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Member states receive warning letter from EU

The European Commission has decided to send a Reasoned Opinion (second warning letter) to France, Luxembourg, Belgium, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Greece, Spain...

ADM and Kao in edible oil alliance

Global food processor Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) and Kao Corporation of Japan are to form a 50/50 joint venture for the manufacturing, marketing and...

Berries boost the heart, new research suggests

Blueberries, cranberries, huckleberries and related plants contain resveratrol, a potential anticancer agent, according to the results of a study by US Agricultural Research Service (ARS) ...

Honey fights tooth decay

Honey could help reduce dental cavities. This is the finding of recent research by Dr. Peter C. Molan, Associate Professor of Biochemistry at theUniversity of...

FDA loses case over folic acid claim

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is reported to have lost its case in attempting to deny a folic acid claim proposed by the...

Are added sugars bad for us? The debate continues

Added sugars play a negligible role in the quality of an overall diet, this is the major finding of a recent study in the US....

Lesaffre subsidiary buys Red Yeast

SAF(USA), a subsidiary of Paris-based Lesaffre et Compagnie, the global yeast company, announced on Tuesday the purchase of Red Star Yeast from Sensient Technologies Corporation ,...

Food companies look to E-commerce

Food and drink companies will pump millions of pounds into e-commerce, this is the finding of a recent survey by the UK newspaper Financial Times. The...

Science helps BASF increase Vitamin B2 production

German chemical giant BASF claims to have significantly optimised the biotechnological production of vitamin B2, the company announced last week. In cooperation with the University...

Kerry set to deliver growth targets

Irish food ingredients group Kerry Plc reported on Tuesday a 16.1 per cent increase in annual profits. Pre-tax profits rose to 173.2 million euros ($157.7...

Hong Kong discusses GM labelling

The Hong Kong government proposed on Monday that food containing five per cent or more of genetically-modified (GM) material be clearly labelled. The government has...

Fatty plaque, not calcium, coats the arteries

Patients whose arteries are clogged with fatty plaque may be more susceptible to heart attack than those whose arteries are coated with calcium-containing plaque, researchers...

ADM signs phytosterol technology agreement

Archer Daniels Midland Company , a leading ingredients company, last week signed a license agreement with US biotechnology company Lifeline Technologies for phytosterol technology. The proprietary...

New labelling law for inulin in the UK

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has adopted an AOAC international method to authorise the labelling of inulin as a fibre. The move comes after...

American consumers favour the labelling of biotech foods

In a recent survey more than half of American consumers said genetically modified foods should be routinely labelled as such. The survey of 1,000 adults...

Imperial sugar to sell nutritional products business

The Imperial Sugar Company last week announced that it is to sell its Diamond Crystal Brands nutritional products business to US Hormel Foods Corporation for...

Penton Media acquires nutrition journal

US group Penton Media, Inc. announced last week that it has acquired the assets of San Diego, CA -based Nutrition Business International, LLC, publisher ofNutrition...

Roche vitamins merge in China

Three Roche vitamin producers have merged in Shanghai. Roche Taishan (Shanghai) Vitamin Preparation Co Ltd, Roche Xinya (Shanghai) Vitamin Co Ltd and Roche Sanwei (Shanghai)...

ANZFA demands ban on cholesterol-reducing phytosterols

ANZFA calls for a ban by claiming that cholesterol-reducing phytosterols as an ingredient in foods are not necessarily safe for children or women who are...

USA: Federal organic rules become effective

Federal rules governing organic food products went into effect Tuesday after more than 10 years in the formulation stages reported CNN. The Organic Foods Production...

Alcohol's heart benefit may lie in genes

Scientists have identified a gene that may help explain why moderate drinking can ward off heart attacks.The researchers found that a variant of the gene...

Foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom

The European Commission adopted yesterday interim protective measures in response to outbreaks of foot-and-mouth disease in the United Kingdom. The exports of live animals, fresh...

High-fat diets linked to poorer brain function

New animal research suggests that fat-laden meal plans can take a toll on the brain by effectively starving it of its energy supply. The story...

Kraft sues Schwan over frozen pizza business

Kraft Foods Inc. has gone to court in its battle for market share in the frozen pizza business, accusing Schwan's Sales Enterprises of stealing trade...

Nestlé annual profit up by 22%

Nestlé SA , the world's largest food company, announced that the full-year profit rose by 22 %, with net income rising to 5.76 billion Swiss francs...

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