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Pasteurization Options for Food / Beverage Industries

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What is the Pasteurization Process? Pasteurization is named after the French scientist Louis Pasteur, who found that the process of heating wine in the 1880s would inactivate bacteria / pathogens that caused spoilage.   The pasteurization process was primarily associated with milk, but is now used to extend the shelf life of most beverages, including …

A quick and environmentally friendly method for washing of fruit and vegetables – Ozone

Written by Janice M on . Posted in Food & Beverage

Consumers and regulators are concerned about the safety of fruits, vegetables, salad and other ready-to-eat products. This includes preventing contamination from both pathogens and chemical contaminants. In South Africa, chlorine is often used to disinfect the wash water for salads. The use of chlorine can lead to contamination of the product with chlorinated chemicals. As …

Application: Determination of Sodium and Salt Content in Food Samples

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Learn why and how food manufacturers need to measure the sodium (Na+) and salt (NaCl) content in food samples. Why we need to measure and control sodium content in food products: High dietary sodium intake increases the likelihood of developing high blood pressure and heart disease In 2010, 1 out of every 10 cardiovascular deaths …

Don’t Guess – Rather Test Avocado Ripeness

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Felix Instruments decided it was about time a similar avocado to the Hass cultivar, the Shepard Avocado, stopped playing hard-to-get. Dr. Phul Subedi, with Central Queensland University, used the F-750 to determine best harvest and consumption practices and times for the Shepard Avocado. Application Note for Shephard Avocado 1. Non-destructive Measurements of Dry Matter in Avocado …

Measuring the Brix of Diet or Sugar-Free Drinks

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Beverage manufacturers around the world are focusing new product development on sugar reduction programmes because the sugar content in soft drinks is such a grave health risk. The prevalence of diseases, such as type 2 diabetes and obesity, continues to escalate. South Africa now has the highest rate of obesity in sub-Saharan Africa, with 7 …

How to Safely Reuse Frying Oil (and keep your customers happy)

Written by Janice M on . Posted in Food & Beverage, Technical Tips

Fried foods are definitely one of the most popular items on the South African food service menu. Unfortunately, the frying oil is often so old / overheated that it has become degraded and dangerous to health, according to research conducted by the Dept of Health. Dangers of using old, degraded Frying Oil: Poor quality product …

Measuring sugar in the beverage industry

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  Beverage and brewing companies often need to measure the amount of sugar in solution during the production process, in order to maximise quality control and flavour. Manufacturers that would like their finished product to be consistently up to standard, track this data along the production line. Potential costly problems can be avoided and reliable …

Water Recovery and Reuse: Free Guide for Beverage Production and Food Processing

Written by Janice M on . Posted in Food & Beverage, Water & Environmental

The International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) has produced a comprehensive, free on-line book in the interests of water reuse and conservation. The ILSI is a nonprofit, worldwide organization whose mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. The book is entitled "Water Recovery and Reuse: Guideline for Safe …

Let Science help to Quantify Coffee Quality

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Are you disagreeing or struggling to decide on the flavour of different coffee samples? You can now measure the brix / concentration of coffee with the new PAL-Coffee. This allows you to express and control the acidity and bitterness. Coffee fans the world over are in search of the “perfect cup”. One of the important …

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