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Drama continues in Japanese meat industry

The Japanese consumer, still reeling from the Snow Brand scandal surrounding the mislabelling of beef, suffered a further shock this week when Japan's number-three meat...

Record margins for Nestlé

Despite the negative impact of a strong Swiss franc Swiss food group Nestle this week reported a net profit increase of 15.9 per cent to...

Hunt for European food agency chief

The European Commission moved one step closer this week to establishing the food safety edifice for the European consumer with the launch of the hunt...

Cargill muscles in on trehalose market

The health food ingredients division of US agri-food giant Cargill is set to launch a new sugar ingredient onto the market, trehalose. Cargill Health and...

Biotechnology perceptions: medical vs. food

Governments and companies the world over are feeling the impact of biotechnology on society. In a recent collaborative research project, funded by the European Commission,...

Food fungus fighter to beat cancer

A natural substance which fights the fungus that harms foods such as grapes, mulberries, peanuts and beansprouts may help prevent cancer, according to a study...

EU authorises anti-caking agents

The European Commission this week authorised the introduction of a new additive into feedstuffs. Following the examination of dossiers relating to the use of sodium...

Danisco pulls shares from Helsinki exchange

Danish ingredients company Danisco announced this week that as a result of poor trading, Danisco FDRs will be delisted from the Helsinki Exchanges' list on...

Rice bran to reduce sugar levels

Supplementing a diet with stabilised rice bran could help reduce blood sugar levels in people suffering from type I and type II diabetes, according to...

Dairy farmers walk away after deregulation

New figures show that more than 800 dairy farmers in Australia have walked off the land since the deregulation of the industry, Industry Search.com reports....

Discovery of new taste receptor for high-protein foods

Researchers in California have discovered the receptor that allows us to taste the flavour found in high-protein food. The receptor for amino acids, which make...

Dinner parties worth €100 billion

Consumers across Europe are moving away from restaurants and towards their own homes as the dinner party culture picks up in popularity, according to a...

Forbes pushes Novartis heart product

US health science company Forbes Medi-Tech is currently in active discussions with several major food manufacturers regarding the commercialisation of its cholesterol-lowering food ingredients. The...

Tough controls needed to prevent salmonella

Salmonellosis is on the rise in Europe and tougher controls are needed to prevent the spread of the foodborne disease, a senior World Health Organisation...

Stricter labelling for high caffeine drinks

High-caffeine drinks must be more clearly labelled as part of a package of changes to EU labelling regulations, the UK Food Standards Agency reports this...

Tools to reduce health risk after seafood consumption

The European Commission, within its Fifth Framework Programme and linked to the Fair-Flow 4 project, has funded a three-year project entitled "Virus Safe Seafood", with...

Green award for Sainsbury's

UK supermarket chain J Sainsbury has been named the leading food retailer for the third year running in the Index of Corporate Environmental Engagement, published...

New research on mad cow disease arouses debate in Britain

New research virtually eliminates the likelihood of mad cow disease being transmitted from one generation of cattle to the next, a senior British government adviser...

ANZFA warns pregnant women of listeria risk

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority has taken the step of issuing advice to pregnant women about the risk of contracting the food poisoning bacteria...

Suprema Specialties files for bankruptcy

Gourmet Italian cheesemaker Suprema Specialties, whose finances have been under investigation, said it has filed for bankruptcy protection and its chief executive has stepped down....

UN urges rapid alert system to combat rise of food-borne diseases

Food-borne diseases are increasing in Europe and a rapid alert system needs to be extended across the continent and beyond to protect consumers, delegates at...

Nestlé acquires German ice cream maker Schoeller

The European Commission has approved plans by Swiss food and drink manufacturer Nestle to purchase German company Schoeller, a producer of ice cream and frozen...

Weight control foods claim two per cent of global food and drink sales

A recent report has found that weight control foods now make up more than two per cent of food and drink sales worldwide. The sector...

Kerry reports rise in 2001 profits

Irish food ingredients group Kerry announced that pre-tax profits in 2001 rose 9.6 per cent to €189.7 million from the previous year, reports Reuters. The...

Scottish ice cream -maker develops mood-enhancing ice cream

Scottish ice cream maker Mackie's is launching what it claims is the world's first mood-enhancing ice cream, according to a report in Scotland on Sunday....

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