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GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up by a disgruntled employee, it was revealed last...

Nestlé India gets go ahead to export Maggi noodles

Nestlé India has been allowed to export Maggi noodles by the Bombay High Court but the product will remain off shelves in India.

FrieslandCampina boosts Greek stocks to meet Grexit stockpiling demand

FrieslandCampina has boosted stocks of infant formula and condensed milk in Greece, where consumers are stockpiling food following the closure of banks.

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

FDF launches gluten-free guide for best practice

The UK's Food and Drink Federation has published a free guide to help manufacturers adhere to EU labelling laws for gluten-free packaged products.

Grexit could lead to export boom – or depression

A Greek exit from the euro could lead to a strong export boom – or it could lead to a depression and hurt eurozone growth, thus wiping out export demand,...

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

Sugary drinks duty of 20% could lead to 2,400 fewer diabetes cases, says study

A 20% duty on sugary drinks in England could result in 2,400 fewer cases of type 2 diabetes and 1,700 fewer cases of stroke and coronary heart disease, according to...

News in brief

FDE elects new president

Gilles Morel, regional president for Europe and Eurasia of Mars Chocolate, has been elected president of FoodDrinkEurope for a three-year mandate.

Cumin recall withdrawn after testing shows mahaleb not almond presence

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has backtracked on a recall of ground cumin because of almond after additional testing.

Fatty and sugary foods linked to lower cognitive functions: Mouse data

A diet rich in fat and sugar could cause changes in the make up of our gut bacteria, which in turn lead to losses of cognitive functions, suggest researchers.

El Niño set to disrupt key commodities in 2015

El Niño 2015 is underway and set to hit wheat, coffee and sugar cane production leading to volatile prices, warns a Rabobank report.

Do consumers prefer low sugar or no sugar? It depends on the product…

Almost two-thirds of global consumers are concerned about sugar intake – but the choice between low-sugar and sugar-free depends on the food or drink category, according to a new report...

Nestlé’s Ideal evaporated milk is not like cream, Spanish ruling finds

Nestlé has lost its appeal against a Spanish ruling that it cannot promote its partially evaporated milk as having ‘half the fat of cream’.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

Grupo Bimbo to sweeten Spanish hold with Panrico acquisition

Grupo Bimbo is clearly looking to stretch into sweet bakery with the acquisition of local bakery Panrico SAU in Spain and Portugal, says Mintel.

Climate change risk is a ‘medical emergency’, experts warn

The health risk from climate change is so great that it could reverse 50 years of advances in health and nutrition, according to a major Lancet Commission report.

Nestlé, Unilever pledge to halve food waste by 2025

Members of the Consumer Goods Forum (CGF) have committed to halving food waste over the next ten years at an event in New York this week.

Can sustainable foraging go mainstream?

Commercial foraging is on the rise, influencing mainstream flavour trends and giving companies a sense of heritage, say market analysts - but is it as eco-friendly as it seems?

Fructose could lead to lower brain reward than glucose

Fructose may lead to overeating by creating fewer reward signals in the brain, suggests a small pilot study published in PLOS ONE.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

Sustainable sourcing starts with better use of your own company's waste

When it comes to sustainable sourcing, is creating your own ingredients and resources from recovered or recycled wastes the most sustainable of all options?

Could plum be the new color of confectionery?

Supplier Sunsweet claims its plum ingredients could present a pathway to cleaner labels as safety concerns over caramel colors prompt confectionery manufacturers to look explore alternatives.

Unsustainable standards? Questioning the ethics of sustainable sourcing

A growing trend for sustainability certifications and on pack ‘branding’ could mean manufacturers are missing the wider point of sustainability issues and may confuse consumers so much they no longer...

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