trusted supplier and partner to food processors worldwide. With the single most complete source of high performance digital sorting, conveying and other automation systems, Key helps processors improve product quality, increase yield and reduce costs.
Key’s high-performance laser/camera sorting systems – VERYX®, Manta®, Optyx®, Python, Spyder, Taurys™ and […]

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Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

    Seafood DNA Traceability Programme to Guarantee Greater Levels of Transparency

A first-ever ‘farm to fork’ programme for shrimp production has been announced, offering consumers DNA based assurance on the origin and quality of shrimp. Through enhanced transparency the TraceBack programme will also help promote ethical labour practices, which have been highlighted in the global shrimp industry.
The technology offering – already available in animal meat – […]

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Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

    Tougher EU Food Inspections From Farm to Fork

Plans to tighten up official food inspections, from farm to fork, have been adopted by the European Parliament. The new rules, already informally agreed by MEPs and the Council, aims to improve food traceability, combat fraud and restore consumer trust in the integrity of the food chain.
The legislation will provide a comprehensive, integrated and more […]

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Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

    Flowcrete UK’s New White Paper Explores HACCP and What it Means for the Food Industry

Implementing an effective Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) food safety management system is a central priority for today’s food and beverage producers, as it is critical to complying with the standards of domestic and international regulatory authorities, governments and consumers.
Flowcrete UK has produced a white paper entitled What is a HACCP Food Safety […]

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New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

    New White Paper Reveals How Automation Can Prevent Product Recalls

Product recalls can have a catastrophic impact on a food manufacturer’s brand and business but existing systems often rely on people that are prone to errors. A new white paper from OAL explains the top five errors and how food manufacturers can ‘Protect their brands from product recalls with automation’.
In 2015, 277 product recalls in […]

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Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

    Draft Guidance on Substances in Food For Infants Below 16 Weeks – Open For Comments

EFSA is launching a public consultation on its new draft guidance on the risk assessment of substances present in food intended for infants below 16 weeks of age.
From birth up to 16 weeks, infants are exclusively fed on breast milk and/or infant formula and safe levels set for the general population do not apply. EFSA’s […]

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New Warehouse Offers Maximum Product Safety For Taiyo

    New Warehouse Offers Maximum Product Safety For Taiyo

Taiyo, a pioneer in the research and manufacture of functional ingredients for the food, beverage, medical food and pharmaceutical industries, has relocated its storage facility in Germany. The logistics company In Time, specialist in the import, storage and transport of food and food ingredients, provided the new warehouse near Hamburg. Taiyo’s customers will now benefit […]

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Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

    Fast, Flexible, Accurate – Ishida’s ‘Hungry Monster’

The success of the preferred supplier partnership between Ishida Europe and Tulip, one of the UK’s leading food processing companies, is ideally demonstrated by the latest installation of Ishida equipment at Tulip’s factory in Ruskington, Lincolnshire, where a bespoke line is handling 2.7 tonnes of frozen cocktail sausages every hour. With each cocktail sausage weighing […]

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Oakland International Ireland Retains Global BRC Standard

    Oakland International Ireland Retains Global BRC Standard

Supply chain distribution specialist Oakland International has retained British Retailers Consortium’s (BRC) quality audit for storage and distribution for their Ireland facility located in Ashbourne, Co. Meath.
Oakland’s General Manager in Ireland, Richard Hill (pictured), comments: “Retaining BRC approval is fantastic news for the business and for our customers, with BRC accreditation providing assured acknowledgement that […]

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SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

    SonoSteam Technology Tackling Campylobacter in Poultry

SonoSteam is an innovative technology that is proving highly successful at tackling the pressing problem of Campylobacter in fresh poultry. Developed by Danish company Force Technology, SonoSteam uses a combination of steam and ultrasound to kill microorganisms such as Campylobacter on the skin and internal cavities of chicken. Force Technology has installed SonoSteam at Faccenda […]

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Hygienic Drainage Design Within the Meat Processing Industry

    Hygienic Drainage Design Within the Meat Processing Industry

In the meat processing industry it is vital to maintain high hygiene standards to ensure the fresh meat goods are safe for consumers. On a daily basis regular and thorough cleaning regimes are in place to avoid the risk of contamination.
There are a few factors to consider when designing a factory, which will help to […]

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Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

    Loma Increases Focus on Convenience Food Market

Driven by busy ‘time poor’ lifestyles and an ageing population, the convenience food market continues to flourish. With growing demand for products that have longer shelf life, can be eaten on the move, are simple to use and boast more innovative packaging formats, Loma Systems is highlighting the suitability of its high performance combination X5c X-ray […]

