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Founded in 1993 by brothers Tom and David Gardner, The Motley Fool helps millions of people attain financial freedom through our website, podcasts, books, newspaper column, radio show, and premium investing services. Synaptics (NASDAQ:SYNA) stock has been setting the market on fire over the past six months, but Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) update this week that accounted for the impact of the novel coronavirus outbreak has given Synaptics a mild setback. The iPhone maker reduced its revenue guidance for the second quarter as the temporary shutdown of many of its partner stores in China related to the outbreak will impact Apple sales in the near term. Apple also added that it is witnessing a slower-than-expected ramp-up in its supply chain. Not surprisingly, Synaptics shares have pulled back in recent sessions because of its supplier relationship with Apple. But a closer examination of what appears to be a short-term negative situation suggests this could be an opportunity for investors looking for a long-term positive smartphone play. Why do I think that? Well, for one thing, this developer of human interface solutions delivered blowout fiscal 2020 second-quarter results this mon...

New technologies for pasteurisation of low water activity foods

It has long been assumed that dry food and ingredients, by virtue of their low water activity (aw), carry relatively little risk with regards to foodborne pathogens. It has become clear, however, that whilst pathogens are unlikely to grow in dry products, if present they can often survive. Foods with a low aw tend to have a long shelf life because spoilage organisms grow slowly or are prevented from growing. Pathogens cannot grow in low aw products; however, if they are present in high numbers, or the infective dose is low, then the risk to the consumer still remains. If low aw ingredients are rehydrated during manufacture or preparation, growth can occur, thus increasing the risk to consumers. Recent outbreaks have raised concerns regarding the safety of low moisture foods. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention1, a recent USA outbreak in dry ingredients originated in organic sprouted chia powder. A total of 31 people infected with the outbreak strains of Salmonella Newport (20 people), Salmonella Hartford (seven people), or Salmonella Oranienburg (four people) were reported from 16 states. Another outbreak in June 2013 originated in tahini sesame paste and...