The European Food Safety Agency has established a safe level for the mineral boron, despite the fact that it is not included on the list of nutrients permitted in food supplements under the new directive.
Scientists at Europe's food watchdog have upped their assessment of the risk of finding mad cow disease in the United States, Canada and Norway following an extensive study of data collected between 1980-2003.
A US company that manufactures and markets preservative technologies has unveiled a new natural preservative designed for orange and other fruit drinks.
After four years in development the Danisco-Genencor partnership has come up with an enzyme that claims to double the shelf life of cakes.
UK researchers are launching a new trial to investigate whether the herbal gingko biloba can help slow the progression of early-stage Alzheimer's disease.
The UK's food watchdog is keeping a close eye on emerging research for the chemical acrylamide, a potential carcinogen discovered in crisps and French fries two years ago and which ignited a raft of new research to assess the risk to the consumer.
Europe's food safety body has concluded that jelly mini-cups made with a range of food additives derived from seaweed and certain gums, from xanthan gum to calcium alginate, could constitute a choking risk, reports Lindsey Partos.
While universally welcomed by food manufacturers, retailers and consumer allergy groups alike, one aspect of the new European directive on food allergen labelling has proved unpopular and is now slated for amendment- the labelling of allergen derivatives. And although food makers are unlikely to change their ingredients sources when the new rules enter into force, they may opt for alternatives if the derivative has an equivalent ingredient that would not require an allergen listing, writes Lindsey Partos.
A popular food oil used extensively in food formulations is the latest product-type to be pulled from the UK supermarket shelves as the country's food watchdog identifies the illegal carcinogen Sudan IV in a batch of palm oil brands.
After a recent acquisition, new product launches and nomination as one of the fastest growing small companies in the US, Lifeway Foods has ended its second quarter on a high, reporting record revenues for its functional kefirs.
Helping European food scientists keep abreast of developments in food research the European Commission has created easy access to a range of ongoing food quality and safety projects in the EU-25.
Pinpointing the role risk analysis can play in controlling deadly food pathogens in the food chain two UN-backed organisations have prepared a microbiological risk assessment on the hardy organism Listeria monocytogenes in ready-to-eat foods sold by retailers.
The complex issue of carbohydrate labelling fired up by the low-carb trend will move up a gear next month when the FDA is expected to release proposed rules on how information about carbohydrates should appear on the nutrition facts panel of food labels. Joining the dialogue, resistant starch supplier National Starch submitted a petition to the government body, proposing that fibre be broken out of the 'Total Carbohydrate Content' listing on the label, reports Lindsey Partos.
Vitamin-enriched products made by Kellogg, the world's biggest cereal maker, have been blocked from entering the Danish market by a new policy for assessing the safety of fortified foods.
A US coffee producer has installed a Servomex 574 portable gas analyser at its plant to help ensure its coffee is produced to the same standard.
Ring rot, a disease capable of devastating potato crops, has been found at a UK packing plant.
Extending food scientists' understanding of potential carcinogens in food products and allowing food makers to quantify dietary exposure to these compounds, a group of researchers in Spain have compiled an extensive database of harmful compounds formed during food preservation and cooking.
Consumer trust in ingredient labels moved up a gear in the US yesterday as President George W. Bush signed off new rules on food allergens that will mean tighter labelling requirements for all food makers operating in the US market, just months before Europe faces equally testing rules for food allergens.
Warnings over food products entering the EU zone containing the potentially carcinogenic food colour Sudan 1 continue with the UK's watchdog recalling fresh batches of bean products.
Between eight and 50 per cent of US retail beef carrying a label with the name 'Angus' does not meet the USDA criteria for Angus branding, according to a recent DNA test.