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Wilmar palm oil produced using child labour in dangerous conditions: Amnesty International

Amnesty International has uncovered “systemic” cases of child labour and labour rights abuses in Indonesian palm oil plantations operated by Wilmar, tracing the palm oil back to firms including Nestlé,...

Amnesty report fallout: Another blow for RSPO?

Amnesty International’s report is another dent in the reputation of the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) as three of the suppliers on Wilmar's operations were RSPO-certified. 

Future policy challenges: Global and local food; a weak EU and ‘phood’

Risk assessment, early warning for emerging hazards and official controls and inspections are areas where the EU legislative framework needs to be strengthened to deal with future issues, according to...

'The government's 'Five-a-day' message has failed.'

More peas please, we're British: Food Foundation launches campaign to boost vegetable intake

Rising prices, fewer nutrients and an overall fall in domestic production are reducing Britain's vegetable intake, says think tank Food Foundation as it launches a campaign to investigate industry's role in improving...

Future food: Could edible bee larvae help feed the world by 2050?

The edible larvae and pupae of honey bees has a ‘nutty’ flavour, high nutritional value and protein quality similar to beef, say researchers.

Ferrero drops Romanian Kinder Egg subcontractor amid child labor concerns

Ferrero has terminated all relations with subcontractors Prolegis in Romania after allegations children had been working long hours for low pay to produce toys for Kinder Eggs.

Marketing meat alternatives: Why carbon labels don't stick... yet

Some foods have a bigger carbon footprint than others. Cue the need for a carbon label so consumers can choose accordingly? Perhaps not - as Tesco and PepsiCo have found...

INTERVIEW

The Vegetarian Butcher: What turned a ninth generation meat farmer into a plant-based pioneer?

Jaap Korteweg was a ninth generation Dutch meat farmer before becoming a vegetarian unable to banish his cravings for meat. The CEO of The Vegetarian Butcher  shares his experience and gives advice...

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WASH slams breakfast cereal makers for higher sugar content in developing markets

WASH, the World Action on Salt and Health, has hit out at discrepancies in the sugar and salt levels found in the same cereal brand sold in different countries.

EU launches platform to fight food waste

The European Commission has launched a multistakeholder platform to prevent food waste. Rethinking our food systems is a "moral obligation", said commissioner for health and food safety Vytenis Andriukaitis....

Insects come to the crease as cricket protein set for sustained innings

British start-up Next Step Foods cracks protein market with cricket flour bar

British start-up Next Step Foods was at FoodMattersLive showcasing its cricket protein energy bars alongside 11 other insect firms. Is this niche ingredient slowly seeping into the mainstream? ...

Ultrasound technique could produce new functional egg white proteins

Combining high-intensity ultrasound with the enzymatic treatment of egg whites could produce new ‘added-value’ egg white protein hydrolysates that are attractive to the food and nutrition industry, say researchers.

MEPs oppose plant-based alternatives using meat terms

The battle over plant-based terminology has moved into the meat arena with two Italian MEPs calling for laws to prevent vegetarian alternatives from using names such as prosciutto and mortadella....

Nestlé KitKat trademark appeal against Petra Foods fails

The Court of Appeal in Singapore has reaffirmed Nestlé’s KitKat shape trademark is invalid and ruled Petra Foods’ Delfi Take-It bar cannot therefore infringe the mark.

Findings point to risk from saturated fats outside some reduction guidelines

Harvard-Unilever study confirms link between sat fats, heart disease & importance of reformulation

There is an association between intakes of individual saturated fats and the risk of coronary heart disease, according to a new analysis of data that underlines the importance of switching...

‘My grandmother always told me: ‘Don’t peel your apple, the best part is in the skin’

Smoothies turn to seeds to boost natural positioning

In an effort for products to appear as close to natural as possible, beverage producers are turning more and more to ingredients complete with skin, seeds and fruit flesh. 

Lab meat heads for the market: A look at the history and future of in-vitro meat

With rapidly increasing research, falling production prices and greater publicity for lab-grown meat, 'in-vitro' technology looks set to come onto the market in the next...

How should you communicate your CSR success stories?

French industry group ANIA has published a report with best practice tips for communicating corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities and responsible marketing.

High-fat teenage diet linked to mental disorders in later life

A high-fat diet may have consequences on mental health in later life, according to a recent mouse study. "A careful nutritional balance during this sensitive period is pivotal," says the lead researcher....

Animal welfare logos: Putting a premium price on what should be a legal minimum?

Denmark unveiled its voluntary logo for animal welfare last month and Germany looks set to launch its own. But should a high standard of welfare not be the legal minimum...

Gut instinct: Irish art exhibition explores food, mood & the ‘psychobiome’

Irish microbiome scientists have helped curate an Irish art exhibition exploring the influence of food on mood, informed by mounting science around the gut-brain axis.

Why is Finland failing to meet its 20% organic target?

In 2013, the Finnish government set itself the target of converting one fifth of its arable cultivated land to organic, but it is lagging behind where other EU countries are...

Customer-centric innovations more likely to hit the mark

Putting the consumer’s need at the heart of innovation will pay big dividends for food manufacturers.

ISA: Mechanism ‘not plausible’ to explain aspartame’s role in weight loss

A mechanism found to explain why aspartame prevents weight loss in humans is "not plausible" according to the International Sweeteners Association (ISA).

No grain, no gain: Dutch consumer group fights 'misleading' whole-grain products

Dutch consumer association, Consumentenbond, is fighting for tougher regulations on products claiming to be whole-grain as it says manufacturers are deliberately misleading consumers in their labelling.

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