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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.

Intelligent evidence: 'Breakthrough' in microbiome sampling promises greater proof for probiotic claims

A new non-invasive method to test the effects of functional foods and nutrients on the gut flora promises to help industry build solid evidence for health claims substantiation, says NIZO Food...

Phosphate study prompts EC request for safety reassessment

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to reassess the safety of phosphates as food additives, after researchers suggested excessive phosphate consumption could be damaging to...

Foods labelled ‘organic’ may seem tastier and more nutritious

Consumers perceive foods labelled as organic as tastier and healthier than those without organic labels, even if the foods are exactly the same, according to a study published in the...


ASA-OK with us! Nestlé escapes Nesquik rap on ‘poor nutritional habits’ claim

Nestlé milkshake brand Nesquik has escaped UK Advertising Standards Authority censure after viewers of a TV ad alleged that it encouraged ‘poor nutritional habits’ among children, but the Children's Food...

Nestlé outlines sustainability and nutrition goals

Nestlé has published a raft of sustainability and nutrition commitments it aims to meet by 2020 or earlier, including sourcing 100% certified sustainable palm oil, cutting greenhouse gas emissions and...

Trade bodies issue allergen labelling advice ahead of new law

The British Retail Consortium (BRC) has issued guidance for industry on food allergen labelling to help companies comply with a new EU law, in collaboration with the UK’s Food and...

Scotland seeks to define scope of independent food authority

The shape of a new Scottish food body is set to be sketched out following a consultation period opened last week on the responsibilities and functions of an authority separate...

Around the world in numerous food labeling ways

Smart food labelling must emphasise good science and careful thought about consumer impact, the European Food Information Council has concluded after completing an exhaustive global survey.

Ultra-fine wheat bran plugs health and can improve texture and structure, says Limagrain

Limagrain Céréales Ingrédients (LCI) has extended its fibre range with a new ultra-fine wheat bran ingredient that it says can improve structure, texture and nutrition in a broad range of...

Calorie labels are ‘wildly misleading’ claim experts

Calorie labels are misleading consumers by underestimating the energy content of processed foods and exaggerating that of raw ingredients, experts have warned.

uk drinks firm upset by 'inaccurate' daily mail article

AG Barr slams ‘absolutely untrue’ IRN-BRU sugar deception claims

AG Barr tells it is 'very concerned' by an inaccurate article in UK national newspaper the Daily Mail, claiming it prefers profit to consumer health by hiding sugar values on cans of...

Food manufacturers slammed for failing to embrace hybrid labels

Food manufacturers have been attacked for their reluctance to endorse the hybrid front-of-pack nutrition labelling scheme on packs, despite it winning the support of the major multiples and the UK...

UK’s health department backs standardised front-of-pack nutrition labels

There is strong support from industry, government and NGOs to work toward consistent front-of-pack nutrition labelling in the UK by spring this year, according to the department of health.

Chr Hansen backs fresh probiotic immunity trial

Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen, which ditched a €4m immunity trial for some of its probiotic strains last year, is participating in a new trial to determine if probiotics can...

Impact of novel ingredients ‘lost on many consumers’, says Canadean

Consumer awareness of novel ingredients remains low, even among those who claim to always or often read ingredient lists, according to new research from Canadean Consumer.


FoodNavigator predicts top five industry drivers in 2013

As the New Year dawns, FoodNavigator predicts the top five factors likely to be the biggest drivers of the European food industry in the year ahead.

New French system rates products’ health and eco-credentials

French organisation Institut Noteo has developed a free-access system that allows shoppers to check and compare products’ health and eco-credentials online.

Health experts back hybrid nutrition labels

Food manufacturers that are serious about improving public health should sign up to the hybrid nutrition labelling scheme proposed by the government and backed by retailers, say public health experts.

EC should help retailers sell non-perishable goods after 'best before' date

The European Commission (EC) should help retailers to sell non-perishable goods after the 'best before' date to reduce food waste.

Beneo thinktank produces ‘Tooth-friendly’ and fibre-boosting sweets

Belgian supplier Beneo’s dessert thinktank is showing off some product concepts using sugar-free, ‘tooth-friendly’ isomalt and an already launched oligofructose-stevia blends for functional fibre candy.

Special edition: Free-from foods

Reflecting allergen risk with food labelling: ‘Free from’ and ‘may contain’

Hospital admissions for children with severe allergic reactions have increased seven-fold in the past decade – so how should food makers ensure labels reflect different levels of risk when a...

Should we revise how calories are measured?

The current method of measuring the calorie content of foods could be flawed, says Professor Martin Wickham of Leatherhead Food Research.

Major food makers pledge to standardise EU nutrition labelling

Twelve major food manufacturers and retailers have backed a plan to standardise food labelling across the European Union, in line with the new EU Food Information for Consumers regulation.

December 14, 2012: EU health claims doomsday? Er, not really…

For years, probiotics and other sections of the food industry have supposedly been dreading the implementation of despised EU health claims laws.

EFSA health claim opinion

Rejected: EFSA tells Glanbia its whey “weight loss peptides” claim is “not characterised”

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected Irish dairy and ingredients giant Glanbia’s claim that its Prolibra whey-peptide ingredient can reduce body fat, failing the claim on characterisation grounds...

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