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EFSA rejects ‘poor quality’ cranberry health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed a second article 14 urinary tract infection (UTI)-cranberry extract health claim.

Food landmarks 2009: Stevia in Europe

As the old year draws to a close, we review the significant waypoints of 2009 and look ahead to what is likely to dominate next year’s news. Join us now...

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Infant nut risk prompts call for packaging warnings

The danger of suffocation for infants from swallowing nuts is far higher than that from toys, said the German risk body as it called for warnings to be printed on...

Nestlé closes Zimbabwe operations after government pressure

Intimidation by the Zimbabwean government has forced food giant Nestle to suspend its operations in the country.

More research needed on Monsanto maize, says French biotech council

More research is needed to assess the environmental impact of Monsanto’s genetically modified MON 810 maize, according to the French government’s advisory council on biotechnology.

Recession fails to stop organic food growth

Organic food sales in much of Europe have held up in the recession, bucking fears that the price premium would put off consumers, according to Organic Monitor.

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EU clears Marfrig takeover of Seara

Chicken processors in the UK and Netherlands will not face unfair competition by Marfrig’s takeover Seara, said the European Commission as it cleared the deal.

Electronic nose sniffs out food aroma quality

Reliable electronic noses capable of consistently detecting different food aromas moved a step closer recently with the invention of a new statistical methodology by Spanish researchers.

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Syngenta receives GM corn approval in Argentina

Syngenta has received approval for its double-stacked trait for genetically modified corn in Argentina, combining herbicide tolerance and pesticide resistance, the company said on Tuesday.

Brits choose food as preferred little luxury: Survey

A third of British people buy food and beverage items as their favourite ‘little luxuries’ – while the Dutch are most likely to shun luxury products altogether, according to a...


Time to speed sustainable palm oil supply

Global food giants have vowed to source all their palm oil sustainably by 2015 – but consumer pressure could grease the wheels for more rapid change.

Food industry attacks weak Copenhagen climate change deal

Industry and NGOs alike have expressed disappointment and anger at the failure of the Copenhagen climate summit to produce a substantive deal.

Volume sales of UK chocolate confectionery hit, report

Brands such as Kit Kat and Wispa are performing well but new data shows the UK chocolate confectionery market appears to be taking a hit from the economic downturn

British Heart Foundation survey sparks festive food spat

UK food manufacturers have slammed the latest report from the British Heart Foundation which alleges they are misleading mothers with false information about the fat, salt and sugar content of...

Soft drink changes to drive flavour growth, says Leatherhead

Changing soft drink habits are expected to be a key driver for future growth in the flavours market in Western Europe, according to a new report from Leatherhead.

DSM launches new natural beta-carotene colour

A new, natural-source beta-carotene formulation for colouring and fortifying food and beverages has been launched by DSM Nutritional Products.

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Trade groups gain long awaited EC health claims hearing

Europe's leading trade groups are set for a meeting with the European Commission to discuss their concerns over the health claims assessment, and EFSA's reluctance to engage in dialogue.

Front-of-pack ‘traffic-lights’ ineffective for health choices: Study

Traffic-light labelling on the front of food packages do not change the relative healthiness of consumer purchases, says a new study from Oxford University.

Bakery ingredient supplier recalls linseed products on GM discovery

Sweden-based firm, Lantmännen Cerealia, said that it has withdrawn some crushed linseed products manufactured under the GoGreen brand in Finland and Sweden after a batch of crushed linseed it had...

Pinning down European food policy debate: Report

Globalised food safety issues, demand for sustainable production, new technologies and Europe-wide food labelling will shape upcoming food policy debate, according to a new report.

New UK site to process 2m birds weekly

A joint venture between Banham Poultry and Vion could create the “most advanced” chicken plant in Europe, reports sister publication Food Manufacture.

Danisco sweetener sales leave a bitter mark on profit forecasts

Danisco plans to write-down the remaining goodwill of DKK 700m in sweeteners, after the division recorded another big drop in quarterly revenues.

Anti-hunger aromas have real potential in obesity fight

The concept of using aroma to produce anti-hunger feelings during chewing is “promising and appealing”, says a timely review of the science-to-date.

Nestlé and Kraft probe palm oil sources after sustainability claims

The globe’s two biggest food firms, Nestlé and Kraft, have launched internal investigations after a Greenpeace report claimed both purchase palm oil from Indonesian company PT Smart whose parent group...

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