Food safety

 

EFSA re-confirms aspartame safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said there is no indication that aspartame causes cancer, following its assessment of a study that linked regular intake of the sweetener with an increased risk of certain cancers. EFSA’s panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS) was asked by the European Commission for […]

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£10m boost for food waste facilities

The recent budget announcement of an additional £10 million funding for the development of reprocessing facilities for food waste has been welcomed by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). The funding will, it says, enable new composting and anaerobic digestion facilities to be built – processing over 300,000 additional tonnes of food waste every year. […]

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UK snack food firm sells loss-making subsidiary

UK snack food and confectionery firm Zetar has sold a loss-making snacks business to the unit’s chief executive in a deal worth almost £2.7 million. The Baked Snacks Company Ltd (BSC) has gone to Mobeen Mehdi, following a management buy-out by his team. Mehdi has paid £590,000 up front, with the balance due over the […]

Ulrick & Short to steer a new path

UK clean label ingredients developer, supplier and manufacturer Ulrick & Short has revealed plans to launch a range of new nutritionally beneficial ingredients later this year. The company has joined forces with Appetizing Innovation to prove the efficacy and legality of ingredients with specific health declarations, and to help the company take its first major […]

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Green tea cheer for Tate & Lyle

Tate & Lyle has sealed a deal for the exclusive EMEA distribution rights of a new green tea extract from tea and coffee sourcing company A Holliday & Co. Called Teawell 95, the extract has a 95% concentration of the catechin Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) – among the highest purities available on the market today. EGCG is […]

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New food fraud squad

A new food fraud division will support local authorities in taking swift action to stop illegal activity, as well as helping them uncover cases where consumers have been misled, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency. The Food Fraud Advisory Unit (FFAU) is a group of 16 officials with extensive skills and experience in carrying out […]

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Cargill shelves omega-3 offering

Cargill has stopped work on its nascent fish oil-sourced omega-3 offering less than two years after its high-profile launch. According to a spokesman for the company, the unbranded ingredient is no longer under development as Cargill is focusing its healthy nutrient efforts on some of its other offerings such as phytosterols, inulin, alternative sweeteners and […]

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Heart-warming win

DSM’s blood pressure management ingredient tensVida (formerly known as TensGuard) recently won the NutrAward for the most innovative, evidence-based health and nutrition ingredient. “As a well known risk factor for coronary heart disease, kidney failure and stroke, high blood pressure is a major global concern, says Luc van-der-Heyden, business manager heart health, DSM.“TensVida represents a […]

M&S boss opens new food manufacturing centre

Sir Stuart Rose, chief executive of Marks & Spencer, has officially opened the National Centre for Food Manufacturing at the University of Lincoln’s Holbeach campus. The new £3.5 million centre in southern Lincolnsire is a state-of-the-art food packaging and processing training factory for food sector employees. The centre will also support the university’s developing agenda […]

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Frozen food is the future, says BFFF

The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is launching a new foodservice campaign which aims to educate the foodservice sector on how it can profit from using frozen food in the face of an economic downturn. To run over two years, the Profiting from Frozen Food campaign will focus on how buying frozen food will save […]

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New acquisition for Frutarom

Israeli flavour and ingredients company Frutarom has signed an agreement to acquire the assets and business of the American Company Flavors Specialties for $17.2 million, financed through bank loans. The agreement includes a clause that could increase or decrease the value of the deal to $27 million or $13.15 million based on earnings in 2009 […]

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Celebs urged to say no to junk food ads

The UK Food Commission is introducing a charter for celebrities willing to pledge that they will not use their image to promote foods high in fat, saturated fat, sugar or salt. Campaigners at the commission cite stars such as Ian Wright, Chris Hoy and David Beckham as having had their ‘brand’ linked to unhealthy foods. […]

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INGREDIENTS NEWS: Peanuts prove a healthy handful

Leading nutrition researchers at the 2nd International Nuts and Health symposium have recommended increased peanut and nut snacks consumption as a more effective step to improve dietary health and reduce risk of heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Proceedings published in the Journal of Nutrition concluded that replacing snacks high in refined carbohydrates with nuts […]

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