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February

Straws get a sip of standardization

Colorful, functional, fun, both kids and adults love them. Billions of drinking straws are produced each year; yet despite their worldwide use, plastic (polypropylene) straws had never been the subject of standards and specifications.

January

New ISO standard speeds up quality control and facilitates trade of probiotics and starter cultures

Lactobacillus and bifidobacterium, present in yogurt and other dairy products, are well-known medical foods used as a probiotic, or "friendly bacteria", to maintain a healthy digestive tract. Flow cytometry, a cell-counting method for assessing the quality of cultures by determining the proportion of active cells, had met with a degree of skepticism. Now, a new ISO standard rubber-stamps the validity of this method, speeding up quality control and facilitating trade.

My take on Davos and the 4th industrial revolution

Walking the snowy streets of the small Swiss town of Davos, it’s impressive to know that 40 heads of state and 2 500 leaders from business and society are here to talk about some of the most important global challenges facing us today.

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