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New agar formulation to detect wild yeasts

UK company Oxoid recently announced that its yeast and mould agar (CM920) has now been specifically formulated for use in the brewing industry for the...

Yeast production expands

Dutch food and beverage ingredients company DSM has opened a new production facility in Delft, the Netherlands to produce its nutritional yeast Engevita. Engevita is...

Cranberries: wasted on turkey?

The health benefits of cranberry juice have occupied scientists for some time. This week researchers in the US claim that cranberry juice could prove to...

Lycopene 'bursting out' of GM tomato

As if in response to the news earlier this month that watermelons contain more lycopene than tomatoes, traditionally seen as one of the best sources...

Pasta beats flab and slams fads

Contrary to certain 'fad diets' that promote fewer carbohydrates in favour of more protein and fat, US researchers claim this week that people who consume...

DNA tool to target food safety

US food safety technology company Neogen Corporation and DNA technology company Hamilton Thorne Biosciences this week announced an agreement to jointly develop 'the next generation'...

Nature's gold for food protection

The sweet, aromatic appeal of honey and the simple pleasures held therein have tempted Man for thousands of years. Today, the burgeoning health trend means...

Powerhouse vitamins: role of E and C in heart protection

In a series of studies designed to define the role of dietary macronutrients in the initiation of arterial inflammation that predisposes a person to atherosclerosis,...

Folic acid, the debate continues

The case for the folic acid fortification of foods, or at least for supplementation with folic acid, received a boost this week with the publication...

CLA-enriched milk to hit the shelves

Canadian researchers are working to develop milk that contains higher levels of a "good fat" that they say could fight cancer and heart disease. Recent...

The time is right for food science, IFT Expo starts

In the shadow of Disneyland fun park the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) opened the doors to the Annual Meeting and Expo and looked set...

Not so nutty

Scientists in the US have come up with an alternative for children allergic to peanut butter - youngsters may soon be smearing 'Sunbutter' on their...

Are fat replacers effective?

Fat substitutes have been in the news a lot in the last few weeks, and rarely has the news been good. Just yesterday Danisco issued...

Atisholz launches natural yeast extracts

In a bid to gain new market share and to maximise on the trend towards natural foods, Swiss nutritional yeast company Atisholz announced this week...

Dark winters and vitamin D

The long dark winters in Canada have been blamed for a shortage of vitamin D and consequently a higher risk of diseases such as osteoporosis...

Positive impact of lycopene on prostate cancer, more evidence

A high level of lycopene in the blood serum correlates to a lower risk of prostate cancer, according to new research published in the latest...

Bananas to combat sexual disease

Scientists in the US are claiming this week that people will soon be able to protect themselves from sexually-transmitted diseases by simply eating bananas. A...

Food allergy sufferers reject 'helpful' foods

A third of UK consumers with a food allergy claim, some might say perversely, that they would avoid genetically modified foods specifically designed to help...

Probiotics prevent antibiotic side-effects

Probiotics can prevent the diarrhoea symptoms associated with the use of antibiotics, finds a study published in this week's British Medical Journal. Researchers at the...

DSM opens new plant for dried inactive yeast

DSM Food Specialties has recently opened new production facilities for Engevita dried inactive yeast at its headquarters in Delft, the Netherlands. The new facilities are...

Leafy green vegetables protect against colon cancer

A diet rich in leafy green vegetables can cut the risk of colon cancer by nearly half, according to a study carried out by researchers...

Failure to fortify flour is 'public health malpractice'

The failure of European governments to fortify flour with folic acid has allowed a continuing epidemic of preventable human illness, according to an editorial in...

FSA survey uncovers illegal irradiation of foods

A wide range of dietary supplements sold in the UK have been irradiated in breach of food regulations, a Food Standards Agency survey has found....

Lycopene: watermelons outperform tomatoes

Researchers in the US have found that the watermelon contains more lycopene, the phytochemical associated with reduced prostate cancer risk and lower rates of heart...

Women aware of folic acid benefits, but still fail to take it

Almost 70 per cent of American women of childbearing age fail to take the B vitamin folic acid every day even though many of them...