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Commission urged to stop delaying trans fat report

The European Commission should stop dragging its feet over its awaited trans fat report – and explain why it is already over six months overdue, says Socialist MEP.

Daily value percentage for added sugars on Nutrition Facts Panel is ‘premature’, say bakers

The FDA has acted prematurely in its proposal to include a percentage daily value (DV) of added sugars on the Nutrition Facts Panel because it comes ahead of the 2015...

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ConAgra Foods: Trans-fat labeling is a matter for the FDA, not the courts…

ConAgra Foods has urged a California court to throw out a lawsuit* alleging it misled consumers with the '0g trans-fat' claim on its Crunch 'n Munch popcorn, and stressed that...

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

Breakthrough discovery for lowering arsenic in rice

Researchers at Queen’s University Belfast have made a breakthrough discovery in lowering levels of arsenic in rice.

UK government committee backs halving free sugars limit to 5%

The UK government’s Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has ditched a 10% upper limit on sugar intake instead recommending that less than 5% of daily energy should come from...

dispatches from codex alimentarius, geneva

Codex backs work on international standard for quinoa

Bolivia and the US have been given the go ahead to work on an international standard for quinoa by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

FAPAS expands reference material range to support analysis demand

An expanded range of reference materials to meet increasing global demand have been launched by FAPAS, the proficiency testing division of Fera.

Swedish start-up gets EFSA nod on vitamin D bread

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has given the green light for vitamin D bread made using a post-baking UV light treatment developed by Viasolde AB.

FDF launches gluten-free guide for best practice

The UK's Food and Drink Federation has published a free guide to help manufacturers adhere to EU labelling laws for gluten-free packaged products.

Cumin recall withdrawn after testing shows mahaleb not almond presence

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has backtracked on a recall of ground cumin because of almond after additional testing.

Bakery fined after worker’s finger tip trauma

A Newcastle Bakery has been fined after one of its workers lost the tip of his middle finger in an incident with an unguarded machine.

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

Industry backs 3-year PHOs phase-out but criticizes GRAS revoke

Bakery and snack makers have welcomed the FDA’s three-year period to remove partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) but have criticized its strategy to revoke GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status.

FDA revokes GRAS status of partially hydrogenated oils; allows food industry to file petition to permit specific uses

As widely expected, the FDA has finalized plans to revoke the GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in a bid to eradicate artificial trans fats...

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Fortress supplies 7 Stealth metal detectors for bakery

Fortress Technology has supplied seven Stealth metal detectors with Vector conveyors in the bakery of a UK retailer.

India

Maggi: Regulator to test other brands' noodles as outrage grows

India’s food regulator will test all brands of instant noodles, pasta and macaroni that contain Tastemaker masala in the wake of what has been labelled by observers as the highest...

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

Bakers hail new egg supplies from The Netherlands, but warn that avian flu crisis is ‘far from over’

The arrival of egg products from The Netherlands “may make up for about 10% of the supply that’s been lost due to the impact of the avian influenza” in the...

EFSA stands by acrylamide cancer concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its final opinion on acrylamide in food, reconfirming previous evaluations that it increases the risk of developing cancer for consumers in all...

Mondelez and Kraft dismiss wheat manipulation charges

Mondelez International and Kraft Foods have filed a motion to dismiss fraud allegations in a wheat manipulation case brought forward by the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

Cooperate with competitors to remove reformulation risk, say experts

Food companies need to come together and form 'ethical cartels' for successful reformulation, according to three food industry experts.

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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).

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