Food safety

 

Wine and dine

A wine flour set to enter the US market can deliver a healthy profile to baked goods, through the addition of antioxidants, fibre and fatty acids, while also extending shelf-life, according to its manufacturer Northern Light Food Processing. It claims the ingredients has a distinct advantage over competitor products as it does not contain grape […]

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ADM acquires Czech oilseed plant

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced the expansion of its European oilseed processing capabilities with the acquisition of ViaChem Group’s oilseed processing assets in Olomouc, Czech Republic. This facility, in the eastern part of the Czech Republic, consists of an oilseed crushing, refining and biodiesel plant that produces oil and meal for the food, feed […]

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Salt shocker

Over three quarters of people (77%) are not aware that bread and breakfast cereals are among the top salt-contributing foods in our diet, according to a new Food Standards Agency survey. The top three salt-contributing foods are bread, followed by meat products, then breakfast cereals. When asked to pick the top three from a list […]

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Why the US could be sweet on Reb A

Rebaudioside A (Reb A), a non-caloric sweetener derived from the stevia plant, could fill a sweet spot in the American food and beverage market, according to a new Rabobank report. The report, entitled Stevia and the U.S. Market, says the growing demand for products with greater perceived health benefits could help the sweetener grow in […]

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More companies say no to ‘Southampton six’

More food businesses have joined those that have already stopped using the six food colours associated with possible hyperactivity in children. Among those now producing product lines free of these colours are three manufacturers and a chain of restaurants. Debenhams restaurants are now ensuring that all food served on the premises will be free of […]

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Tetra Pak CPS defies recession with £1 million factory investment

Capital equipment and turnkey systems supplier Tetra Pak CPS has defied the recession by investing over £1 million in improvements at its UK factory in Sherborne. The company has upgraded its facilities to increase capability and cost effectiveness following a decision by parent firm Tetra Pak to allocate the Dorset-based supplier manufacturing orders from other […]

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Southampton six safety review

A verdict on the safety of the so-called ‘Southampton six’ food colours is imminent after EFSA confirmed that its food additives panel is scheduled to discuss the review findings later this month. A spokesman says that should the panel adopt any opinions from the review process, the views will be published in mid-October following the […]

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Eco labelling for Tesco milk

Tesco is now displaying carbon footprint labels on milk bottles as part of a series of measures designed to reduce the environmental impact of milk production. The supermarket giant hopes that the labels will encourage people to make greener choices by informing them about the environmental impact of different products. It plans to extend the […]

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Super-strength beer slammed

Health campaigners have reacted furiously to the launch of a new beer containing 18.2 per cent alcohol. Tokyo, launched by Scottish brewery BrewDog, has been declared Britain’s strongest beer, with a single pint containing 12 units. The brewery defended its latest offering, saying that it is ‘priced in a way that encourages responsible consumption and […]

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Organic food not healthier, says FSA

Eating organic food does not provide any significant nutritional or health benefits, according to a study published this week. An independent review commissioned by the Food Standards Agency found there were no important differences between organic and conventionally produced food. The conclusion was reached after a team of researchers at the London School of Hygiene […]

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Chemical fears lead to cartoned water launch

Safety fears over controversial chemical bisphenol A (BPA) and environmental concerns have prompted one US beverage company to start selling water in cartons. O.N.E World Enterprises has announced the launch of O.N.E Water in a BPA-free Tetra Pak carton as a ‘sustainable alternative to plastic bottled water’. “With concern growing about the health risks of […]

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Meat processors welcome FSA U-turn

The British Meat Processors Association has welcomed a Food Standards Agency (FSA) decision to scrap plans for a four per cent hike in annual inspection charges in a bid to cut government subsidies to the industry. However, the FSA has said that a new system to calculate charges based on the length of time inspectors […]

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Ethical concerns’ over varying salt levels in global brands

New research shows that people in some countries are being fed over twice as much salt in popular global brands as their counterparts elsewhere in the world. World Action on Salt and Health (WASH) has surveyed over 260 food products available around the world from food manufacturers such as KFC, McDonalds, Kellogg’s, Nestle, Burger King […]

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