ST. PAUL, Minn. – September 7, 2017 – 3M announced today it has acquired Elution Technologies, a Vermont-based manufacturer of test kits that enable food and beverage companies to help ensure their products are free from potentially harmful allergens, such as peanuts, soy or milk.

“Elution Technologies’ test kits offer proven technology with an easy-to-use design that delivers fast and accurate results for companies offering peanut-free, gluten-free and other specialized foods for people with certain sensitivities and allergies,” said Polly Foss, general manager, 3M Food Safety. “We are pleased to add this technology to our broader food safety offering, and extend these important solutions to food processing companies across the globe.”

Testing for potentially harmful allergens has become increasingly important to food and beverage processors and their customers. According to a 2011 study in the Journal of Clinical Immunology, every three minutes someone is the U.S. is rushed to an emergency room due to harmful and sometimes deadly allergic reactions to substances in food, and in some cases those substances were never intended to be in the products.

Elution Technologies was founded in 2012 by Bia Diagnostics and Immunology Consultants Laboratory. Since that time, the company has developed one of the broadest offerings of allergen tests available to the industry. The acquisition adds more than 30 allergen-specific lateral-flow and ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test kits – proven to perform on food as well as environmental samples – to 3M Food Safety’s existing total protein tests.

Food processors and testing laboratories interested in learning more about the availability and performance of this technology should contact their regional 3M Food Safety representative or visit The allergen tests join 3M’s pathogen and hygiene monitoring solutions, 3M™ Petrifilm™ Plates and other product offerings as part of a robust continuum of innovative 3M Food Safety solutions that help the food and beverage industry protect their consumers by optimizing the quality and safety of their products.


The World Cheese Awards is now open for entry, with producers from across the globe invited to submit their cheese to be judged during the competition’s 30th anniversary celebrations. Dedicated only to cheese, with no other dairy products able to enter, the awards will return to London on Friday 17 November, to form part of Taste of London Festive Edition at Tobacco Dock.

Following a record-breaking edition of the World Cheese Awards in San Sebastián last year, organisers, the Guild of Fine Food, are expecting this to be the largest cheese-only competition the UK has ever seen, with around 3,000 cheeses from six continents anticipated in the capital this autumn. As the international curd community gathers, entrants from over 30 different countries will be looking to take advantage of this golden opportunity to spotlight their cheese on a world stage.

250 experts from across the planet, including international buyers, retailers, writers and cheesemakers, will nose, taste and deliberate, judging every entry within a single day to identify any cheeses worthy of a Bronze, Silver or Gold award. Each table will then select its Super Gold cheese to go forward to the final round of judging, before the World Champion Cheese is crowned later in the afternoon, beamed live across the world on WCA TV.

John Farrand, managing director of the Guild of Fine Food, organisers of the World Cheese Awards, explains: “This global celebration of cheese seems to gather momentum every year, so we can’t wait to bring the world’s finest cheese back to home soil once again and give Taste of London Festive Edition’s 30,000 attendees a glimpse behind the rind. Beyond the serious business of identifying the winning wedges, we’ve got a few surprises up our sleeve to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the World Cheese Awards, so we’re hoping that cheesemakers, judges, graders and consumers alike will join us in marking our three decades at the heart of the cheese community.”

Visitors can also look forward to a packed programme of tours around the World Cheese Awards judging arena on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 November, with tickets going on sale through Taste of London Festive Edition in advance.

The World Cheese Awards is open for entry from Monday 21 August until Wednesday 11 October, unless the entry cap is reached before this date – early entry is recommended. Producers can enter online at <> .

The World Cheese Awards judging will commence on Friday 17 November during Taste of London Festive Edition, which will run from 16-19 November at Tobacco Dock, London.

For further information, please contact any of the following:

Sam Brice at Freshly Ground PR

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Brandon, Manitoba, August 22, 2017 – Farm Credit Canada (FCC) is giving $1.5 million through its FCC AgriSpirit Fund to 78 community groups across Canada to support rural capital projects. In honour of Canada’s 150th anniversary, the fund was increased from $1 million.

“The FCC AgriSpirit Fund is an investment in rural Canada,” said Sophie Perreault, FCC executive vice-president and chief operating officer. “It’s about partnering with individuals and groups who are committing their time and energy for the purpose of bettering their communities.”

The FCC AgriSpirit Fund awards between $5,000 and $25,000 for community improvement projects, such as hospitals and medical centres, fire and rescue equipment, playgrounds, food banks, libraries, arenas, swimming pools, recreation areas, and community centres.

Nationally, 1,214 applications were received this year which demonstrates how invested rural Canadians are in their communities. Over the past 14 years, the FCC AgriSpirit Fund has supported almost 1,100 projects, an investment of more than $12 million.

A complete national listing of selected projects can be found at

The next application period opens in spring 2018. Registered charities and non-profit organizations interested in funding can visit for eligibility requirements and to apply online.

