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Tough sugar reform inevitable as EU loses appeal at WTO

Moves to reform the European sugar regime will accelerate after the EU loses its appeal against a World Trade Organisation decision that its handouts to sugar farmers are illegal, reports...

Tate & Lyle questioned over Alabama factory plans

Tate & Lyle was yesterday taken to task by environmental groups and local residents over its plans to extend its Splenda factory in McIntosh, Alabama, reports Philippa Nuttall.

Tesco ditches FSA backed traffic light labelling

Leading British supermarket Tesco has decided to ditch the UK government-backed traffic light food labelling scheme, opting instead for its own numbers based system.

Industry explains GDAs on food labels

Efforts by food manufacturers to create 'user-friendly' food labels that present clear nutrition profiles for the increasingly health conscious consumer are the focus of a new initiative from the UK's... scoops industry award's sister site has won website of the year in the 2005 Business Food and Drink Journalism awards.

EU cracks down on illegal GM grain

Forcing the traceability card, the European Union has voted to block imports of certain US grain unless they prove to be free of the genetically modified maize Bt10.

Scientists raise spectre of cancer-causing packaging

Compounds found in plastic food packaging could be possible cancer-causing agents, according to a worrying new study from the US.

UK advertising watchdog rejects complaint from salt makers

Sensitivities over salt heightened as UK advertising watchdog rejects complaint by salt makers over advert from the country's food agency.

Nestlé cutting trans fats in global products

Responding to consumer and legislative pressures, international food firms are slicing artery-clogging trans fatty acids from their formulations. We spoke with Nestlé to find out how the world's number one...

Food industry fears coming of traffic light labelling

Could concern over obesity lead to significant changes in the regulations governing food labelling and see the implementation of a traffic light system, asks Anthony Fletcher.

Kellogg cuts cereal salt under FSA pressure

Kellogg has moved to slash salt in its Corn Flakes by a quarter as the UK's Food Standards Agency promises to focus in on cereals in its public campaign to...

Lupin flour and allergic reactions, case building continues

High protein source lupin flour continues to attract attention following new reports that this food ingredient used in pasta and bread products could provoke severe allergic reactions, reports Lindsey Partos.

Australia joins calls for trans fat labels

Trans fat concerns hit Australia with consumer groups calling for trans fat to be highlighted on food labels after more than a third of 50 food products tested had levels...

New locations, new needs to drive snack market

Snacking out-of-home and day-time snacking occasions represent key growth opportunities for food and beverage makers, claims a new report from Datamonitor.

On-the-go indulgence marks new product designs for breakfast market

Convenience and indulgence in the breakfast market set to bring gains to ingredients suppliers and their customers: our round up of new product designs shows how industry is reacting to...

Prices for cereal-sourced ingredients to rise on eroding stocks and use

Prices for cereals still vulnerable to upside risk in 2005/06 as world crop predictions suggest supplies could fail to meet demand, resulting in a drawdown of already vulnerable global stocks,...

France: risk analysis on trans fats recommends labels and upper limits for foods

French food watchdog recommends slashing trans fat levels in a wide range of bakery products, including biscuits and cakes, following findings from a new report released this week, reports Lindsey...

Heart health foods to grow 60 per cent in five years

Cereal makers have a major hold on the heart health foods market but new ingredients will help other sectors tap into strong consumer demand for these products, writes Dominique Patton.

Irish food agency ups salt slashing focus

Irish Consumers are still eating twice as much salt as they should be and bread is one of the biggest culprits, according to a new scientific report that recommends a...

Natural cocoa in formulations to open up opportunities for makers, new study

Evidence backing the antioxidant powers of natural cocoa could bring new opportunities for confectionery firms looking to boost slacking sales in a saturated market, reports Lindsey Partos .

New DNA sensors offer quick cost-effective food detection

New miniature sensors for analysing DNA have been developed, opening the possibility of accurately and quickly identifying bacterial strains in foodborne illnesses and saving manufacturers millions in product recalls and...

Codex discusses trans fats and GM ingredients

Global labelling rules for genetically modified food ingredients as well as trans fatty acid labels are on the agenda at an upcoming Codex meeting in Malaysia.

Bunge spears Russian edible oils market with first plant

Spearing opportunities in the emerging Russian oil market, US edible oils giant Bunge has signed off €54 million to build its first sunflower seed crushing and refining plant in Russia,...

Food dehydration method keeps quality but cuts cost

Norwegian researchers have developed a new dehydration method that produces granulated food of the quality of vacuum freezing-dying at a fraction of the cost, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Obesity moves higher on French political agenda

Fears that French people could reach the obesity levels currently preoccupying US health officials has prompted the country's opposition party to call for new laws to tackle increasing weight gain.

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