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New study reignites aspartame cancer concerns

Concerns over the safety of aspartame could be reignited after a new study with rats linked regular intake of the sweetener with increased risk of leukaemia, lymphomas and breast cancer.

Monsanto, Bayer team up on herbicide tolerance

Agro-firms Monsanto and Bayer CropSciences have entered into a series of new agreements, which could result in crops that contain two of the leading herbicide technologies - Roundup Ready and LibertyLink.

New stevia product enters sweetener aisles as awareness increases

A new stevia sweetener product has made its way into a number of leading US retailers, where its manufacturer claims it is placed side by side with the nation's top sweetener brands, despite its regulatory status as a dietary supplement.

Dow applies new gene technology to maize, canola crops

A technology that has been shown to modify genes in human cells has been successfully applied to maize and canola crops, according to biotech firm Dow AgroSciences.

Food execs to examine solutions to biofuel threat

Food industry R&D executives will be meeting in Chicago next month to examine the impact of increased biofuel demand on their business, in an effort to anticipate challenges resulting from a fundamental shift in supply chain dynamics.

DuPont expands seed research in Brazil

DuPont is to open a new corn and soybean seed research facility in Brazil, a move that comes as part of its reinvestment plan designed to increase focus on plant genetics and biotechnology.

Consumer psychology could be used to eat healthy, says USDA

A new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) recommends alternative methods that could be implemented to help consumers make healthy food choices, including placing limits on purchases made in grocery stores and in schools.

Obesity trend prompts sugar alternative growth

Growing concerns about obesity and type-2 diabetes are driving low-sugar, sugar-free or sugar substituted products, says a new survey from the NPD Group.

Cargill, Coca-Cola develop natural sweetener

Agribusiness Cargill has teamed up with Coca-Cola to market a new calorie-free natural sweetener made from the South American herb Stevia.

Senomyx granted patent for sweeter food

Senomyx, a developer of novel flavor ingredients for the packaged food industry, has been granted a patent for a technology that makes foods taste sweeter, the US Patent and Trademark Office has announced.

Mitsubishi Corp pulls subsidiaries into food science company

Mitsubishi Corporation is to form a new diversified food science company by amalgamating three of its subsidiaries, in order to strengthen its R&D capabilities and expand globally by combining customer bases and sales networks.

Food and industrial ingredients drive Tate & Lyle growth

Tate & Lyle has reported a strong full year 2007, the third consecutive year of sales growth and a key one for repositioning towards value added ingredients. But despite this, EU sugar reform continues to prove a drag.

SUA urges Congress to reform sugar regime via 2007 Farm Bill

The Sweetener Users Association (SUA) has stepped up its campaign to reform the US sugar regime, demanding that Congress modernize the sugar program as it draws up the 2007 Farm Bill.

Tate & Lyle rebalances private label dairy desserts

Tate & Lyle is introducing two new ingredient systems under its Rebalance range for desserts and sauces with reduced sugar or no-added sugar.

Companies pair-up to offer foreign-sourcing support service

Novel Ingredient Services and the Ingredient House are pairing up to offer food and beverage manufacturers the opportunity to improve the sourcing of their ingredients while still reducing costs - an aim that for many could be too good to be true.

Food industry urges Congress to rexamine biofuel policy

The US food industry has urged Congress to conduct a study that evaluates the full impact of the Administration's proposal to expand biofuel use, in an effort to avoid any unintended consequences for food production.

Splenda ad slogans banned in France

A European court has said that the marketing of the sweetener Splenda is misleading to consumers, and has ordered that its advertising slogans be ceased.

Splenda ad slogans banned in France

A European court has said that the marketing of the sweetener Splenda is misleading to consumers, and has ordered that its advertising slogans be ceased.

Merisant & McNeil reach quiet settlement in Splenda battle

An intensely anticipated lawsuit regarding the misleading marketing of sucralose product Splenda ended Friday in a quiet settlement between the two sweetener firms Merisant and McNeil Nutritionals.

ITC launches investigation into sucralose infringement case

The US International Trade Commission (ITC) is to launch an investigation into certain sucralose products, following a complaint filed by Tate & Lyle alleging infringement of its patented sucralose manufacturing technology.

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