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Formulation

The constant quest for innovation requires food technologists to be up-to-date with research. From hydrocolloids to oils and fats, flavours to flour what works well in which formulations, how does production method affect performance, and what are the sensory effects?

Novel method detects E.coli in less than 24 hours

A method described as similar to a ‘pregnancy test’ has been developed for detecting contamination of meat products with E.coli O157 in less than 24 hours.

Green-lipped mussels move from pharma to food with seafood seasoning

German pharmaceutical company, Pharmalink, is moving from pharma to food with a contaminant-free seafood flavouring made from green-lipped mussels.

Multi-component formula shows potential eye health benefits for diabetics: RCT

Six months of supplementation with xanthophyll pigments, antioxidants and selected botanical extracts may improve visual function in diabetes, says a new study.

Insect oil: Bugs aren’t just about protein

Is it time to look beyond insect protein to… insect oil? This is the next opportunity within edible bugs, says researcher.

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

Flavor Trends

Consumers are demanding more sophisticated blends of hot spice and flavor, Kalsec study finds

As consumer demand for spicy food increases, it also is evolving beyond that for just eye-watering and mouth-burning heat to include a desire for more complex blends of pungent flavors,...

Japanese low-purine trend inspires Meiji PA-3 yogurt development

Greater awareness about gout and low-purine diets has not only inspired innovation by Japan's major breweries, but the country's largest dairy, Meiji. 

Feature

Two new barley plant genes discovered

A group of international researchers have discovered two new genes in the barley plant that will shed light on the history of agriculture and also bring new capabilities to barley...

Entrepreneurs bring recovery chew to market based on Kyowa Hakko branded ingredients

A pair of Denver-based entrepreneurs decided to go top shelf on ingredients to launch what they claim is the first chewable dietary supplement product in the recovery space.

Guest article

Food industry fail? Elderly nutrition

The food industry is missing a billion euro trick when it comes to ageing population, says Lauren Bandy, senior nutrition analyst at Euromonitor International.

Lack of dairy-based fat in human diet may lead to prediabetes, dolphin study suggests

Heptadecanoic acid, a saturated fat found in dairy products, may actually help stop prediabetes in its tracks, says a National Marine Mammal Foundation study.

Australia

Microbe pair holds key to boosting feed crops

Scientists have identified two microorganisms that can build bigger and more resilient feed crops, potentially boosting farmers’ bottom lines by millions of dollars.

Chinese scientists detect melamine in white gold using real gold

Chinese scientists have developed a method to detect melamine in milk and infant formula using gold nanoparticles.

Sugary drinks linked to type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity: Meta analysis

Sugary drinks may cause type 2 diabetes regardless of obesity – and artificially-sweetened drinks or fruit juice are not necessarily healthier alternatives, according to new research.

Replacing sugary drinks with artificially sweetened ones unlikely to reduce type 2 diabetes risk, study says

Nearly two million people in the U.S. will develop type 2 diabetes in the next 10 years if the current consumption of sugar sweetened beverages remains constant, predict a team...

‘Ancient, mystical fruit’: Nestlé patents pomegranate skin extract for metabolic syndrome

Nestlé has filed an international patent for pomegranate skin extract as a strategy against metabolic syndrome, in particular fatty liver disease. 

Animal welfare will be ‘decisive criterion’ for lab-grown meat

Most people accept that animals have been slaughtered for meat because they have no choice – but lab-grown meat could change that, says Professor Mark Post.

Egypt rocked by dog and donkey meat scandal

Egyptians have been unknowingly eating dog and donkey meat, along with meat that is not Halal, the country’s head of food safety has said.

More than 150 sickened, outbreak started late last year

Sweden investigates Salmonella from spices outbreak

More than 150 people have been sickened by Salmonella in Sweden with authorities linking the illnesses to spice mix.

Demand for natural colours is going global, finds 5000-strong survey

Asian consumers are fuelling demand for clean labels and natural colourings - and will bolster a trend that has been dominated by western Europeans until now, a 5000-strong global survey has...

Australia

Volunteers required for exercise test. Reward: 3D-printed chocolate

Melbourne researcher Rohit Ashok Khot has found the sweetest way in the world to get people to exercise: he rewards others with chocolate treats made on a 3D food printer....

Jafza sets out Halal stall as standards debate drags on

Dubai’s Jebel Ali Free Zone Authority (Jafza) pitched itself as a one-stop Halal hub at a road show in Japan this month, while the UAE is still working towards finalising...

Double jeopardy: Do fitness foods make people eat more and exercise less?

Products flogging fitness may encourage weight-conscious consumers to eat more and exercise less – leading the scientists behind the research to call for closer monitoring of sports nutrition marketing practices.

Pope Francis weighs into the GMO debate

Pope Francis has weighed into the debate over GM crops, arguing that while he doesn’t believe there is any “conclusive proof that GM cereals are harmful to human beings”, he...

Green tea supplement backed for prostate cancer reduction: RCT findings

Consumption of a green tea extract has been suggested to reduce rates of cancer in certain indiviuals while reducing levels of the cancer biomarker prostate-specific antigen (PSA), say researchers.

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