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Australia to form BSE battle plan

In a bid to prevent an outbreak of mad cow disease in Australia a special committee met in Melbourne on Tuesday. The Australian National Health...

Peppermint oil may relieve IBS symptoms

Peppermint oil may help children suffering from irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) researchers report this week. In a study of youngsters aged 8 to 17, peppermint...

Banned steroid linked to food supplements

An increase in positive drug tests for thebanned anabolic steroid nandrolone has led researchers to suggest that contamination of legitimate foodsupplements may be responsible, Reuters...

Fischler warns ministers over BSE

At a meeting of European agriculture ministers this week to discuss the BSE crisis, Franz Fischler, the European Farm Commissioner, warned that the situation was...

Nestlé-Coca-Cola jump on health drinks wagon

US drinks giant, the Coca-Cola Company and Swiss group Nestle S.A. announced on Tuesday the further development of their existing joint venture partnership, Coca-Cola and...

Danone dairy and drinks improve profits

Danone, the French foods group, on Tuesday reported a 5.7 per cent rise in 2000 net profits, helped by a higher revenue from its drinks...

Organic soy meat alternatives launched

Natural products producer, US Boca Foods, is to launch an organic soy line in April. The company is claiming to be the first national manufacturer...

Cerestar launches organic starches

Cerestar, a leading starch supplier and flagship company of Eridania Béghin-Say, announced this week the launch of its C*Bio range of starches. The company claims...

Diabetes increasing in 30 year olds

Stressed thirty year olds show rise in type 2 diabetes, researchers suggested this week at the American Medical Association's diabetes briefing in New York. Lee...

Allied Domecq on track for targets

Allied Domecq, the UK wine and spirits group that includes the Kahlua and Courvoisier brands , said onMonday that it was on track to achieve...

T-bones to leave European plates

Ministers of Agriculture from the European Union debated through Monday night whether to ban for human consumption the vertebral column from cows. An agreement was...

20 year old dispute resolved between Chile and EU

EU Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy and Chilean Foreign Minister Soledad Alvear have agreed to bring to an end a 20 year old dispute on spirits,...

Diet flavour from Treatt launched

Flavour ingredients company Treatt plc announced recently the launch of Sugar Treattarome™ 9806, a clear flavour suitable for particular use in diet/low-calorie products. The company...

Campbell buys European brands

Anglo-Dutch consumer products group Unilever Plc said on Monday it is to sell several European brands to Campbell Soup for one billion euros ($925 million)....

Chiquita takes European Commission to court

Leading banana producer Chiquita Brands International Inc., currently facing financial difficulties, has filed a lawsuit seeking 564 million euros ($525) million in damages from European...

Breast feeding reduces risk of diabetes in later life

Mothers who stop breast feeding their babies too early are increasing the risk that their children will develop heart disease and diabetes later in life,...

Interbrew to take legal action

Interbrew, the Belgian brewer, on Friday effectively accepted that it would be forced to sell Bass Brewers - but in order to limit damage it...

Rice genome clinched

Swiss crop protection and seeds group Syngenta International AG announced on Friday that with collaborative partner Myriad Genetics Inc it had completed mapped the rice...

Consumer complaints about Red Bull claims upheld

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints dating from 1997 about the claims made for the "energy" drink Red Bull, the BBC reports....

Food supplement study offers encouraging results for osteoarthritis sufferers

Scientists have produced evidence that the food supplement glucosamine sulphate can help to reduce the long-term suffering associated with osteoarthritis, the BBC reports. Led by...

WHO calls on countries to restrict baby milk marketing

The World Health Organisation executive board approved a resolution in Geneva this week urging governments to tighten their controls on the marketing tactics of the...

Mars launches health logo for chocolate

Confectionery producer Mars Inc., keen to promote the possible health benefits of flavonoids, has introduced theCocoapro logo on confectionery packaging to signify that the product...

Organic claims need support, UK parliamentary report concludes

More studies are required to examine the potential health benefits of organic food, a report by the cross-party UK Commons select committee for agriculture, claimed...

7000 jobs to go at Sara Lee

US consumer product group Sara Lee Corp. said on Thursday it is eliminating 7,000 jobs, mostly in the conglomerate's underwear and food operations. The job...

Burger giant reports 4Q drop in income

US fast food giant, McDonald's Corp. said on Wednesday that its fourth-quarter net income fell 7 per cent, slightly missing Wall Street's expectations, as European...

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