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Nanostructures tested as beta-carotene carriers in beverages

Beta-carotene, used in foods and beverages as colourants and health ingredient, can be stabilised by novel nano-scale carriers, suggests innovative research from Germany.

Member states agree on minimum vitamin and mineral levels

A working party drawing up levels for supplements and fortified foods have reached a "general agreement" that the lowest levels should be 15 per cent of the recommended daily allowance...

Labelling proposal could harm single market, warns industry

Food industry groups are concerned that the European Commission's proposal on food labelling, which leaves the way open for national voluntary schemes to co-exist alongside EU requirements, will damage the...

States ask EFSA for more guidance on GM assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is working with member states to update risk assessment guidance for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to bring it in line with scientific progress and...

Cut waste to secure food supply, says food peer

Radical changes consumer behaviour, especially in rich countries, is crucial to averting a crisis in food supply in the coming decades, attendees at the City Food Lecture in London heard...

Pomegranate juice boosts sperm quality: study

Regular consumption of pomegranate juice may enhance the quality and mobility of sperm, suggests a new study with male rats.

Commission calls for stricter, standardised labelling

The European Commission will vote on legislation to introduce mandatory regulations for food and drink labelling across Europe, putting an end to the current inconsistency.

Soy isoflavone linked to blood pressure improvements

Genistein, an isoflavone from soy, may stimulate the expression of an enzyme linked to better blood flow, suggests a new animal study that my have implications for high blood pressure...

Omega-3 formulation issues need fast resolution: study

The increasing formulation and fortification of foods with different types of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could be further enhanced by better understanding of how to protect them from oxidation,...

Mandelson expects commodity hike Doha benefits

Growing global concerns over sharp increases for food and commodity prices could have significant benefits in helping to establish free trade, the EU commissioner for trade has said.

Sucros Oy seeks further Finnish beet supplies

Danisco subsidiary Sucros Oy is calling for more sugar beet suppliers in Finland, claiming that EU sugar reforms have reduced the number of its current growers by an unprofitable 43...

Germany enables easier GM cultivation

New legislation passed in Germany on Friday has paved the way for increased biotech innovation and easier cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops.

Bamboo leaves again show anti-acrylamide potential

Using an antioxidant-rich extracts from bamboo leaf and green tea could reduce the formation of acrylamide in an asparagine-glucose model system heated by microwave, according to a new study.

Roundtable targets EU allergen policy revamp

A roundtable discussion on allergen legislation to be held next month in Italy could spell the end of "may contain" warnings on food labels, according to one of its organisers....

Weekly comment

Probiotics, friend or foe?

The headlines are sensationalist: twenty-four people have died in a probiotic trial. Therefore, probiotics may be fatal. Throw those yoghurt shots away!

Raisio sharpens focus with share swap

Finnish food group Raisio and Swedish firm Lantmännen have dissolved joint ownership of a number of food businesses, which the firms hope will drive focus and profitability.

ASA warns GM ban retaliation

The American Soybean Association has warned there could be "massive retaliation" on Europe if the bloc does not speed up a system for approving GM crops.

Cadbury to protect Ghanaian chocolate production

Cadbury today launched a fund to aid its cocoa suppliers in Ghana, after research suggested that average production in the region is now 40 per cent lower than the potential yield.

Hydrocolloids' health benefits extended

Hydrocolloid ingredients commonly used as gelling agents, emulsifiers and stabilizers may also have benefits for diabetics, suggests new research from the Dow Chemical Company.

Salt reduction and labelling efforts need to go further

Reformulation in the food industry reduced British salt intake by 2,000 tonnes last year, says research, but specialists insist consumption continues to exceed recommendations.

Thriving enzyme industry drives up Novozymes sales

Europe's baking and brewing industry pushed Novozymes food enzymes sales up by 6 per cent last year, according to financial results released today.

Dutch patients die after taking probiotics

Twenty-four patients taking part in a trial procedure to treat acute pancreatitis with probiotics have died.

Healthy food cost impacts kids choices: study

Researchers from the UK have identified some of the main barriers to young people adopting a healthy lifestyle, including the cost of healthy foods, hunger satisfaction, taste, and peer pressure.

Microalgae extracts beat synthetic antioxidants for food: study

The microalgae Chlorella vulgaris could be a rich source of extractable antioxidants, and provide potent alternatives to synthetics like butylhydroxyanisole (BHA) and butylated hydroxytoluene (BHT), suggests new research form Spain.

Scientists explore potential of maize-starch for flavours

Flavour compounds with a low solubility may form complexes with high-amylose maize starch, offering innovative encapsulation and cost-saving benefits, says a new study.

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