Being Brave

working on research project

Last week, I  submitted a paper to the Journal of Food Science. My hope is they will publish my research paper, GRAS use of Flavor Substances: Risk Management. In 2013, I began a this research project as part of my curriculum for a Masters in Food Safety. At the time, I did not realize how difficult it is to choose, justify, conduct research and write a paper. Blogging is much easier than publishing a scientific peer reviewed research paper. Blogs require the writer to click the publish button and there is no reformatting and peer review. Therefore, because it is much easier to post a convincing opinion on the web than publish a peer reviewed scientific paper, social media wins the war on science. Originally, my goal for the research … [Read more...]

Antifreeze added to food and drink?

Amyl acetate is a fairly inexpensive flavor chemical that smells like banana. I took a small bottle of this aromatic chemical from my flavor lab to use at home. Why? Because Amyl acetate is also a spot and stain remover. Some dry cleaners refer to this spot remover for paint or ink as "banana oil". When I found out a chemical I used to make food flavors was used as a dry cleaning chemical, I was alarmed. Then, once I realized I could  inexpensively and quickly salvage my children's paint stained school clothes with a small bottle of  "banana oil", I relaxed. Chemicals or ingredients that are safe to use in food are found in non-food applications. Recently, I discovered a flavor carrier, propylene glycol, is also useful as an … [Read more...]