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18 November 2015

Indian meat processors urged to use new packaging technology to boost the countries cold chain for chilled and fresh meat

The Indian Institute of Packaging (IIP) have developed a ‘modified atmosphere packaging’ which allows meat to remain fresh at for longer periods of time at a higher temperature. 

The process involves changing the mixture of nitrogen, carbon dioxide and oxygen (the main components of air) within the packaging.

It is hoped that this new packaging will reduce energy costs (by up to 40%) during the transportation of products and improve the countries cold chain for chilled and fresh meat.

Palm oil popularity and demand set to increase

Agri-business bank Rabobank has predicted that the global demand for palm oil will double within the next 5 years from 5.3m to 11m. 

Within their report, they estimate that by 2020 all suppliers in Europe and the US will be selling certified palm oil. In Asia, increased amounts of companies are expected to increase their commitment to sustainable palm oil over the next 5 years with the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) demand expected to reach 2-3 billion tonnes.

90% of the total global palm oil inventory is produced by Indonesia and Malaysia and Rabobank predicts that the production of certified palm oil will reach up to 24m tonnes.

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Anti-fungal in vitro activity of the essential oil of oregano and eucalyptus in a vapour phase is effective in controlling fungi that cause diseases in fruits and vegetables

Researchers from the National University of Mexico (UNAM) have shown the potential of controlling fungi in vitro activity of essential oils of eucalyptus and oregano in a vapour phase. Eucalyptus has been tested against fungi from raspberry and oregano has been tested in papaya, cucumber, mango and tomato.

176 cases of Cyclospora reported in England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada

176 cases of Cyclospora infections have been identified in England, Scotland, Wales and Canada this summer (between 1 June and 22 September) in people who travelled to the River Maya, Mexico.  Of the people who were identified and studied; 43 had consumed fruit and berries, 36 had fresh herbs and 41 ate salad. Most of the people had been identified to having eaten from all-inclusive buffets which included meat and fish products.

The increase in exposure highlights the risks of gastrointestinal infections through, limitations in Cyclospora surveillance, travelling and the need for improved hygiene in the production of food consumed in holiday resorts.

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