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In a new research study has investigated whether altering food intake during the nightshift could optimise how shiftworkers feel during the night and reduce their sleepiness.
An innovative startup company from Finland has piloted a new alternative protein product made out of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
All scheme documentation is available on FSSC 22000 website under the menu Scheme. It is notable that up to the moment of the publication of this article, there is no gap analysis provided between 4.1 version and version 5.
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) - Current Consultations (as of 10 August 2019).


Applications are now open for the new Seeds of Change Accelerator - a Mars Food Australia initiative to help fast-track growth of innovative food-focused start-ups and small businesses.
There is a new buzz among food packaging manufacturers: How to manage allergen(s) when shipping materials are sent back from manufacturers who facilitate declared allergens. Third-party auditors are noticing the return program of dunnage and are asking questions.
FOODTECH Qld, a triennial trade exhibition, was launched in 2016 to support the burgeoning food and beverage manufacturing industry in the northern state. For the second time, the event will bring about 140 exhibitors and hundreds of visitors together across three days from July 28.
A lot has changed in the food and beverage processing world in the past decade, from regulatory changes to trends in what consumers want to eat and drink. Consumers want healthy, sustainable, organic and allergen-free foods.
Rapid urbanisation over the recent years has taken a toll on Asia’s digestive health. Easy-to-consume and highly processed foods have now become mainstays in the diets of many Asians who live fast-paced and busy lifestyles.
VITAL® 2.0 has been developed to provide a risk-based methodology for food producers to assess the impact of allergen cross-contact and to assist in providing appropriate precautionary allergen labeling. DTS FACTA is endorsed by the Allergen Bureau to deliver this training.
Previous entrants in the Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards say that their involvement has led to better staff morale, improved profiling with their customers and stronger community relationships\
Food Allergy Week runs from 26 May -1 June 2019 and calls on all Australians to Be Aware and Show You Care by getting involved with this year’s activities.
Did you know that one of the United Nations sustainable development goals is to reduce food wastage? The AIFST recognises that our industry is in a prime position to make a positive impact towards this and as a result is a partner of the Fight Food Waste Cooperative Research Centre.
The 69th Australasian Grain Science Conference, with the theme of ‘Grains: A Global Food Resource’, will bring together a diverse range of delegates from academia, government research agencies and industry who undertake research and innovation activities across the grains industry value-chain.
The Master of Dietetics at Swinburne aims to educate and empower the next generation of dietitians to be nutrition experts and innovators making a positive impact on the health of Australians. Applications close 1 May 2019

This international initiative is designed to raise awareness of the allergic disease and the global problem of food allergy.

The food and beverage industry is undergoing a paradigm shift away from the use of synthetic ingredients towards the use of biomass-based food ingredients.
Despite treated safe water being crucial to avoid waterborne diseases, it is known, since the mid-1970s, that the process of disinfection produces by-products (DBPs) that can be a hazard to human health, being chloroform and other trihalomethanes the compounds that created the first concerns in the scientific community (Karlin, 1999).
You have made your resolution to be healthy. You go to the store to choose between two products, looking for the better option. But then what? How do you pick? You read the label of course!
Romer Labs is unveiling a series of webinars to educate food and food producers about current and emerging aspects of food safety, reflecting industry practices and trends in the managing of contaminants.