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Processed foods eligible for EU funding under healthy eating scheme

Processed foods eligible for EU funding under healthy eating scheme

By Niamh Michail

Manufacturers of processed foods containing fruit and milk are eligible for EU funding under a healthy eating programme for schools, approved by the agriculture committee yesterday, but maximum levels for salt, sugar and fat levels may be lowered by the...

The research identifies Portugal's traditional pastries as a food that uses fats with high TFA content. (Image: iStock.com)

Concern over trans fat levels in Portuguese pastries

By Will Chu

High levels of trans fats in Portuguese foods, especially pastry, are contributing to an increased risk of coronary heart disease, cancer and diabetes, according to a study -  but processed and packaged pastries are not the worst offenders.

Rice quotations in 2015 were more stable than wheat or maize.  Photo copyright: Istock /  Jeremy Richards

Global food prices plunged by nearly 20% in 2015

By Niamh Michail

In 2015 prices of the world’s major commodities fell for the fourth year in a row, averaging nearly one fifth (19.1%) lower than in 2014, says the UN’s Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

Date label headaches could make consumers sick: Survey

Date label headaches could make consumers sick: Survey

By David Burrows

More than one third (39%) of UK shoppers say they would eat seafood past its ‘use by’ date, whilst even more (42%) would do the same with poultry –  a worrying development according to experts.

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