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Beliefs on food origins and production have big say on taste, according to study

Origins of meat and how it was raised determines how good it tastes, a study by US researchers has concluded.  

Dolce consortium to develop 'mystery' natural sweeteners

French ingredient supplier Roquette has teamed up with a German biotech company and a natural product specialist to develop and bring to market natural sweeteners and sweetness enhancers.

France calls for an end to TTIP talks

The French trade minister said yesterday France wants to end TTIP negotiations, his German counterpart has said the talks have “de facto failed” and the deal’s biggest supporter, Britain, has...

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

Study reveals caffeine’s link to preventing memory problems

Researchers have uncovered a direct link between caffeine-binding receptors in the brain and age-related memory problems, suggesting that caffeine may help reverse memory deficits.

Arla increases focus on beverage market, eying up opportunity for milk-based drinks

Global dairy company Arla has announced it will triple its business in the beverage market, saying it can challenge the soft drinks market with healthier milk-based alternatives.

Call for aflatoxin-free almond labelling rejected by EU Commission

An Italian  MEP’s call for tested almonds to be labelled as free of the carcinogenic mycotoxin, aflatoxin, was rejected by the EU Commission earlier this month.

Mediterranean diet protects health even for those with cardiovascular disease

Italian scientists have linked the Mediterranean diet with lower mortality rates for sufferers of cardiovascular disease, but they also warn that the diet’s benefits are reaching fewer people as consumers are priced...

Fermented soymilk isoflavones could cut UV damage

Consuming fermented soymilk products may help protect against ultraviolet radiation damage by increasing the number of isoflavone compounds in the body, according to a study on mice.

Children with food allergies might be vulnerable to asthma, study finds

Developing food allergies are a reliable indicator of the chances of acquiring other allergies such as asthma and allergic rhinitis, a US study has demonstrated.

British exports to non-EU countries 'beyond expectations': FDF

British food and drink exports were up 6.2% in the first half of 2016 thanks to a weak pound while exports to non-EU countries grew “beyond expectations” in the pre-Brexit period, says the Food and Drink...

Breast milk sugar may give babies defence against lethal infection : Study

A naturally-occurring sugar found in breast milk may provide protection against life threatening bacterium by acting as a food source for 'friendly bacteria' in a baby's intestine, a study by...

Produce should not be dismissed as source in prolonged outbreaks - study

Fresh produce should not be dismissed as a possible source in prolonged outbreaks, according to analysis of Yersinia enterocolitica (YE) illnesses in Norway.

FoodProfiler: The NPD app that tracks the 'what, when and why' of consumer food choices

The launch of Dutch app FoodProfiler marks a new method in tracking consumer eating habits, and can be used by industry to tailor new product development (NPD), say its developers....

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

Coffee drinking habits could be genetic, study finds

Why do some people need to drink more coffee to feel the same effect? It could be down to a gene that controls cells' ability to process caffeine, scientists have...

Meat-packed Western diets raise the risk of Alzheimer’s

Eating a meat-packed Western diet raises the chance of Alzheimer’s disease though mid-life dietary changes and increased vitamin D consumption could reduce the risk, according to a new study.

News in brief

Trio accused of selling horse meat as beef

Three men have been charged with selling horse meat as beef.

Micreos positive on EFSA Listex opinion

Micreos has said it is ‘very positive’ following a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) opinion on its technology for Listeria monocytogenes in Ready to Eat (RTE) foods.

Exporters to Jordan forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils

Companies exporting dairy to Jordan will be forced to cut all partially hydrogenated oils or face a ban on business as the country becomes the latest to bar their use.

Maximum sustainable yield frameworks need to be adaptive, Myfish concludes

Maximum sustainable yield is not the same for every country and adaptable frameworks are therefore key for fisheries to meet CFP goals, the four-year Myfish project concluded.

Innovative flavours and novel ingredients are spicing up the dry pasta market

European food manufacturers are brightening up the mature and somewhat staid dry pasta category with innovative flavours, bright colours and vegetable-based ingredients.

Scotland launches food fraud hotline and warns Brexit could encourage criminals

Food Standards Scotland (FSS) has launched a new food fraud hotline to help regulators and police tackle criminal activity in the supply chain, as well as protect the food sector’s...

Majority trust inspectors to make food safe - survey

Almost 70% of people trust food inspectors “a great deal” or “quite a lot” to make sure food is safe, according to a survey.

Spanish researchers develop fat- and dairy-free gels and foams using eggs

By processing egg whites and yolks in different ways, Spanish researchers have developed a range of novel gels and foams that are fat-free, dairy-free and have a neutral taste. ...

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