Advances in cellulose-based food packaging material move to testing phase of industrial production

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VTT is testing Thermocell plastic film made of cellulose and fatty acids in the production of food packaging in cooperation with Arla Foods, Paulig, and Wipak. Thermocell plastic material, which is made from renewable components, is to be used in the same way as fossil-based plastic. Thanks to the development work, many features of the film already meet the requirements of the food industry, and cooperation has advanced to the testing of industrial production.

Renewable origin and recyclability of packaging materials are of increasing interest to both consumers and packers. Bio-based options are being sought for

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Heartsmart’s Condiments: Healthy food can be tasty food

The steady growth of the agro processing sub-sector from a modest and little-regarded pursuit used mostly to subsidize the incomes of poor families to what, in some instances, are, these days, significant investments in the manufacture of condiments from locally grown fruit and vegetables, is, arguably, one of the recent noteworthy successes in the agro-processing sector.

 Time was when agro processed produce was vended mostly in hastily wrapped paper and plastic packages and from in bottles that often raised questions about the sanitation bona fides of the products themselves.  How things have changed! These days, the manufacture of these fruit

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How This Japanese-Style Basque Cheesecake Became So Popular There Are Counterfeits

Charles Chen didn’t expect his weekend project to become that successful, but success had come for his Japanese-Basque cheesecake with all its Internet-era consequences; four-hour lines in the cold. Hundreds of emails. Knock-offs!

a sandwich sitting on top of a wooden table: Ron Fernandez

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Chen, a culinary consultant who’s based in Oakland, is the man behind Basuku, a 6-inch, incredibly photogenic Basque cheesecake made with Japanese-inspired techniques. Currently available for weekend pre-order and pickup at four restaurants in San Francisco, Oakland, and Palo Alto, as well as through “flash sales” Chen organizes himself, the cakes have been tantalizing locals, their demand exceeding

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New Report Finds Toxic Metals In Baby Food: What Parents Need To Know

Congressional investigators have found “dangerous levels of toxic heavy metals” in many popular baby food brands, according to a new report released Thursday.

The investigators examined a wide range of rice cereals, purees, puffs and juices from Nurture (which sells Happy Family Organics), Beech-Nut Nutrition, Hain Celestial Group (which sells the Earth’s Best Organics brand) and Gerber. They allege those companies have permitted the sale of foods tainted with arsenic, lead, cadmium and mercury.

The investigators also noted they were “greatly concerned” that Walmart, Campbell Soup and Sprout Organic Foods did not cooperate with their inquiries.


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