Bühler strengthens its investment, to address emerging safety hazards facing the nut industry

03/20/2015 Bühler debates the future of food safety in nuts, at the Anuga Food Tech Exhibition, Cologne The Bühler Group, a global leader in food processing solutions, is bringing together a team of leading international specialists at Anuga Food Tech 2015, to discuss emerging safety hazards - in particular pathogens, mycotoxins, and foreign materials, affecting the nut industry. The team will also examine the solutions available to help manufacturers manage their food safety risks.

Food safety represents an industry-wide challenge and requires collaboration with leading specialists and food processors, to provide pragmatic and effective solutions. As an industry leader, Bühler has a responsibility to contribute to consumer safety and actively facilitates an open exchange with the “Low Moisture Food Industry” to establish priorities for innovation and collaboration.

Addressing current food trends and changing consumer habits, Bühler’s Food Safety and Hygienic Design specialist, Edyta Margas, will highlight the increasing food safety concerns and challenges faced by food processors – emerging hazards and increasingly stringent legal requirements.
Edyta remarked: “The food industry is facing an increasing number of challenges, which require innovative solutions and our high profile food safety initiative is designed to help food manufacturers solve these problems, across the whole value chain. The top priority of this initiative is protecting consumers from food borne hazards, such as Salmonella, mycotoxins or foreign materials. Additionally commodities such as nuts are health benefiting, high value products, therefore any losses, caused by these hazards must be addressed.”

She will be joined by guest speaker Dr. Antonio F. Logrieco, Director of the Institute of Sciences of Food Production (ISPA) who will comment on the economic importance of the nut industry and highlight the major hazards facing this industry and why an integrated approach is essential for food safety and security in the future.

With over 35 years of optical sorting knowledge, Ben Deefholts, Head of Sensor Development at Bühler will explain how optical sorting can help prevent safety threats, by removing potentially dangerous foreign materials such as shell, stones, glass and plastics, as well as product-intrinsic defects such as mouldy, rotten and diseased nuts.

Ben will also illustrate how removing defects by optical sorting can be used to effectively reduce aflatoxin levels, which are an increasingly common problem due to climate change, to ensure products meet current regulations and are safe for human consumption. Finally, he will also share details of Bühler’s latest technology for shell removal, anticipated to launch officially in May. The new technology is designed to enable processors to tackle one of the most difficult challenges found in nut processing.

In addition, Scott Vallette, Bühler’s Regional Director for Europe, Middle East and Africa, will present the latest technologies available for pasteurisation of raw nuts and seeds. He will also cover the topic of thermal treatment of nuts during the roasting process and specifically how Bühler can reduce microbiological hazards in dry foods, such as a 5 log reduction of Salmonella in peanuts.

The Bühler press conference will take place at the Anuga Food Tech Exhibition, Cologne, Germany at 1pm on Wednesday 25 March 2015 in the Congress Centre, Conference room C in the North Hall. Visitors to Anuga Food Tech 2015 are invited to join the Bühler team in Hall 10.1, booth B-008 to learn about the latest innovations available to the food and feed industries.

About Bühler:
Every day, billions of people come into contact with Bühler technologies to cover their basic needs for foods, mobility, or communication. With our industrial-scale process technologies and solutions, we contribute significantly to feeding the world’s population, setting the focus on food security and food safety. Bühler flour mills process around 65% of the wheat harvested worldwide into flour. Its contribution to processing rice and producing pasta, chocolate, or breakfast cereals is similarly important. Moreover, Bühler is a leading solution provider of die casting, wet grinding, and surface coating technologies, with an emphasis on automotive, optics, electronics, printing & packaging inks, and glass applications. The solutions provided for these industries are distinguished by high energy efficiency and sustainable mobility. As a leading technology group, Bühler invests up to 5% of its sales revenue in research and development. Bühler is proud of its Swiss roots, with 10,600 employees in some 140 countries generating sales of CHF 2.3 billion. The family-owned company Bühler is particularly committed to sustainability.

Contact for the media:
Tracey Ibbotson, PR Executive, The Buhler Group, London, England Phone +44 (0)1992 537421, e-mail

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