Just three years after the ’discovery’ of acrylamide formation in food in 2002, the food industry was able to develop a ’toolbox’ summarising all the findings to date and helping food manufacturers identify the best ways to reduce acrylamide formation in their products.The FoodDrinkEurope (previously CIAA) Acrylamide Toolbox has been a key tool ever since, as it collates not only the outcomes of international research, but also the lessons learnt by manufacturers in a factory environment.The latest version of the Toolbox, published on Friday 30 September 2011, has been significantly rewritten to make it easier to read and to align the text with the format of the Codex Code of Practice and the Commission Recommendations on monitoring. It also includes some text on the ALARA (’as low as reasonably achievable’) concept. Simply put, this means that food manufacturers should take every reasonable measure to reduce the presence of acrylamide in their products, taking into account all legitimate considerations.Bread is one of the product categories addressed in the document, under the wider heading of ’cereal-based products’. The Toolbox looks at, among other things, the impact of agronomic factors, such as asparagine content; the contribution of recipe changes, such as the addition of Ca2+ salts; the potential reductions through extended yeast fermentation; and the use of alternative baking technologies, such as infrared heating or steam baking during the last five minutes of the bake.To inform industry about latest strategies for minimi-sing acrylamide formation, FDF has a series of free live webinars accessible to all food manufacturers (including non-FDF members). For details, visit www.fdf.org.uk.
Vlado Kocic (14), the player in the Table tennis club for people with disability “Vrbas” from Banja Luka, won the gold medal in the category of deaf-mute participants at the recently held International Sports Games for People with Disabilities “Belgrade Open 2017”.“He is great in his group of the deaf-mute. We can say that he has no competition at the level of BiH,” said his coach, Jovica Sormaz.This 14-year-old boy is from Ribnik, and he is in the foster family in Banja Luka in order to get his education. Sormaz explained that he has excellent cooperation with Kocic’s teacher Helena Foric, as well as his foster family, with the aim to match all of his obligations and to be able to go to competitions. Thanks to this and Vlado’s commitment, this boy is an excellent student and a successful athlete.Sormaz explained that showing and adopting techniques of table tennis is much harder for people who cannot hear, but they have succeeded and made a big step, and Kocic is a fantastic table tennis player.Vlado Kocic said in a sign language that he loves to play table tennis.Sormaz started working with Kocic six years ago when Dragan Predic, a teacher from the Center for Education and Rehabilitation of Listening and Speaking in Banja Luka, called him and said that there is a boy in this school who loves table tennis and who would love to learn more.Kocic is cheerful most of the time on his training, except when his shot is not carried out as he wished. Talking about the plans for Kocic’s future, coach Sormaz said that he believes that this boy will continue with dedicated work.“We do not know how much further he can go, but we know that sport is one of the most important if not one the most important factor for socialization. In this way, he becomes recognized as a person, a player, a competitor, especially in his own population, so this is a great thing in his life,” said Sormaz.(Source: fokus.ba)