Involving Dielectric Heating Or Passage Of Electric Current Through Food Material Patents (Class 426/244)
  • Patent number: 9894908
    Abstract: The present invention is an innovative method, process and mechanism utilizing infrared energy for the process to dry/dehydrate an oil reduced avocado paste or an oil retained avocado paste into dried/dehydrated avocado powders, flakes, or sheets, with no compromise in the nutritional value of the end food product. The present invention is economical, preserves the original color and nutritional content, provides a continuous drying/dehydrating process for the avocado paste, achieves a food product with a long shelf life and easily transportable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: Bella Vado, Inc.
    Inventors: Corinne da Silva, Ciriaco da Silva
  • Patent number: 9049883
    Abstract: Nutritional compositions with targeted sodium levels for young children (e.g., ages 1-4 years) are provided. In a general embodiment, the present disclosure provides nutritional compositions having a targeted level of sodium, made from wholesome foods that provide macronutrients and micronutrients needed in a child's daily diet and are developmentally appropriate for this age group. The sodium levels of the nutritional compositions may be less than or equal to about 200 mg per 100 g nutritional composition. Methods of making nutritional compositions with targeted sodium levels while also achieving acceptable product flavors at both pilot and factory levels are also provided. The batching methods may include adding a slurry of ice, cold water and KCl to a batched product after an initial cooling step and before packaging.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2015
    Assignee: Nestec S.A.
    Inventors: Elizabeth Ann-Clubbs Koenig, Jill Dean Wegner, Karen Wink Barnes
  • Publication number: 20150125580
    Abstract: A method, apparatus, and system for the making of edible products for humans and animals, such as pets, using low voltage irreversible electroporation and or electrolysis device(s). In particular, aspects of this technology relate to the making of foods, food ingredients, supplements, and bio-components for human or animal consumption. Specifically, aspects of the technology relate to the making of foods, food ingredients, supplements, and bio-components that do not contain preservatives for microbiological control, and are neither sterilized nor pasteurized by using chemical, thermal or radioactive methods or combinations thereof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 4, 2014
    Publication date: May 7, 2015
    Inventor: Fernando Qvyjt
  • Patent number: 8974844
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for processing harvested produce such as fruits and vegetables, where the sterilization, stabilization and packaging is done in such a manner that it allows for longer retention of freshness, texture, flavor and overall quality than is possible with conventional retort processes and packaging. One specific embodiment discusses sterilizing and packaging harvested produce into a bulk storage container, comprising the steps of cleaning, dicing and blanching said produce, thereby creating pre-processed produce; adding water, at least one acid or salt, and at least one carbohydrate, to said pre-processed produce to form a mixture of pre-processed produce and a liquid packing medium; processing said mixture in an ohmic processing vessel to form a sterilized mixture suitable for aseptic packaging in said container, without first packaging said mixture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: March 10, 2015
    Assignee: Del Monte Foods, Inc.
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz
  • Publication number: 20150050400
    Abstract: The invention relates to an apparatus for fast and homogeneously heating a liquid product to a heating temperature by means of resistive heating, the apparatus comprising at least two vertically mounted, longitudinal, heating chambers that are arranged in series.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2013
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Applicant: Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek
    Inventors: Rian Adriana Hendrika Timmermans, Ricardo Ermirio De Moraes, Hendrikus Cornelis Matswijk, Ariette Margaretha Matser
  • Publication number: 20140295038
    Abstract: The shelf life of a comestible liquid is prolonged by passing the liquid through an electrolytic cell. Electric current travels from one electrode to the other through the liquid. The electric current destroys bacteria present in the liquid. The current causes the osmotic balance of the bacteria cells to be disrupted causing the cell to either implode or explode.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2014
    Publication date: October 2, 2014
    Applicant: BNR Technology Development, LLC
    Inventor: Jeffrey B. Norris
  • Publication number: 20140287112
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for treating raw materials, comprising at least two spaced-apart electrodes, which electrodes are in contact with a controlled electrical energy source, wherein the electrodes are each formed by at least two electrically separated electrode segments of which each segment is electrically connected to the electrical energy source in a controlled manner and each electrode segment is connected to a measuring apparatus designed to determinate the electrical conductivity between electrode segments, wherein the electrical energy source is controlled by a control unit and the electrical energy source is controlled and is set up to respectively apply electrical energy at least to the two electrode segments between which the lowest electrical conductivity is determined.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2012
    Publication date: September 25, 2014
    Applicant: DEUTSCHES INSTITUT FUER LEBENSMITTELTECHNIK E.V.
