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A new fluid bed dryer and cooler uses a fraction of the energy of a standard machine, claims its manufacturer.
A new fluorescence-sensing laser sorter scans products for chlorophyll to identify and remove foreign matter from fresh and frozen vegetables.
The final stage of a skills training programme for food and drink workers in the UK has been completed, paving the way for its launch.
A new digital refractometer can automatically scan liquids for concentration levels and offers the market leading measurement range, claims its manufacturer.
Alcoa said this week it would examine disposal of its packaging and consumer units, which together generate $3.2 billion in revenues for the company.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has launched an investigation into whether a chemical thought to be responsible for a number of pet deaths has entered the human food chain.
Guidelines to help European olive oil processors reduce their waste are being developed by an EU-funded project.
New UK legislation would allow regulators to charge companies fees for additional costs incurred when imports of non-animal origin do not comply with food and feed laws.
A new class of toxins produced when meats and cheeses are grilled, fried or broiled, can lead to a host of diseases associated with aging, say researchers.
From today, US egg products destined for the EU must come from premises operating with procedures based on international safety standards known as hazard analysis and critical control plan (HACCP)...
A new flexible paper provides coffee packagers with an environmentally friendly wrapper that can withstand high speed line speeds, its manufacturer claims.
A new polyethylene film has been developed that can be detected by metal detectors, reducing the risk of contamination in food processing, its manufacturer claims.
The EU has issued plans to harmonise pesticide residue testing among member countries with a series of measures designed to improve the safety of food supplies.
A BBC undercover report has allegedly exposed further widespread use of illegal workers in the UK's agriculture and food processing sectors.
The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) estimates that a major citrus fruit scam in Italy has defrauded the EU budget of up to €50m in EC aid for the processing of...
A new study showing that perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) is showing up in newborn babies has again raised concerns about the chemical's use as a protective coating on some food packaging.
With their domestic markets remaining generally stagnant, EU processors are turning more and more to international trade as a means of keeping their bottom lines healthy.
Years of under-funding and a lack of trained staff account for failings by the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) in preventing contamination outbreaks, legislators said yesterday.
A group of research centres have banded together to examine ways of improving safety and quality along the supply chain for citrus products.
Australian-based packager Amcor said yesterday it will exit plants in Western European in a drive toward greater cost efficiency.
A new spiral oven can help speed up production while reducing maintenance costs, the manufacturer claims.
Fish gelatin might become the latest packaging advance in helping extend the shelf life of frozen foods.
A seafood processor has avoided closure followings its agreement with the national regulator to integrate required food safety procedures into its operations.
A new horizontal form fill sealer (HFFS) uses servo motors, which reduces the need for compressed air and improves cycle speeds, its manufacturer claims.
A 'next generation' antibiotics test for milk, capable of saving dairy firms and labs time and money, will be launched by Dutch firm DSM this week.
A new modular belt is designed to transport foods that need fast cooling and draining.
A modified atmosphere packaging (MAP) sensor just introduced in the UK market speeds up the process of testing that the correct mix of gasses have been used in a product.
The European Commission plans to exempt small businesses from part of the bloc's main hygiene rules.
Marketing strategies - two words that incorporate everything from pseudo scientific research to shock value advertising campaigns. But shouldn't honesty be the best policy?
A new x-ray inspection system can detect multiple contaminants in products being conveyed on belts, its manufacturer claims.
Cadbury and some of its managers face prosecution for allegedly ignoring a case of salmonella contamination at one of the company's UK plants.
A new metal detector is designed specifically for sausage processors, providing a compact system that fits in tight spaces.
In a joint effort with one of its customers, Bühler claims to have developed a more efficient method of extruding multicoloured foods with a single machine.
A new range of compostable plastic containers is designed for ready-to-eat foods.
Meat processors have petitioned legislators to take action over the rising input costs on meat and poultry packers and processors due to rising ethanol production.
The EU's food safety agency has expressed reservations about a plan by the European Commission to make companies pay fees for risk assessments.
The UK turkey producer at the centre of an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year is to be compensated nearly £600,000 (€885,000) despite receiving criticism in an official report published yesterday.
New software is designed to gather operating data from plants in multiple countries and collect it at headquarters.
The EU's food safety agency will assess the public health risks posed by the presence of Salmonella in pigs.
A new measurement device uses radar to monitor levels of substances used in processing plants, its manufacturer claims.
A new polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin on the market is being promoted as faster and cheaper to mould.
