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1 Food Science What it’s all about!

2 Food Science What is food science? Food science is the study of the chemistry, physics and biology of food. Food technology is the application of knowledge and principles learned from food science to food processing, preservation, distribution and evaluation.

3 Food Science Molecular Biology Chemistry Statistics Engineering Physics Mathematics Microbiology Biochemistry

4 Common Misconceptions About What Food Science Is Food Preparation Nutrition Trained as a chef, or cook, more of an art than a science Nutritionists try to determine how much and what foods we should eat. Food scientists use this information to design the food products and processes.

5 Jobs in Food Science Product Development Quality Assurance Safety Control and Inspection Research (academia or industry) Safety or Quality Testing People will always eat so there will always be jobs in Food Science!!!

6 Main Areas Biology Chemistry Physics Food Safety Food Microbiology Food Chemistry Food Analysis Food Processing Food Packaging

7 Biology Food Safety Food Microbiology

8 The study of bacteria, viruses, yeast and moulds and how they affect food and consumption Both adverse and beneficial effects: Spoilage and illness vs. fermentation and probiotics

9 Adverse Microbes Food Spoilage Illness -Changes in texture, colour, taste, or odour during storage. -E.g. Mouldy bread. -Intoxication or infection caused by microbes or their secretions. -E.g., botulinum toxin or e-coli infection

10 Beneficial Microbes Fermen- tation Probiotics -Bacteria and yeast ferment carbohydrates in food, this results in alcohol, acid, and gas -E.g. Yeast make alcohol in beer and wine, bacteria make acid in yogurt -Bacteria that are beneficial to health are incorporated into food products -E.g. Bifidus or Casei bacteria are added to yogurt after fermentation

11 Current Microbiology Research Bacteria left on spinach leaf after washing Shows bacteria trapped within leaf contours Bacteria

12 Food Safety Quality and Safety control to make sure food provided to the consumer is free from contamination by: –microorganisms –foreign bodies –dangerous chemicals

13 Food Pathogens Todar's Online Textbook of Bacteriology Microrganisms that cause food borne infection or intoxication: Salmonella Botulinum E.coli Listeria Campylobacter Staphylococci

14 Foreign Bodies Any non-edible materials such as: –Glass: No glass is allowed on the production floor of a food manufacturing plant –Plastic: All plastics containing food ingredients are coloured (usually blue or green) to make them easy to see –Metal: Metal detectors are mandatory at the end of all production lines to ensure no metal contaminants in the food –Insect parts: microscopy, inspection

15 Dangerous Chemicals Any chemical agent that can cause adverse, short or long term, health effects: –Cleaning chemicals –Packaging materials –Dangerous additives –Natural toxins

16 Food Chemistry Food Analysis

17 Food Chemistry Foods consist mainly of proteins, carbohydrates, and lipids Functionality: any property other than nutritional characteristics that contribute to an ingredient’s usefulness in food products

18 Food Chemistry Major Functionalities of Proteins: 1)Gelation – proteins interlock and trap water to form a gel Eg. Jello 2)Emulsification – allows for the mixing of oils and water Eg. Egg protein in salad dressing 3)Foaming – Proteins form a network that traps air Eg. Whipped egg meringue 4)Fibre Forming – Simulates meat texture Eg. Soy burgers

19 Food Chemistry Major Functionalities of Carbohydrates: 1)Sweeteners – Small chain carbohydrates used as sweetening agents Eg. Sucrose 2)Preservatives – Sugars reduce the availability of water, thus reducing microbial growth Eg. Jam 3)Fermentation – Used by microbes as a food substrate Eg. Yeast in beer produces alcohol 4)Gelation – Long chains of sugars connect and trap water to form gels Eg. Alginate in olive pimentos

