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  • Ginseng Comeback

    Whatever happened to ginseng? This popular pioneer of functional ingredients was the belle of the good-for-you ball 25 years ago. Ginseng may have faded from the popularity contest point of view, but sales are still strong and it still has a myriad of uses.

    Mark Anthony, Ph.D., Contributing Editor
    06/30/2006
  • EU Rules on Health Claims Take a Step Forward

    Ten years in the works, the European Parliament’s review of health and nutrition claims on food labels may end a longstanding prohibition against claims relating to human diseases.

    David Joy, Contributing Editor
    06/30/2006
  • Food Biz Kids: Chocolate Chex Mix

    Our 7th-grade panelists sampled a new General Mills snack product and though the ingredients were mixed, the reviews were not (mostly). All but one taster gave Chocolate Chex Mix a thumbs-up.

    Diane Toops, News and Trends Editor
    06/29/2006
  • Self-Regulation of Advertising to Children

    Emotions run high when it comes to advertising to kids, but processors have an alphabet soup of tools for enacting voluntary regulations.

    Leslie Krasny, Contributing Editor
    06/29/2006
  • New Developments in Sugar Formulation

    An important product development tool, sugar provides function as well as flavor. New developments are removing calories and even the sweetness for new formulation possibilities.

    Frances Katz, Senior Technical Editor
    06/26/2006
  • A Commentary on CSPI's Latest Crusade

    The task of responding to the latest crusade from the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has become almost tedious, says writer Radley Balko in this article from TCSDaily.com. He discusses CSPI's lawsuit against Kentucky Fried Chicken and its attacks on Starbucks for its "high-calorie, high-fat" drinks and pastries.

    Radley Balko, Tech Central Station contributor and Cato Institute policy analyst
    06/23/2006
  • Sanitation and Summer Pest Control

    Pests are common vectors of foodborne illness, carrying pathogens ranging from E. coli to Salmonella. Excellent sanitation is the first line of defense against pests because it removes many of the food and water sources essential to their survival. Food safety professionals should review their sanitation programs and incorporate these basic steps to help keep facilities clean and pest-free.

    Orkin Commercial Services
    06/14/2006
  • Plant Moisture Control

    Once-ignored USDA requirements for condensation control are compelling processors to take a closer look at humidity problems. Also: tips on choosing between desiccant and mechanical dehumidifiers.

    Mike Pehanich, Plant Operations Editor
    06/12/2006
  • 2006 Packaging Materials Showcase

    Our 2006 materials showcase wraps up the best of recent advances in adhesives, closures, labels, films, etc., into one accessible package.

    06/12/2006
  • Acai is Just a Fruit, Not a Panacea

    A little purple berry from South America is making a big splash in beverages. Also known as the Amazon palmberry, açai fruit is considered by some to be one of the world's top "superfoods." It contains an exceptionally high concentration of antioxidants (especially anthocyanins), as well as monounsaturated fats, dietary fiber, phytosterols, several trace minerals and a number of essential amino acids.

    Mark Anthony, Ph.D., Contributing Editor
    06/06/2006
  • Nutrition's Effect on Menopause

    Today, more than a third of the contemporary woman's life is in menopausal and post-menopausal phases. Not surprisingly, more functional foods are addressing major needs of women.

    Kantha Shelke, Ph.D. and Mark Messina, Ph.D.
    06/05/2006
  • Organic Foods are Where Innovation and Sales Growth Meet

    A visit to the "Power of Five" conglomeration of food shows in Chicago last month left the distinct impression that organic foods "are where it's at" in terms of innovation and sales growth.

    David Feder, R.D., Editor
    06/05/2006
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