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Listeria alert: list of recalled sunflower seed products continues to grow

The list of products recalled by manufacturers over fears they may contain contaminated sunflower seeds has continued to grow.

Multinational firms sell poorer quality (but more expensive) food to Eastern Europeans

Multinational food firms are manufacturing poorer quality, unhealthier (but sometimes more expensive) versions of their trademarked brands for the Eastern Europe market, says the Czech Republic, which wants to see EU legislation to...

Bakers hit out at two-year deadline for bringing in new Nutrition Facts Label

Industry body the American Bakers Association has raised concerns over changes manufacturers must make to on-pack nutrition labels.

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Grower Direct Nut Company invests in Napasol pasteurization line

A Californian nut company has invested in a Napasol pasteurization line which will be operational in time for this year’s crop.

Listeria alert: More Treehouse snacks pulled as sunflower seed recall extends

A raft of additional snack products are being pulled from shelves by SunOpta and Treehouse Foods over fears they may be contaminated with a bug that causes listeriosis.

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Why are carcinogens in the food chain evading scrutiny?

Vegetable oil, processed food, infant formula and cancer: All the ingredients for a consumer food scare over the carcinogenic contaminant 3-MCPD are there - so why hasn't there been one...

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer: WHO/FAO committee

Glyphosate is unlikely to cause cancer to humans, says a report by a joint FAO and WHO committee on pesticides, but NGOs have questioned some of the scientists’ links to...

Spotlight on Turkish regulation: 'It's an easy market to enter'

Harmonisation of Turkish and EU food law make it an easy and attractive market for foreign companies, but on issues that affect public health - such as nutrient profiles, health...

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Portion distortion: The EU must define realistic portion sizes, says MEP

With obesity levels on the rise, MEP Mairead McGuinness has called on the Commission to set realistic portion sizes to stop consumers being misled over nutrition values. People don't calculate how...

Listeria fear: updated list of recalled sunflower seed products

The list of snack products affected by concerns they be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes has continued to grow in the past seven days.

$6.87m penalty for allegedly violating cleanup operation

Schneider Electric to pay biggest Superfund penalty in EPA history

The US Justice Department, EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) and the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has confirmed Schneider Electric USA will pay a $6.87m penalty for allegedly violating a...

Listeria fear: Kroger and Giant Eagle also recall sunflower seed products

A raft of additional products have been recalled by manufacturers and retailers over concerns they may contain sunflower seeds contaminated with the bug that causes listeriosis.

Treehouse Foods recalls almost 100 products in sunflower seed listeria scare

Treehouse Foods has voluntarily recalled almost 100 products over fears they may contain sunflower seeds contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.

TTIP – a nail in the coffin for EU food producers?

The big winners of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) deal will be the corporate food giants and US factory farms with European producers set to lose the most, according...

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Cheap food or no pesticides: Consumers can’t have it both ways, says ECPA

The European Crop Protection Association has said Europeans don’t understand the harsh realities of food production or appreciate the potential magnitude of the world’s food supply problem - pesticides are important in...

Danish fat tax had a ‘small but positive impact’ on the nation’s health

Denmark’s short-lived tax on saturated fat had a small but positive impact on the nation’s health, cutting consumption of total fat and boosting vegetable and fibre intake – although it also...

Dutch industry-backed nutrition label ticked off with mounting criticism

The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be...

Special edition: Gender-specific nutrition

Folic acid fortification: The current global state of play

To date 75 countries globally have implemented mandatory fortification programmes for folic acid with the aim of preventing neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies. Yet despite growing calls from NGOs, health...

Danish researchers develop new method to test arsenic in food

A new analytical method to determine the content of inorganic arsenic in foods can help industry make food safer and meet European monitoring targets, say the Danish researchers who developed it....

MEPs give glyphosate green light – with caveats

The European Parliament has voted in favour of re-authorising the use of glyphosate – the weedkiller that almost two thirds of consumers want to see banned - but have limited...

Manufacturer apologizes over pest contamination product recall

Manufacturer Baketime has apologized for pest contamination that prompted the recall of baked and snacking products sold by UK businesses including retailer Aldi and wholesaler Booker

Inaugural meeting of micronutrients and health group

UK MP to lobby for folic acid action

A UK member of parliament (MP) will lobby for folic acid strategies including supplementation and/or fortification of flour following the inaugural meeting of a parliamentary group on micronutrients and health....

Salt, damned lies and statistics? UK's reformulation success challenged

The UK’s food industry is congratulating itself on the success of voluntary salt reduction after a government survey shows average salt intake has fallen, but the figures are being questioned...

Industry united in condemning Brussels terrorist attacks

Terrorist attacks in the Belgian capital of Brussels today have left at least 34 people dead, in a series of coordinated attacks that have been condemned by industry and world...

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