Experts still trying to identify ‘killer cucumber’ source

German researchers are still trying to identify the source of a deadly outbreak of E.coli in Europe after Spanish cucumbers were found not to have the lethal strain, which has so far killed 16 people. Suspicion had orginally fallen on organic cucumbers from Spain imported by Germany but then re-exported to other European countries, or […]

‘Gluten-free’ guide from FSA

The Food Standards Agency has launched a new factsheet to help caterers understand when to label food ‘gluten free’ when the rules change next year. The main change, after 1 January next year, will be that the term ‘gluten free’ can only be used on foods that contain less than 20 parts of gluten in […]


JF Hillebrand drinks to logistics award

Global specialist logistics provider to the wines and spirits industry, JF Hillebrand, has again been declared Logistics Company of the Year in the annual Drinks Business Awards 2011 ceremony held in London last week. JF Hillebrand, winner of the prestigious award in 2010 and in five of the past seven years, was recognised for the […]

New distribution agreements for PromOat

Swedish company Biovelop AB has announced the signing of distribution agreements for its PromOat beta glucan soluble fibre ingredient in a further 13 countries around the world. The newly signed agreements cover the distribution of PromOat in Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Iran, Luxembourg, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Russia, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan and Ukraine. “We are […]

RSSL reveals casein test breakthrough

RSSL has revealed that it has now validated a new test kit to detect the milk protein casein in highly processed foods. This is hugely significant since many of the test kits on the market can’t detect highly processed proteins, yet these proteins can still remain allergenic for susceptible individuals, says the analysis and testing […]

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CIAA spotlight on reformulation progress

The actions being taken by Europe’s food manufacturers to reformulate food and drink products in order to improve their nutritional composition were highlighted at a recent multi-stakeholder debate hosted by the CIAA (Confederation of the food and drink industries of the EU). Independent researchers, industry representatives and policymakers joined forces to discuss both the successes […]


Ocean Spray and Artemis in strategic partnership

Ocean Spray’s Ingredient Technology Group (ITG) and nutraceutical ingredients firm Artemis International have revealed details of their new strategic partnership. Specialists in phytonutrient ingredients for nutraceutical applications in the food, beverage, dietary supplement and pharmaceutical industries, Artemis will provide sales and marketing support to Ocean Spray for the sale of its cranberry powder and extract […]


DuPont wins fight for Danisco

DuPont has won a five-month takeover fight for Danish food ingredient maker Danisco, after more than 92% of shareholders approved its £3.8 billion (€4.4bn) tender offer. The American chemical giant said it had received 92.2% of all Danisco shares, for which it offered 700 DKK apiece. “We are delighted that the tender has been successful […]

Salmonella-beating CAP treatment under review

The use of cold atmospheric plasmas to inactivate Salmonella has recently been reviewed by researchers from the Institute of Food Research. A growing demand for fresh produce means the food industry is under constant pressure to supply safe food with minimal processing. And it’s crucial that these foods are supplied without microbial contamination as many […]

Chia seed: views sought

The Chia Company, based in Australia, has applied to the Food Standards Agency for approval to market chia seed in baked goods, breakfast cereals, and fruit, nut and seed mixes. The company currently has authorisation, under the novel food regulations, to market chia seed in bread products at a maximum level of 5%. Chia (also […]

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EFSA restructure underway

EFSA has begun rolling out its reorganisation programme in a bid, it says, to ‘make best use of resources to reflect an ever increasing workload, strengthen efficiency and provide a higher quality service to its clients’. The re-structuring will take place gradually throughout 2011 and will be completed by early 2012. EFSA says the move […]


Stevia council launches PTP

The International Stevia Council (ISC) has announced the launch of an independent Proficiency Testing Programme (PTP) for stevia products. At the moment, there are a wide variety of analytical methods and reference standards being used within the industry to determine steviol glycoside content. But the quality of the analytical methods and reference standards is not […]

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