A new system designed to reduce oxygen levels in beverages improves fillings speeds and can extend the shelf life of products, its manufacturer claims.
The food factory of the future will be smaller than the massive production plants of today, with more automation and the flexibility to switch to new products at the push...
Ingredients firm Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has developed a new method of manufacturing soy-based crisps - opening up further possibilities to the carb-free snack market.
The UK food regulator has published a guidance to help manufacturers improve the safety of their products and deal with contamination incidents when these occur.
Continued expansion in Asia and a 12.4 per cent rise in sales were the key highlights during the first quarter 2007 for international packaging group Crown.
Inefficiency in the UK cereals supply chain is costing the industry almost £1 million (€1.47m) a week and cereal manufacturers are partly to blame, according to a new report from...
Several batches of beef recently imported to the UK from Ireland were found to contain material banned under laws designed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from entering the supply...
Increases in foodborne illnesses from salmonella and escherichia coli during 2006 could be due to outbreaks in previously unaffected food such as peanut butter and spinach, according to the findings...
Two new testing tools from Döhler are designed to keep pathogens and impurities from contaminating beverage filling lines.
About 150 experts are gathering here today in Belgium's capital city for a peak into the future of the food industry.
A new waterproof temperature and humidity sensor can take readings while submerged and transmit the results across a plant, its manufacturer claims.
EU agriculture minister Mariann Fischer Boal is willing to consider a transition period for the adoption of EU fruit and vegetable reforms, according to reports, which would act as a...
US based cocoa producer Cargill has developed a new method of processing cocoa which allows for reduced fat content and greater dispersibility in cocoa powder.
Coffee prices fell again last month and are expected to continue dropping in April, the International Coffee Organisation has said.
A new treatment system integrates two technologies to recycle wastewater in plants, claims its manufacturer, helping food and drink firms to meet their environmental commitments.
A dose of early summer sun and talk of another record-breaking heat wave around the corner has put the UK ice cream industry in a cautiously optimistic mood for 2007.
As Tesco again displayed its power in the UK food chain with another profits rise, dairy group Arla Foods joined a growing list of processors to raise farmgate milk prices.
At a time when so many resources are being pumped into improving consumer health through food, it is pitifully ironic that more and more people are getting sick or dying...
Two new vision sensors can help ensure food and beverage packaging is defect-free with correctly positioned labeling, claims their manufacturer.
A new mixing disperser for foods allows processors to test out their formulas before scaling up to full production levels.
A consistent EU-wide policy on eco-labelling for fish and a plan to end export subsidies for fruits and vegetables are some of the controversial topics up for debate at a...
Leatherhead Food International is forming a new working group to investigate the use of nanotechnology in the food and drink industry, with particular emphasis on ingredients and hydrocolloids.
Scientists from the University of Nottingham have reported that adding an ingredient that induces the sensation of cooling could boost the perception of fruit flavours, fundamental research that could have...
France-based Luceo has developed an automated device to detect whether food particles are interfering with tray-pack seals.
A new robot controller is designed to eliminate high cost cabling and the need for environmental cabinets on processing and packaging lines.
The EU has launched a €12m project to develop standards for analysing food safety and quality.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is sticking to its guns on setting a higher maximum limit on irradiation levels used to sanitize foods.
A lesser increase in prices of energy and commodities compared with 2006 will ease the pressure on processors, according to a new report by Standard and Poor's.
The trend for individually sold confectionery is boosting growth at UK packaging firm RPC Containers.
About $2m has been allocated to nine research teams to study the Escherichia coli O157:H7, in a bid to prevent the pathogen from infecting fresh produce.
A new device cuts oxygen measurement time in half for barrier polyethylene terephthalate (PET) bottles, according to the manufacturer.
US based packaging firm Michelman is set to unveil a raft of bake-in coating solutions for the bakery industry at trade fairs this year.
A regulatory effort to reduce Salmonella contamination throughout Ireland's food chain is beginning to pay off in the egg sector.
The EU would create standard customs' documentation for imported food and feeds under current legislative proposals being discussed by member states.
Packaging gases and other additives used for prolonging the shelf life of foods are some of the substances targeted by proposed safety regulations passed yesterday by an EU parliamentary committee.
German equity investment company Arques has taken over confectionery firm van Netten in yet another example of private investors moving into the food industry sphere.
While overall spend on research and development is increasing, the EU food and drink sector as a whole remain behind their global counterparts, according to the lastest figures.
