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Novozymes develops product to cut noodle costs

Danish enzyme company Novozymes says a new product under development in China could reduce costs for the booming instant noodle industry.

FSAI bans GM rice, US farmers sue Bayer

The FSAI is to implement a ban on the import of certain US long grain rice products unless certificates declaring them to be free of unauthorised GM rice accompany them.

Crop contamination risk downgraded

British farmers and bakery firms can breathe a sigh of relief as the risk of crop contamination from mycotoxins is low this year, according to an industry organisation.

Cognis creates new cost-cutting baking agent

European ingredients group Cognis has developed a baking agent which claims to lower costs and improve performance in the baking of all yeast-based products such as croissants and buns.

Raisio to cut staff after 'unsatisfactory' performance

Raisio is set to implement further cost-saving measures following the Finnish group's 'unsatisfactory' performance last year.

Guest article

Understanding food intolerance

Calling food intolerance a scientific void ignores existing scientific evidence, claims Food Intolerance Network co-founder Dr Howard Dengate.

Leatherhead launches new services for prebiotic ingredients

Leatherhead Food International (LFI) is launching a new service for industry to study in vitro the activity of potential and established prebiotics.

EU set to bring 'super cereal' to supermarkets

The EU is funding an innovative new research programme that could see the introduction of a highly nutritional cereal within the bloc.

Bakery focus puts CSM back on track

CSM believes it is back on track after first half results revealed some strong improvement, breaking a three-year trend of declining results.

'Sexy' chilli chocolate hits market

A UK food company has found a unique way to target the growing functional confectionery market, mixing aromatherapy with chocolate.

Booming enteral nutrition market offers ingredient opportunities

Aging populations and a growing demand for homecare are driving opportunities for the European enteral nutrition market, ranging from functional foods to microencapsulation.

Obesity Forecast 2010: who is to blame?

A new UK government report into obesity has reignited the debate over who should take responsibility for the growing epidemic.

More omega-3 in organic milk, say scientists

Scientists have called on Britain's food safety authorities to recognise the superior health qualities of organic milk, after a new study showed it contained higher levels of omega-3 than conventional...

Rice breakthrough promises secure future supplies

A major global scientific effort to enhance the efficiency of rice could have important implications in the supply of the world's most important food.

Weekly Comment

Some home-eating truths

As food manufacturers inch closer to the holy grail of low-calorie, trans-fat free flavor-fantastic products one has to ask how we veered so far from the common sense of fresh...

Danisco buys Chinese CMC producer

Danisco, the world's biggest ingredients company, will start supplying the texturising agent CMC to customers, after acquiring one of Chinas leading producers for an undisclosed sum.

Novozymes welcomes enzyme patent ruling

Novozymes has welcomed last week's court ruling over a disputed enzyme patent, saying that it was 'very pleased with the decision'.

Antioxidant-rich cider under the microscope

British researchers are starting a small trial to investigate if the antioxidant benefits of apples are passed on to cider drinkers, and could possibly lead to "functional" ciders.

Anti-GM movement calls for global US rice ban

Greenpeace has called for a global ban on imports of US rice after traces of unapproved GM rice was found in commercial batches.

Special report

Soft drinks firms settle in benzene lawsuit

Two soft drink firms accused of using ingredients that could mix to form a cancer-causing chemical in drinks plan to sign a settlement with lawyers today, agreeing to change formulas...

Danisco withdraws enzyme product from market

Danisco division Genencor has voluntarily decided to withdraw its Spezyme Ethyl product from the market following a patent infringement ruling in a Delaware US court.

Wrigley patents metallic gum

The world's foremost chewing gum producer, the Wm Wrigley Jr Company, is set to make inroads into the growing functional confectionery market with a new gum to combat bad breath.

EC blocks 'illegal' GM rice imports from US

The EC adopted a decision this week requiring imports of long grain rice from the USA to be certified as free from the unauthorised GMO LL Rice 601.

Quest develops 'flexible' approach to snack flavours

Quest has developed what it calls its '3-D approach' to snack flavour development in order to offer customers greater flexibility and identify key trends earlier.

Japan natamycin approval opens door to Far East

Japan recently announced its approval of natamycin, an antimycotic used in cheese and meat production.

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