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May 31st, 2010

Is the food processing industry poised to embrace nanocoatings?

Abstract:
Nanocoatings on food processing equipment hold huge potential for boosting safety and performance but lingering doubts and cost concerns among industry players are hampering take up, said an expert.

But one company that produces a nano-scale coating product said such barriers are "falling daily" as companies begin to embrace nanotech know-how.

So - while uncertainties still exist - to what extent is the food processing sector readying itself to accept the breakthroughs offered by nanocoatings?

There is widespread acknowledgement among a host of industry experts that nanocoatings on processing machinery could help realise a step-change in food production. But - as with so much connected to nanotechnology - companies are waiting for others to go first and costs to fall.

"Nanocoatings can be applied to machinery to inhibit bacteria growth, which means they need less cleaning," Kathy Groves, project manager of microscopy at Leatherhead Food Research told FoodProductionDaily.com. "They do not kill bacteria but prevent the microorganisms from adhering to surfaces."

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