All news articles for March 2015

Defect detector checks 100% of modified packs

Defect detector checks 100% of modified packs

A technology to detect defects in modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) has been developed by Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group. The Mapax LD is a high-speed, non-destructive, in-line unit which uses food-grade hydrogen gas in place of visual or...

Cryogenic freezing gets on with MAP

Cryogenic freezing gets on with MAP

Food processors can now extend shelf-life and boost the quality of fresh produce, thanks to a new procedure which combines the best of cryogenic freezing with modified atmosphere packaging (MAP).

Visibility of shelf-ready raised

Visibility of shelf-ready raised

Brand visibility on supermarket shelves is claimed to be boosted by as much as 50%, thanks to a new development in shelf-ready packaging (SRP). Smurfit Kappa’s Shelf-Facer pulls products to the front of SRP, improving shelf presentation and allowing brands...

Sampling preparation for FSA's campylobacter study

Sampling preparation for FSA's campylobacter study

Stomacher paddle blenders and accessories from supplier Seward have been used in the preparation of samples for microbiological analysis as part of the Food Standards Agency’s (FSA’s) latest UK-wide study into the levels of campylobacter contamination...

Screening for salmonella in chocolate

Screening for salmonella in chocolate

While high volume screening for salmonella is normally part of the quality control proccess in chocolate production, the discovery of salmonella in a batch of chocolate, which prompted a recent recall, is a reminder of the continuing risk of this pathogen.

Meat fraud detection referenced

Meat fraud detection referenced

Six new meat mixture reference materials have been developed by scientists at LGC, formerly Laboratory of the Government Chemist, to help protect consumers from food fraud. The meat mixtures will enable food testing laboratories to assess the quality...

Weetabix reduces its motor failures

Weetabix reduces its motor failures

Weetabix has saved thousands of pounds in maintenance costs by eliminating motor failures at its factory in Corby, following the installation of Marlin stainless steel AC motors from Lafert. These replaced conventional motors on its breakfast cereal extruders.

ERP raises the game for German meat processor

ERP raises the game for German meat processor

Enterprise resource planning (ERP) software from CSB-System is providing control of the value-added supply chain at German meat processor Wolf. It ensures effective planning and product management as well as traceability of all products.

New service for pumps launched

New service for pumps launched

AVT Reliability, a new company created by the merger of AV Technology and Aespump, which brings together established experts in plant reliability and maintenance and pump management, was launched at the Maintec show held at The National Exhibition Centre...

Organic NPD is on the rise

Boom in organic product innovations

By Linda Groves

Over 300 products have been entered for the new product development (NPD) showcase at this year’s Natural Food Show at London's ExCel centre.

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