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Informatics bites back


From safety and nutrition to contamination and complaints, the food and beverage industry deals with it all.


Rebecca Pool talks to key players to find out exactly why informatics systems are now so crucially important


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rsenic. Not the kind of substance anyone would want to eat, but according to recent research from the UK-based Institute for Global


Food Security, around 58 per cent of rice-based products in the UK exceed recommended European Union limits for children. Tis latest statistic to hit media reports


highlights one of the many issues that food and drink companies, worldwide, face today. Food scares – think BSE, horsemeat, and campylobacter-contaminated poultry – coupled with heightened media attention mean industry players are under close public scrutiny. Trow in consumer interest in nutrition,


strict labelling regulations, and the onus is now firmly on producers to prevent, rather than react to, contamination. So it’s easy to see why laboratory information management


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