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SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

    SORTEX F Optical Sorter For the Frozen Fruit and Vegetable Industry

Scrutiny of hygienic processing practices in the frozen fruit and vegetable sector hasintensified, following several high-profile food contamination outbreaks. Bühler, a global leader in optical sorting technology for the removal of foreign material (FM) contamination, has addressed this and claims to have developed the most hygienic optical sorter available today, to help reduce the risk of microbial contamination.
As part […]

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Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

    Whyte & Mackay Works With Ideagen to Boost Quality, Safety and Compliance

Whyte & Mackay, the global drinks brand company, is working with leading software vendor Ideagen to improve quality, safety and compliance management at its bottling operations. Ideagen’s Q-Pulse software has been rolled out across Whyte & Mackay’s plant in Grangemouth, Scotland, to improve document and audit management and ease compliance with standards such as BRC.
Q-Pulse, […]

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Limerick Packaging is Now FSC Accredited

    Limerick Packaging is Now FSC Accredited

Limerick Packaging has announced that it is now FSC accredited. “This was always going to be our next goal following ISO9001:2008 accreditation,” explains Sales Director, Mike Boland.
“We have always operated on the basis that we do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children, and given this, to be able […]

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A UK First For Scottish Salmon Company

    A UK First For Scottish Salmon Company

The Scottish Salmon Company has become the first salmon producer in the UK to secure full GGN licensing, an international consumer labelling scheme which guarantees the quality of production and origin of fish and seafood. GGN labels enable consumers to identify products made from fish and seafood raised in GLOBALG.A.P. certified farms. GLOBALG.A.P. is one […]

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The Importance of Food Safety in the Hospitality Sector

    The Importance of Food Safety in the Hospitality Sector

Maintaining excellent food safety standards in the hospitality industry is a major issue and left unchecked, it can cost companies thousands of pounds in fines. Financial repayments aside, the damage to a company’s reputation and brand loyalty can take years to rectify, if at all.
One Irish company, Kelsius is providing a digital solution to this […]

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Hygienic Stainless Steel Environments Within Dairies

In dairy industries it is vital that hygiene standards are kept to a very high standard. To do this, the choice of materials used in the construction of a dairy are required to cope with the daily processing and production demands.
Drainage and wall kerbing, which make up part of a dairy, are important products that […]

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Clean in Place (CIP) – Process Safety With the CombiLyz Conductivity Meter

By Stefan Blust, Business Manager Food & Beverage, Baumer
The food and beverage industry is faced with continually rising quality standards, increasing cost pressure and strict hygienic regulations. As a result, requirements for processing systems and their efficient cleaning are growing. With an accuracy of 1% and a measuring range of 500 μS/cm to 1000 mS/cm, […]

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TASI TEST – The Global Leader in Packaging Leak Test and Inspection

    TASI TEST – The Global Leader in Packaging Leak Test and Inspection

TASI TEST represents a new force in the packaging leak detection market by combining 3 top industry players, ALPS, Bonfiglioli and Sepha to provide an unrivalled range of solutions across diverse global markets.  All three companies are owned by TASI Group, a group of global businesses that share a common focus on Test, Inspection and […]

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Quality Control of Milk and Milk Products With FT-NIR Spectroscopy

    Quality Control of Milk and Milk Products With FT-NIR Spectroscopy

FT-NIR spectroscopy allows a rapid and efficient analysis of the major parameters fat, protein, dry matter, and lactose as well as more specialized special parameters such as salt and pH. It is utilized today in many companies for analysis of solid and paste-like products, such as milk powder, cheese, butter or yogurt. These products are […]

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Clada Group Takes Gold in Irish Q Mark Awards

    Clada Group Takes Gold in Irish Q Mark Awards

Clada Group, based in Galway, has been named as the best food and drinks manufacturer in Ireland for Quality Management Systems at this year’s National Q Mark Awards. Founded in 1962 by the Owens brothers, Clada Group’s primary business focus was the sourcing and bottling of soft drinks and water- utilising onsite fresh water springs. This […]

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Independent Craft Beer of Ireland Symbol Launched

    Independent Craft Beer of Ireland Symbol Launched

The Independent Craft Brewers of Ireland (ICBI) has launched the official ‘Independent Craft Beer of Ireland’ symbol. This symbol was launched to assist the consumer in seeking out genuine Irish craft beer. The aim of the symbol is to simply allow the consumer to make an informed purchase decision based on the providence of the […]

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Innovative Self-priming Pump Does Double Duty For Dairies

