EFSA publishes EColi report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this week published its report into the possible source of the recent EColi O104 outbreaks in Germany and France. It concludes that a batch of fenugreek seeds, originally supplied from a company in Egypt to a German company, is the most likely link between the two outbreaks. However, evidence […]

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New frozen food packaging from Faerch Plast

Denmark-based company Færch Plast says it has developed a high strength ‘frost’ CPET (Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate) material for the packaging of frozen food products. It says it has also developed a new ‘real life’ test environment ‘to ensure unrivalled impact and crush resistance at low temperatures’. Impact resistance of plastics packaging materials is normally tested […]

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Coca-Cola Enterprises launches latest education centre

Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE) this week launched its brand new education centre at its UK site in Sidcup, Kent, as part of its commitment to youth development. The new facility – the fourth of its kind in the UK – forms part of CCE’s national education programme, and is designed to help introduce young people to […]

EFSA publishes latest article 13 opinions

EFSA has just published the fifth series of article 13 opinions, adding an additional 536 claims to the 2,187 claims published to date. A remaining group of 35 claims will be published in July. The European Commission and Member States will then consider EFSA’s scientific advice in deciding on the possible authorisation of such claims […]


Sky’s the limit for new scanner, says RSSL

The microscopy department at RSSL is launching what it’s calling ‘a revolutionary new service in non-destructive 3-D imaging of samples’, following installation of a SkyScan X-ray tomography system. The analytical instrument can scan a sample, much like a CT scanner used in medical imaging, to build up a three dimensional image and so give much […]


EFSA task force to investigate French E.coli outbreak

EFSA scientists are setting up a task force to coordinate investigations to track down the source of any contaminated sprouted seeds in the European Union following an E.coli outbreak in the Bordeaux region of France, which was preceded by a similar outbreak in Germany associated with sprouts. 
 In response to an urgent request from […]


Hong Kong to host Vitafoods event

Vitafoods Asia will make its debut at AsiaWorld-Expo, Hong Kong from 7-9 September, as organisers respond to the growing pan-Asian nutraceutical, functional foods and functional drinks market. The event will provide the perfect platform for visitors from countries such as China, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia and is a must-attend for anyone in the industry […]

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Premier Foods product extension plan

Premier Foods is set to launch a number of product extensions under its Hovis, Mr Kipling and Loyd Grossman brands in a bid, it says, to accelerate growth. The manufacturer is relaunching its Hovis toasting range – which includes crumpets, white muffins, scotch pancakes and fruit teacakes – with new packaging and recipes to improve […]

WRAP unveils ambitious new waste prevention plan

Plans to save seven million tonnes of CO2, prevent three million tonnes of waste and save the UK economy almost £2 billion (€2.26bn) have been unveiled by WRAP (Waste & Resources Action Programme). According to chief executive Liz Goodwin, the focus will be on preventing waste occurring in the first place, with continuing emphasis on […]


AG Barr does business with Bevan

In a continued drive to reduce its carbon footprint, a UK soft drinks manufacturer has invested in an environmentally friendly Bevan21 truck body. Fitted to a 26-tonne chassis, the aerodynamic buckleless curtain-sider is part of the first order placed by AG Barr with dry freight bodybuilder Bevan Group. The Bevan21 is designed to reduce wind […]


TreattSweet ‘smoothes out sweetness profile’

Flavour and ingredients firm Treatt has launched TreattSweet, an ingredient it claims ‘improves the sweetness and transforms the flavour’ of products sweetened with Stevia and other sweeteners. This product is a blend of all-natural essences that imparts desirable flavour and mouthfeel, while smoothing out the sweetness profile and undesirable lingering characteristics associated with certain sweeteners, […]

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Kellogg in R&D deal with EnWave

Kellogg has announced that it has signed an R&D agreement with EnWave ‘to measure the nutritional and commercial benefits’ of its nutraREV food dehydration technology within a product area including cereal and cereal bars. “The Agreement provides an exclusive period of up to 12 months for Kellogg to test nutraREV with an option to license […]


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