Articles of Interest

May 27, 2015  |  by Judie Bizzozero  |  Source: Food Product Design

If you think the clean-label movement is just a passing fad, you better pull your head out of the sand and take notice. According to a new report from Packaged Facts, eight-seven percent of Americans look at the Nutrition Facts panel on packaged foods and beverages at least sometimes, while 56 percent actively seek out nutritional information and guidelines. According to the “Nutritional Labeling and Clean Labels in the U.S.: Future of Food Retailing” report 67 percent of consumers prefer ... Read more →

March 10, 2015  |  by  |  Source: S.E. West, K.B. Harris, A.N. Haneklaus, J.W. Savell, L.D. Thompson, J.C. Brooks, J.K. Pool, A.M. Luna, T.E. Engle, J.S. Schutz, D.R. Woerner, S.L. Arcibeque, K.E. Belk, L. Douglass, J.M. Leheska, S. McNeill, J.C. Howe, J.M. Holden, M. Duvall, K. Patterson

Abstract: The objective of this study was to investigate natural antimicrobials including cranberry powder, dried vinegar and lemon juice/vinegar concentrate, and post-lethality interventions (lauric arginate, octanoic acid, thermal treatment and high hydrostatic pressure) for the control of Listeria monocytogenes on alternatively-cured frankfurters. Lauric arginate, octanoic acid, and high hydrostatic pressure (400 MPa) reduced L. monocytogenes populations by 2.28, 2.03, and 1.88 log10 CFU per g compared to the control. L. monocytogenes grew in all post-lethality intervention treatments, except after a 600 MPa high ... Read more →

July 16, 2014  |  by JANE E. BRODY  |  Source: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/07/14/we-are-our-bacteria/?_php=true&_type=blogs&module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C%7B%222%22%3A%22RI%3A13%22%7D&_r=0

We Are Our Bacteria By JANE E. BRODY JULY 14, 2014 9:51 AM July 15, 2014 2:18 pm We may think of ourselves as just human, but we’re really a mass of microorganisms housed in a human shell. Every person alive is host to about 100 trillion bacterial cells. They outnumber human cells 10 to one and account for 99.9 percent of the unique genes in the body. Katrina Ray, a senior editor of Nature Reviews, recently suggested that the ... Read more →