Salt is so important to human health that it has been used as money in many cultures for thousands of years. Morton Salt has over 50 different grades of salt, from rock pretzel salt to extra fine for use in icings and fillings--the most complete line of food processing salts available. Morton Salt can meet virtually any manufacturer's specifications.

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Hygroscopic characteristicsallow for preferential absorption of moisture in flow and anticaking silicas. JM Huber's silicates improve flow through process and packaging equipment by improving the flow properties of the substrate, acting as grinding and milling aids, keeping substrate dry and non-sticky, and reducing build-up of product due to static charge. Both hydrophilic and hydrophobic silicas are available.

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A natural, water-soluble antioxidant is highly effective in protecting aqueous systems and emulsions against oxidation. Origanox WS™ is available in powder form to facilitate industrial handling. Origanox WS is highly effective in protecting meat as well as fish, baked and fried products, and may also be used in protecting food ingredients such as natural pigments, natural flavors and vitamins.

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A specialist in caramel colors, D.D. Williamson, supplies hues--from yellow to orange to deep brown--for beverages, baked goods, soups, sauces and seasonings and other foods. The company announced its alliance with ColorMaker, a specialist in natural color, at the show. With seven manufacturing plants around the world, D.D.Williamson distributes its caramel colors and ColorMaker's natural colors globally. The two companies can advise food processors who wish to use custom color blends and those who want to list natural colors on their packaging.

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Food phosphates enhance the properties and performance of food and beverage products. Astaris LLC's leavening phosphates provide excellent volume, texture and color to baked goods; the wide variety of dairy and dessert phosphates serve as texturants and dispersants in cheese and milk-based products; and Nutrifos® phosphates improve quality and consistency of processed meat, poultry and seafood.

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Pork and beef products displayed perfectly sized portions and texture, thanks to Activa™ TG enzyme. The transglutaminase enzyme has the ability to cross-link glutamine and lysine amino acids in proteins and is calcium independent. Active TG can transform raw meat, poultry or seafood into value added products. From the San-J line of Oriental sauces, tamari was shown in a cream cheese dip. Refreshing cola beverage with Ajinomoto's aspartame rounded out the display.

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Ingredients and processing aids, such as alum, calcium and potassium chloride, sodium and potassium hydroxide, and sodium metabisulfite, nitrite and sulfite, are offered by General Chemical Corp. These ingredients can benefit processors of baked goods, dairy products, beverages, meats, seafood, poultry and other food products.

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Agglomeration is the process of producing a free-flowing, dust-free powder from substances, such as dried milk powder and wheat flour, by moistening the powder with droplets of water and then re-drying it in a stream of air. Among its touted benefits are enhanced solubility, product consistency, improved flowability and controlled density. Also of note was a Mini-Sip™ plastic beverage package that has tested very successfully in several areas of the country, and soy butter.

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Color, flavor and sweetener products were used to formulate frozen hurricanes and swamp juices for attendees at the Chr. Hansen booth. Additionally, visitors had the opportunity to enjoy andouille sausage with a unique blend of seasonings. The company also markets a range of colors, flavors, seasonings, cultures, enzymes, phytonutrients, anthocyanins and nutrition/ pharmaceutical ingredients

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Oryzane rice bran oil from Riceland Foods made its IFT debut this year. This new offering is suited for making popcorn and can alleviate some of the health concerns about coconut oil used in popcorn. Other vegetable oils developed for popcorn use may be partially hydrogenated and contain trans fatty acids. Oryzan does not have to be hydrogenated, due to its unique fatty acid composition.

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Bulk specialty chemicals, custom fine chemicals, amino acids and pharmaceutical intermediates are all among the offerings from Varsal Instruments Inc.'s fine chemical division. The company took the Expo as an opportunity to debut its line of amino acids, potassium sorbate, sorbic acid, calcium salts and peptides.

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A line of phosphates was among the offerings from the industrial division of Haifa Chemicals, which specializes in the production of food additives, marketed under the Hi brand name. These additives promise a high quality and reliable performance and are designed to substantially improve the palatability, appearance, texture, weight and shelf-life of meat, fish, poultry, dairy items, baked goods, vegetables and soft drinks.

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Natural enzymes for food applications--from processing to aiding in digestion--are available from Valley Research, Inc. Their Crystalzyme® line maximizes juice yields in beverages derived from fruits and vegetables. The Validase® product line is effective in hydrolizing chemical compounds for digestibility, reducing viscosity and improving filtration and yields in dairy, grain and meat applications.

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Lactates and lactic acid are used for both flavor enhancement and to increase intrinsic safety in meat and poultry. PURAC America manufactures natural lactitol products, including mineral lactates, lactic acid, and blends. A lactitol product, LACTY, can be used as a prebiotic.

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A major producer of food-grade antioxidants, Daminco Inc. has added over 80 new products in the last five years. Daminco also supplies lubricants and release agents, dough conditioning agents and modified soya lecithins.

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An experimental ascorbic acid oxidase, for use in baking applications and seafoods, was promoted at Enzyme Development. The company also debuted chymotrypsin and trypsin blends from bovine and porcine sources. The company produces a range of enzyme preparations for use in the food, food ingredient and beverage industries.

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Technical Session: Potentially Powerful Antimicrobials

Several papers presented in Technical Poster Session 59E addressed potential antimicrobials, including ginkgo biloba, plum juice and essential oils. At the University of Arkansas, researchers studied ginkgo biloba leaf extract (GBE) as an antimicrobial against Listeria monocytogenes, as well as the combined effect of GBE and ethylenediaminetetraacetic salt (EDTA) on L. monocytogenes. Preliminary results indicated that GBE is an effective antimicrobial agent and the addition of EDTA enhances antimicrobial activity of GBE.

At Kansas State University, Thompson, Fung and Crozier-Dodson evaluated the efficacy of various concentrations and contact times of prune mixtures for controlling a cocktail mixture of Salmonella typhimurium, L. monocytogenes, Escherichia coli O157:H7, Yersinia enterocolitica and Staphylococcus aureus in a liquid medium. They observed that the liquid media (BHI)--with prune puree or plum juice--caused a 2.5 log or greater reduction of total count, at a concentration greater than 2.5%.

Work at Purdue University and Rutgers University focused on plant essential oils as antimicrobial agents against L. monocytogenes in hot dogs. Researchers inoculated commercially available hot dogs with L. monocytogenes and treated them with various concentrations of essential oils. Results showed that thyme, clove and pimeta essential oils were the most effective, exhibiting antimicrobial activity up to 64-fold dilution.

-Linda Milo Ohr, Senior Technical Editor