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Study finds UK radioactivity levels below EU limit

Except for the sheep in the uplands of Cumbria, Scotland and Wales, radioactivity levels in UKfoods are below EU guidance levels, according to an annual study by the country's food...

Germany's consumers 'well informed' about acrylamide

Reducing acrylamide might be a major issue in the food industry right now, but to consumers inGermany it is one that has not led a majority to change their behaviour,...

Metal levels in baby foods within safe limits, says regulator

The levels of metals found UK baby foods do not pose a health problem, according to the country's food safety regulator.

Voluntary nanotechnology reporting launched in UK

UK food manufacturers and others are been asked to provide any information on nanotechnologies they are working on, under a programme launched this week by the government.

Nutrition labels may confuse public

If formulators are worried verbose FDA-approved health claims fog the message they are trying to get across to consumers, they should maybe question one of the basic foundations of nutrition...

Carbon monoxide in meat products 'deceptive', say consumers

Most consumers are concerned about the use of carbon monoxide to meats, according to a new survey, which rekindles an ongoing debate between industry and consumer groups.

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When vegetables become victims

The demonisation of spinach following last week's E.coli outbreak could give salad-dodgers the excuse they have been looking for to skimp on their recommended five to nine portions of fruit...

FDF slams 'scare tactics' over fat levels in crisps

The FDF has accused the British Heart Foundation of 'scare tactics' over its newly launched Food4Thought campaign.

Fears mount over possible rice contamination in the Philippines

Environmental campaign group Greenpeace is warning that the food supply in the Philippines could be at risk from illegal GM rice contamination originating in the US and China, with potentially...

Reduced snack variety could cut obesity

Reducing the variety of snack foods available to consumers could reduce the pleasure associated with them, cut consumption, and help fight obesity, suggests a study.

Predicting the future of the world's food supply

The emergence of new agricultural production areas and changing diets will have deep consequences for the supply and demand of global food.

Use technology to tackle obesity, urges food industry insider

We desperately need to change the corrosive debate over obesity by looking for innovative solutions rather than just scapegoats, says a Danisco business development manager.

Lupin detection made easier

A new method of screening for the potentially hazardous plant substance Lupin will allow bakers to use the soya-alternative without running the risk of contravening EU law.

New ingredients driving sugar-free development

The use of ingredients to improve the nutritional status of food products by replacing sugar is one of the major driving forces for new product development, according to Roquette.

Soft drinks industry to hold benzene summit

Soft drinks industry officials will meet this September to discuss progress on cutting benzene residues out of their drinks, six months after revealed there was still a problem.

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Some home-eating truths

As food manufacturers inch closer to the holy grail of low-calorie, trans-fat free flavor-fantastic products one has to ask how we veered so far from the common sense of fresh...

Experts and consumers convene on nano risks

The most inclusive assessment of the potential dangers of nanotechnology in the food industry is underway and could impact the technology's wider integration into the common market.

The obesity blame game- reader feedback

Last week's comment on the food industry's role in the rising obesity epidemic has generated a flood of responses from readers agreeing with or disputing our position that the industry...

Temperture changes and the threat of E. coli growth

A new report indicates that temperature fluctuations during fresh ground beef production do not increase the presence of E. coli.

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The obesity blame game

Laying the blame for a fatter world at the feet of the food industry has become a convenient mistake, and until this is recognized there is little chance of controlling...

Latex used in one-third of food packaging, study finds

About one-third of the UK's food packaging has been found to contain hidden latex, leading to calls for processors to note the presence of the known allergen on their products.

Processors increase their use of biocides

The demand for biocides in the food and drink industry is expected to grow due to consumer's heightened awareness of bacteria and pathogens.

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WTO's failure is food industry's loss

The short sighted failure of greedy WTO trading partners to achieve any sort of meaningful agreement on global agricultural tariffs is bad for Europe's food industry.

Meat processors push for better traceability in China

Systems that trace meat from the farm to dinner tables are seeing strong interest in China as the meat processing sector grows and consumers become more concerned by food safety.

Asian visitors find British food safe and of good quality

A vast majority of Asian visitors to the UK believe that the food is safe and is great to eat, according to a survey by the country's food manufacturers.

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