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EU-US trade agreement may undermine global food security

A free trade agreement between the EU and USA could undermine food security efforts, says German NGO Brot für die Welt.

The TTIP free trade agreement between Europe and the USA could undermine local support for smallholders in developing countries and exacerbate the global food crisis, warns a German NGO.

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DDT linked to slow metabolism, obesity and diabetes: Mouse data

Exposure to the pesticide DDT may be linked to an increased risk of obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol and related conditions, according to new research in mice.

The true cost of beef: Report warns of high environmental cost of beef production

The environmental cost of beef production is nearly ten times more than any other form of meat or livestock production, say researchers.

‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS).

Promoting flexitarianism is misleading - dietician

A leading dietician has rubbished claims backing consumers ditching meat from their diets for health and environmental reasons and becoming flexitarians.

Patent watch

Watertight idea? Mars files patent for multi-texture caramel

Mars has filed a patent for ‘multi-texture’ caramel products, using a method that prevents moisture migration from caramel to crispy components without the need for a fat-based moisture barrier.

Dairy Crest sells ingredients firm for £1.2M

Dairy Crest has sold ingredients firm FoodTec UK to Adams Foods Ingredients (AFI) for £1.2M.

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Malaysia

Chobani to hit Malaysian shelves as yoghurt demand grows in SE Asia from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Chobani, America’s top-selling brand of strained yogurt that has been gaining a massive global following through its slick marketing, will soon be available in Malaysia.

News in brief

As if by magic: colour-changing ice cream from FoodManufacture.co.uk

A Spanish physicist has invented an ice cream that changes colour as it is licked.

Meat prices are beefing up from FoodProductionDaily.com

Food producers are feeling the heat as the cost of red meat continues surging, but analysts anticipate the trend likely will cool later in the year.

Australia

Organic chief: We will discredit firms who claim false certification from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

The more popular organic products become, the greater the risk that fraudulent operators will ride on the coat-tails of genuine certification, the head of Australia’s organic farmers’ industry body warned after securing an injunction against a company that had done just that.

Meat storage times could be increased - EFSA from FoodQualityNews.com

The time between slaughter and minced meat preparation could be extended without increasing the growth of potentially harmful bacteria, according to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

spotlight on poultry processing after guardian investigation

How do you ensure food safety with tight margins and changing demand? from FoodProductionDaily.com

Poultry processing plants are not just talking about food safety: they are proactively looking to enhance measures throughout operations, says CMS Technology. 

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Mediterranean diet is associated with lower weight in children but has become less common, says study

Mediterranean diet is associated with lower weight in children but has become less common, says study

A diet that is very similar to the traditional Mediterranean diet is associated with lower body weight...

Secret salt: CASH slams salt levels in ‘healthy’ salads

Secret salt: CASH slams salt levels in ‘healthy’ salads

Huge amounts of salt continue to be added to many restaurant, café and supermarket salads in the...

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

'Sin taxes' on unhealthy foods will work, says EU report

Taxes imposed on sugary, salty or fatty foods do lead to reductions in consumption, says the European...

UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest
“The IEA does not accept state money, and all of our research is independent of corporate funding.”

UK think tank denies Malaysian palm oil conflict of interest accusations

The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has said categorically it does not accept state money, following accusations...

Horse meat DNA still in 7 EU countries beef
"Fraudulent practices must be tackled to target the weakest links in the food supply chain": EU commissioner.

The horse meat 7: Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia test positive for horse DNA

Germany, Spain, Bulgaria, Latvia, Hungary, Portugal and Slovenia have all tested positive for horse meat labelled as beef...