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Olive oil - finding the facts

'It is a truth, universally acknowledged,'…that olive oil is good for the health. But why? Volunteers from across Europe could soon provide the answer as...

Finding the GMOs

Testimony to the increasing use of GMO detection equipment, four laboratories across the world have licensed Genetic ID's proprietary technology to detect genetically modified organisms...

New tech for enzymes

Israeli enzyme company Enzymotec has gained a US patent for its AMIET technology (Activation Modification Immobilization Enzyme Technology). The enzyme modification technology allows enzymes to...

Cutting the haggis, but not the neeps

A leading epidemiologist and population health expert has called for urgent action to improve the health of Scots after research revealed that death rates among...

US takes the biscuit...

Confirming reports from the European Commission yesterday that the European consumer is sceptical about food-related biotechnologies, are the findings of a joint UK-US study into...

Oat juice, anyone?

Will we shortly be able to pluck an oat juice from the supermarket shelf or grab an oat ice cream from the freezer cabinet? European...

Food compounds to fight diabetes

How many compounds in foods could help reduce the risk of insulin resistance ? Scientists are currently working on this question in a bid to...

The obesity epidemic

As western nations draw up strategies to combat the growing number of starving people in the developing world- currently standing at a staggering 800 million...

Whey too good...

A food scientist in the US claims to have come up with a solution to the murky liquid that floats at the top after tearing...

Enzyme to remove bitterness

A food scientist in the United States has developed a new technology to tackle an old problem in cheesemaking - bitterness. The solution - that...

Soy impact on reproduction?

Is it possible that soy foods could influence human reproductive development? A new study released this week reports that male rats whose mothers were fed...

Veggies good for the health

Vegetarians may have a significantly lower risk of mortality than people who eat lots of meat, according to a study at the German Cancer Research...

Food safety: upping the info

Making one's way around the European Commission website is a challenge at the best of times. CORDIS, the European Commission's research and development information service,...

BNF responds to health claims

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has released its comments on the revision of European laws on nutrition labelling. The comments follow last month's request from...

Online acrylamide

As promised last year the European Commission is now offering online access to a new database that compiles research efforts on several topics related to...

Food crops protected against contamination?

In a bid to limit the contamination of food crops by pharmaceutical plants the US Department of Agriculture has issued a new guidance to tighten...

Hope for peanut allergy sufferers

With legislators across the world currently discussing the issue of food allergens and labelling, scientists are busy in the labs investigating solutions to this increasing...

Mine's a cuppa

Evidence continues to mount in favour of the consumption of white and green tea with the publication of findings from a new study that suggest...

Thumbs up for wholegrains

Eating wholegrain cereals can reduce likelihood of death from heart disease, say researchers, but they stress that refined grain cereals had no effect on heart...

Bio direction for minty-tasting coatings

The food industry could shortly be using a new, bio-based approach to manufacturing mannitol - the minty-tasting sugar alcohol used as a powdery coating on...

The smooth approach

Silky smooth, high-fruit chews can now be produced in a new, no-cook process following a recent development from British Sugar, the company claims this week....

GM testing for baby food

Consumers in Europe are increasingly concerned about risks derived from genetically modified (GM) foods. New proposals tabled by the European Commission aim to meet these...

Cut the sugar, warns WHO report

People should get no more than 10 per cent of their calories from sugar - including sugar from honey, syrups and fruit juices - experts...

Gene regulating milk production revealed

Scientists at the food research body MTT Agrifood Research in Finland, in collaboration with University of Liège in Belgium, have located the gene that regulates...

New explanation for connection fat-diabetes

Fat can function as a signal substance in the body and activate a receptor in the cells of organs like the heart and liver, say...

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