A scientific model relating pathogen survival to cooking temperatures and time can be used as a processing tool by manufacturers of ready-to-eat poultry products.
Meeting and contributing to increased EU measures on food safety remains a priority for the industry, according to policies outlined by the bloc's industry association.
Have you heard this one before? There are two blackcurrants, one has a high vitamin content and the other - well it doesn't.
The attention of product developers is turning towards health risks posed by ethyl carbamate, a naturally ocurring substance in fermented food and beverage products that is now classed as dangerous...
Tesco may have waded in to rescue UK dairy farmers last week, but confidence in the sector is at its lowest point since 2004 and more producers intend to quit...
A new transparent polyester film provides packagers with the barrier performance of competing films, while its strength reduces scuffing and abrasion, its manufacturer claims.
Crisp giant Walkers is set to receive new packaging technology this autumn, on the back of a successful contract with machinery firm Schubert UK.
A new beaded guide that can be fitted into processing and packaging lines allows multiple products to run side-by-side without bottle necks, while reducing damage, its manufacturer claims.
Growing concerns over the food industry's impact on climate change have prompted a dairy industry conference on farming and the environment in the UK.
Research into a nitrogen isotope-based testing system being pioneered in Britain could provide a vital new tool in ensuring valid organic certification for food and drink products.
UK luxury chocolate maker Elizabeth Shaw is set to join the growing number of premium confectionery manufacturers targeting the boxed chocolate niche with exotic flavours and single-origin sourcing.
Consumer group Which? has placed retailers' own-label Easter egg brands above those produced by market leader Cadbury in taste tests conducted ahead of the lucrative holiday trading period.
A new washing system lifts large vats used in meat and poultry processing into the cleaning chamber, then returns them to the plant floor ready for use, its manufacturer claims.
US demand for packaging used for meat, poultry and seafood will exceed $8.1bn by 2011, partly driven by the trend towards convenience food, according to industry analysts.
A new vertical form, fill and seal machine is designed to package high density snacks into smaller bags at high speed, its manufacturer claims.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is proposing to revise its labeling regulations for irradiated foods, suggesting some irradiated foods could now be labeled as "pasteurized".
UK consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at several snack and ready meal brands for their 'hidden' sugar content.
The maker of a new analyser capable of monitoring carbon dioxide, nitrogen and oxygen claims it can help brewers and soft drinks firms step closer to perfection.
The effectiveness of tear strips used in cardboard packaging is being tested as part of a new project, which aims to market the findings later this year.
Danish ingredients manufacturer Palsgaard has developed a new instant cake emulsifier which safeguards cake quality throughout the stresses inflicted on batter during processing.
Dairy industry leaders in the UK have welcomed an announcement from supermarket giant Tesco that it would pay more money to dairy farmers via new direct contracts.
Salmonella infects one in four chickens in flocks reared for meat, according to European survey findings published yesterday.
Switzerland-based pharmaceutical company Metrohm has developed a test to determine the exact sugar content of chocolate - helping manufacturers ensure consistency on the production line.
Two different packaging seals offer easier opening with security -- while one is designed for industrial and commercial use, the other meets increasing consumer demand, the manufacturer claims.
The UK poultry processor at the centre of the avian influenza outbreak earlier this year will not face criminal prosecution, the national food regulator has confirmed.
Computer vision systems could automate salmon fillet sorting lines, reducing labour costs and increasing processing speed, according to a study by scientists in Norway.
Sticky, easily torn sweet wrappers could soon be a thing of the past thanks to a new test from Stable Micro Systems (SMS).
Nearly all remaining butter stocks being held in the EU's intervention system will be sold off on the common market, member states have agreed.
The dietary supplement industry needs an independent testing program that is recognizable to consumers in order to enhance the credibility of its products as well as encourage solid science and...
The identity of the mystery multinational with which Provexis has been exploring new formats of its Fruitflow technology is unveiled as Unilever; and the two companies also plan to collaborate...
A new soft drinks bottling system, which uses only two pneumatics functions, improves filling accuracy while reducing maintenance costs, its manufacturer claims.
US food regulatory agencies have announced a public meeting to discuss the nation's draft positions ahead of the Codex food labeling meeting, which will be held at the end of...
Romanian plastics firm Prodplast has begun searching for a partner it hopes will help it to step up production of polyethylene in the country's blossoming market for flexible food packaging.
The UK food regulator is asking for feedback on proposals to change meat inspections, including charging processors for services and delegating duties to private bodies.
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