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Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is unsurprising, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)...

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

FIC regulation: When is nutrition labelling mandatory?

By Steve Spice, head of regulatory affairs at Campden BRI

The Provision of Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) is fast approaching the key date in December 2014, after which the majority of its provisions start to take effect. In this guest article, Campden BRI expert Steve Spice addresses some of...

Swedish survey shows need for more products that adhere to Nordic nutrition keyhole label standards

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Low vitamin D status could be a worry for Scottish health, according to the new NDNS data.

Scottish dietary survey reveals vitamin D worry

By Nathan Gray

A significant proportion of Scottish adults and children show evidence of low vitamin D levels, according to new data from the UK national diet and nutrition survey (NDNS).

The new natural: How are clean label claims changing?

The new natural: How are clean label claims changing?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

European consumers expect simple foods with no artificial ingredients – but food companies are finding it harder to differentiate their products by adding clean label claims, according to Mintel’s director of innovation and insight David Jago.

Accuracy is particularly important for allergens and nutritional information

FIC regulation: Lost in translation?

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

Pan-European food companies could be prone to major translation blunders as they look to implement new food labelling rules, says translation expert Richard Brooks.

Alpro is removing 'may contain nut' labels in response to complaints

EFSA stymies progress on ‘may contain’

By Rick Pendrous

Alpro’s decision to reverse plans to combine its soya and nut production lines has shone the spotlight on the need for usable ‘action levels’ for adventitious allergen contamination of foods.

Latest rumours see internal market and enlargement in European neighbourhood posts disappearing

Juncker European Commission line-up leaked

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Lithuanian politician Vytenis Andriukaitis has been earmarked as the next commissioner for health and food safety in a leaked Juncker line-up, but officials remain tight lipped.

Nutrition information labelling exemptions are causing confusion

Small brands play catch up with food labelling rules

By Rod Addy

Small brands are reacting to food labelling changes more slowly than larger peers and risk a last-minute scramble to meet Food Information for Consumers (FIC) Regulation requirements, according to GS1 UK.

'Over-eating large amounts of ‘healthier’ foods can be as detrimental as under-consuming less healthy and processed options,' says Sam Allen, analyst at Canadean

UK malnutrition on the rise, report finds

By Anna Bonar

BBC findings suggest malnutrition is on the rise in the UK; a trend that could be due to insufficient education about balanced diet and hefty price tags on healthy food, Canadean says.

“At the moment, insect-derived products are expensive because the industry is in its infancy. If their popularity becomes more widespread, infrastructure developments would render them more affordable, moving them beyond a treat for the experience-seeker,” said Catherine O’Connor from Canadean.

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

By Anna Bonar

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them said they would try insects of which 127 said they would be interested in eating them regularly.

Blood flow may be improved and diastolic blood pressure reduced significantly by the consumption of almonds, according to researchers.

Almonds may reduce heart disease risk: Study

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Eating almonds may reduce the risk of heart disease by increasing levels of the antioxidant alpha-tocopherol in the blood stream, reducing blood pressure and improving blood flow, according to UK researchers.

Asked if they trusted the dairy industry to fully purify milk, 70% of  under-25s said no.

Brits moving to non-dairy pastures: Mintel report

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

There is a growing trend towards dairy alternatives in the UK, with volume sales of cow-milk alternatives such as soya, rice and buffalo milk up 155% between 2011 and 2013, according to a Mintel report.

Healthy burgers could be on the menu: Study

By Nicola Cottam

Consumers have a positive attitude towards healthy burgers and therefore a greater propensity to buy them, according to a study carried out by researchers at the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil.

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