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Global food prices hit four-year low

The FAO Food Price Index continued a five month downward spiral in August, reaching its lowest point in four years.

Fruit consumption could slash heart disease risk by 40%

Daily fruit consumption could cut the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) by up to 40%, according to new research.

Lower saturated fats in new rapeseed strain

Determined food businesses working to lower fat content could benefit from a new strain of rapeseed that produces oil with lower than usual levels of saturated fat.

TRADE BODY WANTS REASSURANCE AHEAD OF SEPT 18 INDEPENDENCE VOTE

Scotch Whisky Association presses ‘Yes Scotland!’ for currency clarity

Scotch Whisky Association (SWA) CEO David Frost warns that a lack of clarity over an independent Scotland’s currency could hit exports, supply chains, pricing and competitiveness in the multi-million dollar industry.

DISPATCHES FROM INTERNATIONAL WHEY CONFERENCE 2014

Russian embargo impact on Arla whey and lactose interests 'minimal': CEO

The Russian embargo on Western food imports will have little impact on Arla Foods Ingredients' whey and lactose interests, says CEO Henrik Andersen.

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Consumption of freeze-dried mango may reduce blood glucose levels for obese individuals, according to researchers. 

Global Industry News

Supermarkets: prices will rise if Scotland votes yes from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A yes vote in next week’s independence referendum will result in higher food prices in Scotland, two leading retail bosses warned yesterday (September 11).

LEGAL VOX POP: Are 'all-natural' claims worth the hassle? from FoodNavigator-USA.com

With a class action lawsuit filed almost weekly over the word ‘natural’ on food & beverage labels, many firms are now wondering whether the most used and abused word in food marketing is really worth all the hassle. But should they ditch ‘natural’ altogether, or just qualify it? We quizzed...

CDC report flags high sodium consumption among kids; we’re at the mercy of the food industry, RD says from FoodNavigator-USA.com

More than 90% of children aged six to 18 consume on average 3,279 mg of sodium a day—well above the government’s recommendation of 2,300 mg or less per day, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 

Cost and lack of consistent trial data said to limit wider take-up of pre and probiotics in pig feed from FeedNavigator.com

There is a dire need for pre and probiotic strains that are cost effective and give consistently good results in terms of a beneficial effect on the intestinal flora of pigs, says a Danish scientist.

Government and big brands join food skills battle from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Tesco, Mars and Warburtons were among the big food brands meeting government yesterday (September 11) at Downing Street to discuss how to find the industry’s future leaders.

DISPATCHES FROM GLOBAL FOOD SAFETY, MADRID

Danone Nutricia: The more we know the more we have to solve from FoodQualityNews.com

Industry development meaning potential food safety hazards are detected more than ever before is leading to a need to know more, according to Danone Nutricia.

Spotlight

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Forget genetically modified, here’s to genetically edited

Recent advances that allow the precise editing of genomes have raised the possibility that fruit and other...

Acid in drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

High-acid drinks can permanently damage young people’s teeth: Study

Drinks with high acidic content can cause a permanent damage to teeth within the first 30 seconds...

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports
Data Blog: The figures behind Russia’s food ban

Russian sanctions could cost EU industry more than €5 billion in exports

In this data blog FoodNavigator takes a look at the trade figures behind the recent Russian trade...

 BEUC processed meat origin campaign

Repackaging costs? Remember the cost of lost consumer confidence, says BEUC meat origin campaign

Industry should put less emphasis on the cost of relabelling and remember the cost of plummetting consumer...

Researchers take aim at organic food fraud

Researchers take aim at organic food fraud

A team of German researchers have devised a way to use authentication technologies to differentiate organic produce,...

Salt reduction and social inequality? UK reduction policies 'have not reached those most in need'

Salt reduction and social inequality? UK reduction policies 'have not reached those most in need'

Despite overall drops in salt intake over last 10 years, social inequalities in salt intake have hardly changed...