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The USA’s Banned Foods

This is of Banned Foods is maybe a reflection of the USA’s federal system as much as anything else. It includes the ban on un-pasteurised milk and a 2 yeast ban on Foie Gras by Chicago. It talks of a ban on slaughtering horses for human consumption in a country which certifies the slaughtering of lion and other wild animal.

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Interesting that although foods are banned for their danger eg Japanese Pufferfish and carcinogenic Sassafras Oil the US does nothing about smoking and while others are banned for animal welfare reasons eg Foie Gras the US still handles billions of farm animals inhumanely.

Sensory Evaluation of Food: Principles and Practices

Having a Little Taste | Flickr - Photo Sharing!-2.jpgThis volume covers all the basic techniques of sensory testing, from simple discrimination tests to home use placements for consumers. It provides fundamental theories, psychological and statistical, that form the basis and rationale (more…)

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Food Processing Technology: Principles and Practice, Third Edition

Food Processing Technology: Principles and Practice, Third Edition (Woodhead Publishing in Food Science, Technology and Nutrition)


Reviews of the Second Edition: “Interesting, logical and concise. A good introduction for students of nutrition, food science and technology, catering or agriculture.” —Food Manufacture”… a well-written and authoritative r (more…)

Food Drying – An Overview With Good Links

This is a short 10 page note from The National Sustainable Agriculture Information Service . It summarises the various drying technologies applicable to food drying in a concise manner, supporting this with some cost information.



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It then focusses on the potential of drying as a value addition process on the farm before ending with a lot of information and supplier links.


Food Enterprise Podcasts

The BBC, well known for the quality of its material, broadcasts the Food Programme on Radio 5 once a week. BBC describe it as “making sense of food, from the kitchen and canteen, to the farm and factory”.

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If you are not aware of podcasts, this is one type and is essentially a recording of the Radio 5 programme, which is “published to” services such as iTunes, Zoon, Google Reader and RSS feeds. By accessing it through these services the item is either downloaded to you device (iPod, Zoon) for offline listening or streamed through your internet connection.

Each programme addresses a particular food topic (eg small scale dairies, marmalade, puddings) and normally considers processing, marketing, sales, legislative and consumer issues, presenting a understandable but knowledgeable view of the subject.

Most podcasts store all their episodes on the service, but BBC for “copyright” reasons allows only the current episode to be online at a time. This means that you need to go to the website to listed to episodes you missed. These are played on BBC’s custom player and can not be directly downloaded, but must be streamed. It is however worth it as there are some facinating episodes in the 188 that are archived.

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Although I’ve only listed to 10 or so some of the podcasts that I found useful were:


Cost Components of Foods – Farmer’s Share

The figure below is prepared by the National Farmers Union using 2010 data from USDA & NAAS.


On average NFU found that the farmer received 20% of the price paid by the consumer and are of course promoting the needs of farmers and not really considering the other parts of the chain.

What’s interesting is the difference in the share between highly processed and unprocessed products – eg carots, milk and beer where the farmers receive 41%, 28% and 1.6% respectively.

Very interesting reading, more information on the full chain especially retail and transport would be interesting! Especially if it could be compared to financial performance.