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Campden BRI opens consumer test centre

Campden BRI has opened a consumer test centre in Leamington Spa, UK, to support new product development and provide consumer research on food and drink products.

New guidance to prevent free-from faux pas

Concern over misuse of the term ‘free-from’ in relation to allergens in food products and a need for greater standardisation of manufacturing practices has led the British Retail Consortium (BRC)...

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer, says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that glyphosate, a herbicide used on food crops, is unlikely to cause cancer and recommends raising safety levels.

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Eurofins approved as gluten-free third party auditing company

Eurofins has been inducted into the Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) as a newly trained and approved third party auditing and certification company.

South African population to increase by 7 million by 2050

Eagle Product Inspection strengthens its market position in Africa

Eagle Product Inspection has partnered with J-Pak, in Africa, to distribute its x-ray inspection systems for applications including bakery, dairy, snacks, confectionery, cereals and grains.

Neogen launches water-based aflatoxin test

Neogen has developed a quantitative microwell test for total aflatoxin that uses a water-based solution for extraction, eliminating methanol and ethanol in the extraction process.

Momentum building for legal clarification of former foodstuffs

The EU Commission’s move to support clarification around the regulatory status of former foodstuffs has been welcomed by the European Former Foodstuff Processors Association (EFFPA).

Industry asks to Europe to legislate against trans fats in open letter

An open letter from major manufacturers including Nestlé and Mondelēz has called on the European Commission to legislate an EU-wide limit for the amount of industrially produced trans fats in...

Dutch firm enters bulging chia seed scene

The spate of companies seeking to enter Europe’s lively chia seed market shows no signs of slowing with an EU novel foods application from a Dutch firm entering the fray....

Pro- and anti- camps square up for battle over Vermont GMO labeling law

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will go to court on Thursday (Oct 8) in a last-ditch attempt to convince judges that a GMO labeling law due to come into effect...

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.

UK body set for public consultation on junk food advertising rules

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) will begin a public consultation on new rules for marketing junk food to children in early 2016 amid growing concerns over children's diet, it...

Added sugar in the firing line: Experts call for aggressive efforts to reduce consumption

Consumption of sugary drinks that contain high levels of added sugars can lead to excess weight gain and higher risks of developing diabetes and heart disease, says the most comprehensive...

Welch’s fruit snacks are ‘no more healthful than candy’, says false advertising lawsuit

Welch’s fruit snacks are candy masquerading as healthy snacks, says a false advertising lawsuit filed in New York.

Scientist slams EU arsenic limits as a safety fail

The EU has lost the opportunity to provide safer food to its people by setting maximum arsenic levels in food too high, says one researcher - but a legal expert welcomes the levels for...

WHO adviser warns against production and sale of cheap salty snacks

Governments must to stop food manufacturers and distributors producing and selling unhealthy, cheap, salty junk food, warns World Health Organisation (WHO) advisor Professor Francesco Cappuccio.

Readers' Survey

The big debate: Marketing junk food to children

Marketing 'junk' food to children is raising blood pressure all round - and that's just the debate. FoodNavigator looks at some of the arguments that have been made in recent years and...

Independent Bakers Association ‘strongly urges’ rethink on US overtime proposal

The Independent Bakers Association has written a letter denouncing the US Department of Labor’s new overtime rule proposals.

Heinz drops healthy claim from sugary baby food

Heinz has removed the word ‘healthy’ from adverts for sugary biscotti for babies – but the campaigner who filed the complaint has slammed the powerlessness of advertising regulators and impunity...

Class-action baked bread lawsuit dismissed against Whole Foods and other grocers

Three class-action lawsuits claiming grocers fooled shoppers into believing bread was freshly made in stores were dismissed by a United States District Court judge last week.

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Broken light bulb prompts Bimbo Bakeries USA recall

Bimbo Bakeries USA is recalling six brands of bread products after a broken light bulb at one of its bakeries means they could be contaminated with fragments of glass.

Neogen modifies Ochratoxin test after feedback

Neogen has developed a quantitative test for Ochratoxin in response to customer feedback to modify its existing system.

Validation forms part of ‘huge market opportunity’ for RF Biocidics

Validation for its chemical-free technology to decontaminate almonds is another step in what RF Biocidics’ CEO described as a ‘huge market opportunity’.

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GlutenTox Pro backed to detect gluten in food and on surfaces

Emport and Biomedal Diagnostics have revealed GlutenTox Pro gluten test kits have been approved by the AOAC Research Institute.

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R-Biopharm’s gluten test kit given AOAC approval

R-Biopharm’s RIDASCREEN Gliadin Competitive ELISA has gained AOAC International Official First Action method approval.

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