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Cereal study urges US focus on oats to cut risk from ‘potent renal carcinogen’

Scientists researching the presence of a mycotoxin considered a 'potent renal carcinogen' in US cereals have found levels above EU maximum limits in 8% of oat based cereals tested, and...

Judge: A reasonable consumer might be deceived by presence of SAPP in ‘all-natural’ baking mixes

The latest in a series of class action lawsuits filed over the use of synthetic leavening agent sodium acid pyrophosphate (SAPP) in foods marketed as ‘all-natural’ has been given the...

WHO unveils nutrient profiling to restrict marketing to kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled its nutrient profiling tool to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children.

General Mills sees ‘no merit’ in age discrimination lawsuit

General Mills has been sued by a number of former employees over alleged age discrimination, but the cereal giant says the claims have no merit.

Allergy alert widens as undeclared almond found in paprika

A recall in the UK due to paprika containing undeclared almond has widened an investigation into substitution with nut proteins as several EU nations have also warned consumers.

Snack implications? EU parliament votes to mandate meat origin labels

The European Snack Association (ESA) remains concerned over possible mandates on EU meat origin labeling after European parliament today voted in favor of the motion.

EU Commission launches inquiry into Danish fat tax

The European Commission has launched an inquiry to determine whether Denmark’s short-lived ‘fat tax’ constituted illegal state aid for manufacturers who did not have the tax levied on their products....

Mars and IBM to use genetic data for food safety understanding

Mars and IBM Research have created a consortium which will use advances in genomics to boost food safety.

First EU edible insect food safety guide published

Food safety guidelines for insects destined for human consumption have been created for the first time in response to their likelihood of becoming widely consumed in Europe.

Labeling the origin of 0.9% meat flavoring is ‘ridiculous’, says European Snack Association

The European Snack Association (ESA) has criticized a European committee decision in favor of mandatory meat origin labeling, saying it's meaningless for low-level flavor use.

Tyrrells crisp maker fined for partial finger loss

Crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has been ordered to pay £13,000 for safety failings after an employee lost part of a finger in an accident involving an industrial fryer.

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Napasol pasteurization line for hazelnut cooperative

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon is starting up its Napasol pasteurization line this week to eliminate potential foodborne pathogens.

Police investigate Cali bakery over drug-laced bread

Police have launched an investigation into a Californian bakery that was shut down after bread containing drugs sickened more than 30 consumers.

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Prebiotic inulin wins EFSA bowel health claim

European prebiotic giant Beneo is celebrating today after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) backed inulin to better bowel function.

Tesco sweet-free checkouts: Can 'healthy snacks' fill the void?

Tesco UK has rolled-out its sweet-free checkout policy across convenience stores leaving space for snack makers to gobble up share, but some listing rules have been touted ‘deplorable’ by industry.

Infected salesperson contaminated products in Hepatitis A outbreak

An outbreak of Hepatitis A (HA) in Germany was caused by a bakery worker who contaminated products while packing and selling them, according to a report.

Premier Foods’s skull-crush worker wins payout

A Premier Foods engineer has received a significant amount in compensation after he was left with life-changing injuries following a devastating accident at its Moreton cake factory.

Honey Monster cereal slammed for ‘goodness’ claim

Halo Foods has breached advertising codes with ‘goodness’ claims on the honey content of Honey Monster cereal, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

FIC regulation was a big fish to fry, says European Snacks Association

The EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has been the biggest challenge for snack makers during 2014 and difficulties aren’t over yet, says the European Snacks Association (ESA).

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Nairns Oatcakes installs second Loma system

Nairns Oatcakes has installed a second combined checkweigher and metal detector from Loma Systems.

EU labelling law adds impetus to the sustainable palm drive

Changes to European labelling laws meaning the specific source of vegetable oil must be declared on pack could drive more food manufacturers to certified sustainable palm oil, according to one...

Warburtons fined for maintenance worker’s injury

Warburtons has been prosecuted by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) for safety failings after a worker seriously injured his hand in a conveyor.

Baker to pay £16.8k after serious cut injury

A bakery firm has been ordered to pay nearly £17,000 after an employee suffered serious cuts to his fingers in a workplace accident.

General Mills settles ‘100% natural’ Nature Valley lawsuit; does not admit liability

General Mills has agreed that it will not use the term ‘100% natural’ to describe Nature Valley bars that contain certain ‘artificially produced’ ingredients in order to settle a long-running...

Nutritionist spurns ASA verdict on ad challenging white bread

A leading nutritionist has slammed the Advertising Standards Authority’s (ASA’s) decision not to ban a toothpaste ad for suggesting white bread contained sugar and could harm teeth.

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