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Tomra vegetable sorter to expand into chips

Tomra Sorting Food unveiled the Tomra 5B reject sorter for vegetables at SIAL 2016 in Paris, (October 16-20).

BPA ban move backed by MEPs

An EU-wide ban of bisphenol A (BPA) in food contact materials (FCMs) has been backed by Members of the European Parliament (MEPs).

Egg firm linked to Salmonella illnesses for second time in a year

Eight people have been sickened by a Salmonella outbreak linked to eggs, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Time to cap trans fats in Europe, ENVI politicians tell Commission

Health and food safety politicians today backed a motion for a resolution to protect the health of Europeans by setting legal limits on the use of artificial trans fats....

Is all fair in love & war, logos & lobbying? France begins nutrition label trial

Amid cries of conflicts of interest and fierce industry lobbying, France will test out four different nutrition labels for a trial period to see which is the most efficient in...

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

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Comet Group starts work on HQ expansion

Comet Group has started work on expanding its HQ which will create 20,000 square meters of additional production space by mid-2018 and 250 more jobs.  

EFSA OKs titanium dioxide but nano concerns remain

EFSA has said white food colouring titanium dioxide poses no health concerns despite data gaps, but campaigners have raised doubts over the safety of nanoparticles.

UK pushes voluntary added sugar labelling scheme

The UK government has confirmed that it will introduce “clearer visual labelling” in relation to free sugars on packaged food and drinks - but it will be voluntary.

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Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin in corn test backed

Charm Sciences’ aflatoxin test has been backed by the US Department of Agriculture’s Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration (GIPSA).

Scotland launches hard-hitting snack campaign as government confirms 2017 obesity strategy

Scotland will publish a new strategy on diet and obesity next year, as new research shows that the average child aged between four and 10 eats around 110,000 calories through “unhealthy,...

Nuts and seeds top recalled category for EU in Q2

Nuts and seeds were the highest recalled commodity in Q2 making up almost half of total recalls in Europe, according to Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS.

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Hongkongers warned to avoid unhealthy mooncakes

Hong Kong authorities have warned the public against buying mooncakes with high levels of sugar, fat and sodium ahead of the Mid-Autumn festival later this month.

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Sugar taxes: A case of pop policy and comic consultation

The UK's sugar tax was little more than populist light relief to brighten a speech full of economic doom and gloom. But what's worse, argues Professor Jack Winkler, is that...

Scottish food boss suggests UK obesity strategy won’t work

The head of Scotland’s food regulator has claimed that the UK’s childhood obesity strategy doesn’t go far enough.

EFSA casts doubt on safety of some annatto food colours

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said it cannot assess the safety of certain food colour extracts derived from annatto due to a lack of data, and recommends replacing...

Guidelines not sugar-coated: Limits for children announced

Children between the ages of two and 18 should consume fewer than six teaspoons of added sugars daily, the American Heart Association (AHA) recommends.

Childhood obesity: Bakers and cereal makers told to cut sugar by 20%

Bakers and breakfast cereal manufacturers have been told by the UK government to cut the amount of sugar in their products by 20% over the next four years.

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Vicam’s strip test certified for aflatoxin analysis

Vicam’s strip test has received certification for quantitative analysis of total aflatoxins in grains.

Walkers rapped for failing to spell out online holiday giveaway rules

PepsiCo-owned Walkers Crisps has been rapped by the UK's advertising watchdog, which received more than 100 complaints about the way the potato chip brand ran a major on-pack promotion.

General Mills E.coli alert: Rabbit Creek recalls more than 150 baking mix SKUs

A recall of millions of pounds of General Mills flour has now impacted US baking mix supplier Rabbit Creek Products – which has recalled more than 150 SKUs.

Unilever factory good practice certificate suspended in cereal contamination scare

Israeli health chiefs have suspended the Good Manufacturing Practice certificate at a Unilever factory after potentially contaminated breakfast cereal was sent out to retailers.

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ANAB offers accreditation to GFCP

The ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) is offering accreditation to the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP).

Taiwan reviews safety of two flour additives

Taiwan’s food safety authorities are evaluating whether regulations governing the use of two additives to flour products should be amended.

IFT video vox pop: What do US businesses think of TTIP?

TTIP may not even be finalised yet but given its potential impact on issues from trade to food safety, consumer perception to the names we give our food, it has...

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