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Berkeley researchers seek ‘actionable solutions’ at alternative protein lab

The University of California, Berkeley, is establishing a new programme focusing on the alternative protein space as it seeks to deliver “actionable solutions” to address the “real problems” facing the sector....

‘Smart label’ could tackle fraud, bolster food safety

Scientists have developed what they describe as a “low-cost, portable, paper-based sensor” that could be used produce “smart labels” that detect food spoilage and contamination.

Nutrient density on food labels could boost healthy choices – research

Researchers have suggested that the addition of Nutrient Rich Food Indices to food labels could help consumers make healthier purchasing decisions.

Fipronil egg contamination: Health risk ‘unlikely’ say German agency

There is ‘unlikely’ to be a health risk for those consuming fipronil-contaminated chicken eggs, the German Federal Institute for risk assessment said in response to the recent egg contamination scare...

Weight not a factor as energy dense foods appear to up cancer risk

Consumption of energy-dense foods may raise the risk of obesity-related cancers regardless of an individual's weight, a new study finds. 

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Potential cocoa substitute: Jackfruit seeds create chocolate aroma, say researchers

Jackfruit seeds are a waste product that can be fermented, roasted and converted to flour imparting a chocolate aroma, according to research.

Creating enhanced food dyes by following a new beet: Study

Colour pigments used as natural colorants in the food industry may help boost crop disease resistance as researchers find a way to produce enhanced versions with a favourable ingredient profile.

CO2 rises could plunge millions into protein deficiency

Researchers claim that almost 150 million people (1.57% of the world’s population) may be placed at risk of protein deficiency by 2050 if levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere...

Zoonoses more sensitive to climate than solely human or animal pathogens

The impact of climate change on emergence and spread of infectious diseases could be greater than previously thought, according to University of Liverpool research.

Sweetener combos in food result in irrational metabolic response: Yale study

A greater metabolic response to a sweet-tasting, lower-calorie drink could explain the link between artificial sweetener use and diabetes, according to Yale University scientists.

Nanocoating spray shows promise in extending fruit shelf life

A plant-derived sprayable nanocoating could not only prolong the shelf life of fruits but also provide additional nutrients in a timesaving technique that allows the mass coating of perishable produce.

Food preservatives may disrupt appetite hormone function, study claims

Food preservatives used in breakfast cereals and seafood may interfere with hormone levels that control weight and satiety, as a study’s findings has implications on obesity levels in Europe.

Clearer food labelling on the cards with new whole grain food definition

An academia-industry collaboration has agreed on a definition that makes the whole grain content in foods clearer in its labelling, with the aim of providing clarity for consumers and manufacturers....

Energy drinks linked to future stimulant issues: Study

Regular consumption of highly caffeinated energy drinks over time may increase a person’s tendency to abuse drugs and alcohol in later life, a study finds.

Ingredion, Lyckerby launch ingredients tie-up

Global ingredients group Ingredion has formed a strategic alliance with Sweden’s Lyckeby to bring the Swedish potato starch processor’s products to food makers in Europe, the Middle East and Africa....

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.  

Gluten-free products ‘not as healthy’ as conventional

A new study has found gluten-free products are often not as healthy as their conventional counterparts.

EC battles organic food fraud with 'fingerprinting' test

The European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) has developed a new metabolomics fingerprinting methodology that, the researchers say, could be used to authenticate organic food products.

UPDATE

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...

Ancient grain genome breakthrough advances struggle for food security

A group of international scientists has identified the complex DNA sequence of Wild Emmer, which will open up an unparalleled opportunity to further the development of hardier, more productive strains...

Sugar rush to the head: Men on high-sugar diet vulnerable to depression

As Romania becomes the latest European country to introduce a sugar tax, latest research now points to how sugar takes its toll on mental health with an increased risk of...

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.

SCIENCE SHORT

Probiotics offer prospect of cheap, eco-friendly nanoparticles

The use of probiotics for the biosynthesis of metallic nanoparticles (MNPs) may offer a cheaper, more eco-friendly alternative to previous production methods, says a new review.

Review casts doubt over artificial sweeteners’ intended weight benefits

A possible link between artificial sweeteners and weight gain, diabetes and heart disease casts further doubt on the long-term health benefits of sweeteners including aspartame, sucralose and stevioside.

Avio 500 can look at high and low concentration analytes during same analysis - PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer has launched an Inductively Coupled Plasma Optical Emission Spectrometer (ICP-OES) for high volume labs.

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