20 Food Chemistry Major Functionalities of Lipids: 1)Crystalization – Fats crystalize in different ways to give different food textures Eg. Chocolate, ice cream 2)Emulsifiers – Fats like monoglycerides act as emulsifiers 3)Taste – lipids act as flavour carriers, affecting the taste sensation and mouthfeel

21 Current Food Chemistry Research Microfiltration to separate milk proteins Changing Ice Cream Crystallization Analysis of Whey proteins and comparison after different heat treatments

22 Food Analysis Principles and techniques for quantitative and qualitative analysis of food composition, sensory properties and safety Breaking food down into components: –Water –Crude Fat –Crude Protein –Crude Fibre –Nitrogen Free (Starch, Sugar) –Ash (Minerals)

23 Food Analysis

24 Scenario Cheese making: Microbiology – Lactic Acid Bacteria Safety – Listeria, Salmonella, E. Coli O157 Chemistry and physics – Casein Gelation Analysis – Nutritional Labels Processing – Gelation, Cutting, Syneresis, Healing, Cooking, Draining, Moulding, Aging Packaging – Vacuum Packing, Appealing Design

25 Physics Physical properties of food Food Engineering and Processing Food Packaging

26 Physical and Physico-chemical Properties of Foods Colours Colligative properties; freezing point, vapour pressure, water activity Food dispersions (dispersed particles) such as emulsions Formation of gels Food texture and rheology: hardness, elasticity, compressability etc

27 Food Engineering Mass balances; when you make apple juice, where do all the apple components go? Energy balances; how can I pasteurize beer with less energy? Separation systems; can I use a membrane to remove bacteria from beer, so I don’t have to pasteurize it?

28 Food Processing Methods and technology used to transform agricultural products into food products These processes include: –Pasteurization –Drying –Canning –Filtration –Freezing

29 Pasteurization The elimination of pathogenic bacteria and reduction in numbers of spoilage bacteria. Ensures a safe product and extends shelf life Often used during production of: –Milk –Honey –Beer –Juices

30 Drying The dehydration of foods Removing 95%-99% of water from a product by means of various process Processes include: –Tunnel Drying – vegetables, fruits –Drum Drying – potato flakes –Spray Drying – coffee –Freeze Drying – drinks, instant meals

31 Canning The process of sealing a food in an airtight container and destroying all microorganisms by heating The sterilization temperature is dependant on pH: pHTemperature 4.6 or greater > 121°C 4.5 or lower< 100°C

32 Filtration Separation of parts of a product by size Used to: –Extract certain ingredients –Remove unwanted particles –Remove microorganisms Processes include: –Cross Flow Filtration – Milk –Reverse Osmosis – Water Treatment –Charged Carbon Filtration - Brita

33 Freezing The lowering of a products temperature to below approx -10°C Decreases rates of chemical change and stops growth and metabolism of microorganisms Processes include: –Blast Freezing – packaged foods –Fluidized Bed Freezing– Individual Quick Frozen Products –Immersion Freezing – Juices –Scraped Surface Freezing – Ice Cream

34 Food Packaging

35 Types of Packages MAP – modified atmosphere packages used to store contents in a gas other than air Biodegradable – packages that will decompose over a relatively short amount of time in a landfill Recyclable – materials that can be recycled Permeable – Packages that allow the permeation of air, moisture, or both

36 Packaging Research PLA instead of PET – biodegradable plastic like pop bottles Modified Atmosphere Packaging Edible Packaging

37 Other Resources The Science Behind Our Food, U of Georgia, Detailed lesson plans on food science for high schools, Food Science Ambassador program, Can Inst of Food Science and Institute of Food Technology Teacher Resources, /

38 Acknowledgements This presentation is based on a slides prepared by undergraduate students, Ben Chan and Michelle Wong, University of Guelph. The brochure on food science was prepared by undergraduate student Sara Wong. The CIFST Ambassador program is directed by the Scientific and Public Affairs Committee of the Canadian Institute of Food Science and Technology. For more information contact Art Hill,

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