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Articles from 2009 In May

Blue California ~ 95 percent EGCG

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif.—Blue California, a manufacturer of highly purified botanical extracts, including several forms of green tea extract, is offering purified green tea extract standardized to 95 percent epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). The pesticide-free ingredient is soluble in water has no taste, color or odor, making it an ideal ingredient for beverages, functional foods and unique personal care products.


Tree of Life To Open New Facility

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla.—Tree of Life’s new 311,000 sq.-ft., Northeast region distribution center is scheduled to open and begin shipping to regional customers in August. Located near Allentown, Penn., the company's new state-of-the-art distribution center will bring vastly improved distribution capacity to both Tree of Life’s supermarket and natural food store customers throughout the Northeastern United States.

The company's Albany, N.Y., distribution center will close August 31, and customers formerly served by that facility will be serviced by the new, larger distribution center in Allentown.


Prater Sterling ~ Dust Collector Series

BOLINGBROOK, Ill.—The Dust Collector Series (DCS) rotary airlock feeder is an economical valve suited for general use under dust collectors, cyclones and hoppers. The feeders have eight-blade rotors, precision machining and rugged cast iron housing for efficient operation. In a case where pressure differential exists, such as when feeding pneumatic conveying lines, the Heavy Duty Series rotary airlock feeder is best suited for feeding the material accordingly. These particular airlocks maintain the highest level of performance for an extended period of time. The Quick-Take-Apart Series (QTA) rotary airlock feeder is made for applications where frequent removal of the valve internals is required. This valve permits tool-less removal of the rotor and end plate as one piece, eliminating the time-consuming step of “gapping” the rotor during re-assembly. When encountering alumina, coke, fly ash, glass frit and other highly abrasive products, the Ceramic Series rotary airlock feeder sustains its durability and achieves at least 3 to 5 times longer life compared to chrome and Ni-hard valves. A high-performance, thick wear layer of alumina ceramic coating maintains the valve’s precision tolerances longer.


EATWELL Project Evaluates Dietary Choices

READING, United KingdomA new European research project, EATWELL, led by the University of Reading, will investigate whether the private sector help the nanny state play a crucial role in selling better eating to the public and reduce healthcare costs.

Researchers will examine how the European Union public sector can effectively market promising dietary interventions to the population, and what attitudinal barriers may be faced in implementation in the range of countries. The conclusions will be presented as recommendations to member states and the European Commission.

Scientists Track Listeria Infection in Real-Time

A new study by scientists in Portugal and France tracked the patterns of gene expression in Listeria monocytogenes live during infection for the first time, reported AlphaGalileo.

The findings, published in PLoS Pathogens, reveals how the bacterial genome shifts to better adapt to infection by activating genes involved in virulence and subversion of the host defenses, as well as adaptation to the host conditions. The discovery may lead to the development of new therapies against the potentially lethal bacteria, as well as the study of other pathogen/host interactions.

Researchers also found that these infection-linked genes were controlled by a complex network coordinated by two major regulators called PrfA and SigB. They also identified several new virulence factors, which are bacterial proteins that induce the disease in the host.

IFT, FPSA Co-Locate 2010 Expos

CHICAGOThe Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) and the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) will co-locate the IFT Food Expo and FPSA Process Expo at Chicagos McCormick Place Convention Center beginning July 18-20, 2010.

FPSA Process Expo draws approximately 10,000 food processing and packaging professionals, while the IFT Annual Meeting and Food Expo® hosts more than 18,000 professionals working in the food science and technology fields. In 2010, the two events will be held on separate expo floors but will be in close proximity within the convention center to expand offerings for those interested in food science, food technology, packaging and processing.


Proposed Legislation Would Give FDA Expanded Food-Safety Powers

WASHINGTONA new bill introduced May 27 by Reps. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.) and John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) would give the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) expanded enforcement tools, including the authority to recall tainted food, quarantine suspect food, and impose civil penalties and increased criminal sanctions on violators, reported the Washington Post.

As reported, the bill would put greater responsibility on growers, manufacturers and food handlers by requiring them to identify contamination risks, document steps they take to prevent them and provide those records to federal regulators. The legislation also would allow the FDA to require private laboratories used by food manufacturers to report the detection of pathogens in food products directly to the government.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association, which supports much of the legislation, objects to a $1,000 annual registration fee that would be required of all food facilities to help pay for the FDA's increased oversight, the Post reported.

Vitamin D Associated with Cognitive Function

MANCHESTER, England—–Lower levels of vitamin D were associated with poorer performance on cognitive functions, according to a current study (J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry. 2009) (DOI:10.1136/jnnp.2008.165720). The population-based cross-sectional study included 3,369 men aged 40 to 79 years from eight centers enrolled in the European Male Ageing Study (EMAS). A total of 3,133 men, mean (±SD) age 60±11 years were included in the analysis. The mean 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) concentration was 63±31 nmol/L. In age-adjusted linear regressions higher levels of 25(OH)D were associated with higher scores on the Rey-Osterrieth Complex Figure test (ROCF)-copy, the Camden Topographical Recognition Memory test (CTRM) and and the Digit Symbol Substitution test (DSST) tests. After adjusting for additional confounders, 25(OH)D levels were associated with the DSST test only. Locally weighted and spline regressions suggested the relationship between 25(OH)D and cognitive function was most pronounced at 25(OH)D concentrations below 35 nmol/L. Further research is warranted to determine whether vitamin D sufficiency may play a role in preserving cognitive function in older adults.

Global Survey Weighs Food Issues

KUALA LUMPUR—Market research firm Synovate conducted its second global “Healthy Living” survey on health, weight control and attitudes to food and exercise, and discovered that, when it comes to food and weight, people are not always logical.

The survey examined international attitudes regarding fast food, snacking, weight management. According to the survey, 37 percent exercise so that they can indulge; British and American women link food and mood; and 19 percent of UAE respondents battle the bulge with herbs or supplements.

Prebiotic Fiber Promotes Weight Loss

CALGARY, Canada—–Independent of other lifestyle changes, oligofructose supplementation, a prebiotic fiber, has the potential to promote weight loss and improve glucose regulation in overweight adults, according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition (2009; DOI:10.3945/ajcn.2009.27465). The randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled trial randomly assigned 48 otherwise healthy adults with a body mass index (in kg/m2) greater than 25 to receive 21 g/d of oligofructose or a placebo (maltodextrin) for 12 weeks.

There was a reduction in body weight of 1.03 ± 0.43 kg with oligofructose supplementation, whereas the control group experienced an increase in body weight of 0.45 ± 0.31 kg over 12 weeks. A lower area under the curve (AUC) for ghrelin and a higher AUC for peptide YY (PYY) with oligofructose coincided with a reduction in self-reported caloric intake. Glucose decreased in the oligofructose group and increased in the control group between initial and final tests. Insulin concentrations mirrored this pattern. Oligofructose supplementation did not affect plasma active glucagon-like peptide 1 secretion. According to a visual analog scale designed to assess side effects, oligofructose was well tolerated. Suppressed ghrelin and enhanced PYY may contribute in part to the reduction in energy intake.