Bakers looking for ways to reduce salt in bread are being offered an alternative to bland low-salt options.Hopped Spraymalt Light a product made from malt and hops, spraydried into a fine powder is already used in the brewing industry, but malted ingredients manufacturer Mun-tons has discovered it works well in boosting bread flavour and perceived salt levels.Said Andrew Fuller, pro-duct development technologist: “While hops are primarily grown for the brewing industry, when combined with malt extract, they offer a bittersweet flavour to enhance savoury baked goods. The product could be used in all kinds of bread, and particularly beer bread.”Muntons’ taste panels found that bread with just 1% Hopped Spraymalt Light was more flavoursome and perceived as more salty than a control bread without malt and hops, said Fuller. Both recipes contained 0.9g salt per 100g just below the FSA 2012 guidelines.Malt acts as a natural flavour enhancer, boosting the flavour intensity of the bread, said Muntons, and hops bring natural bitterness, which confuses the palate into thinking that the bread is saltier.
Port Houston’s new strategic plan was approved on January 28 by the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, setting in motion a roadmap for its continued growth and success. Port Houston’s team, led by Executive Director Roger Guenther, presented the 2020 Strategic Plan for approval following many months of work.In addition to providing guidance for the next five years, the strategic plan helps set the stage for Port Houston’s long-range comprehensive master plan that will look forward to the year 2040. By statute, Port Houston is required to reevaluate long-range and strategic plans every five years.“It is fitting that the Port Commission is approving a new strategic plan today as the port embarks on its twelfth decade and is seeking to widen and deepen the Houston Ship Channel for the eleventh time in its history,” Port Houston Chairman Ric Campo said.“I think that we will be sitting here at this time next year, amazed at what we have accomplished on behalf of our region and citizens in Harris County.” According to their latest release, Port Houston will continue to work collaboratively to create its comprehensive long-range master plan for 2040.The master plan will be a living document to drive the vision and direction to develop and build the infrastructure needed to ensure the greater Port of Houston remains the strong central pillar of the region’s economic prosperity and jobs for the next generation, they stated.
WASHINGTON — Iowa Senator Chuck Grassley says the pandemic is putting law officers, paramedics and other first responders at even greater risk as their routine interactions with the public could leave them with a potentially deadly case of COVID-19.Grassley is introducing a bill that would guarantee federal survivor and disability benefits for first responders who are felled by the coronavirus. “It’s nearly impossible to prove that an officer contracted the virus while at work,” Grassley says, “so this bill clarifies that families of officers who die of COVID-19 will be eligible for benefits if the officer was diagnosed within 45 days of his last shift.”The measure is called the Safeguarding America’s First Responders Act. Grassley says it could go to a vote in the Senate yet this week — which is National Police Week. “The bill’s a very important bill to help these police officers and first responders just like if they were killed in the line of duty by gunfire, as an example,” he says.Grassley, a Republican, says the bill recognizes the sacrifice of first responders and provides a measure of certainty when they report to work during the pandemic.