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Tiny particles could help verify goods

15-04-2014

Some 2 to 5 percent of all international trade involves counterfeit goods, according to a 2013 United Nations report. These illicit products — which include electronics, automotive and aircraft parts, pharmaceuticals, and food — can pose safety risks and cost governments and private companies ...

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Origin of cold-adapted yeasts that make cold beer

10-04-2014

As one of the most widely consumed and commercially important beverages on the planet, one would expect the experts to know everything there is to know about lager beer. But it was just a few years ago that scientists identified the South American yeast that, hundreds of years ago, somehow ...

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Why food quality will suffer with rising CO2

08-04-2014

For the first time, a field test has demonstrated that elevated levels of carbon dioxide inhibit plants' assimilation of nitrate into proteins, indicating that the nutritional quality of food crops is at risk as climate change intensifies. Findings from this wheat field-test study, led by a UC ...

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Nanotube coating helps shrink mass spectrometers

27-03-2014

Nanotechnology is advancing tools likened to Star Trek's "tricorder" that perform on-the-spot chemical analysis for a range of applications including medical testing, explosives detection and food safety. Researchers found that when paper used to collect a sample was coated with carbon nanotubes, ...

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Eurofins: Acquisition in the USA

27-03-2014

Eurofins Scientific announces the acquisition of the food and environmental testing laboratory of Maintpartner Group. Lasse Mäkelä, Managing Director for Eurofins Scientific, Finland:"The acquisition of the Kokkola laboratory reflects Maintpartner's confidence that Eurofins has the capabilities ...

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Texans are turning to a different kind of spirit

Vodka and saltier is better

21-03-2014

Texans, known for enjoying local beers and Dr Pepper soft drinks, now have a growing beverage industry that would appeal to James Bond, who is well-known for enjoying a good martini. Distillers are producing at least 17 Texas vodkas, researchers reported, and the most popular are, surprisingly, ...

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Knowing whether food has spoiled without even opening the container

19-03-2014

A color-coded smart tag could tell consumers whether a carton of milk has turned sour or a can of green beans has spoiled without opening the containers, according to researchers. The tag, which would appear on the packaging, also could be used to determine if medications and other perishable ...

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Better-tasting reduced-fat desserts: Coming soon?

18-03-2014

Adjusting the calcium level and acidity could be the key to developing new better-tasting, more eye-appealing and creamier reduced-fat sauces, desserts and salad dressings that could be on the market soon, researchers reported. To date, a major problem with removing fat from these accompaniments ...

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Converting sugarcane to a cold-tolerant, oil-producing crop

26-02-2014

A multi-institutional team reports that it can increase sugarcane's geographic range, boost its photosynthetic rate by 30 percent and turn it into an oil-producing crop for biodiesel production. These are only the first steps in a bigger initiative that will turn sugarcane and sorghum – two of ...

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A faster way to flag bacteria-tainted food — and prevent illness

21-02-2014

The regular appearance of food poisoning in the news, including a recent event that led to the recall of more than 33,000 pounds of chicken, drives home the need for better bacterial detection long before meats and produce make it to the dinner table. On the horizon is a new approach for pathogen ...

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