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Instrumental Methods for Quality Assurance in Foods.


With the emphasis on increasing output, there is obviously a need to increase checking speeds and this applies equally to quality control and analytical checks as it does to production. The trouble is that speeding up microbiological and quality control checks has entailed the introduction of many new instruments. This, in turn, means those involved need to know ever more about the instrumentation side of the business as well as their own speciality.

The idea behind the fifteen authors creating this text is to provide information on instrumental analysis covering chemical, physical and microbiological aspects that relate to the food industry. Thus, it opens with a review of rapid methods and the automation that is now used in the field of microbiology. Some of these methods are already making an impact in quality assurance and quality control departments in the USA but they may well become routine in the not too distant future. Ion chromatography is the next topic that is considered before topics like metal detection, machine vision, colour and viscosity measurement are dealt with. Robotics are also discussed as are computers and pattern recognition systems.

The concept of this book originated from talks presented to a workshop at the 1986 annual meeting of the Institute of Food Technologists but of course the chapters are updated versions and more have been added to round out the whole subject. The actual chapter titles are: Rapid methods and automation for food microbiology; Ion chromatography for the food industry; Gas chromatography and mass spectrometry in quality control and research; pH and ion-selective electrodes; Modern methods of analyzing mycotoxins in foods; Metal detection systems; Machine vision for quality control in the food industry; Colour measurement and interpretation; Viscosity measurements of foods; An introduction to laboratory robotics; Computer-aided quality control and research in thermal processing of canned foods; and Pattern recognition techniques for food research and quality assurance.
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Publication:Food Trade Review
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Date:Nov 1, 1991
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