It’s a Wrap! Food Packaging Innovations

It’s a Wrap! Food Packaging Innovations

On the paradise island of Maui in the Hawaiian archepeligo, a small farm nestles at the foot of the Mauna Kahālāwai, a mountain range where – it is said – the gods reside. On the luxuriant viridian hillside, cacao pods ripen gently on trees first imported by German immigrants in the 19th century and, complemented […]

Could Lupinis Be 2020’s First Vegan Superfood?

Here at Food Contact Surfaces, we’re dedicated to bringing you news you can chew on. In – dare we say it – highly digestible articles, we’ve examined the Case for Crickets as a high protein snack as well as the Crisis of the Contaminated Cheeto, and are constantly alert to food analyses that tease out […]

Can a New Apple Hybrid Last 10 Months in the Fridge?

Apple in an empty fridge.

Finally, we have entered into the ‘Holiday Season.’ Those exciting few weeks when the world glistens with a twinkling sprinkling of icy magic, or – depending on your perspective (and number of children, we suppose) – when we step nervously into the Most Expensive Time of the Year. In culinary terms, the weeks between Thanksgiving […]

Radical Sustainability – Pond Scum as the New Alt-Protein (An Update)

Duck Weed

Even outside of St. Patrick’s Day with its shamrock milkshakes, leprechaun cupcakes, and the always popular viridian beer (with drinkers green to the gills the following day), we hear a lot about green these days. Look in any paper or online news source and you’ll find myriad articles on becoming more green, green-washing, and most […]

Could Methanol Lurk in your Favorite Cocktail?

Could Methanol Lurk in your Favorite Cocktail?

We’ve said it before but we’ll say it again, when it comes to de-stressing from the week, many folks like to kick back with a glass of wine, a chilled beer, or a creative cocktail. And unless it is medically contraindicated, drinking in moderation can be a pleasant and social experience. Assuming, of course, that […]

How Space-Grown Beef Could Feed the Planet

space food update

Just when you think that the news regarding space exploration couldn’t get much more exciting, recent events at the International Space Station (ISS) have seen NASA reaching another  milestone. On Friday last week, two American astronauts, Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, became the first to engage in all-female EVA – Extravehicular Activity – commonly known […]

How HACCP Scoff-Laws Jeopardize Public Health

Sigh, it’s happened again. In a week of general shock and awe, no fewer than four news items stand out in terms of food safety and contamination control. The first is a statement that appeared in the Annals of Internal Medicine, a publication of the American College of Physicians, and the second, a proposed new […]

Can Blockchain Enhance Food Safety in Hospitals?

Hospital patient looks at her unappetizing hospital meal.

In the past, we have written about contamination control in healthcare facilities and hospitals from a point of view of the environmental hazards that inevitably stem from the congregation of of sickened individuals and their interaction with their healthy caregivers. We’ve looked at ways in which developing technologies can be leveraged to maintain a clean […]

Corn Chips, Cheesy Cheetos, and Contamination Control..Oh My

Cheetos open bag

In the past few articles, we’ve brought you news of a whole host of new, future foods for human consumption – from the farming of camels for milk to the lure of chocolate as a functional food to the cellular agriculture of insect protein. And one theme that has remained constant in these articles has […]