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Titanium dioxide should be avoided if you have colitis, say researchers

People with colitis should avoid food containing titanium dioxide particles, according to research carried out in Switzerland.

Long-fibre prebiotics show promising sweetness, say scientists

How to keep things sweet without adding calories – is it a Holy Grail or could UK scientists have found a solution thanks to long-fibre prebiotics?

Stevia sweet taste unaffected by commercial production of high-purity extracts

Steviol glycosides remain unaffected by commercial processes that involve the extraction and purification of this natural sweetener used to reduce calorie content in popular beverages. 

Tesco supply chain criticized in campylobacter chicken salad recall

Supermarket recalls thrust firms back into the spotlight and highlight inefficiencies amongst organizations and their supply chains, according to Crimson & Co.

Cow is cheapest milk and most common adulterant - ProGnosis Biotech

Higher priced milk can be fraudulently adulterated with that of a lower price from other species like cow, according to ProGnosis Biotech.

Sugar in pregnancy linked to childhood asthma and allergy

High intake of sugar during pregnancy could increase risk of childhood allergy and allergic asthma, according to a new large-scale study.

Pathway to obesity: Study links TMAO-producing gut bacteria to obesity risk

The way bacteria in our gut metabolise the foods we eat could have a strong impact on obesity risk, while blocking certain pathways could lead to prevention, say researchers.

More fruit and fish and less soda: A recipe for better colorectal health?

Load up on fish and fruit, and cut back on soft drinks for better colorectal health, finds ‘Med diet’ study.

Too much meat can make children fat, study finds

High intake of protein in early childhood, particularly from animal sources, is associated with a higher body mass index (BMI), according to new research carried out in the Netherlands. 

High cadmium levels in cocoa from Peru may impact chocolate quality

Cocoa beans from many plantations in Peru contain cadmium levels far higher than the EU’s incoming thresholds for chocolate and cocoa products, finds research backed by the USDA.

Cryptosporidium and Salmonella increase in UK zoonoses report

Salmonella infections increased by 17% reversing a trend of year-to-year decreases since 2006, according to the latest UK figures.

Rye’s high satiety properties fit well as a weight-managing food, study says

The porous, moisture-absorbent properties of rye products such as bread, flakes and granolas are key to maintaining long-lasting satiety and effective weight management, a Finnish study determines.

EC action plan to address antimicrobial resistance in food supply chain

The European Commission is to address the growing threat of antimicrobial resistance in the food supply chain with the adoption of a new action plan. 

Brain-impaired elderly subjects appear to most benefit from cocoa flavanols: Review

Flavanol-rich chocolate is well known for its beneficial effect on the brain, but a review by Italian researchers point towards its neuroprotective effects in vulnerable populations over time.

New cases in EU-wide Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs

More than 60 further cases have been reported in an outbreak of Salmonella Enteritidis linked to Polish eggs after EU agencies said it looked to be over earlier this year.

Biofortification one of many factors in tackling iron and zinc deficiencies: Study

Biofortification alone is not enough to enhance bread with optimum iron and zinc levels to fight deficiencies, a study says as it cites other production methods that should factor in...

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Interactive starch resource unveiled by Starch Europe

Trade association Starch Europe make available a new online platform that aims to provide information about starch-based ingredients used in the food sector.

One in 10 allergenic ingredients not correctly labelled – study

Undeclared milk in chocolate and bakery products was the most frequently found allergen during a control in the Nordic countries.

Study uncovers the truth behind work stress, sleep and junk food habits

Psychological experiences at work can shape eating habits and sleeping patterns, according to a recently published study.

‘Short term’ weight control approaches call for new interventions: Cochrane reviews

Standard approaches to children’s weight management are small, short-term fixes, according to two Cochrane reviews, with calls to introduce new anti-obesity approaches or interventions.

Industry calls for EU sport food clarification to shore up safety concerns

A quartet of sports food industry associations are calling for clearer product labelling and clarification for the safe use of sport and nutrition products within the European Union.

Instrument maintenance and downtime top challenge for lab managers

Sample preparation challenges and unplanned and unexpected instrument downtime remain a major problem for lab employees, according to an Agilent survey.

French study links 'Med diet' pattern to lower risk of frailty

Consumption of a Mediterranean style diet is rising in Europe and the US because they 'easy to follow', says author of paper linking Med diet with reduced frailty.

Eat plants to stay slim, say Spanish researchers

People with diets that favour plants over meat can cut their risk of developing obesity by almost half, according to research being conducted in Spain.

Project TRUE gets bean counting to boost EU pulse cultivation

A €500,000 project aims to expand the cultivation of pulses in Europe to use less fertilisers, promote sustainability and rely less on imports, whilst promoting the health benefits of the...

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