    Inventor: Bernhard Hukelmann
  • Patent number: 8834947
    Abstract: A process for heating a pumpable food product comprising the steps of: a) providing a pumpable food product, b) transporting the pumpable food product through a continuous flow passage, c) heating the pumpable food product during at least part of the transporting of step b), characterized in that the flow rate of transportation during step b) comprises phases of acceleration and phases of deceleration, wherein the phases of acceleration and of deceleration periodically repeat.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 4, 2011
    Date of Patent: September 16, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Antonio Di-Principe, Jasper David Hidde Kelder, Ilio Sebastiani
  • Patent number: 8815320
    Abstract: A process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from a biological source, which composition is preserved and, especially pathogen free and is storage stable, preferably at room temperature. Further, the invention relates to the composition containing biologically active follistatin, which composition is available by the production process. The invention provides a process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from avian eggs, or from raw animal blood serum.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: August 26, 2014
    Assignee: Myos Corporation
    Inventors: Waldemar Buxmann, Volker Heinz, Stefan Toepfl
  • Publication number: 20140227405
    Abstract: The present document describes a process for the sterilization and/or pasteurization of sap without denaturing polyphenols and other ingredients present therein, and a sap product prepared from the processes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 14, 2014
    Applicant: FEDERATION DES PRODUCTEURS ACERICOLES DU QUEBEC
    Inventors: Geneviève Béland, Julie Barbeau
  • Patent number: 8795749
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a processed blend from two or more fresh plant materials, including a first fresh plant material containing lipophilic vitamin and a second fresh plant material containing hydrophilic vitamin; said process comprising: A. a first pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the first fresh plant material; •cooking said pieces; comminuting the cooked pieces to produce a lipophilic vitamin containing puree; and said first pre-treatment regime additionally comprising the addition of oil; B. a second pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the second fresh plant material; and •blanching said pieces to produce a hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; C. combining the lipophilic vitamin containing puree and the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; wherein the lipophilic vitamin containing puree is homogenised at a high pressure before or after being combined with the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Conopco, Inc.
    Inventors: Mia Claire Benjamin, Jadwiga Malgorzata Bialek, Daniel Anthony Jarvis, Hendrikus Theodorus W M van der Hijden
  • Patent number: 8771771
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food composition prepared by a method of sterilizing. More specifically to a sterilizing process designed to be used in an aseptic process that comprises the steps of transferring said food composition into a heating unit; passing an electric current through said composition; maintaining a power to mass flow rate range through said heating unit from about 125 kJoules/kg to about 750 kJoules/kg; adjusting a flow rate to maintain said food composition temperature exiting the heating unit from about 75° C. to about 175° C.; and cooling said food composition to a final temperature from about 5° C. to 100° C.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: The Iams Company
    Inventors: Scott Wayne Keller, Dean Larry DuVal, Raul Victorino Nunes
  • Patent number: 8764967
    Abstract: A method and system for regenerating used cooking oil in which the used cooking oil is introduced into a cooking oil regenerator, which includes an electrochemical device having a high temperature proton exchange membrane disposed between an anode electrode and a cathode electrode. A voltage is applied between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode using an external electricity source, producing regenerated cooking oil.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Gas Technology Institute
    Inventor: Qinbai Fan
  • Publication number: 20140154373
    Abstract: A method for post-harvest treating citrus fruit includes a step of washing citrus fruit, the step of washing citrus fruit including: a) a step of bringing water into contact with citrus fruit; b) a step of electrolyzing the water which has been brought into contact with citrus fruit; and c) a step of using the electrolyzed water as washing water of the citrus fruit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 16, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Jean Gobet, Ciro Zavanella, Nicolas Hermant, Christos Comninellis, Antonio Ippolito
  • Patent number: 8691306
    Abstract: A process and an installation for the improved extraction and subsequent recovery of contents from sugar beets (Beta vulgaris) or from sugar beet cossettes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2014
    Assignee: Sudzucker Aktiengesellschaft Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
    Inventors: Jochen Arnold, Stefan Frenzel, Thomas Michelberger, Peter Scherer, Timo Scheuer, Matthias Weibel
  • Publication number: 20140057025
    Abstract: System for treating a food product by means of PEF—Pulsed Electric Field—, in which the system comprises a treatment pan (2) and a coupling station (3) i.e. docking station of a PEF-generator; the treatment pan (2) comprising a first (8) and a second (9) passage opening, a removable cover (10), a ground electrode (11), a voltage electrode (12), a first power line (14), a second power line (15), wherein the first power line (14) extends through the first passage opening (8) to the outside and the second power line (15) extends through the second passage opening (9) to the outside; the coupling-station (3) is arranged for receiving the treatment pan (2) in the use position for the treatment of food (7), the coupling station (3) comprises connecting lines (16, 18) to the PEF-generator (17), in such a way that in the use position of the treatment pan (2) a pulsed electric field is transmitted from the PEF-generator (17) to the electrodes (11, 12) in the treatment pan (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2012
