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FDA investigating kava-kava

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is investigating whether the use of dietary supplements containing kava (also known as kava kava or Piper methysticum) is...

Nestlé sweetens ice-cream position

Nestlé sweetened its position as one of the world's largest ice-cream makers on Thursday by agreeing to pay General Mills $641m for the 50 per...

Danish organic exports on the up

Well-known Danish manufacturers of organic products are set to increase exports of organic products to the British market. The new export initiative will be supported...

France's Glavany hints no early end to UK beef ban

French farm minister Jean Glavany gave another hint on Wednesday that Paris would not rush to remove its ban on British beef over mad cow...

BASF to appeal against fine imposed by the European Commission relating to vitamins

BASF is to lodge an appeal against the fine imposed by the European Commission on November 21, 2001 with the responsible European Court of First...

UK wants Cargill-Cerestar deal competition probe

Britain's trade ministry asked the European Commission last week to allow it to study the impact of Cargill Inc's proposed acquisition of French starch maker...

Scrubbing up !

When visiting a food flavouring and fragrance company the first thing someone normally notices isn't the delivery vans or cars in the car park, it's...

FAO and WHO hold first global forum of food safety regulators

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organisation (WHO) are to convene a Global Forum of Food Safety Regulators in Marrakech,...

Dutch food group buys ingredients business

Dutch food group CSM NV said on Wednesday it had reached an agreement to buy the ingredient activities of Hero Nederland BV for 49 million...

US and EU banana dispute reaches an end

European Union agriculture ministers adopted regulations for a new banana-import system Wednesday, formally marking an end to a long-running dispute with the United States and...

Food fight continues between Parma and Helsinki

A battle between the Italian city of Parma and Finland's capital Helsinki over who should host a prestigious European food safety agency is rapidly turning...

Rumours dampened over return of ADM executive

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland Co. said it had no plans to rehire former Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman Michael Andreas, who was released...

A dollop of tomato sauce may benefit prostate cells

A component of tomato sauce may help reduce DNA damage in the prostate, a new study suggests. This may have implications for the prevention or...

ConAgra buys Nestlé snack business

ConAgra Foods, Inc. announced this week that it has purchased the David & Sons sunflower seeds and snack business from Nestle USA, Inc., a subsidiary...

DSM identifies fungus genes to finely tune enzyme production

Dutch ingredients company DSM this week announced the completion of important research to determine the complete DNA sequence of a key production organism, the fungus...

Oversupply to continue in UK organic dairy market

The British organic dairy products market is to show healthy growth in the coming years however oversupplies are set to continue, market analysts Organic Monitor...

UK Food Agency draws together discussion group on BSE

The UK Food Standards Agency is to draw together a representative group of consumer and food-industry stakeholders with a specific interest in BSE. The group...

Commission cuts fish quotas

European Union governments agreed to hefty cuts to next year's fishing quotas on Tuesday after all-night talks that pitted national interests against arguments that stocks...

European Food Summit scheduled for April 2002

The next European Food Summit entitled "Quality for a Confident Consumer" will take place at the Palais des Expositions in Brussels on 11 and 12...

Food trade association

The Food and Consumer Products Manufacturers of Canada (FCPMC) announced this week that it is appalled at the Canadian Dairy Commission's (CDC) decision to ignore...

Rhodia / DSM talks terminated

Dutch ingredients company DSM made a short statement this week confirming that the contacts the company had had with Rhodia and Aventis in the context...

Kraft sells confectionery business

US food and drink company Kraft Foods announced on Wednesday that FS Acquisition Corp., a subsidiary of Catterton Partners, is to acquire the U.S.-based Farley...

Italians and Finns continue the food agency battle

"Prosciutto is ham" a full-page ad read in Finland's largest daily on Wednesday, a response to Italy's Prime Minister who reportedly said Helsinki should not...

Self-sufficient food supply rate at 40 per cent

Japan's self-sufficient food ratio on a calorie basis remained a low 40 per cent in fiscal 2000 that ended March 31, the Agriculture, Forestry and...

New process produces anti-irritant coffee

A US coffee company claims this week to have come up with a stomach-friendly version of one of the most popular drinks in the world....

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