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Potato is best tolerated food, says tester

The potato is well-tolerated by more than 99 per cent of people, according to a study by YorkTest which has dubbed the humble spud, the 'safest food in Britain'.

Cancer survivors turn to supplements too soon, suggests review

Many cancer survivors report taking vitamin and mineral supplements, despite inconclusive evidence of the benefits, according to a review of scientific literature.

Folic-acid linked to fewer pregnancy complications

The risk of pre-eclampsia, which affects two to three per cent of all pregnancies, may be reduced by multivitamin supplements that contain folic acid, suggests new study.

States ask EFSA for more guidance on GM assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is working with member states to update risk assessment guidance for genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to bring it in line with scientific progress and...

Omega-3 formulation issues need fast resolution: study

The increasing formulation and fortification of foods with different types of omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) could be further enhanced by better understanding of how to protect them from oxidation,...

Sweet foods contain hidden salt risks

An industry body yesterday said consumers are unaware of the high salt content on some sweet products such as popcorn, cereals and hot chocolate, sparking calls for reformulation and improved...

Roundtable targets EU allergen policy revamp

A roundtable discussion on allergen legislation to be held next month in Italy could spell the end of "may contain" warnings on food labels, according to one of its organisers....

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Probiotics, friend or foe?

The headlines are sensationalist: twenty-four people have died in a probiotic trial. Therefore, probiotics may be fatal. Throw those yoghurt shots away!

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Exotic fruits or local berries? You choose

As consumer demand for exotic superfruits increases, so will the impact of transport on the environment. But as policy makers and green campaigners devise more ways of monitoring greenhouse gases,...

Trans-fats harm may extend to prostate: study

Increased intakes of trans-fatty acids may increase the risk of non-aggressive prostate tumours by about 100 per cent, suggests new research from Harvard.

Fierce responses to FDA cloning safety report

The FDA's scientific conclusion that meat and milk from cloned cows, pigs and goats and their offspring is safe has elicited a flurry of responses from both sides of the...

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How natural is 'natural'?

The refusal by regulators to provide a formal definition of the term 'natural' will ultimately lead to confusion for consumers and a legal headache for manufacturers.

Food from cloned animals probably safe, says EFSA

Meat and dairy products from cloned animals are probably safe for human consumption, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) concluded in a draft opinion released on Friday.

Flagging meat origin can mark out from commodities, says EBLEX

Retail prices of beef and lamb sold specifically as English in Great Britain have been sustained rises over the past four years, according to EBLEX - data said to show...

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Back to tap: bottled water's enviro-woes

It looks set to be a vintage year ahead for Chateau Eau De Source Public - or as it is more humbly known, tap water - as consumers find themselves...

FDA expected to declare cloned meat and milk safe

The Food and Drug Administration is expected to declare that meat and milk from cloned animals safe to enter the American food supply, according to the Wall Street Journal.

Poultry workers may spread antibiotic-resistant E. coli

Poultry workers may be spreading antibiotic-resistant bacteria to those who do not work in the sector, say researchers in the US.

CO2 levels may affect fish supplies

The impact of climate change on food supply could be felt even in the depths of the ocean, warns a UK academic who is assessing the impact of rising carbon...

Frozen foods industry to focus on risk, sustainability

Significant lessons have been learned from recent food scares like foot and mouth this year, but more works needs to be done on communication, says the British Frozen Foods Federation...

Milk, egg allergies more than just a passing phase: study

Outgrowing allergies to milk and egg may no longer be the case, as new research from the US suggests the allergies are more persistent than first thought.

EFSA group formed to evaluate Southampton study

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has put together a working group to provide the European Commission and EU member states with scientific advice on the effects of food additives...

Ethanol not to blame for food price hikes, says report

There is little connection between corn ethanol production and food price inflation, according to a statistical analysis by Informa Economics.

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Infant nutrition: Too close for comfort?

Industry has to walk a tightrope between lending a benevolent hand to support infant nutrition for the good of public health, and cynical marketing that seems to cash in on...

India advised to separate food and industrial guar gum

A draft report on India's guar gum industry following dioxin contamination issues earlier this year recommends a separation of food- and industrial-grade gum during manufacture and processing, say media sources.

Sugary drinks linked to Alzheimer's, says study

Researchers in the US have found that mice given a sugar solution as part of their daily diets showed increased signs of developing Alzheimer's disease.

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