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Southampton study causing supplements rethink

Food supplements manufacturers may have to reformulate thousands of products aimed at both children and adults if calls for bans on the use of certain artificial colours become reality.

EFSA flags high intakes in lycopene safety opinion

Lycopene from natural sources and as a food colour would likely be within the ADI for most people, concludes EFSA, but its use in beverages is high and young children...

French food firms preoccupied by safety

Food safety is the main preoccupation of the French food industry, according to a recent survey commissioned by the organisers of a major food processing exhibition.

Southampton colours should be phased out, says FSA

Artificial colours linked to hyperactivity in children by the Southampton study should be phased out in Europe, said the UK Food Standards Agency today.

Food firms urged to help monitor imports of Chinese rice

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling on food firms to help ensure that Chinese rice and products made from that rice being used in the UK do not...

Dark chocolate gets pulses racing

Consumption of dark chocolate and cocoa may not boost heart health, and could actually increase pulse rates, according to new research.

FSA appoints expert body on food contaminants

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has appointed the Central Science Laboratory (CSL) as the central UK, expert body on contaminants in food, to help and advise the Agency across...

Scientists demand action on food additives

The researchers behind the Southampton study will push for a ban on food additives they found to be linked to hyperactivity at this week's Food Standards Agency board meeting.

Review raises questions over aspartame and brain health

Excessive intake of aspartame may inhibit the ability of enzymes in the brain to function normally, suggests a new review that could fan the flames of controversy over the sweetener.

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Temporary workers and corporate responsibility

As ever more food companies find themselves in the position of having employed migrants who were mistreated by illegal labour providers, it may be time for firms to start taking...

US regulators to consult public over E. coli concerns

The US department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) will next month look into solutions to significantly reduce the presence of E. coli O157:H7 in...

Red wine antioxidant may kill cancer cells

The antioxidant resveratrol, found in grape skins and red wine, can cripple the function of pancreatic cancer cells while sensitising them to chemotherapy, says new research.

Choices healthy food symbol set for scientific review

The evaluating criteria for the Choices healthy food symbol are to be reviewed and potentially adjusted, following the establishment of a new international scientific committee.

Fruit and veg linked to kids' school performance, study

Fruit and vegetable consumption and dietary fat intake were found to play an important role in children's academic performance, highlighting yet again the need for balanced diets at an early...

Tiny hairs could explain apple storage issues

Researchers from the UK have identified tiny hairs between the cells in Fuji apples - a trait they believe could have implications for storage of late-harvested fruit.

Dietary guidelines play role in disease risk reduction

Consumers adhering to healthy diets similar to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, say researchers.

Foster's turns back on 'added energy' drinks

Foster's today announced that it will immediately remove added energy and higher alcohol ready to drink (RTD) brands from its portfolio of goods sold in Australia due to concerns about...

FDA report revealed consumers are not behind clones

An internal report by the US FDA suggested that there was little or no support among Americans for food from cloned animals, a protest group has claimed.

Consumption database enables reliable risk assessment

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched an online database that pools food consumption levels from member states to allow for more exact exposure assessments.

Soft drink makers press 'natural' innovation claims

Beverage manufacturers will continue to focus on using innovative "natural" ingredients in their products amidst growing concerns over the safety of their current formulations, according to the British Soft Drinks...

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Allergen-free: time for clarity

Claiming 'free from' is not a light statement to make. Lives depend on it. As scientific progress questions the validity of such claims, it is time to establish exact guidelines...

Green group calls for halt on nanotechnology

Environmental group Friends of the Earth (FOE) has called for a moratorium on the use of nanotechnology in the food chain, claiming insufficient research has been carried out into its...

Introduction of cloned animals concerns interest groups

The US Center for Food Safety (CFS) has issued a statement supporting legislation being introduced at federal and state level to protect consumers against an unregulated introduction of cloned animals,...

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Warning signs: reconsidering shock tactics

Here's a possible new marketing angle for food and beverage manufacturers: "Food can kill".

Polyphenols may be the key to low acrylamide bakery

Manufacturers of bakery products looking to reduce levels of acrylamide can tap into a range of solutions, but polyphenols may be the most promising, suggests a new review.

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