    Publication date: February 27, 2014
    Inventor: Govert Van Oord
  • Publication number: 20140010930
    Abstract: The present document describes an apparatus, and processes for the sterilization and/or pasteurization of sap without denaturing polyphenols and other ingredients present therein, and a sap product prepared from the processes
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 16, 2012
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: FEDERATION DES PRODUCTEURS ACERICOLES DU QUEBEC
    Inventors: Julie Barbeau, Geneviève Béland
  • Publication number: 20130330455
    Abstract: A process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from a biological source, which composition is preserved and, especially pathogen free and is storage stable, preferably at room temperature. Further, the invention relates to the composition containing biologically active follistatin, which composition is available by the production process. The invention provides a process for producing a composition containing biologically active follistatin from avian eggs, or from raw animal blood serum.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2013
    Publication date: December 12, 2013
    Applicant: Deutsches Institut fuer Lebensmitteltechnik e.V.
    Inventors: Waldemar Buxmann, Volker Heinz, Stefan Toepft
  • Publication number: 20130202751
    Abstract: The apparatus for treating plant tissues using a pulsed electric field is intended for the extraction of plant substances from tissues, in particular a juice. It comprises a step of compacting (3) the plant tissues and at least one treatment chamber (4) comprising means for the generating a pulsed electric field in said chamber for treating the compacted tissues.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Maguin SAS
    Inventors: Olivier Pierre Vidal, Eugene Vorobiev
  • Publication number: 20130202752
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method and an apparatus for producing a chocolate product. The method includes delivering liquid chocolate having a viscosity through a pipe along a delivery path to a production station for producing the chocolate product. The liquid chocolate includes solid particles suspended within the liquid chocolate. The method changes the viscosity of the liquid chocolate by applying an electric field to the liquid chocolate in a direction along the delivery path of a strength and duration determined to aggregate the suspended solid particles into streamlined shapes extending along the direction of the delivery path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 31, 2013
    Publication date: August 8, 2013
    Applicant: Temple University- of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
    Inventor: Temple University- of the Commonwealth System of Higher Education
  • Patent number: 8455069
    Abstract: A novel dense PTFE article in the form of a surface for a food preparation device is described in one embodiment, the surface being fabricated from a sheet of PTFE with a thermal resistance of 1.3° C. in2/W or less and having desirable tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 4, 2013
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay A. Patel, John M. Squeri
  • Publication number: 20130123489
    Abstract: A process for removing divalent cations, such as magnesium and calcium, from milk by-products, such as whey from cheese making and whey by-products from membrane processes, wherein the weak cationic resin is in the alkali form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 22, 2011
    Publication date: May 16, 2013
    Inventor: Fred Neumann
  • Patent number: 8435580
    Abstract: A continuous flow/batch peeling device and method of using the device comprising a tub comprising a treatment zone and holding a replaceable quantity of an electrically conductive fluid and at least one produce immersed in the fluid, a belt comprised of a nonconductive material and comprising at least one divider that exposes produce to the treatment zone, and at least one variable power supply connected to at least one set of electrodes that are fixed to a wall of the treatment zone and in electrical contact with the fluid such that when the electrodes are energized, an electrical current is produced in the fluid and the produce causing the peel to rupture from an outer layer of flesh of the produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 3, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 7, 2013
    Assignee: The Ohio State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Sudhir Sastry, Pisit Wongsa-Ngasri, Sarvesh N. Gupta, Brian F. Heskitt
  • Patent number: 8420140
    Abstract: A package for fruits and vegetables having galvanic functionality is formed by using two or more metals with different galvanic activity properties on the surface of a nonmetallic substrate. The metals may be deposited electrolytically, by vacuum, autocatalytically, or by other methods. The metals are selected to create a galvanic reaction after the package is filled with a low pH food product and its associated liquids, juices, brine, etc. The package may extend the shelf-life of the food product contained therein, for example, by making metal ions available to the food product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: April 16, 2013
    Assignee: Del Monte Corporation
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren Druz
  • Publication number: 20130084371
    Abstract: A method of heating a liquid comprises heating the liquid with an ohmic or PEF heater comprising at least one silver or silver alloy electrode or germanium or germanium alloy electrode. Silver or germanium ions are leached from the at least one silver electrode in an amount to provide the antimicrobial effect in the liquid. The liquid may contain particulates. The electrodes provide product stability and longer shelf life.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2012
    Publication date: April 4, 2013
    Applicant: PepsiCo, Inc.
