How to measure and analyse the texture of food, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals and adhesives.

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Texture Analysis in Action: the Mucoadhesion Rig

Mucoadhesion RIg test using the TA.XTplus Texture Analyser The MUCOADHESION RIG* (A/MUC) 

Mucoadhesion is the process by which a drug delivery device is designed to stick to a part of the gut or other mucosae, thus delivering drug to a precise site in the body for an extended period.

This gives more effective treatment of some diseases and can also protect drugs from some of the harsh conditions in the body.

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Cracking Egg Quality Assurance

Broken eggEggs continue to be a highly desirable and nutritious food. They can impart characteristic taste or texture to a food product, provide leavening to bakery products, retard crystallisation in foods and confectionery, and many other functions. 

Providing high quality eggs and egg products is crucial to the sustainable economic viability of the egg industry. A review of surveys conducted in the EU indicated that shell strength, albumen consistency (including height) and yolk colour (intensity of yolk pigment) are the main measures of quality important to consumers. Therefore, guaranteeing quality is essential to meeting consumer expectations.