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Mekitec bakes up x-ray imaging machine for growing company

Mekitec has helped an expanding US-based bakery deal with increased demand.

EU Council change to create ‘perfect storm’ for snacks, says ESA

Snack makers are gearing up for renewed nutrition focus in the EU when the Netherlands takes presidency of the Council in 2016, says the director-general of the European Snacks Association (ESA).

Lawyer: FSMA is going to hit small snack makers hard

The Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) is going to squeeze smaller snack players who may not have the finances and resources to implement required changes under regulations, warns a lawyer.

dispatches from IPACK-IMA 2015, Milan

Bühler evaluating how IoT might improve food safety

Bühler has said the Internet of Things (IoT) could be one way of improving the safety of food and feed in the future.

Dispatches: Campden BRI Snacks Technology Conference

Safe snack NPD: Microbial risks must be considered, warns expert

Snack product developers must carefully consider microbial risks that could be associated with use of new ingredients or processes, says an expert.

Trans fat ban / Nutrition Facts Panel overhaul / FSMA implementation

Big baking: Policy change has never been this busy, says ABA

Bakers must be prioritize and collaborate in the face of policy upheaval on nutrition, ingredients and food safety this year, warns the American Bakers Association (ABA).

A sugar tax is not on the cards, says German coalition

The German confectionery industry has slammed plans for a 19% tax proposal on sugar aimed at reducing obesity - but the social democrat party denies that such a 'sin tax'...

Cumin products were recalled due to almond contamination prompting allergy concerns

Mahaleb caused false positive results in nuts and spices testing

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has said initial results which prompted cumin products to be recalled for containing almond were wrong and positive readings were caused by mahaleb.

BASF-Stepan CLA claim rejection fall-out

EFSA: Only national bodies can withdraw health claim applications

The EU’s central science agency has clarified health claim procedures after a furore over a CLA weight management submission BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the...

Government derailed salt reduction leading to 6000 deaths

A pioneering salt reduction scheme was derailed by the UK government leading to 6000 preventable deaths, says Consensus Action on Salt and Health (CASH).

Food and human nutrition expert: 'We can learn from the US and Denmark'

Whole grain struggle: One-fifth of UK consumers don’t eat any

The UK needs more whole grain products and daily intake recommendations to drive consumption up to healthy levels, says an expert.

Front-of-pack labels are equally effective - but none works alone

Front-of-pack labelling can be useful but health policy-makers are naïve if they think that this alone will result in healthier food choices, say researchers -  environment, motivation and psychology must...

And now the lawsuits… FDA warning letter to KIND triggers wave of consumer litigation

As widely predicted, multiple class action lawsuits were filed against KIND on Friday following the publication of a Food & Drug Administration (FDA) warning letter citing a long list of...

FDA: KIND bars do not meet the requirements for use of the nutrient content claim ‘healthy'

KIND LLC working with FDA over string of labeling errors; consumer litigation could follow, predict attorneys

KIND LLC says it is working closely with the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to address a long list of concerns raised by the agency in a warning letter...

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Oven ‘kill step’ isn’t enough for bakery food safety, warns expert

Bakers must make crucial food safety step changes beyond the oven, particularly with implementation of the US Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) ongoing, warns a food safety specialist.

Neogen launches multi-tree nut allergen test

Neogen has launched a test that can simultaneously detect six tree nuts in 10 minutes after extraction.

Surging interest in edible insects prompts safety review

A pan-European list outlining the pros and cons of different insect species, their nutritional content and environmental impact is needed says ANSES.

Nuts in spices scandal shows no signs of slowing down

Undeclared almond prompts recalls in EU countries

The nuts and spices contamination scandal is continuing to affect companies across Europe.

Coles fined A$2.5m for ‘fresh’ bread claims

Australian supermarket major Coles must pay A$2.5m in penalties over false and misleading ‘fresh’ claims on its par-baked products, a federal court has ruled.

CDR targets fat and oil quality control

CDR and Filsorb have launched a benchtop analyser for quality control of raw materials when purchased, stored and during production.

News in brief

RF Biocidics delivers decontamination tech to almond firm

RF Biocidics has installed its radio frequency equipment at an almond firm to eliminate possible harmful contaminants.

Dispatches from Anuga FoodTec 2015

Bühler and APRES evaluate industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction

Bühler has carried out tests with the American Peanut Research & Education Society (APRES) to evaluate the effectiveness of industrial peanut dry roasting parameters in Salmonella reduction using Salmonella surrogate,...

Nutritionist: store reply on junk food ‘disappointing’

Pleas to ditch ‘unhealthy’ snacks at tills have met with “disappointing” responses from Marks & Spencer (M&S) and WHSmith, according to the nutritionist driving the campaign.

Use price policies to promote healthier diets, says WHO

Price policies could encourage healthier diets, according to a new publication by the World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe.

Belgium hit by nuts in spices findings

Belgium has become the latest country to be dragged into the nuts and spices contamination issue.

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