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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 …

Is table sugar an artificial sweetener?

Is table sugar an artificial sweetener?Interesting discussion on the Sweetener Research Group of LinkedIn. It led me to suggest that perhaps sucrose and high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) should be classed as artificial sweeteners too. Research into wild foods in Australia shows that sucrose is rare to absent as a sugar and it appears that it 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 …