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EFSA’s harsh health claim regime

The European Food Safety Authority recently turned in its first health claim verdicts, rejecting eight of nine. European food regulations expert Lorène Courrège explains why EFSA’s tough health claim approach...

Givaudan on-board with natural meat flavours

The trend towards meat flavours that taste as closely as possible to specific cuts is gaining pace, as Givaudan launches a range of chicken, beef and pork flavours.

Cinnamon-essential oil shows shelf-life extension

Essential oils from cinnamon may inhibit the growth of micro-organisms by as much as 60 per cent, suggests new research from Greece.

Crusty acquisition plunges Ruitenberg into ready fillings

Dutch ingredients firm Ruitenberg has acquired its compatriot Crusty Products, in a move that adds a range of ready-to-use bakery fillings to its product offering.

Appointments roundup: Land O’Lakes, Barry Callebaut, Diamond Foods

Appointments over the last month include a new sales director at Land O’Lakes to grow its national accounts and an award-winning French pastry chef has joined Barry Callebaut’s chocolate academy....


What to do when safety studies smell a rat

Using animals, and specifically rats, to build the science behind ingredients is vital, but dismissing conflicting studies just because a rat is not a human is not acceptable.

Cadbury recalls all chocolate products made at Beijing plant

British confectionery firm Cadbury has recalled all of its chocolate products manufactured at its Beijing plant as a precautionary step 'after monitoring' melamine-contamination events in China, the chocolate maker said...

Beverage ingredients follow taste of Africa trend

A range of African-inspired flavours for beverages are being introduced by Symrise as it taps into the growing popularity of African ingredients which offer the novelty factor as well as...

EUFIC publishes first results of EU labelling survey

Most UK consumers are aware of guidance daily amounts (GDA) and traffic light labelling, but only one-in-four actually looks for nutritional information, according to a new survey from EUFIC.

ABF gets go-ahead for French yeast acquisition

The European Commission cleared the acquisition of the baker’s yeast division of Gilde Bakery Ingredients by Associated British Foods on Tuesday following ABF’s acceptance of conditions to ensure that sufficient...

Farmers target cereal tariff reissue amidst supply hikes

The UK’s National Farmers Union (NFU) is calling for the reinstatement of European import duties on cereals to protect grain producers both domestically and in northern Europe.

Consultancy to integrate technical and compliance advice

A new consultancy in The Netherlands has been established to give more closely targeted advice to food developers on technical issues on the one hand, and how to comply with...

FAO calls for tighter scrutiny of infant formula markets

Infant formula manufacturers need to invest further in safety controls in order to regain public confidence after the Chinese melamine scandal, FAO has said.

New EU proposal aims to make mergers, divisions simpler

The European Commission has published a new proposal to simplify company mergers and divisions, thereby reducing the administrative burden, especially for SMEs.

Splenda may damage gut bacteria, boost weight gain: study

Consumption of the sweetener Splenda at doses within the US FDA’s Acceptable Daily Intake may suppress beneficial bacteria in the gut, and cause weight gain, says a new rat study....

Kids could eat three time melamine TDI, warns EFSA

As global concern grows over the possible use of melamine-contaminated milk powder in biscuits, chocolate and other foods, the EFSA has deemed that, in the worst case, children could exceed...

Splenda study: Industry and academia respond

Questions have been raised concerning the safety of the Splenda brand of sweetener, and its key component sucralose, following publication of results of a rat study. Both industry and academia...

Leading retailers investigated for price fixing

A number of leading UK consumer goods retailers and suppliers are being investigated for price fixing.

Europe's first polydextrose production planned

Tate & Lyle has announced plans to build a new polydextrose line in The Netherlands, which it says will be the first facility for the manufacture of the prebiotic fibre...

Euro snacking resilient despite festive demand fears - industry

Concerns over the potential decline of US ‘luxury’ food and snack demand during the run up to Christmas are not being shared by European manufacturers of sweet snacks, according to...

IFF studies chicken stock users in their natural habitat

Consumers are not aware that they could be enjoying more authentic chicken flavours and more intense flavour profiles than in many market products, according to a consumer and sensory specialist.

Dried plums offer natural antioxidants for beef: Study

Antioxidant-rich dried plums may be a natural alternative to synthetic preservatives for boneless beef roasts, suggests research from the Americas.

Brown rice bioactives identified by researchers

A joint US-Japanese study has identified the compounds in pre-germinated brown rice responsible for the potential health benefits of this emerging health food.

Dispatches from China: Food safety

Booming economy requires better controls, say experts

China must build a climate of responsibility among its food producers to protect consumers around the world from unsafe products, experts said today.

Vitiva positions rosemary extracts for acrylamide reduction

Vitiva is aiming at a new market for its rosemary-derived anti-oxidants, after test have shown positive results for the reduction of acrylamide in fried foods.

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