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Brexit an opportunity to stamp ‘British-made’ on food, NFU insist

Policy-makers must take Brexit as an opportunity to enhance the UK’s ability to produce British food, according to the president of the National Farmers Union (NFU). 

Spotlight on sustainability science in marine industry-academia partnership

A ‘sustainability science’ approach to reducing environmentally harmful practices such as overfishing and marine pollution is reaping new insights into these challenges in a newly formed industry-academia coalition.  

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Belgium aware of fipronil in June

Belgian authorities were aware that eggs destined to enter the human food chain were contaminated with insecticide fipronil in June, a month before the news broke and a mass recall was initiated across a number of European markets.

'We’re at the start of an exciting transition towards a plant-based revolution,' says Reducetarian founder

'Reducetarian' eaters are bringing plant-based foods from the niche to the mainstream. But is industry doing enough to tap into this trend, and does it have an interest in doing so? We caught up with the president and founder of the Reducetarian Foundation, Brian Kateman to talk about the growing movement. 

Mediterranean diet benefits reserved for the rich, Italian study says

The cardiovascular benefits of the Mediterranean diet appear only to apply to higher socioeconomic groups despite similar adherence as a study points to other influencing factors.

Does Europe need a legal definition of natural food?

With the US considering a legal definition of ‘natural’ food, does Europe need one too? It would increase clarity for a complex concept, but defining 'degrees of naturalness’ for origin, ingredients and processing may be better, say the researchers of a review covering 85,000 consumers in 32 countries.

Mooovin' away from 'bargain-bin' UK: Raising livestock standards post-Brexit

Campaign groups have hailed Brexit as a historic opportunity to reshape food and farming systems to raise food-farming standards and finally bury the tag of “bargain-bin Britain”.  

FSA and FSS welcome guilty verdict in meat fraud trial

The FSA and FSS have welcomed the guilty verdict in the trial of a businessman convicted of adding horsemeat into beef.

French people eat too much salt and not enough fibre: ANSES

The French population is consuming more processed foods, too much salt, and - “most importantly” - not enough fibre compared to ten years ago, according to a survey by the country’s food safety agency ANSES.

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Clean label viscosifier could boost yields in meat

Ingredion is launching a potato starch-based viscosifier that could increase processed meat yields by making it more slice more easily.

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EU agri-food exports on the rise

The total value of EU agri-food exports increased by 9% in May this year compared to 2016, according to trade figures from the European Commission.

Slovakian prime minister considers import restrictions to tackle dual quality food

The Slovakian prime minister has warned of import restrictions its country would take in response to the quality of products sold in the region. 

Lithuania moves to cap industrial trans fats

Lithuania has drawn up a draft law that will limit the amount of industrially produced trans fatty acids (TFAs) to a maximum limit of 2 g per 100 g of total fat content.

Natural umami flavours are a clean-label alternative to MSG, says Bell

Umami flavours can be a natural alternative to the not-so-clean-label monosodium glutamate (MSG), says Bell Flavours and Fragrances, as it launches six natural umami flavours including three yeast-free formulations.

European justice commissioner vows to end dual food quality practice in Central Europe

The European commissioner for consumers vowed to stamp out dual quality foods this week as she repeated concerns that selling products of a different quality in Eastern countries was permitted.

Ajinomoto 'disappointed' with EFSA glutamate opinion as EU says it will consider maximum levels

Umami seasoning supplier Ajinomoto is "disappointed" Europe's food safety authority has called for regulations capping MSG and glutamate additives in food, as the Commission confirms it will consider setting maximum levels.

Does the future of sustainable eating lie in plant-meat blends?

Could be the future of sustainable eating be plant and meat protein blends? We put the question to three experts at this year's IFT.  "There’s an untapped market there," says one R&D scientist at DuPont Nutrition & Health.

EU agricultural outlook sees cereals dip but quota-free sugar surge

Cereal production in the EU is likely to dip in the short-term, as heatwaves and drought in various regions have a bearing on EU exports and on existing stocks, the Commission reports. 

Politicians need to push plant-based diets, say Swedish researchers

Governments are trivialising climate change by encouraging people to re-use their shopping bags rather than encourage high impact lifestyle changes like eating less meat. 

EFSA sets safe intake level for MSG and glutamate additives, urging new maximum levels

Europe’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a safe level for glutamate food additives, but given many Europeans are over this level, it is urging the Commission to revise the current maximum levels permitted in food.

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