Every year about 48 million people in the United States suffer from a foodborne illness. Most of the illnesses happen suddenly and last a short time. While most people recover on their own without treatment, foodborne illness still causes about 3,000 deaths in the US annually. ¹ This article covers everything you need to know…Details
Chocolate often conjures up images of happy children and sweet treats. While there are many things to love about chocolate, unfortunately the cocoa industry is also linked to forced labor and sustainability issues. Today, more people are concerned about where their food comes from and want to ensure their purchases—such as chocolate—are responsibly sourced. To…Details
An Introduction to the Differences between Metal Detection and X-ray Technologies For decades, product inspection for food has incorporated two main technologies: Metal Detection (MD) and X-ray (XR). Both technologies have been integrated into quality control protocols for food manufacturers around the world. Through the years there have been enhancements to both technologies to improve…Details
The Ultimate Sugar Content Determination guide reviews different methods of sugar content determination using refractometry, density, titration, spectrophotometry and moisture analyzers, depending on the product and requirements. In today’s largely consumed sweetened foods and beverages, sugar concentration ranges from very low to high depending on the purpose of its addition. The exact sugar content is…Details
The outbreak of Listeriosis resulted in the largest food recall in South Africa. All media channels were flooded with notifications of the recall after the mandatory recall notice was issued on 4 March 2018. To make matters worse, the international sweetcorn recall again bombarded food service and retail sectors alike. We have seen that recalls…Details
Find your method to match the results of the drying oven This document offers ready-to-use methods for a selection of samples and provides guidance on how to develop a method for your specific sample to match the results of the drying oven. Begin to save valuable time whilst ensuring reliable moisture results and compliance to…Details
Food Fraud is not something new and has been reported since the 1820’s. What is new is the scale and lengths to which people will go to commit this fraud for their own financial gain. This is why food fraud is also known as EMA or economically motivated adulteration. It is all about how much…Details
Salt is an essential ingredient in many processed foods and therefore the salt content of products often needs to be determined as accurately as possible.
This guide will give you insights into the different methods of salt determination, e.g. titration, loss on drying. It also includes insights into the determination of the salt content in selected food items and some tips and hints on how to improve measurement techniques for easier working procedures and more accurate results.
Meat, poultry and seafood manufacturers face many pressures on their production lines. Maintaining a hygienic production area, adhering to stringent regulations and standards and maximizing uptime are just some of the key challenges in the industry. Having a robust metal detection program in place can help relieve some of these pressures. Here we look at the top five challenges that meat, poultry and seafood manufacturers face, and how these can be overcome whilst efficiency.Details
Rolf Uys is a familiar face of the food safety industry in South Africa. Food Focus caught up with Rolf preparing for one of his legendary inspections. FF: When did you first become interested in the food industry? After school I started studying BSc. I soon realized the pure sciences (physics, chemistry, zoology, etc.) were…Details