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Nutrition labelling

What must go on a food label, and how should it look? Debate is heating up on the new EU regulation, with stakeholders airing views on the merits of guidance daily amounts and traffic light labels, and just what size font should be used for mandatory information.

Four trends propelling the dairy market

An ageing population, new EFSA health claims, protein perceptions and a focus on sugar as opposed to fat are some key considerations that are or should be driving the dairy...

Can pizza make a healthy meal?

Pizza has a poor nutritional image – but it could be reformulated to meet dietary guidelines without losing its taste appeal, according to a team of Scottish researchers.

Bunge: Consumer concerns on hydrogenation prompted R&D

Bunge has developed a patented trans-free bakery shortening without the hydrogenation process in reaction to consumer concern over ‘hydrogenated’ oils on the label, its innovation director says.

COOL labelling a ‘nightmare vision’ for fats and oils industry

Country of origin labelling is among the top concerns for the European fats and oils industry, according to FEDIOL, the federation representing the European vegetable oil and proteinmeal industry.

Don't change our treats! Smaller portions better than reformulation for confectionery, says dietitian

Confectioners should reduce portion sizes rather than reformulate since indulgent treats help us enjoy our diets, says a dietitian. 

What’s an average serving? Portion size guidance ‘no longer fit for purpose’

European guidance on portion sizing is out of date and does not reflect how portion sizes have changed over time, claims a new report from the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

What’s the public health effect of a health claim for fructose?

The EU recently approved a health claim for fructose – but the EFSA opinion also included a health warning. So could the positive health claim lead to negative health outcomes?

Another green light for traffic light nutrition labels?

A ‘traffic light’ labelling system improves consumer awareness of health and healthy choices at the point of purchase, according to an American study which adds further research to an issue...

Dietary advice should be no different for those with diabetes, study finds

Dietary guidelines for those with diabetes should be the same as those for the general population – although the benefits of following a healthy diet are greater for diabetics, claim...

New Nordic dietary guidelines emphasise whole diet quality

New Nordic dietary recommendations focus on whole diet quality, rather than individual nutrients, with some key changes that could make a difference to how foods qualify for healthy choice logos.

Portion size science: There is still a lot we do not know, says review

Simply reducing portion sizes is not an easy solution to reducing energy intakes as results from laboratory based experiments do not necessarily reflect what happens in the real world, according...

EU passes generic descriptors law: Clearing up confusion or compromising commercial freedom?

The European Commission has passed a law meaning generic descriptors for food and beverage products which could be construed as health claims will only be allowed if they have been...

Nordic nations up vitamin D and selenium intakes after 8-year review

A 3-year review of Nordic nutrient intakes has recommended daily vitamin D inputs increase from 7.5 microgram to 10 mcg per day for people between 2 and 75 years of...

European Parliament rejects carbohydrate health claim

The European Parliament has vetoed a health claim linking carbohydrate consumption to normal brain function after objections that it could promote sugar consumption.

Love for organic, or hate of conventional: What drives consumer choice?

As consumer demand for local and organic products grow, new research asks whether it a love for these characteristics or a hate for 'conventional' food is driving purchases.

Industry and retail unite to clarify ‘complex’ labelling law

FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) has teamed up with European retail association EuroCommerce to provide clarity on new EU labelling laws set for the end of next year.

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Campden BRI issues allergen guidance

Campden BRI is helping food and drink manufacturers assess the risk of allergen contamination to their products.

Shock tactics could help tackle obesity, says Kantar

Governments should consider shocking people into changing their dietary habits, using similar tactics as those used to discourage smoking, according to Kantar.

Campaign to clarify new hybrid label

The government is planning a public education campaign to help consumers understand the new hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme the Department of Health (DH) recently launched to stem rising...

Front-of-pack nutrition labels have little impact on consumer choice: Study

Front-of-pack nutritional information, in any format, has a very limited impact on the way consumers choose products in a retail setting, according to new data.

EC launches study to assess impact of proposed milk origin labelling

The European Commission (EC) has issued a call for tenders for a study on the impact of proposed legislation that would make origin labelling on milk and milk used as...

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Missed Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013? Listen again free, on-demand

Is it a safer bet to say 'Made with natural ingredients' than 'All-natural' on pack? Are consumers in the UK and the US looking for different cues on a label...

Only EU regulation can ensure traffic light compliance, says MEP

Traffic light labelling should be rolled out across Europe, according to British MEP Glenis Willmott, following the UK’s introduction of a hybrid labelling system that includes GDAs (guideline daily amounts)...

‘Perfect storm of science’ for low-GI fruit ingredients, says Taura chief

A new EU-approved health claim for fructose-containing foods and scientific backing of glycaemic index (GI) information on food packaging are the latest signs of a perfect storm of science around...

European trade organisations ‘deeply concerned’ by UK traffic light labelling

The Italian food industry has said it is deeply concerned by the UK government’s  decision to recommend traffic light colour coding as part of its front-of-pack nutrition labelling programme, saying...