Wheat prices in 2012 are likely to be volatile and will be dictated by the global maize market and weather conditions, according to an analyst at the UK’s Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board (AHDB).
Higher costs for transportation, packaging, propionic acid, phosphates and corn starch is cited as reason for AB Mauri Fleischmann’s decision to raise prices on its propionate products, chemical leaveners and certain other bakery ingredients.
There is no health risk arising from European consumers' intake levels of the mycotoxin zearalenone, said the EU risk assessor, in an evaluation of dietary exposure to the contaminant associated with grain and bakery products.
The UK Food Standards Agency is canvassing views on the use of chia seeds after a novel foods application from the Chia Company to market them in baked goods, breakfast cereals, and fruit, nut and seed mixes.
With a clear clean-label trend affecting food formulation across Europe, one of the key sectors is core commodities such as flour, where so-called physically optimised (heat treated) flours are gaining ground on modified starch solutions.
Continual monitoring of cereal based foods for trichothecenes is urged by researchers that noted high incidence of deoxynivalenol (DON) presence in bread, pasta and breakfast cereal products in Spain even though the majority detected were below EU limits.