Australian Functional Ingredients Pty Ltd
Food Waste and Food Safety

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® wins Australian Food Industry Innovation Award
    Herbal-Active® wins Australian Food Industry Innovation AwardI am really pleased to have received the Australian Food Industry Innovation Award 2013 for my natural antimicrobial, Herbal-Active®. I have a lot of information on my site about Herbal-Active® and the retail/food service packed pouches we market as Fresher4Longer natural food rinse™. That link is the search result when Herbal-Active® is used as 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 ...
  • Jensen Farm cantaloupes (rock melons)
    Jensen Farm cantaloupes (rock melons)Here’s a story that just keeps getting more coverage. I would have thought that a fresh product would have a very limited time frame to impact on the health of consumers but this story on the food poisoning of dozens of people in the US with a rising death count, is 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 ...
  • Hummus, hommus or hommous, stability is key
    Hummus, hommus or hommous, stability is keyMy new powdered formulation (on Acacia gum or potato starch) is now showing extremely good results used in hummus. One manufacturer in the USA is happy with the 14 weeks (and still counting) chilled shelf life which Chef Wayne Philen, a colleague of mine working in association with the 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 ...
  • Australian food – a natural preservative, I mean flavour
    Australian food - a natural preservative, I mean flavourI came up with a very useful technique in preserving food this week using my natural preservative, Herbal-Active®. The essential oils and leaf extracts from the culinary herbs I use in my new food flavouring (read natural food preservative) have challenged me over retarding the growth of molds. But before 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 ...