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New E.coli tests on the cards

New tests that slice off the time taken to identify dangerous strains of the harmful bacteria Escherichia coli are the focus of new research from US government scientists.

Obesity link to prostate cancer?

Obese men with prostate cancer are more likely to have aggressive tumors and to experience cancer recurrence after surgery compared to men of normal weight or those who are overweight...

Scientist's vision explodes food toxins

A new food safety technique coming out of the UK that uses a virus is set to win an exclusive worldwide licence. The move marks the first step towards the...

Folate focus

Europe's first international conference on folates, taking place in Poland early next year, is expected to shed new light on folate bioavailability in foods and help understand how to boost...

Antibubble awareness in beer formulation

Physicists based in the home of beer formulation have succeeded in designing the exact opposite of bubbles - antibubbles.

Rye, the next prebiotic?

The rye grain, and rye bran in particular, is rich in dietary fibre and also contains a significant fructan concentration, which may have important prebiotic properties, suggests a new publication.

Spanish snacking more

Spain might well have a culinary heritage to rival that of France, but like it trans-Pyrenean neighbour, consumption patterns have been changing over the last few years, with more hectic...

Crisps, the right balance

Researchers in the US have designed a new potato for the crisps industry with a 'favourable' starch to sugar ratio to beat the burnt flavour when frying.

Scientists perfect bubbles in champagne

When a certain Dom Perignon formulated the first champagne, or so legend goes, bubbles were key to the drink's appeal. Hundreds of years later scientists are still working on the...

Tomatoes to fight strokes?

New research coming out of Japan suggests that tomato varieties could have a significant impact on anti-thrombotic activity, both in vitro and in vivo.

Ireland hosts European food safety event

Italian leader Silvio Berlusconi will soon hand over the reins of the European Presidency to Ireland's prime minister Bertie Ahern. Food safety should remain high on the agenda, and who...

Worms shed light on our ability to smell food

New research to come out of the university of Utah in the US suggests new ways of regulating the behaviours that allow us to smell food, learn, and remember.

Black beans, the next antioxidant trend?

The debate over which plant has the most antioxidants continues, with new research showing black beans are a rich but overlooked source of antioxidants equal to fruits like grapes, apples...

Is calcium involved in taste transfer?

New research into the mysterious domain of taste by a US neuroscientist suggests that calcium plays a key role in the detection of tastes by taste cells in the tongue.

Peanut allergies in kids on the up

While new rules on allergens labels will enter into force early next year in Europe, a new study released this week in the US suggests incidents of peanut allergies in...

Food poisoning bacteria focus

More than 40 per cent of bacteria found in chicken on sale in Switzerland is resistant to at least one antibiotic, say researchers publishing their findings this week in BMC...

Protecting plant biodiversity

As heated debates on GM crops continue, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warns this week that despite its crucial importance for the survival of humanity, agricultural biodiversity is...

New light cast on food intake

As scientists continue to look for ways to help us battle the bulge, a new study suggests that our own hormonal makeup may offer promising clues. A team of researchers...

Round up ready safe, say EFSA scientists

After months of risk assessment scientists at Europe's first food safety agency have given the green light to Monsanto's herbicide-tolerant GM maize. NK 60 is as safe as conventional maize,...

New yeast products from Overseal

Eager to grab a slice of the steadily growing market for natural alternatives to hydrolysed vegetable protein (HVP) seasonings, UK company Overseal Foods has launched a line of yeast products...

100,000 euro prize for Europe based toxicologist

Cefic, European Chemical Industry Council, in conjunction with EUROTOX has this week launched a €100,000 award for 'innovative interdisciplinary research' in the field of toxicology.

CSIRO targets citrus world

Australian scientists this week confirm past and current evidence that a diet high in citrus fruits could help to prevent certain cancers and reduce risk of stroke.

Roll out for confectionery fat replacers

More than three years after Danish ingredients company Danisco filed an application to the EU for approval of its fat replacer salatrim, the Commission finally rubber stamped the product on...

Firm analysis for fat content

Labelling issues for meat have just got easier, hails a Danish analysis equipment company that has come up with a new technology to measure fat content.

Independence, openness, excellence - the lifeblood of the EFSA

If traceability is at the heart of new food labelling rules in Europe then the life blood keeping it beating must be risk management. On the eve of the first...

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