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Snack Size Science: Getting to the heart of acrylamide

FoodNavigator's Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week, acrylamide intakes may not pose a problem for pre-menopausal breast health, but it may be dangerous for heart...

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More firms make FSA Southampton-free list

The UK’s Food Standards Agency has added to its listing of companies that do not use the Southampton-six colours, including Cool Drinks company, Lakeland, Montgomeryshire Natural Spring Water products, Plas...


Twitter could leave bitter taste in Pepsi’s mouth

“The new cartons stink.” Customer responses to new product developments seldom come clearer or more direct than that.  

Acrylamide may be added to Canada’s toxic substance list

Health Canada has recommended that acrylamide – a possible carcinogen found in French fries and potato chips – be included on the nation’s list of toxic substances.

Further calls for BPA free infant food packaging

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should ban Bisphenol A (BPA) in children’s products and food containers, and has enough scientific data to support such a move, claims the...

Campbell on board with salt reduction effort

As the Institute of Medicine (IOM) considers a strategy to reduce salt in the American diet, the food industry is under pressure to cut products’ salt content. Campbell is the...

Mushroom extract shows promise for meat preservative

An extract from the edible mushroom Flammulina velutipes may prolong the shelf-life of tuna meat, while also stabilising the colour of the meat, suggests new research from Japan.

Walkers cuts salt levels in crisp range

Industry continues to slice salt levels from formulations with Walkers crisps, part of PepsiCo, announcing they will cut salt levels across Walkers crisps, Baked and Sensations brands by 10...

Dannon removes growth hormone from dairy products

Dairy giant Dannon has said it is phasing out milk from rBST-treated cows, a commitment that parallels the move announced by competitor General Mills earlier this month.

Peanut-gate: Will consumers still trust American food – your views

The salmonella contamination of peanut products has brought American food safety under scrutiny causing some to question the value of the Made In America brand.

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School nutrition tour at Expo West

Southern Californian nutrition officials have been invited to visit this year’s Natural Products Expo West to discover new healthy foods for inclusion in school lunches.

Food companies pledge to avoid GM beet sugar

Over 70 companies have vowed not to use or sell genetically modified beet sugar by signing a registry set up by food safety, environmental and corporate watchdog organizations on Saturday.

More food fraud expected as prices rise

Counterfeiting is a major problem in the global food and drink industry with the level of fraud estimated at around $50bn a year, an audience at the American Association for...

Talking point

Peanut-gate: Will consumers still trust American food? asks its readers whether PCA’s lethal peanut contamination means Made in America has lost the safe perception it once enjoyed.


Changing the tune on GM

The GM debate at times seems much like the Hokey Cokey (or Pokey, if you’re US-based). There’s been a lot of putting in, some putting out, and quite a lot...

Monitoring program shows trans fats declining in Canadian foods

The Canadian government has released data showing that levels of trans fats have declined since the first results of its monitoring program were released in 2007 – but some food...

Mercury labelling of fish products is needed now, says NGOs

A coalition of different environmental organisations, the Zero Mercury Working Group, claims that there are risks associated with eating fish due to its mercury content, and consumers need to be...

Maryland eyes artificial food color ban

Maryland could become the first US state to ban several artificial food colorings which have been linked to hyperactivity and behavioral problems in children, if proposed legislation is approved.

Phosphorus additives pose ‘hidden’ danger to kidney patients

Patients with kidney disease may be at danger from a ‘hidden threat’ of phosphorous additives found in processed and fast foods, says a new study from the US.

US hearing on packaging chemical imminent

The US food safety regulator is set to provide more information to the public later this month about its safety review of Bisphenol A (BPA), the chemical found in packaging.

Consumers choose kosher for safety reasons, says Mintel

Food quality, health and safety are the main reasons people buy kosher foods – not for religious reasons, according to a new study from Mintel.

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PCA knew peanut products contained salmonella, says FDA

The Peanut Corporation of America knew it had distributed peanut products tainted with salmonella as long ago as 2007, the FDA said on Friday.

EFSA reveals milk protein safety conclusions

A new European review of the safety of proteins used in milk and dairy product formulation has found no link between their consumption and an increased risk to health, which...

More foodborne illnesses on horizon, says risk expert

Is the US food safety system really 'in the soup'? Dr Sandford Miller, with a long standing career focused on risk analysis and food, talks to about the recent...

CSPI rejects task force trans fat advice

The Center for Science in the Public Interest has urged Pennsylvanian officials to ignore the advice of a task force on trans fat, which concluded that a mandatory ban...

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