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Nestlé forms alliance with NZ dairy giant

Swiss food giant Nestle, is negotiating an alliance in the North and South American dairy markets with New Zealand's newly formed Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd,...

US and Australia worst food safety record

Australia is the second-worst country for food safety scares in the Western world, registering 20 major food incidents in the past nine months, according to...

Ahold in merger talks

Dutch supermarkets group Ahold NV is in talks with several potential acquisition or merger partners, the chief executive of the world's third largest supermarket chain...

Flaxseed's role in breast cancer prevention suggested

Flaxseed may protect postmenopausal women against breast cancer, according to a new study by researchers at the University of Minnesota, the American Chemical Society reports...

France lifts Spanish pig ban

France has lifted its ban on imports of all live pigs and pork products from Spain, imposed in mid-July after new cases of swine fever...

Ingredient X - Black Tea anti-cancer agent discovered

Many studies have implied that the regular consumption of black tea can protect against a range of human cancers. Now scientists think they know why,...

Bright spot in US/Europe trade relations

Relations between Europe and the US may be strained over food trade disagreements , Roquefort and GM foods to name two, but this week entente...

Secret to chocolate addiction on the horizon

Areas of the brain responsible for addictions and eating disorders are now identified, according to a team of U.S. and Canadian neuroscientists. Dana Small, assistant...

FDA Thailand criticised over ads

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in Thailand should limit its activities to screening food and drugs for quality and not have a say on...

Stricter conditions for fruit and veg exports to US

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is proposing new regulations that would require phytosanitary certificates to accompany all fruits and vegetables brought into the U.S.,...

Argentina to develop GM crops, despite criticism

Genetically modified (GM) food products have not been proven to be dangerous and Argentina should continue to promote their development in order to cut costs...

Herbal Association refutes recent ginkgo study

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) and the National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) have heavily criticised the findings of a new study that attributes the...

Cola steps up functional drinks competition

Coca-Cola Co., facing a stiff challenge from its archrival PepsiCo Inc. in the fast-growing alternative drinks market, may be preparing to acquire the Nantucket Nectars...

China dairy market animated

China Premium Foods Corp. (Shanghai) Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of Bravo! Foods International Corp., today announced it has reached an agreement with Wonder Sun Group,...

Soy linked to kidney stones, new research

New research indicates that soybeans and soy-based foods may promote kidney stones in those prone to the condition, the American Chemical Society reports this week....

Billy goat for dinner, a new meat marketed

Goat meat may soon be the hot new alternative to beef, pork and poultry, or at least this is the hope of researchers at the...

Ginkgo compound may harm placenta

Researchers have found the potentially harmful compound colchicine in the placental blood of women taking the popular herbal medicine Gingko biloba. Previous research has indicated...

ANZFA launches user guides for labelling

The Australia New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA) this week launched a range of user guides to help food businesses, retailers and food officers to interpret...

GM fish labelling for S.Korea

South Korea will label genetically modified (GM) fish products from September 1, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said on Tuesday. "The labelling will...

Numico denies selling out-of-date vitamins

Dutch food group Numico NV, faced with a crumbling share price, denied on Tuesday that its food supplement unit GNC deliberately sold expired products in...

Iron supplements to help coughs

Iron supplements may be a simple remedy for the common dry cough associated with angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor drugs, a new study reports this...

Nutrigenomics - the future of health

Our burgeoning knowledge of the interaction between genes and nutrition is leading to a greater understanding of favourable and adverse effects of diet on specific...

Ahold 2Q profit rise

Dutch retailer Koninklijke Ahold NV is expected to report a 21 per cent increase in second quarter net profit as solid organic growth is bolstered...

GRAS status for DMV Lactoferrin

Lactoferrin giant DMV International, part of Dutch milk firm Campina, announced this week that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given its milk...

McDonalds outlets forced to close in Argentina

Argentine health authorities ordered the closure of four McDonald's fast food outlets in downtown Buenos Aires on Monday after potentially harmful bacteria was found in...

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