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Genetic transformation to extend strawberry life

Scientists at Fort Valley State University in the US have created a gene transfer method to slow down the ripening processin strawberry plants. According to...

New European project studies Microbiological Risk Assessment

A new European COST Action project (Foodborne Zoonosis: A Co-ordinated Food Chain Approach) has been set up to study and discuss aspects of Microbiological Risk...

Tea with chocolate to combat heart disease

Tea and chocolate could help us beat heart disease, according to a recent review by US scientists. Researchers at Penn State University investigated the findings...

Link between obesity and diabetes identified

Scientists in the US have identified a mechanism that helps explain how the hormone leptin acts to metabolise fatty acids in muscle. The study establishes...

New stabiliser/emulsifier system for dairy manufacturers

Danish food ingredients company Danisco recently announced the launch of Elevations 200, a new stabiliser/emulsifier system for dairy manufacturers. Danisco claims the new system aims...

French doctor awarded Ajinomoto research prize

The Ajinomoto Association Prize for Research in Nutrition has been awarded to Professor Claude Ricour, Chief Physician of Hepatic Gastroenterology and Paediatric Nutrition at Hôpital...

Appetite surpressant sends the right signals

Research into a new appetite suppressant may have reached a new stage. Scientists in the United States claim this week that a compound, called C75,...

Folic acid plus B12 recommended for grain fortification

Fortification of food with folic acid to prevent neural-tube defects in babies also lowers plasma total homocysteine, a risk factor for vascular disease, claim researchers...

Herbal extract to combat hayfever

The herbal extract, butterbur, is as effective asantihistamines for treating hay fever, and does nothave the sedative effects often associated with thesedrugs, finds a study...

Folic acid deficiency linked to Parkinson's disease

Mouse experiments suggest that folic acid deficiency could increase the brain's susceptibility to Parkinson's disease, according to scientists at the US National Institute on Aging....

Byrne announces three pillar approach to food safety

Member enlargement is the biggest political priority for the European Commission and a desire to ensure that EU food safety standards are safeguarded and that...

Scientists identify lactose intolerance mutation

A single genetic mutation allows people to tolerate milk after they leave babyhood, and is virtually the same in people of Asian, European and African...

Electronic equivalent to human tongue

A new hand-held electronic tongue aims to provide accurate and reliable taste measurements for companies currently relying on human tasters for their quality control of...

Web tool to accelerate NPD

A new web-based, content-driven product development tool for food retail organisations and food manufacturers was launched recently by food industry software vendor QSA. The...

Wine with a bite to hit the shelves

A South Korean brewer has come up with an alternative way for people to enjoy their favourite tipple - "chewable liquor."Kooksoondang Brewery Co. said on...

Too much vitamin A may weaken bones

Heavy doses of Vitamin A either in the diet or in supplement form may weaken older women's bones, unless they also happen to be undergoing...

Good cholesterol may be cut by simple sugars

Low-fat diets can have significant health benefits in the long term, but they are also known to reduce levels of HDL or 'good' cholesterol. According...

Oregano tops list of healthy herbs

Researchers from the US Department of Agriculture have found that herbs are an abundant source of antioxidants and could provide potential anticancer benefits when supplementing...

US experts urge people to avoid eating raw sprouts

People, particularly young children, the elderly and those with weak immune systems, should avoid eating raw sprouts because the crunchy, protein-packed foods could cause salmonella...

Survey urges caution over vitamin B intake

Some vitamin B products may exceed tolerable upper intake levels (UL), according to the latest independent evaluation by ConsumerLab.com. All but one of the 21...

Foot-and-mouth 'on the move in Asia'

Australian foot-and-mouth expert Dr Laurie Gleeson has warned that the highly adaptable pan-Asian strain of Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), responsible for the UK outbreaks,...

Apples and wine reduce risk of asthma

In a recent study published in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, researchers from London's King's College reported that individuals who ate...

Nutritional supplements boost immunity in elderly

Older people can help prevent infections by taking certain nutritional supplements, study findings suggest. Dr. Kevin P. High of Wake Forest University School of Medicine...