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Commission hopes horse ‘passports’ will stop food fraud

Member states have endorsed European Commission proposals to tighten identification rules for horses as part of post horsemeat scandal efforts to clean up food chains.

Food type, not just calories, may play vital role in type 2 diabetes risk

The type of food we eat, and not simply how much we eat, could play an important role in the risk of type 2 diabetes by influencing circulating metabolises and the makeup of our microbiota, say researchers.

German appeal court rejects ‘natural’ vanilla suit against Ritter

A German appeal court has ruled that Ritter Sport’s vanilla flavor in its whole hazelnut product is correctly labelled after consumer group Stiftung Warentest challenged it.

FDF launches export promotion drive

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) has launched a month of activity with online export community Open to Export, designed to boost small and medium-sized food and drink company exports.

Global Industry News

Weekly text reminder may help people ‘budget’ calorie intake from FoodNavigator-USA.com

A weekly text message reminder of recommended daily caloric intake may help consumers make healthier food choices, according to a new study from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. 

Study points to positive effect of red meat for elderly from GlobalMeatNews.com

An Australian piece of research has suggested that a red meat-rich diet helps preserve the health of the elderly.

Food and drink in an independent Scotland – in pictures from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Thousands of Scots will vote for or against Scottish independence this Thursday (September 18), but how do some of the UK’s biggest food and drink firms think independence will affect them?

Trendspotter: coconut inclusions

If it says ‘coconut’, it sells: Trailblazer Foods from FoodNavigator-USA.com

As it ramps up flaked and shredded coconut production in anticipation of another holiday season, private label and branded grocery products manufacturer Trailblazer Foods says the growing popularity of coconut has resulted in a 12% increase in the amount it will package this year.

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Aker Australia bags three innovation patents for krill oil production from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Krill oil harvester Aker BioMarine has added to its intellectual property collection with three new Australian innovation patents.

Glanbia buys sports nutrition firm Isopure for £94M from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Glanbia has agreed to acquire US sports nutrition business The Isopure Company for $153M (£94.1M).

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Oxfam: Greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

Oxfam calls for greater controls on huge agri public–private partnerships

The increasing trend towards government investment partnerships with large multinationals threatens land rights, equality and the environment...

Consumer group reacts to new European Commission

Better regulation shouldn’t mean ‘one-sided reduction’ for businesses, BEUC warns new Commission

The new European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ mission must keep consumer welfare in mind and not translate to...

Food industry flour exposure found to be the main cause of occupational asthma in France

Food industry flour exposure found to be the main cause of occupational asthma in France

Exposure of food industry workers to flour has been found to be main cause of occupational asthma...

Sweet perception: ‘High intensity’ sweeteners are not that sweet or intense, suggests study

Sweet perception: ‘High intensity’ sweeteners are not that sweet or intense, suggests study

The taste of common sweeteners is often described as being much more intense than sugar, however new...

FSA acrylamide and furan levels

No great change to acrylamide and furan levels, says FSA safety report

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) detects ‘no significant change or discernible trends’ across many food categories for process...