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UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

Malaysian media accuses UK economic policy think tank of a conflict of interest given contact with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations by a Malaysian media outlet that the UK think tank is in bed with the Malaysian Palm Oil Council and the country’s government.

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Swapping to low-calorie sweeteners does help weight loss, finds review of RCTs

Swapping full-calorie foods and drinks for ones containing low or zero calorie sweeteners results in modest weight loss, according to a new systematic review of clinical data.

Organic farming on rise in Europe, say officials EU officials

The organic farming sector has grown rapidly over the past ten years, with both the number of organic farm holdings and area grew by more than half between 2003 and 2010, according to EU statistics.

Three year olds rebel against healthy foods, research suggests

When children as young as three hear about the benefits of healthy food, they're less likely to eat it, a new study suggests.

Dietetic products an ‘easily attainable’ goal for bakers: Review

Baked goods that meet specific nutrient needs, food intolerances or strict diets and still taste good are easy to develop, a review suggests.

Drinks giant teams with London mayor for obesity strategy

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has teamed up with drinks firm Coca-Cola Great Britain for a £1M project to encourage Londoners to become more active and tackle obesity.

Global Industry News

FSA gives poultry plants green light, says 2 Sisters from FoodManufacture.co.uk

2 Sisters Food Group’s Scunthorpe and Llangefni plants have passed Food Standards Agency (FSA) audits, according to the company.

Functional flours will ride on the gluten-free wave, says food consultant from BakeryAndSnacks.com

The gluten-free boom has sparked incentive to innovate in functional flours, says the president of food consultancy firm Best Vantage.

Belgian firm eyes EU bone health claim after study published from NutraIngredients.com

Belgian firm BioActor is one step closer to being able to lodge an application for its olive polyphenol product BonOlive, after a human intervention study confirmed its ability to protect post-menopausal women against osteoporosis.

Chicken hygiene row intensifies, as Unite slams DH from FoodManufacture.co.uk

The row over hygiene standards at poultry producers 2 Sisters Food Group and Faccenda has intensified, after Unite the union slammed health secretary Jeremy Hunt’s bid to allay public concern.

EDITOR'S COMMENT: JULY 2014

‘I ditched the Coca-Cola Life-style’: A millennial confession from BeverageDaily.com

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) boss John Brock insists people in the UK think Coca-Cola Life tastes just like standard Coke ahead of its September launch, but is this lack of differentiation necessarily good news?

Whole Foods' labels are misleading, deceptive, unfair and fraudulent, alleges lawsuit

Whole Foods targeted in new lawsuit over 'all-natural' claims from FoodNavigator-USA.com

Whole Foods Market has been targeted in another class action lawsuit alleging that products it labels as ‘all-natural’ are misbranded because they contain “artificial ingredients and flavorings, artificial coloring and chemical preservatives”. 

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Insects: 40% of UK consumers are willing to try them, says Canadean

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them...

Strong Scottish food drink brands referendum confidence: Food minister

Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 –...

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Fat replacement: Researchers modify protein to mimic and replace fat in a wider range of food

Researchers claim they have developed proteins that could help bring a wider variety of low-fat foods to...

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Insecticides are a bigger threat to the natural food chain than thought, warns study

Legislation needs to take into account the harmful effects some insecticides have on insect-eating birds as the...

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

New sustainable palm oil manifesto accused of greenwashing

A new sustainable palm oil scheme has met with criticism from environmentalists claiming that it actually allows...

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