    Innovative Self-priming Pump Does Double Duty For Dairies

By Allan Bruun, Industry Manager, Dairy, Market Unit Food, Alfa Laval
Are you looking for a self-priming pump that improves energy efficiency and reduces noise levels, as well as meeting the latest hygienic design standards? Using airscrew technology, the Alfa Laval LKH Prime sets a new standard in self-priming pump technology.
Based on the Alfa Laval LKH […]

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SKF Corrosion Resistant Bearings: Full Menu Option For Food Safety and Reliability

    SKF Corrosion Resistant Bearings: Full Menu Option For Food Safety and Reliability

In response to the food and beverage industry’s changing needs, SKF has developed a comprehensive range of bearings meeting safety requirements, designed for reduced maintenance and long life in a wide range of production environments. Product safety is the top priority for food and drink manufacturers, consumers and regulators alike. The latest industry requirements, like the […]

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Nestlé Investing in Product Safety

    Nestlé Investing in Product Safety

Nestlé is investing SFr30 million (€27.6 million) in the Nestlé Quality Assurance Centre (NQAC) in Dublin, Ohio, US, improving its capacity to test products and ensuring they meet the highest standards. This latest investment makes NQAC Dublin Nestlé’s largest and most sophisticated testing facility worldwide.
The centre has almost doubled in size, and allows us to test almost […]

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Make the Most of Your Raw Product – Minimize Give-away and Maximize Quality

    Make the Most of Your Raw Product – Minimize Give-away and Maximize Quality

Here’s a thought – how much extra food can we produce if we optimize the production processes all the way from the harvest to the end consumer’s table? And how can we improve and enhance our businesses if we are smart and precise in every step of the process?
By handling food with care and intelligence, […]

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FILTEC Introduces AURAtec – Pressure Detection For Glass and Can

    FILTEC Introduces AURAtec – Pressure Detection For Glass and Can

FILTEC has introduced the AURAtec, a new pressure detection unit for glass beverage and aluminum can containers. The AURAtec is a laser-based inspection system that detects pressure inconsistencies in glass and can containers. Using multi-point laser scanning technology, the AURAtec is able to generate 3D maps of container surfaces, detecting pressure variations with extremely high accuracy. […]

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EFSA Advises on Meat Spoilage During Storage and Transport

    EFSA Advises on Meat Spoilage During Storage and Transport

EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) has assessed the impact of time and temperature on the growth of spoilage bacteria in fresh beef, pork, lamb and poultry. Its experts used predictive models to compare the growth of spoilage bacteria with the growth of disease-causing (pathogenic) bacteria and concluded that spoilage bacteria grow faster under the same […]

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Fruit Stays Fresh For Longer in Corrugated Trays

    Fruit Stays Fresh For Longer in Corrugated Trays

Corrugated trays keep fruit fresher and safer than reusable plastic crates (RPCs) and can significantly reduce contamination from pathogenic and spoilage microorganisms, according to scientific research. The research by the University of Bologna found that corrugated trays ensured better quality packed fruits and a longer shelf-life, reducing fruit microbial cross contamination. This decreases the risk […]

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Labcell Supplies Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE Water Activity Analysers to McVitie’s

    Labcell Supplies Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE Water Activity Analysers to  McVitie’s

Labcell has supplied five Decagon Devices AquaLab 4TE water activity analysers to McVitie’s Cake Company for end-of-line quality assurance of Chocolate Cake, Jamaica Ginger Cake, Lyle’s Golden Syrup Cake and other products from the McVitie’s range of cakes. These five AquaLab Series 4TE analysers replace earlier models of AquaLab that have been in use for […]

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New ISO Standard to Validate Microorganism Testing Methods For the Food Industry

    New ISO Standard to Validate Microorganism Testing Methods For the Food Industry

By Sandrine Tranchard
Having access to safe and nutritious food is essential. Meat, fish, dairy products, eggs, shellfish, etc., contain significant microbial flora and this can affect our health. Therefore, it is important to identify the microorganisms to maintain food safety but the microbial flora can also affect, if not controlled, the quality of food and […]

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Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

    Nearly 20,000 UK Restaurants Risk Losing Customers Due to Poor Food Hygiene

Restaurants with low food hygiene ratings are risking their survival, with 61% of consumers saying they’ll boycott such establishments, according to research from Checkit (http://www.checkit.net/). 18,379 restaurants, takeaways, sandwich/coffee shops, hotels and pubs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are at risk, as they currently have a Food Standards Agency Food Hygiene Rating of two […]

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