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EFSA panel adopts energy conversion factor for sweetener D-tagatose – consultant calls for guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted a draft opinion on the energy conversion factor for 'functional sweetener' D-tagatose, meaning its calorie count can be listed on product labels.

Will Italy also debate a sugar and sat fat tax?

A small group of Italian politicians have presented a bill to the Senate proposing a tax on sugary and diet drinks as well as palm oil and industrial trans fats...

Startup Spotter

Danone in talks with French cookie firm Michel et Augustin

Danone sees opportunities to grow French cookie brand Michel et Augustin in the US after opening exclusive discussions to acquire a minority stake.

Nutrient claims and cartoon characters will sway children

Front-of-pack nutritional information is largely ignored by children but combine a nutrient claim and a cartoon character and it can “significantly affect” the product choices they make, according to new research....

News in brief

Nordic 5 ask EFSA to help set intake limits for added sugar

Five Nordic countries have asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) whether new evidence means limits for added sugar intakes could now be set.

Nestlé: Reformulation could stall without EU-wide nutrition strategy

Europe must accelerate efforts to introduce a “holistic nutrition policy”, complete with targets in relation to reformulation, marketing and labelling.

READERS' SURVEY: What does Brexit mean for you?

Take part in FoodNavigator’s survey on Brexit and tell us how you think the biggest shake-up in British politics in recent history will affect you and your business.

Industry guidelines on surplus food donations aim to fight food waste

Manufacturers and retailers have teamed up with the European Federation of Food Banks to produce a framework for donating surplus food and cutting down on food waste.

Fish trimmings could be new value-added protein source

Fish trimmings could become a source of protein with the simple addition of commercially available enzymes, say Nofima researchers.

Brexit uncertainty could raise UK food costs - but discount supermarkets may still win

Brexit-borne economic uncertainty could dampen supermarket’s ability to offer cheaper groceries, though worried shoppers could maintain sales figures at hard discounting retailers like Lidl and Aldi, analysts suggest.

Sustainability: A long-term investment and driver of innovation?

The food industry has taken notable steps to address the issue of sustainable sourcing, compelled by a corporate and social responsibility that ensures products that are produced in a safe,...

Updated: Glyphosate license to be extended for 18 months

EU Commissioner for Health and Food Safety, Vytenis Andriukaitis, yesterday [28 June] said the executive would follow its ‘legal obligation’ on the herbicide.

Made in Italy app will fight €60 billion industry of 'fake' Italian food, say creators

The creators of Italcheck, an app to verify genuine Italian products for shoppers and aid manufacturers fight food fraud, will help fight against the €60 billion fake Italian products black market.

British pork processor trademarks antibiotic-free logo

Leading UK pork processor Karro has registered an antibiotic-free logo with the Intellectual Property Office.

Protein expression drives metabolic changes to increase obesity risk

The mystery surrounding a protein’s genetic variation and its links with obesity has been solved, say German scientists. 

In-house sustainability and third party certification: Do they complement or cannibalise each other?

From Fairtrade to UTZ, Rainforest Alliance to RSPO, the number of third party certification schemes is on the rise. But alongside this proliferation of consumer–facing logos is the growing numbers...

BREXIT

Brexit: ‘Scotland open for business’ with Europe

Scotland is open for business and will continue working with colleagues across Europe, Scottish rural economy secretary Fergus Ewing has said.

Brexit Briefings: Interview

What are Britain's post-Brexit options and how will it impact industry?

Rising food prices, watered-down safety standards, food law dictated by big businesses and a disastrous impact on public health. Professor in food policy Tim Lang looks at the options of...

Nestlé appoints new CEO

Food giant Nestlé has appointed Ulf Mark Schneider as its new CEO, effective from the start of next year.

Giant commodity carbon footprints show more action is needed

Rice, soy, corn, wheat and palm oil are the “new frontier” of climate action, said Oxfam this week, as it published new data detailing the “massive” environmental impact of the world’s major commodities....

Codex agrees on Salmonella and parasite control guidelines

Guidelines for the control of Salmonella in beef and pork and on hygiene to control foodborne parasites were among the decisions taken during the first day of the Codex Alimentarius...

Findings that teenagers drink sports drinks 'socially' prompts call for tighter regulation

About 90% of teenagers drink sports drinks for the 'nice taste' not the intended functional purpose, which is needlessly increasing their risk of obesity and tooth erosion, according to a...

Iran: Healthy eating good for mental health; B vits, omega-3s highlighted

Mirroring western research, the first major Middle Eastern study investigating the link between diet and mental health finds that healthy eating is associated with a lower risk of anxiety and...

Eastern promise: Is Central and Eastern Europe the solution to EU’s unsustainable soy imports?

Europe’s problematic reliance on “unsustainable” soy imports could be solved using Central and Eastern European farming land, the European Commission heard last week.

Food workers union backs Jeremy Corbyn

The Bakers, Food and Allied Workers Union (BFAWU) has voiced strong support for embattled Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, after a wave of resignations from his shadow cabinet, including food and...

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