Thursday, 25 May 2017

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FreshFel and Profel to Organize Their First Confe...

  PROFEL, the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors, and Freshfel, the European ...

EAPR Conference: Potato Facing Global Challenges

EAPR Conference: Potato Facing Global Challenges

    The European Association for Potato Research (EARP) organizes in 2017 its 20th Triennial Con...

Processors in Europe Prepare for EUPPA Conference 2017

Processors in Europe Prepare for EUPPA Conference ...

  Potato processors are getting ready for the EUPPA Conference 2017 (May 24), Brussels, Belgium. ...

J & S Visser Potato Facility Installs New Equipment

J S Visser Potato Facility Installs New Equipment

  Canadians potato processor J S Visser Produce Inc. is modernizing its equipment in order to adapt ...

Indian Investment Funds Give Money to Potato Seeds Company

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Potato Stocks in UK Keep Pace with 2015/2016 Season

    GB grower-held potato stock levels at the end of March were at 1Mt, around the same volume as the...

Key Technology Introduces New VERYX B140 Digital Sorter

Key Technology Introduces New VERYX B140 Digital Sorter

  Key Technology expands its VERYX family of digital sorters with the introduction of the VERYX B140, ...

New Options for AVR Crop Handling and Storage Equipment

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  Potato machine manufacturer AVR has launched the new Falcon receiving hopper and the Cobra store loa...

TOMRA Ships World’s Largest Steam Peeler

TOMRA Ships World’s Largest Steam Peeler

TOMRA Sorting Food has delivered the world’s highest capacity steam peeler, more than eight meters tall...

Boulder Canyon Introduces Coconut Oil Potato Chips

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  Boulder Canyon Authentic Foods launches new potato chip...

Orkla to Produce Acrylamide-Reducing Yeast Technology

Orkla to Produce Acr...

Orkla Food Ingredients has signed a license agreement with...

Utz Launches Patriotic Chips to Support US Military Service Members

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Utz Quality Foods is teaming up with the United Service Or...

Japanese Snack Crisis Comes to an End

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Japanese Company Introduces Noodle-Flavored Potato Chips

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    Japan’s food and beverage group Nissin Food Holdings...

PepsiCo and McCain Recall Hazardous Batches of Potato Products

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  Pepsico Canada and McCain Foods were pressed to make im...

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    Due to typhoons that hit Hokkaido last year, Japanes...

Tasteful Selections Launches New Specialty Potato Brand

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  Potato manufacturers in the Netherlands are approaching...

Maine Board Approves Three New Types of GMO Potatoes

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AHDB Launches New Tool to Fight against Blight

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  AHDB Potatoes has launched a new website to help combat...

Researcher Discusses Diseases of Potato Plants

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  The Commonwealth Potato Collection (CPC), an invaluable...

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Agreement on Genome-Analysis Technology

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  Scientists have developed and improved technique for ca...

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University of Wisconsin-Madison researchers have been selected to lead a national, multi-institution effort to improve the quality and safety of processed potatoes, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture announced on Friday.

The $3.7 million Specialty Crop Research Initiative grant will support an effort to reduce the amount of acrylamide, a potential carcinogen, in french fries and potato chips, without sacrificing the taste and texture that make these products so popular with consumers.

"Acrylamide is an unwanted compound in these products that we didn't know was there until 2002. We actually don't know if it is a serious health concern, but it's much better to be out in front of this," says the project's leader, Paul Bethke, a UW-Madison assistant professor of horticulture and USDA-ARS plant physiologist.

The project was developed with major input from key stakeholders in the fresh, frozen processed and chip potato industries representing all major potato growing areas in the United States. More than 30 representatives from these sectors and the end-user community make up the project's advisory committee, including growers, processors, major food vendors such as McDonald's, the U.S. Potato Board and the National Potato Council.

The grant will involve scientists from 10 universities and USDA labs from around the nation who will work to develop potatoes that produce less acrylamide when they are cooked. This involves searching for varieties with low levels of reducing sugars and the amino acid asparagine, which combine to produce acrylamide when potatoes - like other starchy foods - are fried at high temperatures. They will also hunt for helpful molecular markers to use in breeding new varieties. Industry partners will grow, store and cook the potatoes and assess their key traits.

The goal of the four-year project is to provide the industry with four new chip potato and four new fry potato lines that yield chips, fries and similar products that have reduced acrylamide levels and meet with consumer approval.

"This award isn't just about Wisconsin, it's for the entire potato industry," says UW-Madison associate professor of horticulture A.J. Bussan, who helped develop the grant. "The coordinated, nationwide involvement is unprecedented. It shows the amount of attention industry is paying to this issue."

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