    Inventor: PepsiCo, Inc.
  • Patent number: 8404291
    Abstract: A method for using a novel dense PTFE article in the form of a surface for a food preparation device is described in one embodiment, the surface being fabricated from a sheet of PTFE with a thermal resistance of 1.3° C. in2/W or less and having desirable tensile strength.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 26, 2013
    Assignee: W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.
    Inventors: Malay A. Patel, John M. Squeri
  • Publication number: 20130064942
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method of preparing a processed blend from two or more fresh plant materials, including a first fresh plant material containing lipophilic vitamin and a second fresh plant material containing hydrophilic vitamin; said process comprising: A. a first pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the first fresh plant material; •cooking said pieces; comminuting the cooked pieces to produce a lipophilic vitamin containing puree; and said first pre-treatment regime additionally comprising the addition of oil; B. a second pre-treatment regime comprising: •providing pieces of the second fresh plant material; and •blanching said pieces to produce a hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; C. combining the lipophilic vitamin containing puree and the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass; wherein the lipophilic vitamin containing puree is homogenised at a high pressure before or after being combined with the hydrophilic vitamin containing mass.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 8, 2011
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventors: Mia Claire Benjamin, Jadwiga Malgorzata Bialek, Daniel Anthony Jarvis, Hendrikus Theodorus W.M. Van Der Hijden
  • Publication number: 20130052314
    Abstract: Disclosed are methods for processing harvested produce such as fruits and vegetables, where the sterilization, stabilization and packaging is done in such a manner that it allows for longer retention of freshness, texture, flavor and overall quality than is possible with conventional retort processes and packaging. One specific embodiment discusses sterilizing and packaging harvested produce into a bulk storage container, comprising the steps of cleaning, dicing and blanching said produce, thereby creating pre-processed produce; adding water, at least one acid or salt, and at least one carbohydrate, to said pre-processed produce to form a mixture of pre-processed produce and a liquid packing medium; processing said mixture in an ohmic processing vessel to form a sterilized mixture suitable for aseptic packaging in said container, without first packaging said mixture.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 29, 2011
    Publication date: February 28, 2013
    Inventors: Karim Nafisi-Movaghar, Loren L. Druz
  • Publication number: 20130029016
    Abstract: The invention provides a beverage carbonator (1) for providing a carbonated beverage (2). The beverage carbonator (1) comprises (a) a CO2 generation unit (10) comprising a photo electrochemical cell (22) arranged to convert an organic compound (23) in a first liquid (21) comprising the organic compound (23) under influence of light (24) into at least CO2 and to produce a CO2 comprising gas (25), (b) a pressure regulator (30) arranged to pressurize the CO2 comprising gas (25), and (c) a mixing chamber (40) for mixing the CO2 comprising gas (25) under pressure into a second liquid (41) to provide the carbonated beverage (2).
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2011
    Publication date: January 31, 2013
    Applicant: KONINKLIJKE PHILIPS ELECTRONICS N.V.
