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What was 2015's most misleading product? Consumers cast their votes....

By Niamh Michail

It’s that time of year where the food industry eagerly looks to market analysts’ predictions for 2016’s upcoming trends. But consumer rights group FoodWatch is asking Dutch consumers to take a look back at 2015 and vote for the most misleading product....

Confusing food labels are named and shamed on Twitter

By Niamh Michail

A Spanish consumer rights group has launched a naming and shaming Twitter campaign after it found one third of consumers surveyed has bought the wrong product due to confusing food labels.

Consumers will be able to seek guidance on questions including the purchase of goods and services.

Hello Consumer, says Swedish agency

By Joyeeta Basu

Sweden has launched a new nationwide information service to provide better guidance and information to its people on all consumer-related queries.

It’s legal but dishonest to use non-organic aromas in organic products, says consumer group Foodwatch

Organic aroma loophole leaves bad taste

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The organic French yoghurt brand Vrai has been forced to pull one of its yoghurts after consumer pressure weighed in on its (legal) decision to use a non-organic aroma.

Liz Moran named as top UK scientist

Time is expensive in food fraud battle

By Joseph James Whitworth

Time can be more expensive than money when it comes to getting the results of potential food fraud tests, according to a scientist named in the Top 100 by the Science Council.

Does 'natural' amount to more than just a list of acceptable or unacceptable ingredients on a food label? What other cues are consumers looking for when deciding if a product is natural and wholesome? Find out on June 26 at Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Natural & Clean Label Trends 2013

Where do your products sit in the clean label hierarchy?

By Elaine WATSON

If it sounds like a ‘chemical’, or isn’t in the kitchen cupboard, shoppers may regard it with suspicion. But which ingredients are 'acceptable' to today's consumers, which are to be avoided, and who decides? 

Donkey found in South African burgers

Donkey found in South African burgers

South Africa’s Minister of Trade and Industry Rob Davies has ordered an urgent inquiry after donkey and goat DNA was found in burgers and sausages.

A consumer group alleges Strauss' Cow Chocolate is more expensive than leading brands in other countries

Strauss faces chocolate price hike accusation in Israel

By Oliver Nieburg

Israel’s antitrust authority has received a complaint alleging that the country’s number two food manufacturer The Strauss Group is exploiting its monopoly on the domestic chocolate market by overcharging consumers.

Tackling regulatory issues and talking flavours with consumer groups

Dispatches from European Flavour Association conference

Tackling regulatory issues and talking flavours with consumer groups

By Jess Halliday in Brussels

At the start of 2010 EFFA adopted a new structure following its split from the fragrance industry association. Sven Ballschmiede, EFFA board member, explains EFFA new focus and matters that are topping its agenda today.

Maximising potential and minimising risks of nanotechnology

Guest article

Maximising potential and minimising risks of nanotechnology

By By Martin Livermore and Ulrich Adam

Nanotechnology holds great potential and is being used increasingly in food and consumer products. So far, the connotations have mostly been positive. However this promising start is now at risk of being reversed. There is a very real danger that a scare...

The truth behind food labels

The truth behind food labels

With food scares, health concerns and sustainability issues playing
heavily on consumers' minds - and influencing their shopping habits
- the humble food label has never played a more important role. But
how can consumers be...

Recall advice down under

Recall advice down under

The food safety authority down under - Food Standards Australia New
Zealand (FSANZ) - launches the latest edition of the Food
Industry Recall Protocol to assist the food industry on steps
to take when a food recall becomes necessary.

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