Bacteria

37% of viable probiotic cells are lost when added to chocolate at 40°C, according to a more precise laser detection method

How to measure probiotic counts in chocolate

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Flow cytometry – a laser-based cell sensor system – is almost twice as accurate at measuring probiotic levels in chocolate when compared to traditional methods, according to research.

Cocoa-based packaging films can inhibit the spread of pathogens like salmonella (pictured) in food products, say researchers

Pathogen-busting films created with high flavanol cocoa

By Oliver Nieburg

Researchers have created antimicrobial packaging films containing high flavanol cocoa extracts that they say inhibits the growth of pathogens like listeria, E-coli and salmonella in food products.