Category Archives for "Food Waste and Food Safety"

An update on Herbal-Active® – a natural preservative

An update on Herbal-Active® – a natural preservativeThis email is an update on Herbal-Active®, a new natural preservative beginning to replace benzoates and sorbates in a wide range of foodstuffs and cosmetics. Natural preservatives pose a host of challenges in developing their application potential. As with chemical preservatives, the presence or absence of organic matter, liquid Read More …

Herbal-Active® and extending shelf life of cut flowers

Herbal-Active® and extending shelf life of cut flowersThis is a recent press release on the use of Herbal-Active® solution as a means of extending the shelf life of cut flowers: MEDIA RELEASE Secret herbs control rot in Roses A chance application of a product formulated by Cherikoff Bioactives may have revealed a way to control grey mould (Botrytis cinerea) Read More …

Herbal-Active® now approved for organics

Herbal-Active® now approved for organicsYou might observe that I don’t use the word preservatives or even natural preservative when talking about Herbal-Active® because it generally refers to synthetic chemical agents for shelf life extension. While Herbal-Active® achieves the same result, considering it as a natural antimicrobial also provides insights into the main method of application Read More …

Additives of food cause hyperactivity reactions

Additives of food cause hyperactivity reactionsA recent article about a new, carefully controlled study on sodium benzoate (a common food preservative) and food colourings in foods showed that some artificial additives increase hyperactivity and decrease attention span in a wide range of children, not just those for whom over-activity has been diagnosed as a learning Read More …

Functional food as a Natural Preservative

Functional food as a Natural PreservativeI have spent years scouring the literature, supervising and advising post-graduate projects in research and conducting benchtop trials on natural preservatives and the anti-microbial properties of extracts of a range of indigenous Australian herbs. Finally, I have formulated a food flavouring I call Herbal-Active® which just happens to be strongly anti-microbial at the Read More …