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USDA launches Spanish food safety podcasts

A new food safety podcast series in Spanish has been launched by the United States Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS).

Survey shows consumer concern about preparation, not supply

American confidence in supermarkets’ food safety has slipped steadily over the past five years but this does not necessarily reflect lower confidence in the food supply, says The NPD Group.

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Could clones be hiding out in ice-cream?

Ben & Jerry’s campaign to ensure produce from clones is detectable in the food chain shows that bundling biotech in with conventional produce remains unacceptable – but lessons from GM...

Ben & Jerry's stunt highlights concern over clones in food chain

Ben & Jerry’s has fessed up to creating an online presence for a fictitious company selling cloned milk as a publicity stunt, as campaigners believe that the offspring of cloned...

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Post-melamine, interest grows in healthy snacks

Interest in health-positioned snacks is on the rise in Asia as fall-out from the food contamination melamine crisis in China continues.

Dispatches from Reformulation Symposium

Supermarket reports challenges of saturated fat reduction

Balancing saturated fat as a proportion of total calories, and the natural variation of fat levels in meat, are amongst the challenges faced by Waitrose suppliers in developing food products...

Your thoughts on gluten-free foods

Last week we published some musings from our editorial team on the gluten-free food market. We don’t pretend to hold all the answers, but we have been pleased that some...

UK report: Functional foods scepticism remains high

Scepticism toward functional foods is widespread, especially among men and younger people, but the level of wariness varies greatly between countries, according to a report produced on behalf of the...

Sodium limit too high for most Americans, says CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has claimed that the current recommended limit for sodium intake may be too high for as many as two-thirds of Americans and...

Müller told to cease misleading ‘natural’ ads

Dairy firm Müller Dairy UK must withdraw TV and print ads for a brand of its children’s yoghurt products after the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that they made...

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Australia food watchdog seeks views on new GM food

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) is inviting individuals and organisations to comment on an application to seek approval for food derived from a genetically modified soybean, which must...

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Allergen management focus of upcoming seminar

With food recalls due to cross contamination of allergens or incorrect allergen labelling an expensive problem for the food industry and dangerous for food-allergic consumers, two UK research bodies are...

How metals in food impact children's behaviour

The contamination of food with certain metals needs to be urgently addressed in light of growing evidence linking trace elements to negative human behaviour, according to a lead researcher in...

Waxy starch could produce non-milk cheese: Study

 Replacing rennet casein with waxy maize starch and carrageenan may produce imitation cheeses with low protein contents, suggests new research. 

New findings challenge studies linking mercury to HFCS - CRA

Results from third-party testing conducted on high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) from all the production facilities in the US and Canada show that no quantifiable levels of mercury were detected...

Confectionery firms criticised for not removing colours

Cadbury and Mars are attracting severe criticism from food campaigners, who say they have not fulfilled promises to remove certain artificial food colours from products by the end of 2008.

Salt replacements could be deadly, say renal specialists

Renal specialists have called for clear labeling on products that use potassium chloride as a salt replacer because it could pose a hidden risk for dialysis patients.

Irradiation link to trans fats formation dismissed

New research from the US has challenged recent studies that claimed irradiation treatment increased the amounts of trans fatty acids in ground beef.

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Ireland: no need for folic acid fortification

A Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) working group has stated there would be no public health benefit from mandatory folic acid fortification, but is waiting on data due by...

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Could sugar shake off its bad boy image?

Sugar could be shedding its bad boy image to take a surprise spot on the public’s list of trusted ingredients, as manufacturers look to appeal to more savvy consumers.

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One in seven US teens vitamin D deficient: Cornell researchers

One in seven American adolescents is vitamin D deficient, says a new study by Cornell researchers, with better education of consumers critical to boosting levels of the vitamin.

Scientists lift the lid on salt’s hypertensive power

Salt may raise lead to hypertension by inhibiting the action of an enzyme linked to easing blood flow, says a new joint US-Chinese study.

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...

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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.  

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