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EFSA publishes article 13, batch 5 – winners and losers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this morning published 536 health claims in 73 opinions in the fifth batch of general function claims.

EFSA confirms access to 1980s aspartame data as it calls for fresh science

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed it has access to 112 studies about aspartame, most of which were conducted in the 1980s, which had been feared lost.

McCormick to buy Kamis in 208m euro deal

McCormick has announced a deal to acquire Polish flavour company Kamis for 830 million Polish zloty (approximately 208 million euros), as the company looks to push in the Eastern European market.

Lab grown burger could provide sustainable source of meat

Researchers developing new meat products grown from stem cells say that the first products, which should be ready within the next year, could begin a movement to more sustainable meat...

Company rivalry hinders junk food ad pledges, says study

The food industry is under fire again for advertising foods high in fat, sugar and salt (HFSS) to children and this time competition is being blamed.

‘Unacceptable’ Nutella ad should have been banned, says Which?

Consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at an Advertising Standards Authority adjudication that rejected 31 complaints about a television advert for Nutella hazlenut spread, calling the authority’s failure to ban...

Improving products’ health profile a CSR goal for Palsgaard

The emulsifier and stabilizer manufacturer Palsgaard aims to improve the health profile of products and address low-fat, trans fats and E-numbers, as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility agenda.

New studies question diet soda benefits

Diet soft drinks ‘may be free of calories but not of consequences,’ according to new research from the University of Texas, USA, which questions the benefits of drinking low calorie...

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Satiety ingredient? Gent University develops test for potential bioactive peptides

Scientists at Belgium’s Gent University have developed a new test for bioactive peptides with weight management effects, providing a quick test of the potential of ingredients for supplements and functional...

Extruded bran makes better bread: Study

Breads containing extruded bran could help to provide a better quality loaf than its non- extruded counterpart, according to new research.

Heavy rain puts Ivorian cocoa quality under threat

Questions have been raised about the quality of the cocoa crop in the Ivory Coast following heavy rainfall in the region.

Man-made meat may be just around the corner, say scientists

Facing an ever-increasing population, and a growing demand for meat products, the world’s first in vitro meat may offer the beginning of a new solution to the problem, say researchers....

Industry efforts to cut salt content appear wasted on consumers

Despite the “considerable efforts” of industry to reduce salt content in food products, a new study suggests it is having zero impact on people’s salt intake.

Hydrocolloid use could create new fish products: Study

Using hydrocolloids in fish products offers up opportunities for the development of new products based on surimi and restructuring technologies, say researchers.

French to receive extension for stevia use ahead of EU approval

The Commission has agreed to allow the continued use of stevia in France until the EU approves the sweetener, providing relief to companies worried that the extension would end before...


Risk, rationality and that schizophrenic beast called the food industry

If the food industry wants journalists and consumers to get real about risk, then it has to get real too.

Commission flags up November for EU-wide approval of stevia

November 2011 should see steviol glycosides get regulatory backing for use in food in drink products in the European market, according to a European Commission (EC) representative.

Schools must work with industry to address skills gaps: IGD

The majority of careers advisors working in UK schools and universities do not understand unique demands of the food industry, and must work more closely with industry professionals, according IGD.

Low calorie diet may reverse diabetes: Study

A new study has transformed thinking on type 2 diabetes by reporting that an extreme low calorie diet could reverse the condition in just eight weeks.

Plant based diet may reduce childhood obesity: Study

The regular intake of certain plant foods may prevent weight gain in children and adolescents, whilst high intake of dairy products may increase childhood weight gain, according to new research.

European taskforce mobilised as E.coli 104:H4 hits France

A European taskforce has been assembled to pinpoint the source of any contaminated beansprouts after the same potentially deadly strain of German E.coli that killed scores has surfaced in an...

Rabobank forecasts direction of future M&A in food ingredients

The enzymes and flavours market may now be quite consolidated but Rabobank sees big potential for acquisitions in other segments of the food ingredients industry.

Choices Programme publishes nutrient criteria overview

The methods used to develop the nutrient profiles for Choices logo eligibility have been published by the Choices Programme’s global panel of scientists.

Lipid Nutrition fire sale does not include infant formula offering

Dutch fats and oils specialist IOI-Loders Croklaan will integrate breast milk alternative Betapol into its product range to complete the break-up of its subsidiary Lipid Nutrition announced yesterday.

Seed waste may be source of new fats: Study

Fat from seed kernel ‘waste products’ could provide the food industry with a new source of edible oils, according to research.

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