All news articles for March 2017

Quick check for dairy pasteurisation effectiveness

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Quick check for dairy pasteurisation effectiveness

By Rick Pendrous

Milk pasteurisation efficacy is typically monitored by checking for the presence of alkaline phosphatase (ALP) – an enzyme present in raw milk – thus ensuring a product is safe for consumption.

Retailers test for campylobacter

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Retailers test for campylobacter

By Rick Pendrous

Intertek is working with many UK retailers in a bid to help reduce campylobacter, the UK’s most common form of food poisoning. Around four in every five cases of campylobacter poisoning comes from contaminated chicken.

Measuring cronobacter in infant formula powder

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Measuring cronobacter in infant formula powder

By Rick Pendrous

A new molecular detection method for cronobacter – a pathogen often found in powdered infant formula that can cause fatal infections – has been introduced by 3M Food Safety. It is claimed to save two-to-four days during the testing process.

Rapid tests under the microscope

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Rapid tests under the microscope

By Rick Pendrous

Rapid testing techniques are becoming more widely used in food microbiology laboratories as part of the drive to produce faster and more accurate results. 

Conveyor system for handling light powders

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Conveyor system for handling light powders

By Rick Pendrous

A new Z-Conveyor has been introduced by Dutch company Poeth, which is claimed to minimise the amount of light powders left behind in transport systems and optimise production capacity.

JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

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JBT acquires high pressure processing firm Avure

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink processing equipment specialist JBT Corporation has acquired high pressure processing (HPP) equipment supplier Avure Technologies for $57M (£47M) in a move designed to expand its food processing systems, which extend food shelf-life.

Cheaper flow measurements

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Cheaper flow measurements

By Rick Pendrous

A cheaper alternative to Coriolis flowmeters has been introduced by Bürkert for applications where fluid density measurement is not required. 

BrewDog fixes pumping problem

BrewDog fixes pumping problem

By Rick Pendrous

Scottish craft brewer BrewDog has installed a new pumping system with the assistance of Xylem at its brewery in Ellon, Aberdeenshire to overcome a problem with an existing system, which had increased costs and downtime.

Grocery think-tank IGD identified eight key skills for students looking to kick start their food and dink careers

Food industry employability skills – photogallery

By James Ridler

Eight essential employability skills for students looking to start their careers in the food and drink industry have been identified by grocery think-tank IGD, featured in this photogallery.

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