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'Very little appetite' amongst consumers for post-Brexit food regulation changes

Politicians need to think very carefully about how they communicate what Brexit means for food safety and regulation, according to new research carried out in Scotland.

Finnish food tech firm bags first prize for innovative ingredient sensor

Finnish food tech firm Spectral Engines has scooped up first prize in an EU competition for its food sensor that analyses ingredients, nutrients and detects allergens.

First ever antibacterial metal surfaces to be trialed in dairy

A European team of researchers led by the University of Parma, is developing what it claims is the first ever fluid‐repellent, antibacterial metal surfaces in the food and beverage industry.

Protecting consumers from deception: EU Parliament backs tough food inspection regulations

The EU Parliament has backed new regulations for tougher food inspections from farm to fork in a bid to qualm consumer worries of food fraud after the horse meat scandal in 2013.

IFST updates Information Statement on Acrylamide ahead of EU Commission regulation

The Institute of Food Science & Technology (IFST) has updated its Information Statement on Acrylamide as the EU Commission moves to a decision on the regulation of acrylamide.

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Safety procedures must be developed in food processing plants

'In the food and beverage industry, employees often use dangerous equipment such as decanters and conveyor belts.

Aflatoxin-free crop technique could beef up third world food security

A technique that reduces plant contamination from a toxic metabolite could help save millions of tons of crops from this threat to food security especially in the developing nations.

EU lawmakers to discuss companies selling poorer quality food in Eastern Europe

The EU Agriculture and Fisheries Council will discuss the issue of dual quality foods next week as Slovakia and Hungary push for EU legislation to prevent manufacturers selling poorer quality products in Eastern countries of the single market bloc.

US deal will flood UK market with food people don’t want, warns respected academic

A trade deal with the US will give “the majority of the UK public food they don’t want” as well as open “a very new can of worms” in terms of food fraud, according to Chris Elliott, professor of food safety and founder of the Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast.

Titanium dioxide may interfere in digestive processes: Study

Titanium dioxide, a common food colouring used in sweets and chewing gum may affect the intestine’s ability to absorb nutrients and protect against harmful pathogens, a study has determined.

Nestlé baby biscuits exceed EU benchmark levels for acrylamide: French survey

Nestlé biscuits for toddlers contain acrylamide levels over the European benchmark levels and seven times greater than similar products with the lowest concentration, a French market survey has found.

News in brief

Swedish food agency issues guidance on free-range egg labelling

The Swedish National Food Agency has said that the labelling of free-range eggs could be compromised by bird flu, causing free-range eggs to now be labelled as 'free-range inside'.

EU Parliament passes CETA trade deal

MEPs have voted in favour of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada in Strasbourg today with 408 votes in favour and 254 against.

'The exposure of the population has remained high and virtually unchanged'

Acrylamide needs to be regulated at the source, says expert

Manufacturers should favour reduced sugar potatoes, specific storage temperatures and use acrylamide-cutting enzymes to reduce levels of the possible carcinogen, according to one expert.

Clean label cull: French supermarket cuts 90 'controversial' substances from private label products

French supermarket Super U has pledged to remove or reduce 90 “controversial” substances from its private label range, including palm oil, aspartame, monosodium glutamate, bisphenol A and fructose-glucose syrup, citing consumer fears and the cocktail effect. But is there any scientific basis behind its decision?

'It appears that no safe exposure during human pregnancy exists'

Eating liquorice while pregnant is comparable to prenatal binge drinking: Study

Eating liquorice while pregnant could harm the baby's cognitive abilities and increase its risk of aggressiveness and depression, according to a Finnish study.

Could Brexit trigger a race to the bottom for Britain's food safety & quality?

As the UK government's white paper on Brexit calls for "frictionless trade", the National Farmers' Union has spoken out in favour of a level playing field with new trade partners, such as the US - could this trigger a race to the bottom for food safety and quality?

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Exploring the legal status of edible insects around the world

Entomophagy is a new phenomenon in the West, and as a result it is rarely regulated. This leads to public institutions like food agencies, customs and health departments often finding themselves helpless in the face of new product development based on processed insects.

Acrylamide-free: Does it exist?

As one UK snack firm markets its kale crisps as 'acrylamide-free', we talk to a leading researcher on how to reduce the carcinogenic contaminant in different foods and ask: does acrylamide-free' really exist?

Insect innovation: Getting the right flavour and texture for your product

As Switzerland prepares to legalise three insect species for food, we talk to one Finnish researcher on the best ways to process mealworms and crickets to get the optimal flavour and texture profile.

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