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Danish food giants and DTU researchers come together to solve the ‘ingredients paradox’

A centre for food ingredient research and innovation at Denmark's Technical University (DTU) set to open in September this year already counts Chr Hansen and Arla as partners, and will look to tackle the biggest issues industry faces.

Bird flu could halt free range egg production, warn MEPs

Outbreaks of bird flu throughout Europe could put a stop to free range eggs as safety precautions make meeting the labelling requirements impossible, Dutch members of the EU parliament have warned.

Ferrero defends palm oil in Nutella with advert against 'unfair smear campaign'

Ferrero has launched a TV advertising campaign defending its use of palm oil in its flagship product Nutella, saying palm oil is currently suffering "an unfair smear campaign" in Italy.

Inaccurate vitamin D labelling a worry for infant-targeted supplements & foods

Fortified foods and supplements designed for infants could have significantly less – or more – actual vitamin D than the amounts labelled, however most products do fall within acceptable EU ranges, say Dutch researchers.

What's in a name? Product legality, as UK updates food naming guidance

The UK's Department for food, the environment and rural affairs (DEFRA) has updated guidance on food product naming to make the complex and potentially hazardous field more user-friendly for manufacturers.

Industry welcomes GFIA, the UK's gluten-free trade group

UK food firms have created the Gluten Free Industry Association (GFIA) to promote best practice manufacturing tips, gluten testing and ingredient sourcing for the free-from sector's most lucrative category. 

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Food fraud prevention focus for FSSC 22000 version 4

FSSC 22000 has revealed version 4 of its international food safety and quality management system certification scheme.

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta in acid contamination scare

Coca-Cola, Nestlé, Unilever and Delta have withdrawn products in a region of Greece after a group threatened to contaminate them with chlorine and hydrochloric acid.

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Beyond Brexit: Five legal issues UK food firms need to protect against in 2017

The year ahead will present UK food companies with a range of major legal challenges over and above the fallout from Brexit, according to leading food industry lawyer Peter Cusick.

Nuts and seeds no longer most recalled category

Nuts and seeds recalls have fallen in Q3,  after leading the pack in the number of food and beverage recalls in Europe in H1.

Use of infrared and UV investigated to inactivate microorganisms on meat

Fraunhofer IVV is helping to develop processes for the surface sterilization of packaged meat and sausage products.

MEPs urge action on nitrites and nitrates

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have called on the European Commission to reduce legal limits or ban nitrites in meat products due to the link with cancer, and to support research into alternatives.

EU economy loses €35bn a year due to counterfeiting

Counterfeiting is predicted to increase 3% per year worldwide leading to a rise in the anti-counterfeiting market over the next five years with CAGRs ranging from 12.8% to 16%, says PMMI (Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies).

Critics hammer Commission's draft acrylamide regulation

Campaigners have challenged the legal basis of the European Commission’s draft regulation on acrylamide.

EU aims to be best practice leader in fighting AMR with 2017 action plan

Europe will become a best practice region in tackling antimicrobial resistance with a new Commission action plan in 2017, said food and health commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis today on European Antibiotic Awareness Day.

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Origin labelling: A step towards transparency - or worrying form of ‘gastronationalism’?

Calls for mandatory country of origin labelling (COOL) are growing louder in Europe and supporters say it will restore trust, provide transparency and help consumers support local producers if they wish. But one political scientist sees it as "a nonsensical and worrying" form of 'gastronationalism'.

Fighting food waste with the right price discount

Selling wonky vegetables or a dented tin on tomatoes at a discount can help reduce food waste - but the price reduction must be aligned with the product and its flaw, say researchers.

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Research round-up: Rapid Methods Europe 2016 special

FoodQualityNews went to Amsterdam to look at the posters that presented a sample of the latest research and work in food safety and quality.

MassChallenge donates millions in its first Swiss awards

Swiss accelerator backs 6 start-ups in fairtrade coffee, food fraud, probiotics & more

Swiss start-up incubator MassChallenge has dished out almost €1.4m in funding to food based start-ups that are offering the industry a new approach to fair trade coffee; a device to fight food fraud; and a probiotic to boost the meat sector.

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Possible BPA ban could boost clean label claims

A possible ban of Bisphenol A in Europe highlights the importance of clean label claims, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

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