    Inventors: Bart Gottenbos, Georg Greuel, Cornelis Reinder Ronda, Petrus Henricus Laurentius Notten
  • Publication number: 20120196006
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention relate to a method and apparatus for coating cryogenically frozen particles, such as food particles, with a powder at least in part by random contact with the powder while the particles and powder are circulating in a liquid cryogen. The powder and/or food particles may be electrically charged to increase their affinity for one another as well as the rate of powder coating of the frozen particles.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 27, 2012
    Publication date: August 2, 2012
    Inventor: Stan Jones
  • Patent number: 8206767
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a process for removing acrylamide and/or melanoidin forming cellular ingredients from starchy plant material without enabling to remove a considerable amount of starch from the cells by washing, comprising the process steps of: providing the biological material, irreversible electroporation of the biological material, and obtaining plant material having a reduced amount of acrylamide and/or melanoidin forming cellular ingredients, the starch content of which is not enabled to be considerably reduced by washing as compared to the starting material.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2012
    Assignee: Intersnack Knabbergeback GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Bernhard Ulrich, Reiner Haferkamp, Martin Kern
  • Patent number: 8168245
    Abstract: A coral is washed with purified water or tap water, and a crushed coral is heat-treated. Proteins and other organic matter are incorporated between calcium molecules in the coral skeleton, and the organic matter is decomposed and released as volatile components. In the skeleton from which organic matter is released, a calcium skeleton having a porous structure is formed, and the surface area of pores is increased. A hydrogen gas can be retained in the structure by adsorbing a hydrogen gas to the pores in such a calcium skeleton a porous structure (micropores). The resulting coral powder, with which ions dissolved in water are easily extracted, shows a low oxidation reduction potential when dissolved in water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Assignee: Solvent Science Laboratory
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Matsuo, Kokichi Hanaoka, Ryouichi Ohtsubo, Atsuyoshi Murakami, Masahiro Kawano
  • Patent number: 8153176
    Abstract: The present invention relates to biodegradable protein based thermoset compositions formulated from a powder of a dry and finely ground protein material, from which the water has been thoroughly removed, an anhydrous and liquid alcohol and other optional additives. The inventions also relates to the method for obtaining these compositions in which the components are homogeneously mixed, under controlled conditions of temperature and moisture, to obtain a homogenous and shelf-cohesive mass, that can be shaped in any predetermined form by diverse molding methods, being readily set through the application of a certain amount of heat during a short period of time, which enables it to turn into a solid shaped body or article through a very simple process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Naturin GmbH & Co.
    Inventors: Vicente Etayo Garralda, Ion Iñaki Garcia Martinez
  • Publication number: 20120082766
    Abstract: An anti-oxidation food preparation device includes a food preparation vessel having an electrically conductive body and a separate power supplying base. The base generates high frequency AC power that is transferred by a primary coil to as secondary coil maintained by the vessel. A rectification circuit converts the high frequency AC power into a rippled, rectified AC current that is supplied to the electrically conductive body of the vessel so as to create a reducing environment of available electrons for absorption by the food as it is prepared.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2011
    Publication date: April 5, 2012
    Inventors: Steven L. Maupin, Lance P Johnson
  • Publication number: 20110045128
    Abstract: Described are methods of removing phospholipids and other off-flavor-causing compounds from edible proteins using a cyclodextrin treatment. The methods include treating soy protein with cyclodextrins such as ?-cyclodextrin to form cyclodextrin-compound complexes and then separating the resulting complexes from the protein. Optionally, prior to treating the protein with cyclodextrin, the protein is sonicated and then treated with a phospholipase, such as phospholipase A2. Versions of the methods described herein are capable of removing more than 99% of phospholipids from soy protein.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 23, 2010
    Publication date: February 24, 2011
    Inventors: Srinivasan Damodaran, Akshay Arora
  • Publication number: 20110033591
