Dr. Tamás János Szigeti
The last days of November passes as we make the final touches on the fourth issue of ÉVIK 2020. Winter is late, but the colourful leaves of autumn have already fallen. „When a sighing begins, / In the violins / Of the autumn-song, / My heart is drowned / In the slow sound / Languorous and long.1” The reader is holding the last printed version of the 65-year-old Journal of Food Investigation (JFI – ÉVIK). According to the decision of the Publisher of the scientific journal, from 2021 the periodical will only be published in electronic form with the usual content and frequency on the website www.eviko.hu. Scientific publications will continue to be published quarterly in Hungarian and English in the Open Access system. The structure of the journal will be redesigned for easier reading due to its online appearance. We hope that with this publication we can keep the honourable trust of our authors and the interest of our Readers. Our leading article is written by Antal Otilia and co-authors. In their manuscript, they report on systems that model digestive processes in the human gastrointestinal tract. With in-vitro digestion experiments – which the authors themselves carry out on an ongoing basis – it helps more detailed to understand the digestive and absorption processes of food ingredients and their effects on human health. The authors conduct their digestion experiments as part of the COST INFOGEST program, which covers researchers from 32 countries. There is a passionate debate in some segments of society about the environmental impacts and ethical perceptions of real meat consumption. Experts and lay people often argue whether it is appropriate to imitate the organoleptic properties of foods made from meat in the case of foods included in a meat-free diet. In her literature review, Diána Bánáti reports on food production technologies seeking to meet the growing needs of vegan and vegetarians through the “reform-nutrition” movements, the current European food law situation of the topic and the consumer opinions collected in questionnaire interviews. In the second part of dissertation of Dóra Kiss et al. summarizing simplified, photometric amino acid analytical methods. Prepared a literature review of the analysis of two non-aromatic, essential and semi-essential amino acids – respectively methionine, cystine, lysine, arginine. Rita Székelyhidi and co-authors made a literature review on the application of sample preparation based on solid phase microextraction (SPME) to the testing of several dairy products. Their dissertation summarized the extraction possibilities of fatty acids, aldehydes, esters, alcohols, sulfur-containing organic compounds, furans, phenols and terpenoids. A description of the methods for the separation detection of compounds is available to readers in the bibliography of the manuscript, which includes 74 references. In the manuscript of László Sipos’ working group summarise several vision tests for sensory testing persons. The paper describes the methods of colour, shape recognition and image resolution control of vision. The work of Ágota M. Kovács and Mária H. Takácsné is about the, micro-vegetables products, which expands the possibilities of supplementing vegetables in the diet. Micro-vegetables – microgreens in Anglo-Saxon terminology – are green parts of plants that are more developed than seedlings but younger than adult plants and may contain higher amounts of vitamins and minerals valuable to humans than traditional vegetables. I am proud to inform you that a member of our Editorial Board, Prof. Dr. János Csapó, a university professor, was awarded a bronze plaque of the Tree of Life on October 23, 2020 for his outstanding work. The price was presented by Dr. István Nagy, Hungarian Minister of Agriculture. On behalf of our editorial board, I happy to congratulate for him and I wish for him further success, health and happy years in his private life. I wish our readers good reading, a happy preparation for Advent, and a gracious, blessed Christmas, and Happy New Year.
Dr. Tamás János Szigeti
Paul Verlaine: Autunm Song (Translated: Arthur Symons)
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