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Sports food is general food, says long-awaited Commission report

Sports food belongs under general food law not the upcoming Food for Specific Groups (FSG) regulation, the European Commission has concluded in a report that will leave industry opinion divided.

Call for UK Eatwell Guide overhaul sparks 'real food' debate

A call for the new UK healthy eating guidelines to be completely overhauled has reignited debate among nutrition experts.

Green packaging makes food seem healthier - but not for discerning organic shoppers

Discount shoppers believe a product tastes healthier if it comes in a 'healthy', green packaging - but organic shoppers have a more critical eye and are less affected by packaging, researchers have found.

Heard of himanthalia? Dutch start-up aims to replace carb-heavy pasta with seaweed

Himanthalia - or sea spaghetti - may not be commonly known. But as a healthy like-for-like pasta replacement that boosts vegetable intake and is harvested in a sustainable way, it will be soon, says Dutch entrepreneur and founder of Seamore.

Heart healthy grains: Increasing intake each day linked to longer life

Eating at least three servings of whole grains (WG) every day could lower the risk of a cardiovascular disease-related death according to research.

How to foster a buzzing edible insects industry

A Finnish project is to investigate the main hurdles and opportunities for the edible insect industry by linking up input from multidisciplinary players from relevant sectors. 

It’s official: Manufacturers can make sugar replacement claims

From 20th June, manufacturers will be able to claim a “lower blood glucose rise” when using non-digestible carbohydrates as sugar replacers, following the publication of a new article 13.5 claim in the EU Official Journal.

Brexit debate

Food sector 'better off in the EU': Liz Truss

Environment secretary Liz Truss has claimed the future success of the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector hinged on it remaining a part of the EU, in a speech to industry leaders last month.

'radical reassessment' of the low-fat approach needed

More evidence in favour of healthy fats for weight loss

A study published in The Lancet provides more evidence that a low-fat, low-calorie diet is not beneficial for weight loss, while a Mediterranean diet high in healthy fats could help.

Early nutrition vital to fighting back against EU childhood obesity crisis

European children are ‘in crisis’ over the risk of gut disease and obesity, according to a new report that calls for renewed focus on pediatric digestive health. 

Four NOF members resign over controversial report publication

Four board members of the National Obesity Forum (NOF) have resigned because they were not consulted before the publication of a controversial report which slammed public health advice for fuelling the obesity crisis.

Germany backs proposal for legal definition of vegetarian and vegan food

Germany has formally adopted a proposal for a legally binding definition of vegan and vegetarian food - but will it spur the Commission into finally drawing up an EU-wide definition or will it be another barrier to trade for EU manufacturers?

Young urban males keenest to experiment

Germans give insect food a definite ‘maybe’

More safety data is needed for insects as a food and feed source a symposium  organised by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has heard, with Germans more likely to accept them as a feed rather than food source. 

Iron giant: Nestlé aims to iron out discolouration in fortified foods

Alterations to pH, complexation of iron and binding other micronutrients could minimise undesired colour changes in fortified foods, say Nestlé researchers.

SPOTLIGHT ON START-UPS

How is Big Food harnessing start-up innovation?

Which food firms are top for scoping out innovative start-ups and harnessing the latest research projects? FoodNavigator takes a look at the different incubator, accelerator and partnering schemes used by industry heavyweights.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Tate & Lyle polydextrose-defecation claim

The link between polydextrose consumption and maintenance or normal defecation is ‘weak’, EFSA has found in rejecting an article 13.5 submission from agrifood sugar giant Tate & Lyle.

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”.

Marketing sustainable soy: 'Invisible but important' or loud and proud?

By the end of 2017 one third of soy imported into Europe will be certified, says the Roundtable on Responsible Soy, but will consumers know it?

What’s hitting the shelves? Coffee & broccoli; coconut tea; and strawberry & cream gin

From the US to Scandinavia, and the UK to Australia, we take a look at some of the new products reaching beverage aisles across the globe this month. 

News in brief

Almost 75% believe German food is safe – BfR survey

Almost three quarters of survey respondents believe that food in Germany is safe but more than half are concerned about pesticide residue and microplastics in food and genetically modified foods, according to the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR).

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