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”.
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 habits, according to research by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).
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.
Nestle has become the first food company to allow the Fair Labor Association (FLA) to investigate whether children are working on cocoa farms supplying its factories as the company said that it would almost certainly be the case.
The Association of the Chocolate, Biscuit and Confectionery of Europe (Caobisco) has called for buffer stocks to be extended to cover the supply of commodities like wheat, skimmed milk powder and butter oil as part of the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy...
Health ingredients firm Biothera has been granted novel foods approval in the EU for its immune health ingredient yeast beta glucan and said there were prospects for manufacturers in a variety of food formulations.
Coca-Cola said it has no reason to drop the artificial sweetener aspartame from its low or zero calorie beverage brands in the European market as it welcomes last week’s approval by the European Commission for the use of the natural sweetener stevia in...
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) said it has developed a simplified analytical method for the detection of mineral oils that have leached from recycled cardboard packaging into foods.
General Mills has defended its fruit snacks after lobby group The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) and law firm Reese Richman launched a class action against the food giant accusing it of presenting products that were “little better than...
To improve its user friendliness, trade body FoodDrinkEurope has restructured its ‘acrylamide toolbox’ around the three main ingredient types - potatoes, cereals and coffee - that are more commonly associated with the risk of higher formation of the chemical.
A recent GM honey ruling could have huge cost implications for the European food industry, with the UK’s food safety agency calling for greater clarity from Brussels on the interpretation of the European Court of Justice’s decision.
Turkemistan, the first former Soviet Union country to make fortification of the flour supply with iodine and folic acid mandatory 15 years ago, is reporting the success of the programme, with low rates of neural tube defects (NTDs) common to folic acid...
A call from the Netherlands to end European import duty on sustainably produced palm oil has been welcomed by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO). The proposal is designed to encourage the uptake of sustainable palm oil by offsetting some of...
Last week, hundreds of confectioners and bakers gathered on Capitol Hill, the meeting place of the US congress, to call for an end to the sugar price support programme, which they claim is keeping sugar prices artificially high and forcing food companies...
A decision is awaited from the Commission on the use of Sunset Yellow FCF (E 110) in non-alcoholic flavoured drinks following a revised exposure assessment from EFSA showing some children in the UK could still be over the ADI levels for the additive.
New UK research has found supermarkets’ unlabelled in-store bakery bread is generally higher in salt than the supermarkets’ packaged bread, with differences of more than half a gram between similar products.
Tate and Lyle Sugars, one of the main suppliers to the UK food and drink industry is seeking €35m in compensation from the EU Commission, claiming that due to EU sugar policy mismanagement its refinery is not at full capacity, placing upward pressure...
The palm oil labelling bill in Australia is entering its next phase, with the House of Representatives set to vote on whether it becomes law – and the current government saying it intends to oppose it.
Innovia Films said extensive tests have demonstrated its cellulose-based compostable films provide an effective barrier against the migration of mineral oil residues from recycled cardboard packaging into food.
Kraft Foods Europe is “delighted” to have become only the second company to win an article 13.5 health claim but is focusing now on how the opinion will be viewed by the European Commission and member states.
Kraft Foods Europe is the second company to win a positive article 13.5 proprietary and emerging science health claim opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with a submission linking starch and glycaemic response in baked products.
Two US Senators have sent a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) urging prompt action on gluten-free labeling laws, after a proposed rule on tolerable gluten thresholds for gluten-free foods has languished for more than four years.
A large number of substances used in non-plastic food contact materials have never been evaluated, said a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) working group tasked with developing a regulatory framework on the issue.
Albert Schipper, chair of Dutch bakeries association NVB, was recently elected president of the International Association of Plant Bakers (AIBI). We caught up with him to hear about his vision for the sector.
European food makers are beginning to utilise positive article 13, general function health claim opinions issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), precipitating a flood of potentially meaningless claims, according to one industry observer.
Europe’s highly contentious new food labelling laws – set for implementation by year’s end – have received broad support from food industry groups, although major concerns over omissions and yet-to-be-resolved details remain.
European salt trade body EUSalt admits the “battle is lost” to prevent mandatory EU-wide salt labelling on food products after Guideline Dietary Allowance (GDA) measures were approved as expected in a European Parliament vote this afternoon.
The long journey to European Union acceptance for the natural, intense sweetener, steviol glycoside, shortened significantly yesterday when the EU’s 27 member states backed its safety at a European Commission (EC) committee meeting.
The European Food Safety Authority last week delivered the fifth batch of article 13, general function health claim opinions bringing the total issued to 2723. There are just 35 to go – to be published next month in a final mini-batch that will conclude...