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Nanotechnology – Not a Big Deal?

Posted by Chris Cattini

28-Jan-2015 14:39:00

What is nanotechnology?

The UK Food Standards Agency defines nanotechnology as the manufacture and use of materials and structures at the nanometre scale. A nanometre is one millionth of a millimetre. If you shrink a grain of rice one thousand times, stop for a minute to admire your supernatural size-reducing powers and then proceed to shrink the grain a thousand times again, you will have conjured up a nanoparticle.

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Topics: food safety, labelling, nanotechnology, packaging, salt, additives, regulations and guidance, contaminants, water, novel foods

Humans and Machines: On the Road to Avatars...

Posted by Dave Howard

14-Nov-2013 10:25:00

Advances in science and technology are being made on many many fronts and almost every advance is billed as a breakthrough - the list of 'next big things' grows ever longer.

Obviously, not every emerging technology will alter the food science and technology landscape—but some truly do have the potential to disrupt the status quo, alter the way people live and scientists work, and rearrange ideals, values, practices and methodologies. It is therefore critical that business and policy leaders understand which technologies will matter to them and prepare accordingly.

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Topics: nanotechnology

Interview with Dr Philip Nelson, 2007 World Food Prize Winner

Posted by Dave Howard

17-Dec-2012 09:09:00

Dr Philip Nelson is an American food scientist who is best known for his work in bulk aseptic processing and packaging of food and the use of chlorine dioxide gas to commercially sterilise food products and food contact surfaces.

He was Chair and held the Scholle Chair Professorship in Food Processing at the Department of Food Science at Purdue University and upon retirement in 2010, the Food Science building was renamed the Philip E Nelson Hall of Food Science.

He was president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) for 2001-2 and has earned four awards from the IFT for his efforts: the Food Technology Industrial Achievement Award in 1976, a fellow in 1980, the Nicholas Appert Award in 1995, and the Carl R. Fellers Award in 2005. In 2007, he received the World Food Prize for his work on aseptic food storage and distribution.

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Topics: food safety, nanotechnology, interviews

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