Food safety


Salt targets not likely to be met before 2024′

Millions of deaths could be prevented each year if individuals consumed 5g less salt per day. That’s the finding of a new review of research studies, which also calls for top-down regulations in addition to self-regulation by industry. Eating less salt reduces the risk of stroke by almost a quarter and the chances of heart […]


ADI action on ‘Southampton Six’

The European Food Safety Authority has lowered the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for three of the so-called Southampton Six food colours, but none of the scientific reasons given is associated with hyperactivity. A study published in 2007 concluded that cocktails of six artificial food colours – Allura Red (E128), Ponceau 4R (E124), Quinoline Yellow (E104), […]

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Anti-ageing snacks market set to soar, says Leatherhead

Ever-increasing life expectancy is leading to growing interest in fortified snacks and baked goods, according to a new report from Leatherhead Food Research. The Market for Anti-ageing Foods report goes on to say that the global market for such foods shows massive potential, with an increasing number and variety of customers registering an interest in […]


Health claims victory for AstaPure

Algatechnologies has revealed that, following an FDA review, it will be able to use 12 new structural health claims filed for its AstaPure brand of natural astaxanthin in the US market. For more than ten years, astaxanthin’s role in enhancing the immune system and preventing oxidative stress has been the subject of international research both […]

Tate & Lyle joins forces with Solvay

Tate & Lyle has announced that it is to partner with Solvay to sell digestive health ingredient Solcatis Galactofructose in bakery and other food and beverage applications in Europe (excluding Spain and Portugal), the Middle East and Africa. Solactis Galactofructose, a non-digestible carbohydrate derived from milk, has been shown to deliver wide-ranging health benefits as […]


FSA reveals open board meeting date

The next Food Standards Agency open board meeting is being held at its headquarters at Aviation House, 125 Kingsway, London WC2B 6NH. It will begin at 1pm on Tuesday, 10 November 2009 and will be chaired by agency chair Jeff Rooker. You can attend in person, watch it live online or listen-in via a free […]


New packaging ‘can triple shelf life’

New food packaging can double or, in some cases, even triple the shelf life of certain foods for up to 24 months compared with conventional packaging, according to manufacturer Superfos. SuperLock packaging is said to achieve the longer shelf-life thanks to ‘almost non-existent oxygen transmission rates’ obtained through a new oxygen barrier. And barrier protection […]


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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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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