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Saturated and trans fats, a risk factor for diabetes?

Diets high in saturated and trans fats could be a major risk factor in the development of type 2 diabetes, say Canadian researchers, reports Lindsey Partos.

Tesco fine acts as warning to bakers

Lax health and safety measures left UK supermarket giant Tesco with a legal bill of £50,000 (€75,000) on Monday, after a member of staff lost the top of a finger...

Organic foods get clearer standards in UK

Standards for organic foods get an overhaul as the UK's industry body responds to calls for clarification.

Monday comment

Claims, claims, claims

As lawyers circle the food and drink industry like a fatted calf, the first lesson for those preparing for defence is that it is not so much what you sell...

Research shows metabolic benefits of low-carb diet

The high-protein, low-carb approach to weight loss has been underpinned by new research from Australia showing that it can provide overweight women with greater nutritional and metabolic benefits than a...

EU ministers reject Brussels move on GM foods

Ongoing divisions over GM ingredients once again evident in Europe as EU ministers throw out an attempt by the Commission to overturn bans on growing legal GM crops currently in...

WHO backs GM foods but warns that risk assessments needed

Adding fuel to the already heated debate on GM foods and ingredients, the UN's World Health Organisation claims genetically modified foods can contribute to enhancing human health and development.

Low-GI product launches climbing in UK

Australia is currently the most dynamic market for low-GI product launches but the UK appears to be catching up, writes Dominique Patton.

General Mills attacked for misleading health ads

A controversial national ad campaign from General Mills looks likely to run into trouble with the health lobby, writes Anthony Fletcher.

Authorities publish fresh food product data on acrylamide

Food makers to gain from new data on presence of the potential carcinogen acrylamide in a wide range of food products as US authorities release fresh data.

Europe's food agency confirms excess salt risk

Joining the lively salt debate scientists at Europe's food watchdog today issues an opinion concerning the upper limit for sodium intake and confirm current consumption levels are a risk factor...

OECD projects price increases for agricultural products

Stiffer competition between countries exporting wheat, oilseeds, sugar and livestock will intensify over the next ten years, bringing down prices, according to forecasts by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and...

UK doctors join chefs in fight against childhood obesity

British doctors called yesterday for a ban on unhealthy food and drinks in vending machines and on junk food advertising and sponsorship to help slow the alarming weight gain in...

Brits turn toward premium foods

An increasing British indulgence for premium food, drink and personal care items means manufacturers should concentrate on new product development and marketing the luxurious aspects of products, according to a...

Sudan 1 risk still present in EU food chain

Europe's food alert system last week detects several batches of the banned red colour sudan in the food chain, months after the UK faced its biggest food recall ever, writes...

Monday Comment

The Age of Consent for RFID

The image of secret radio chips planted inside the home from larder to bathroom, transmitting data freely to Corporation Inc, is enough to curl the toes of more than anti-capitalism...

EU to seek prior approval for food enzymes

A European regulation on food enzymes, which would demand dossiers of safety and technical information on each enzyme prior to their approval on the market, could be published by the...

New bag inserter saves time for industrial bakeries

A new bag inserter designed for use in industrial bakeries will reduce time and labour, leading to increased efficiency and lower costs, claims its manufacturer, Pattyn Packing Lines.

Scientists kick off global effort to map wheat genome

Unleashing potential gains in quality and sustainability for this common food, scientists will embark on a new project to track the wheat genome.

Cut food waste to cut costs, says researcher

Reducing waste throughout the food industry could lead to a more efficient supply chain, a cut in costs and an increase in profits, says food loss researcher Dr Timothy Jones.

Britons go nuts for natural health booster

The health benefits of nuts, and their promotion as part of the so-called 'GI diet', are boosting sales in the UK to record levels.

Australian wheat on comeback

Australia's threatened wheat supply has a chance of survival after rainfall in parts of the country has produced a glimpse of hope in the midst of the third worst recorded...

BakeMark UK to eliminate trans-fats

BakeMark UK, the UK's leading supplier of bakery ingredients and frozen bakery goods, announced yesterday that it will eliminate hydrogenated fats from its entire manufactured product range, reports Lorraine Heller.


Highway to health

Parked on the hot coals of public opinion, the food industry can lose no time in proving how healthy its products are.

Cargill innovation taps health market growth

Cargill has developed an ingredient that enables manufacturers to add the healthy benefits of whole grain nutrition to foods while preserving the sensory qualities of foods made from enriched corn...

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