Quaterly - News September 2017

In the new issue of AFT-Quarterly we aim to take you along on a foray through current issues affecting the food industry. From food safety to Industry 4.0, we want to show you with the help of topical examples what solutions and products are being offered by leading companies.

In this way you will find out, for instance, how intelligent use of food gases in processing and packaging makes a major contribution to the quality of meat and sausage products. We are also presenting an innovative method for testing the tightness of food packagings, a process with numerous advantages over conventional methods.

Other articles are designed to inform you about the new EFSA database OpenFoodTox, the EU research project
INNO-4-AGRIFOOD, and about research findings and options for prevention concerning the subject of food fraud.

You will encounter many of these themes again at Anuga FoodTec, being held in Cologne from 20 to 23 March 2018.
Don’t forget to save this date in your diary right now.

We hope you find lots to interest you and enjoy reading this issue.

Best regards,
Your editorial team

Industry 4.0 in machine construction – How MULTIVAC is driving digitalisation forward and equipping itself for the future

Industry 4.0 in machine construction – How MULTIVAC is driving digitalisation forward and equipping itself for the future

It can basically be established already, that the German machine construction industry is very well set up for the challenges of Industry 4.0, and that it has now come of age as regards the first phase. Many different technologies are already available for approaching the various solutions. Quite a number of companies have established networked or self-controlling processes and are already using IT-based automation solutions. In our interview, Guido Spix, Managing Director and CTO of MULTIVAC Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG, gives an insight into the relevance of Industry 4.0 for German mechanical engineering in general and for MULTIVAC in particular.

MULTIVAC (.pdf)

New prospects in meat processing – get to know and use them

New prospects in meat processing – get to know and use them

The intelligent use of food gases in processing and packaging contributes substantially to the quality of meat and sausage products. Carbon dioxide and nitrogen are particularly significant in process cooling. For example dry ice, in other words carbon dioxide in solid form, provides a strong cooling effect without exercising any influence on the taste and consistency of the product being processed. The cooling effect of low-temperature technical gases can, however, also be used for the exact temperature control of mixing processes, whereby the LIXSHOOTER® system allows the application of the gases from below.

New prospects in meat processing – get to know and use them (.pdf)

Food packagings – are they still tight?

Food packagings – are they still tight?

The food industry is changing at a fast pace. Customers are more critical and better informed, production and transport processes are becoming more and more macro-regional and the pressure on prices is rising. This also affects the shelf life of foods. For years now the market has been developing ever more innovative methods to extend the shelf life of foods for as long as possible. However, many companies underestimate an essential factor when it comes to the stability of foods – the tightness of their packagings. The INFICON Contura S400 analyses any leaks within a few seconds.

The INFICON Contura S400 (.pdf)

Study shows direct link between chicory inulin and improved wellbeing

Study shows direct link between chicory inulin and improved wellbeing

A new study shows that BENEO’s prebiotic chicory root fibre, Orafti® Inulin, induces selective changes in the gut’s microbiota composition that can be directly linked to improved regularity and wellbeing for the first time. The study, conducted by Professor Jeroen Raes, Department of Microbiology and Immunology and Professor Kristin Verbeke, Translational Research in Gastrointestinal Disorders unit at the University of Leuven, Belgium, has been published in the journal Gut and highlights the very selective effect of Orafti® Inulin on the gut microbiota composition.

Study shows direct link between chicory inulin and improved wellbeing (.pdf)

OpenFoodTox: EFSA’s new one-click tool for information on chemical hazards

OpenFoodTox: EFSA’s new one-click tool for information on chemical hazards

OpenFoodTox is the new EFSA database that provides instant access to a wealth of information from over 1,650 EFSA scientific outputs about the toxicity of chemicals found in the food and feed chain. EFSA scientists Jean-Lou Dorne, the toxicologist who led its development, and Jane Richardson, lead scientist on open data, explain why this is an important milestone in EFSA’s efforts to increase transparency and open its data up for others to explore and re-use.

OpenFoodTox is the new EFSA database (.pdf)

INNO-4-AGRIFOOD supports European consultants and SMEs to grow and innovate

INNO-4-AGRIFOOD supports European consultants and SMEs to grow and innovate

More than 11 million small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are active within the European agri & food sector and they are constantly challenged to meet the needs of an ever-changing market. Consultants and other intermediaries provide valuable support to these companies, helping them to grow and innovate. INNO-4-AGRIFOOD offers a set of services and tools specifically aimed at intermediaries and SMEs in agri & food.

INNO-4-AGRIFOOD supports European consultants and SMEs to grow and innovate (.pdf)

IUFoST Scientific Information Bulletin: Food Fraud Prevention

IUFoST Scientific Information Bulletin: Food Fraud Prevention

Food Fraud – and the focus on prevention – is an important and evolving food industry focus. Even though the vast majority of these incidents do not have a health hazard in some ways they are more dangerous because the substances and actions are unknown and untraceable. The types of food fraud stretch the traditional role of food science and technology to include criminology, supply chain traceability and other control systems. The IUFoST Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) presents an introduction, review of incidents, the fundamentals of prevention which then provide insight on the optimal role of food science and technology.

IUFoST Scientific Information Bulletin: Food Fraud Prevention (.pdf)