    Abstract: An arrangement for the exposure of a pumpable medium to an electric field. The arrangement comprises, at least two power supplies (100) for the generation of electrical voltage, at least one non-conducting chamber (102) for pumping said pumpable medium, which said at least one chamber (102) is provided with a first (106) and a second electrode plate (108), a control means (104) for controlling said at least two power supplies (100). During control the control means (104), by synchronous control, establishes a series connection between at least two of said at least two power supplies (100), the first electrode plate (106) and the second electrode plate (108). A resulting composite voltage arises between the first (106) and the second electrode plate (108), which resulting composite voltage will result in an electric field between the first (106) and the second electrode plate (108). The pumpable medium is exposed to the electric field.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2009
    Publication date: February 10, 2011
    Applicant: ARC AROMA PURE AB
    Inventor: Par H. Henriksson
  • Publication number: 20110027431
    Abstract: A method and system for regenerating used cooking oil in which the used cooking oil is introduced into a cooking oil regenerator, which includes an electrochemical device having a high temperature proton exchange membrane disposed between an anode electrode and a cathode electrode. A voltage is applied between the anode electrode and the cathode electrode using an external electricity source, producing regenerated cooking oil.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2009
    Publication date: February 3, 2011
    Applicant: GAS TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
    Inventor: Qinbai Fan
  • Publication number: 20100316775
    Abstract: A coral is washed with purified water or tap water, and a crushed coral is heat-treated. Proteins and other organic matter are incorporated between calcium molecules in the coral skeleton, and the organic matter is decomposed and released as volatile components. In the skeleton from which organic matter is released, a calcium skeleton having a porous structure is formed, and the surface area of pores is increased. A hydrogen gas can be retained in the structure by adsorbing a hydrogen gas to the pores in such a calcium skeleton a porous structure (micropores). The resulting coral powder, with which ions dissolved in water are easily extracted, shows a low oxidation reduction potential when dissolved in water.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2008
    Publication date: December 16, 2010
    Applicant: SOLVENT SCIENCE LABORATORY
    Inventors: Yoshiaki Matsuo, Kokichi Hanaoka, Ryouichi Ohtsubo, Atsuyoshi Murakami, Masahiro Kawano
  • Publication number: 20100291270
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a food composition prepared by a method of sterilizing. More specifically to a sterilizing process designed to be used in an aseptic process that comprises the steps of transferring said food composition into a heating unit; passing an electric current through said composition; maintaining a power to mass flow rate range through said heating unit from about 125 kJoules/kg to about 750 kJoules/kg; adjusting a flow rate to maintain said food composition temperature exiting the heating unit from about 75° C. to about 175° C.; and cooling said food composition to a final temperature from about 5° C. to 100° C.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 7, 2010
    Publication date: November 18, 2010
    Inventors: Scott Wayne Keller, Dean Larry DuVal, Raul Victorino Nunes
  • Patent number: 7799359
    Abstract: The invention relates to a process for wine evolution by electrochemical way, with reduced treatment times and controlled selectivity. The process may be carried out at the anodic compartment of an electrochemical reactor subdivided by a semipermeable membrane on a valve metal anode, for instance a titanium anode, provided with catalytic coating containing platinum or other noble metal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2010
    Assignee: Industrie de Nora S.p.A.
    Inventors: Mario Bertuccioli, Gian Nicola Martelli, Luciano Iacopetti, Dario Oldani, Salvatore Peragine, Cleto Simoncelli
  • Publication number: 20100196562
    Abstract: A method of treatment of fresh produce including blanching fresh produce, rapid cooling of the fresh produce following the blanching, and packaging the fresh produce following the rapid cooling.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2008
    Publication date: August 5, 2010
    Inventor: Gil Depicciotto
  • Publication number: 20100112151
    Abstract: Aspects of the invention relate to a device and method for non-contact inactivation of undesirable and/or harmful microorganisms in products using high-voltage nanosecond pulsed electrical field. In certain embodiments, a product may be packaged into a container which is made from a dielectric material and placed between electrodes to be processed by a pulsed electrical field. In certain embodiments, the electrodes, together with the container, may be placed into a treatment assembly filled with a high dielectric permeability media that allows the formation of a quasi-uniform electrical field inside the product and prevents the electrical breakdown of the dielectric material of the container. The electrodes may be connected to a high voltage generator, which forms nanosecond pulses that allow an electrical field of high intensity to penetrate the dielectric material of container walls and gaps between the electrodes and the container's walls to the product without significant energy losses.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 6, 2010
    Applicant: PepsiCo., Inc.
