Category Archives: Food science

Food composition and contamination, Bacterial and physical contamination, General pollutants (heavy metals), Food labelling, food trace metals, compliance with Foods Standard Code, food forensics and/or contamination, toxins in shellfish or seafood.

Rooting out horse-meat fraud in the wake of a recent food scandal

(American Chemical Society 17 September 2014) As the United Kingdom forms a new crime unit designed to fight food fraud — in response to an uproar last year over horse meat being passed off as beef — scientists from Germany are reporting a technique for detecting meat adulteration. They describe their approach, which represents a vast improvement over current methods, in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

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Obesity group concerned over sports drink labelling changes

ABC News Amy Bainbridge 23 September 2014

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is considering easing restrictions on the health claims manufacturers can use for their sports drinks, with public submissions closing next Tuesday.

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Bio-reactive food expiry label could cut food waste

ScienceAlert Australia Fiona Macdonald 19 September 2014

A researcher has created a use-by-date label that decays as the same rate of food, in order to drastically reduce unnecessary food waste.

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Spotlight on forensics

ABC Brisbane Radio 612 Interview 18 September 2014

Forensic science has never been so glamorous.
Crime shows like CSI, NCIS, Bones and Sherlock have helped make the science behind crime busting intriguing.
Which is probably a double-edged sword for real scientists….it’s great to have some professional acknowledgement but it gets a little frustrating hearing “but they did it on CSI”.
Wikipedia actually names the term the “CSI effect”, also known as the “CSI infection” or “CSI syndrome” – which refers to the impact the exaggerated potrayal of forensic science has on public perception.
So what’s it really like to be a forensic scientist, and what exactly do they do?
Kelly spoke to Greg Shaw (pictured), the Director of Forensic and Scientific Services for Queensland Health. She also spoke to Dr Bradley Schatz, a forensic computer scientist.

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Myer Centre businesses among food hall of shame

Brisbane Times Kim Stephens September 17, 2014

Rats, mice and cockroaches in the kitchen – it’s the stuff of nightmares for a public with an insatiable appetite for dining out.
But Brisbane’s annual food hall of shame, released by City Hall on Wednesday, revealed the vast majority of the city’s worst food hygiene offenders had food preparation areas infested with rodents or pests last financial year.

Coles, Woolworths in cereal recall over glass fears

Sydney Morning Herald Beau Donelly 16 September 2014

Australia’s two biggest supermarkets have issued an urgent recall of home brand cereals because they may contain pieces of glass.  Both cereals were supplied by Hubbards Foods Ltd.

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Fight for up-front labelling steps back

Sunday Mail Daryl Passmore 15 Setpember 2014

CONSUMER watchdogs are fighting to stop grocery firms hiding details of product sizes on the back of packaging.

Current labelling laws require quantity information to be clearly displayed on the front of packets, boxes and bottles.

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