New VFFS bagging machine from Ilapack

Ilapak has launched a new open-frame vertical, form, fill and seal (VFFS) bagging machine, the Vegatronic 2000 OF. The new machine incorporates ultrasonic sealing technology and an open-frame design, offering easy accessibility for fast servicing and maintenance, says Ilapack, and is ideal for prepared produce, salads, frozen foods and grated and shredded cheese. “The Vegatronic […]

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Salmonella cases fall for fifth year

EFSA and the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control have published their annual report on zoonoses and food-borne outbreaks in the EU for 2009. The report shows Salmonella cases in humans fell by 17% in 2009, marking a decrease for the fifth consecutive year. The report also shows that between 2008 and 2009 the […]

Higher price hopes for Cumberland sausage makers

Cumberland sausage has been successful in its bid to be made only in Cumbria, following an EU ruling that comes into force this month. It now ranks alongside the likes of Champagne, Parma ham and Greek feta cheese in having Protected Geographical Indication (PGI) status under EU law. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural […]


Fish and shellfish safety research plan

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) in Scotland is commissioning five pieces of research that it says will help gather evidence to improve the hygiene standards of fish and shellfish consumed in Scotland. The areas of research are to include a review of the processes in place throughout the processing chain that are designed to control […]

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EFSA revises guidance on caramel colours

The European Food Safety Authority’s scientific Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food has assessed the safety of a group of caramel colours authorised for use in food in the EU, and revised the previously established Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI). The Panel also looked at the safety of some by-products resulting from […]

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Cancer concern over recycled cereal boxes

Leading food manufacturers are changing their packaging because of health concerns about boxes made from recycled cardboard. Researchers found toxic chemicals from recycled newspapers had contaminated food sold in many cardboard cartons. The chemicals, known as mineral oils, come from printing inks. Cereal firm Jordans has stopped using recycled cardboard and other firms are to […]

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Fish and shellfish employees can now net new skills

The first dedicated training qualification for fish and shellfish processing to be launched for more than 20 years is now available to employers. The Proficiency in Fish and Shellfish Industry Skills qualification has been developed by Improve, the UK-based food and drink skills council, and can now be accessed through the National Skills Academy for […]


Thirst for new dairy-free drink ingredients

While soy milk may continue to dominate the growing global dairy-free market, there are signs that newer alternatives are emerging into the mainstream grocery sector, according to the Innova Database. They include rice, oats and, more recently, almonds. Dairy alternative drinks launches recorded on the database reached over 600 in 2010, with almond milks and […]


Coca-Cola and Heinz in landmark packaging partnership

The Coca-Cola Company and Heinz have announced a strategic US partnership that will enable Heinz to produce its ketchup bottles using Coca-Cola’s innovative PlantBottle packaging. The PET plastic bottles are made partially from plants and have a lower reliance on non-renewable resources compared with traditional PET plastic bottles. The partnership is an industry first, and […]

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Organic produce not healthier or tastier, says consumer watchdog

The organic approach to gardening will not deliver healthier or more tasty produce, according to a leading UK consumer watchdog. The controversial study from Which? Gardening also claims that produce grown using modern artificial methods may well be better for you. The claims come after a two-year study which found that non-organic broccoli had significantly […]


Cornish pasties join EU protected list

The Cornish pasty has obtained Protected Geographical Indication status – putting it on par with Champagne and Stilton. The ruling from the European Commission means that only Cornish pasties made in Cornwall, following the traditional recipe, can use the name. But authentic Cornish pasties can be baked elsewhere in the country as long as they […]

GRAS status for AstaPure

Algatechnologies’ natural astaxanthin product AstaPure has obtained GRAS (Generally Recognised As Safe) status from the FDA for use in food and beverages applications. “Our AstaPure brand has been successfully applied for several years as an active ingredient in dietary supplements, foods and beverages in Japan,” says Efrat Kat, director of marketing and sales at Algatechnologies. […]


Enzyme preparation promises bakery industry boost

A new bakery enzyme preparation will slow down staling and improve crumb elasticity, according to manufacturer Cognis. The firm says Nutrilife AS M is tailor-made for ‘maximum freshness retention in all yeast-raised baked products’ and can be added to existing formulations in various dosages, depending on the desired shelf life. “In emerging and developed markets […]


Spotlight on CFP

EU Commissioner Maria Damanaki met with the Food and Drink Federation (FDF) Seafood group recently as part of an industry alliance pressing for radical reform of the Common Fisheries Policy (CFP). The alliance, which includes FDF, WWF and retailers, has put together a common position calling for more sustainable fisheries management policies and the elimination […]

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