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Artificial sweeteners not linked to cancer: Study

Regular intakes of artificial sweeteners like saccharin and aspartame do not increase the risk of certain cancers, like stomach and pancreatic, suggests a new study from Italy.

Ingredients demand is stable, says Tate & Lyle

Food and beverage ingredient demand has been ‘stable’ in Tate & Lyle’s Q1, says the company in its interim statement, and the year so far has exceeded expectations.

Fructose linked to memory problems: Rat study

High consumption of fructose in the diet may lead to spatial memory problems, according to a new study with rats from Georgia State University.

Asda claims victory in aspartame ‘nasty’ case

A High Court judge has found in favour of Asda in its court battle with Ajinomoto over food and beverage ‘no nasties’ labelling, which listed aspartame as an ingredient not used. Ajinomoto plans to appeal.

Dispatches from EUSTAS stevia symposium

German-speaking countries show huge stevia interest

Interest in stevia has remained high in Germany despite the plant being outlawed under novel foods regulations in 2000; but fringe products may contain undeclared additives due to the lack of food checks.

Science grows for xylitol’s tooth health benefits

Formulating products with xylitol may reduce the development of tooth decay, according to a new study from the US.

Dispatches from EUSTAS Stevia Symposium

EUSTAS prepares quality assurance scheme for stevia

The European Stevia Association (EUSTAS) is proposing a quality assurance scheme for raw stevia products in Europe, to guarantee purity and quality and build consumer confidence.

European stevia players discuss strategy and priorities

Stevia standards, impending regulatory approval in Europe and corporate social responsibility are high on the agenda at the EUSTAS Stevia Symposium.

Sweetness perception could vary with ethnicity: Study

Researchers claim to have discovered a particular gene variant that could affect sweetness perception among different ethnic groups, raising the possibility of more targeted flavor profiling of foods.

Danisco results show trickle down of consumer savings strategies

Danisco latest results bear testament to the responses of consumers to the economic crisis around the world – with very different shifts taking place in the US and Europe.

FSA to investigate anecdotal aspartame reactions

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking individuals who believe they have suffered a reaction to aspartame to take part in a pilot study.

Open innovation speeding health and wellness transition

Opening up the innovation process to outside expertise is increaingly seen as a way to advance and cut costs.

Sweeteners in water supply could affect acceptance: Study

New research that shows artificial sweeteners are not removed in waste water treatment could affect consumer acceptance, according to the lead scientist.

Technical challenges to reducing sugar

Tate & Lyle’s manager of sweetener technology development gives insight into the role of sugar beyond providing sweetness, and how to pick alternative sweeteners that build back the properties.

Dispatches from IFT

Niutang nears launch for new stevia sweetener

Niutang is preparing to introduce its Reb A sweetener from stevia next year and is starting discussions with existing customers and new ones that have a parallel product development timeline.

Dispatches from IFT

SGF doubles stevia production with new 1,000 MT plant

Sweet Green Fields (SGF) has announced the opening of a new facility in China with annual production of 1,000 MT of finished product, doubling its current capacity.

French distributor secures stevia supply from Argentina

Groupe Lavollée Chimie is gearing up for approval of stevia sweeteners in France, expected this summer, after signing an agreement with Argentine supplier Stevia Internacional.

France and rest of Europe prepare for stevia approval

Manufacturers in France are gearing up to start using high purity stevia extract Reb A as soon as approval is signed off, according to a supplier, making use of an anticipated two-year window before full European approval.

Tate & Lyle to produce all its sucralose in Singapore

Tate & Lyle is to produce all its sucralose from its new plant in Singapore, ‘mothballing’ its facility in McIntosh, Alabama.

Stevia World puts stevia on the map as sugar replacer

Speakers at the first day of Stevia World have focused on the potential of stevia sweeteners as mainstream sugar replacers, as well as their role in tackling surging rates of diet related ill health, such as diabetes.

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