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Dutch to increase import checks following GM discovery

Dutch inspections of US shipments will increase following the discovery of genetically modified (GM) maize banned in the EU as part of a Netherlands bound cargo.

Euro Freeze prosecuted for selling illegal meat

Euro Freeze (Ireland) has received a £13,000 (€19,000) fine after being prosecuted in a UK court for illegally putting false health certificates on meat products.

UK study sparks additives row

Growing use of natural ingredients in the UK food and drink industry took on greater importance this week in anticipation of a new study again linking widely used additives to...

Arsenic, mercury levels in baby food below limit, says regulator

Baby food processors are breathing easier today after the UK industry regulator released a study showing that levels of arsenic and mercury in their products are below legal limits.

Politicians raise acrylamide scare in Holland

Politicians in Holland have called on government to set maximum consumption limits for acrylamide, potentially leading to legislation that would force processors to reduce the potential carcinogen in their products.

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Ingredients for cheap?

As recent incidents of food contamination demonstrate, the cheapest source for ingredients may not turn out to be so cheap after all.

Food biotech will benefit from cross-section approach, says DIB

The food sector will remain the biggest biotech employer in Germany by 2020, according to a new study, but German industry must make use of synergies between sectors to remain competitive.

UN researchers examine chlorine use in food manufacturing

An international research project will help set global standards controlling the use of active chlorine in food production and processing.

Smoked, BBQ meat linked to breast cancer

Postmenopausal women who regularly consume smoked and barbecued meats may be increasing their risk of breast cancer by at least 50 per cent, suggests a new study.

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Training the salt of the earth

On International Labour Day, workers across the world will be raising a glass in honour of the salt of the earth.

Early exposure to food allergens may increase tolerance

Exposing premature and low birth weight babies to food allergens early in life may boost tolerance later in life, suggests a new study from Canada.

New processing toxins linked with aging diseases

A new class of toxins produced when meats and cheeses are grilled, fried or broiled, can lead to a host of diseases associated with aging, say researchers.

Packaging PFOAs found in newborns

A new study showing that perfluorooctanoate (PFOA) is showing up in newborn babies has again raised concerns about the chemical's use as a protective coating on some food packaging.

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Ditch the marketing madness

Marketing strategies - two words that incorporate everything from pseudo scientific research to shock value advertising campaigns. But shouldn't honesty be the best policy?

Cadbury charged in salmonella contamination case

Cadbury and some of its managers face prosecution for allegedly ignoring a case of salmonella contamination at one of the company's UK plants.

Bernard Matthews' bird flu payout criticised

The UK turkey producer at the centre of an avian influenza outbreak earlier this year is to be compensated nearly £600,000 (€885,000) despite receiving criticism in an official report published yesterday.

EU launches study on Salmonella in pigs

The EU's food safety agency will assess the public health risks posed by the presence of Salmonella in pigs.

Mass poisonings highlight China food safety concerns

The Chinese government is likely to come under further pressure to review its safety procedures following a recent wave of food poisoning outbreaks in the country.

Irish meat imports into UK breach BSE regulations, says report

Several batches of beef recently imported to the UK from Ireland were found to contain material banned under laws designed to prevent bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) from entering the supply...

Perspectives for Food 2030

EU research needs conference begins

About 150 experts are gathering here today in Belgium's capital city for a peak into the future of the food industry.

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Food contamination: time for action

At a time when so many resources are being pumped into improving consumer health through food, it is pitifully ironic that more and more people are getting sick or dying...

Leatherhead forms food industry NanoWatch group

Leatherhead Food International is forming a new working group to investigate the use of nanotechnology in the food and drink industry, with particular emphasis on ingredients and hydrocolloids.

Senator calls for labeling of cloned foods

California State Senator Carole Migden has unveiled legislation that would require the clear labeling of meat and milk from cloned animals.

Ethyl Carbamate in food, drink as dangerous as diesel

The attention of product developers is turning towards health risks posed by ethyl carbamate, a naturally ocurring substance in fermented food and beverage products that is now classed as dangerous...

Snack brands slammed over secret sugars

UK consumer watchdog Which? has hit out at several snack and ready meal brands for their 'hidden' sugar content.

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