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Multi-facet characterization quantifies humidity’s impact on food powders

What you need to know when developing a moisture-control strategy
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For many dry foodstuffs the ingress of even small quantities of water can compromise product performance. Granular foods — such as instant coffee, sugars and gravy granules — can all change, with the uptake of water, from relatively free-flowing, easily manageable powders to a far less desirable clumped or even solid mass. Knowing when — and to what extent — to control moisture depends in the first instance on understanding how a powder responds to humidity.
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Cargill to install new automated distribution system at Kansas beef plant

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U.S.-based meat processor Cargill is to invest $48 million in its beef processing plant in Kansas in an effort to deliver better service to its customers.
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British FSA reviews poultry campylobacter strategy

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Figures released by the agency reveal that campylobacter is the most common cause of food poisoning in the U.K., affecting about 460,000 people each year.
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FDA finds salmonella in imported spices

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has conducted a study into the prevalence of salmonella in imported spices, following widespread concerns that spices might be a source of foodborne diseases.
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US to allow processed chicken imports from China

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The U.S. is planning to allow the sale of poultry meat processed in China, following a decision by the USDA.
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Study links soft drinks to behavioral problems in children

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A joint study carried out by researchers at Columbia University, the University of Vermont and the Harvard School of Public Health, has suggested a link between behavioral problems in five-year-old children and soft drink consumption.
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Cyclosporiasis outbreak continues, number of infected reaches 600

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Analyses of the outbreak have led investigators to the conclusion that the majority of cases were linked to a salad mix produced at Taylor Farms de Mexico.
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US dairy industry eyes international markets

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While at present the U.S. dairy industry is mostly directed toward the domestic market, specialists believe that dairy producers will increasingly look at opportunities presented by external markets.
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New evidence on salmonella in beef underlines safety challenge

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Tackling Salmonella in ground beef could be the U.S. meat industry's most challenging task yet, according to James Marsden, professor of animal science at Kansas State University.
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Study links phthalates to insulin resistance in teens

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Findings from a new study have suggested that chemicals known as phthalates are linked to insulin resistance and obesity in teenagers.
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