Low-salt snacks

A range of sodium-reduced savoury snacks has been launched by newcomer Hoopo Healthy Snacks, produced using low sodium sea salt SoLo. The range, which contains up to ten times’ less salt than rival brands, comprises four varieties of 40g or 50g consumer packs – Satay Peanuts, Spicy Mediterranean Peanuts, Jalfrezi Cashews and Shanghai 5 Spice […]

Labelling study reveals mixed readiness for FIC

With the main elements of the Food Information to Consumers EU 1169/2011 Regulation (FIC) due to come into effect in less than 7 months’ time, a snapshot analysis of the industry’s journey toward compliance has revealed some common labelling issues and misconceptions in the products tested. GS1 UK commissioned Camden BRI to provide a snapshot […]

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Low sodium solution for bakery and breakfast cereals

Salt of the Earth has introduced a novel, low-sodium sea salt ingredient to address food manufacturers’ challenges to reduce sodium in bakery products, such as bread, breakfast cereals and snacks. The new low-sodium ingredient was developed recently at Salt of the Earth’s R&D center and was tested successfully in various bread and breakfast cereals. It is available in […]

New salt naturally lower in sodium

Salinity, an international salt company, has launched SaltWell, a naturally low sodium ingredient suitable for use across the food industry. Salinity was offered exclusive rights to mine below a dried up lake in the remote Atacame region of the Northern Chilean desert, where lies a huge salt and mineral rich sea. Scientists discovered that the […]

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Frutarom gets dressed for success

Frutarom Savoury Solutions has expanded its marinades and dressings portfolio. Inspired by falafel, the Levant marinade combines garlic, parsley, onion and cumin flavours. The Masala variant is a combination of tomato, pepper, cardamom, ginger and coconut. “Both marinades are suitable for use with poultry, pork and fish, with the Levant option also being particularly good […]

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 […]


EU victory for organic sector

News that the European Commission will not move to ban the use of nitrates and nitrites in the processing of organic cured meats has been welcomed by UK organic control body Organic Farmers & Growers. The issue had been under discussion for more than two years, with the aim of taking sodium nitrite and potassium […]

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Baby food sugar content slammed

Just over half the foods specifically targeted at babies and toddlers have a high sugar content and are far too sweet, according to a Canadian study. Researchers analysed a wide range of ‘toddler’ foods from puréed dinners and desserts to cereals, biscuits and yogurts to find out how healthy they were for youngsters. But the […]


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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New UK salt reduction targets

The Food Standards Agency has unveiled revised salt reduction targets for the food industry, affecting 80 food categories. By 2012, the FSA is hoping to have reduced salt intake to 6g a day for adults (2.4g sodium), from around 9.5g in 2000/1. The current consumption estimate is at 8.6g, indicating that progress has been made […]

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Mr Bagels launches Hi Energy Bars

Bagel producer Mr Bagels has launched a range of health conscious bagels – low in fat and high in fibre. Hi Energy Bagel Bars are available in two flavours, Bran and Seed and Bran, Cranberry and Pumpkin Seed. The latter contains less than 3g fat each. The bars can be enjoyed straight from the pack, […]


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