    Inventors: Peter Bluestein, Mikhail Verbitsky, Natalia Shibanova, Rusian Yudin, Rostislav Khorenyan
  • Publication number: 20100104706
    Abstract: Techniques for electrostatically de-worming agricultural products. The techniques may include inducing an electrical charge in a shelled agricultural product. The induced charge, for example, a positive charge, may selectively favor lighter or less dense contaminants associated with the agricultural product such as worm material. As such, the agricultural product with worm material contaminant may be exposed to an oppositely charged mechanism such as a rotatable negatively charged electrode. Thus, the lighter positively charged worm material may be effectively removed from the agricultural product by temporarily binding to the oppositely charged mechanism.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2008
    Publication date: April 29, 2010
    Inventor: Billy R. Paddie
  • Patent number: 7691324
    Abstract: In a reaction chamber, which constitutes a component of a process installation for obtaining foodstuffs or foodstuff components, biological products in harvested form that are whole or in pieces are subjected to pulsed electric fields as they pass through said reaction chamber, said electric fields forming pores in the cell walls so as to irreversibly open the latter, thus making the content of the cells more easily accessible. This is achieved by electrode groups, which can be energized to a high voltage and are located in the wall of a longitudinal passage of the reactor through which the process material is moved past grounded electrodes located in an opposing longitudinal wall area. Each electrode group is connected to an electric energy accumulator such as for example, a Marx generator, by means of a switch, in order to rapidly establish electric fields of multiple directions between the charged and the grounded electrodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: April 6, 2010
    Assignees: Südzucker AG, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe GmbH
    Inventor: Christoph Schultheiss
  • Publication number: 20100028503
    Abstract: This invention relates to processes of preparing structured polymer matrix using two or more simultaneous multiple acervation mechanisms. In addition, the methods described herein provide flexible processes for forming structured polymer matrices from nearly any combination of polymers, preferably, although not limited to, food polymers. The simultaneous application of two or more acervation mechanisms unexpectedly gives novel matrices having improved texture and/or process efficiency that are superior to the polymer matrices produced by acervation mechanisms conducted individually or sequentially.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 30, 2008
    Publication date: February 4, 2010
    Inventors: Jimbay Peter Loh, Yeong-Ching Albert Hong, Yinqing Ma, Alice S. Cha, Iksoon Kang
  • Publication number: 20090252842
    Abstract: Apparatus, systems, and methods of extending useful life of food treating media by inhibiting its degradation through application of electrons are disclosed. Application may be automatic and responsive to monitoring quality parameters of a medium. The apparatus, systems, and methods are retrofittable to existing food treating apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 27, 2009
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Inventors: DanLi . Wang, Travis B. Hoium, John J. Dyer
  • Publication number: 20090208618
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for processing raw materials having a cell structure in the meat, meat by-products, fish and seafood processing industry for the purpose of optimizing and/or reducing the processing steps. According to the invention, an electric field with a field strength of >0.5 kV/cm is applied and an energy input into the cell structure product to be processed with an energy upper limit is produced, said energy input excluding thermal effects as a primary cause of occurring product modifications. Electroporation of the cell membrane occurs, the semi-permeability of the cell membrane and thus the barrier of transport of substances between the cell interior and the exterior is reversibly or irreversibly lifted. An accelerated and evenly distributed reception of liquid media in the produced porous cell matrix by injection or marination is then possible, whereby further substances which determine the product properties can be dissolved or contained in the liquid media.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2006
    Publication date: August 20, 2009
    Applicant: Triton GmbH
    Inventor: Fritz Kortschack
  • Patent number: 7550165
    Abstract: An apparatus and method of peeling produce is described comprising adding an electrically conductive fluid and a produce having a peel to a container and subjecting the fluid and the produce to an electrical field to produce a current sufficient to rupture the peel from the produce.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 9, 2004
    Date of Patent: June 23, 2009
    Assignee: The Ohio State University Research Foundation
    Inventors: Sudhir Sastry, Pisit Wongsa-Ngasri
  • Publication number: 20090041907
    Abstract: The present invention relates to biodegradable protein based thermoset compositions formulated from a powder of a dry and finely ground protein material, from which the water has been thoroughly removed, an anhydrous and liquid alcohol and other optional additives. The inventions also relates to the method for obtaining these compositions in which the components are homogeneously mixed, under controlled conditions of temperature and moisture, to obtain a homogenous and shelf-cohesive mass, that can be shaped in any predetermined form by diverse molding methods, being readily set through the application of a certain amount of heat during a short period of time, which enables it to turn into a solid shaped body or article through a very simple process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2006
    Publication date: February 12, 2009
    Inventors: Vicente Etayo Garralda, Ion Inaki Garcia Martinez
  • Patent number: 7470878
    Abstract: Thawing is achieved by applying high-frequency power to a frozen material (R) sandwiched between opposing electrodes. A thawing section of a thawing apparatus (10) includes unit electrodes (302) for a first electrode group as a former stage, unit electrodes (303) for a second electrode group as a latter stage, and unit electrodes (304) for a third electrode group as a further stage. The unit electrodes (302) for the first electrode group are set so that the area of the electrode surface is smaller than the area of the sandwiched surface of the frozen material (R). The unit electrodes (303) for the second top electrode group are larger than the area of the unit electrodes (302) for the first electrode group. The unit electrodes (304) for the third electrode group are larger than the area of the unit electrodes (303) for the second electrode group.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2008
    Assignee: Yamamoto Vinita Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Yasuji Yamamoto, Toshihiro Imahori