In Manitoba, the following projects are receiving funding:

Organization Amount Project
Manitoba Beef & Forage Initiatives $25,000 Build a modern classroom style learning centre on a research, demonstration and outreach farm for students, farmers, and the general public to use
Norfolk Treherne Volunteer Fire Department $25,000 Upgrade existing fire and rescue truck and equipment
Teulon-Rockwood Recreation Commission $20,000 Renovate the community hall
Richer Community Club $20,000 Construct permanent rodeo arena
J.A. Cuddy Parent Advisory Council and the Sanford Community Green Space Committee $15,000 Build a multi-use, fully accessible green space for recreation and education
Grandview & District Recreation Commission $15,000 Build an accessible multi-use facility which is used in the hub of the recreation grounds and campground
Rural municipality of Pipestone $10,000 Build a spray park for the community

FCC is Canada’s leading agriculture lender, with a healthy loan portfolio of more than $31 billion. Our employees are dedicated to the future of Canadian agriculture and its role in feeding an ever-growing world. We provide flexible, competitively priced financing, management software, information and knowledge specifically designed for the agriculture and agri-food industry. Our profits are reinvested back into agriculture and the communities where our customers and employees live and work. Visit or follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, and on Twitter @FCCagriculture.


For years, finding the smallest metal contaminants has been a challenge for many bakery, meat, poultry, seafood, ready meal and dairy food producers due to a phenomenon known as 'product effect'. Product effect (where a product's own characteristics inhibit a metal detector's ability to inspect products with a high moisture or salt content, variable temperature, or packed in metallised film) has reduced detection sensitivities significantly below the levels achieved when inspecting dry non-conductive food products.

Using a sophisticated inspection algorithm, Mettler-Toledo's Profile Advantage metal detector all but removes product effect from the process. The result is up to fifty per cent improvements in spherical sensitivity levels, compared to conventional metal detectors, enabling significantly smaller metal contaminants to be detected in products that are wet, hot, chilled, cooling or packaged in metallised film.

Central to the Multi Simultaneous Frequency (MSF) technology of the Profile Advantage is the '3S' algorithm and its Product Signal Suppression feature. Unlike conventional metal detectors which simply capture and store the active product signal, the Profile Advantage modifies the signal during setup so that the food product presents itself as if it were a dry product without product effect. As such, the detector is an extremely valuable tool for inspecting meat, dairy and bakery products that contain a high degree of moisture - a factor that triggers many false rejects in conventional metal detectors.

Traditionally the solution to this problem has been to set the sensitivity of the metal detector lower to eliminate false rejects, thereby limiting its ability to detect all contaminants. By suppressing those false signals, the Profile Advantage inspects products at full sensitivity, ensuring more effective inspection and maximising product safety. Meat and poultry producers, for example, typically see false reject rates associated with product effect reduced by up to ninety five per cent when trying to detect the smallest metal contaminants.

The Product Signal Suppression feature is not only able to cope with challenging applications of wet, moist, high salt content products or those that are in a state of flux cooling or thawing, but also with products packaged in metallised film. This packaging type has traditionally made it more difficult for detectors to compete with other types of technology on performance. However, with MSF technology, the Profile Advantage can meet or exceed factory inspection standards on all metal types and delivers considerably higher performance when detecting aluminium contaminants.

With recent changes to retailer Codes of Practice and more stringent standards being applied across the food industry by the Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI), manufacturers are looking for ways to remove metal contaminants as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. By enabling fewer incorrect product rejects and less operational downtime investigating issues, the Profile Advantage allows significant cost savings to be realised. In addition, for food producers keen on monitoring Overall Equipment Effectiveness (OEE), the detector maintains an attractive Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) for metal inspection compared to other technology offerings.

“Conquering the ‘product effect’ phenomenon has been a key issue for our industry for some time,” explains Mike Bradley, Head of Sales at Mettler-Toledo Safeline Metal Detection. “Our Profile Advantage system is a major technological breakthrough in metal detection capability as it helps manufacturers increase brand protection, reduce costs and improve productivity. Consequently, the system supports food companies to produce only contaminant-free product in their manufacturing facility. Combining this reliable performance with an overall low Total Cost of Ownership calculation enables metal detection to become the preferred technology choice.”

In addition to enhanced sensitivity, the metal detector also comes with built-in Condition Monitoring as standard. By continually analysing the detector's performance, Condition Monitoring provides advance warning of potential problems, enabling maintenance to take place during scheduled downtime, maximising productivity and uptime. On-board OEE reporting is also included with every Profile Advantage metal detector.

For manufacturers of products with stringent hygiene requirements, the Profile Advantage encompasses a robust, hygienic design, in accordance with European Hygienic Engineering and Design Group (EHEDG) standards. Stainless steel casing and a choice of sealing standards (IP65/IP69K) ensure the system is capable of withstanding even the harshest washdown regimes, while curved edges and corners eliminate potential dirt traps, minimising the risk of biological contamination of food. Furthermore, the metal detector is also available with optional bespoke conveyors, enabling manufacturers to customise the system to their individual production needs. 


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