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SNE: “We urge European decision makers to now translate this updated scientific evidence into legislation...

“This signals a new dawn for weight loss products.”

Industry backs EFSA report on low-calorie diet regimes

By Shane STARLING

EFSA’s full low-calorie diet regime report – published this week – can help “tackle the societal challenge of obesity”, the EU’s specialist food trade group has said.

Where is the food ingredients industry going? HIE lessons and sessions

By Patricia Wiklund

Despite  challenging times in the ingredient business there exist excellent opportunities particularly for mid-sized ingredient firms, concludes Nordic strategy and marketing agency Invenire. Analyst Patricia Wiklund unpicks key trends from the recent...

Commission puts EFSA opinion to one side as it rejects five glucose claims due to public health concerns

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to consumers about sugar consumption.

The FAO says consumption of arracacha may predate that of the potato in parts of South America

EFSA rejects novel foods status for arracacha root

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a novel foods application for the South American root vegetable arracacha xanthorrhiza after the applicant failed to provide sufficient information.

Beyond GMOs: Europe needs to update biotech regulation

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The European Union needs to update the way it regulates biotechnology as advances are made in plant breeding – or risk disrupting trade in commodity crops, according to Professor Huw Jones of Rothamsted Research.

Younger people and women are most likely to resolve to improve their eating habits

Healthier eating is top UK New Year’s resolution

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

A third of UK consumers intend to eat more healthily in 2015 – but nearly half will have dropped their resolution by the end of January, according to a Canadean survey.

Insects are not widely consumed in Europe - but Belgium and the Netherlands have allowed their sale on a national level

Luxembourg prohibits sale of edible insects

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Luxembourg’s food safety authority has said it will not relax novel food laws prohibiting the sale of edible insects without specific Commission approval.

The FoodNavigator editors have picked their top six trends to look out for in 2015. Do you agree? Let us know in the comments below.

FoodNavigator predicts top industry drivers for 2015

By Nathan Gray and Caroline Scott-Thomas

It’s time to get out our crystal balls and predict the hottest trends in the European food and drink sector for the year ahead. What’s in store for 2015?

“Everyone would agree that ancestral diets didn't include Twinkies, but I'm sure our ancestors would have eaten them if they grew on trees,” said one researcher behind the study.

Researchers poke holes in modern ‘paleo' diet

By Nathan Gray

There was more than one Palaeolithic diet, and none of them may have been that healthy - but barely any of the foods eaten are available anymore anyway, say researchers.

Isola Bio is a major player in the organic dairy alternatives market in Italy

Wessanen to acquire Abafoods for €52m

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Dutch food company Wessanen has agreed to acquire Italian organic drinks company Abafoods for €52m, the company has said.

Food imports from Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Kenya flout maximum pesticides residue levels most frequently

How much pesticide residue is in our food?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

98.3% of foods in the EU contain pesticide residues within legal limits, but there were “significantly higher” maximum limit exceedance rates for products from outside of Europe, according to a report from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Consumers' are more open to alternative proteins

Health Ingredients Europe

New proteins are creeping on trend

By Nicholas Robinson

Alternative proteins are a “hot area” of interest and products such as sandwich spreads made with meal worms could be a thing of the future, according to one food trend expert.

Food labelling will receive more attention if Labour is successful at the next election said Abrahams

Labour plans tougher food regulation

By Rick Pendrous

Labour is about to set out its plans for improving public health if elected next year and while tougher regulation can be expected, sugar and fat taxes will not be part of the mix, it has emerged.

Consumers may trade sustainability for more self-centred purchase motivators, like health, taste or cost

Health and sustainability goals entail trade-offs

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Pursuing health and environmental sustainability goals at the same time requires trade-offs, argues an Aarhus University associate professor in Current Opinion in Food Science.

When it come to flavour, salt replacement doesn't have to mean mimicking salt

How important is saltiness when reducing salt?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Many different approaches have been taken to reducing salt, from mineral-based salt replacers to gradual reduction to alter consumer preference – but some ignore salty flavour altogether.

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