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Less salt, less fat or rich in added vitamins – great aspirations, but it’s more work to make a product that still tastes good. Although the industry has been making strides towards achieving reformulation targets, big technical challenges remain.

Trans fats linked to stroke incidence: Study

Older women whose diets include a substantial amount of trans-fats are more likely than their counterparts to suffer an ischemic stroke, a new study suggests.

General Mills files motion to dismiss fruit snacks lawsuit: ‘We never said they were healthful and nutritious’

General Mills has filed a motion to dismiss a class action lawsuit accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than candy” as “healthful and nutritious”.

Functional Technologies’ yeast to take acrylamide prevention into non-bakery

Proprietary yeast technology may help reduce acrylamide levels in finished foods that do not usually include yeast to ‘near non-detectable levels’, say the developers of the ingredient.

Sonneveld responds to Dutch salt cap on bread

Increasing aromas and using oxidised enzymes can help bread manufacturers reduce salt as a Dutch cap on salt content looms, according to ingredients firm Sonneveld.

Natural mouthfeel is key for reduced-calorie formulations: Givaudan

Swiss flavor giant Givaudan has launched a new programme aimed at developing reduced-calorie products that do not compromise on taste or mouthfeel.

Sterol and stanol players defend safety record after German review call

Sterol food players Unilever and Raisio are surprised Germany’s food agency has called for a safety review of the cholesterol-lowering ingredient when, they say, the job has already been performed...

Germany calls for plant stanol-sterol safety review over heart health concerns

Plant sterol and stanol consumption by those like children who do not have raised cholesterol could itself lead to heart problems, the German foods safety agency has said.

News in brief

What does healthy snacking mean? Mintel asks

Most people consider fresh fruit and raw vegetables healthy snack choices, according to a recent survey from market research organization Mintel, but a surprising number think cookies and ice cream...

Food fraud – a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats?

Criminality, the global supply chain and the unpredictable nature of food adulteration for financial gain mean it can pose a greater public health risk than traditional safety threats such as...

Fiber may boost pancreatic health: Study

Increased intakes of fiber may reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 60%; with both soluble and insoluble forms offering benefits, suggests a new study from Italy.

PRODULCE head looking for healthy innovation

The Spanish confectionery sector must innovate on a health awareness platform, according to the head of the recently formed national confectionery association.

Cargill welcomes EU barley beta-glucan-cholesterol claim as innovation driver

Agrofood giant Cargill is alerting the world to look out for more food labels bearing its Barliv-branded barley beta-glucan in 2012 after winning a positive cholesterol-lowering opinion from the European...

Exclusive interview

Beneo: Prebiotic health claim rejections have put prospects “on hold”

The second part of this exclusive interview sees Beneo executive board member, Yves Servotte, explaining the cooling but not crushing effect of EU prebiotic health claim rejections on its inulin-chicory...

Exclusive interview

Beneo board: “Let us not forget that functional food responds to a clear demand of the consumer”

In the first part of this exclusive interview, Beneo Group executive board member, Yves Servotte, explains how European Union health claim rules have informed strategic thinking at one of Europe’s...

Kraft to introduce BelVita breakfast biscuits to US amid other ‘healthy’ snack launches

Food giant Kraft has announced plans to introduce BelVita breakfast biscuits to the US market following European success and plans a string of other snacks product launches in 2012 to...

Slovenian firm reaps rewards of “huge” health claims investment

Valens, the Slovenian ingredients and supplements manufacturer, is celebrating its barley beta-glucan, LDL cholesterol-lowering health claims victory, it says would not have been possible without a “huge investment”.

‘Uncertainties’ but no specific health risk over mineral oil migration from packaging - UK

There are no specific food safety concerns regarding leaching of mineral oils and ink chemicals from carton board packaging into food and consumers do not need to change their eating...

Comment

Lobbyists, start your engines: Can a new health claims formula be won in the European Parliament?

Five years ago the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) became law. Around the bloc, hopeful EU healthy foods and supplements stakeholders submitted more than 44,000 health claim applications.

Ulrick & Short launches new functional fibres

UK-based clean label ingredient specialist Ulrick & Short has launched a new range of functional specialist fibres targeted specifically at the dairy industry, and based on wheat and oats.

Nu-Tek claims 30% sodium reduction for bakery salt offering

US ingredients firm Nu-Tek has conducted a study for its potassium chloride that it said showed its product can cut sodium in baked goods by around a third.

News in brief

Britannia taps into Indian healthy snacks market with product launches

India-based biscuit manufacturer Britannia Industries has launched two new snacks to its NutriChoice brand aimed at the health conscious.

‘Cost-saving’ dairy bulking agent for chocolate and bakery to go global

Arla Foods Ingredients has announced that a dairy bulking agent for chocolate and bakery formulation that it said offers cost savings on sweet whey powder (SWP) is set for global...

Caravan targets donut frying oil for unhealthy fat reduction

Caravan Ingredients has added a new application for its Trancendim range of diglycerides to reduce saturated fat content and eliminate trans fat in donut frying oil.

Tate & Lyle signs agreement for salt reduction technology

Tate & Lyle has announced an exclusive, worldwide license agreement with Eminate Ltd for its novel salt reduction technology Soda-Lo.

Kellogg’s to boost vitamin D levels to 25% RDA in its cereals

Kellogg’s UK “evolving fortification” policies have led to a commitment made today to boost vitamin D levels in a range of children’s breakfast cereals to 1.25 micrograms – or 25%...

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