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Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something which has been surprisingly well received by the public, its senior researcher says. 

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Cognition & colours among DSM targets at 2-day Swiss open innovation event

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) wants to engage with commercial, government and academic entities at a 2-day open innovation (OI) summit with selected participants in December.

Study compares 8 probiotic products' efficacy

Empty stomach: Probiotics professor clarifies findings of efficacy study

A soon-to-be-published UK study has questioned the efficacy of several on-shelf probiotic products after testing eight including giants Yakult and Danone – but the lead author tells us its key findings have been distorted in the press.

Scientists claim improved ‘on the spot’ sibutramine testing

Scientists have provided ‘proof of principle’ that a type of spectroscopy can rapidly detect the presence of the banned substance sibutramine – the most prolific adulterant in weight loss food supplements. They say it can be a game-changer for the border detection of the compound.

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Researchers develop high fibre ‘super spaghetti’ from FoodNavigator.com

Italian and Australian researchers say they have developed pasta with the same appearance and taste as regular pasta – but with 20% more fibre.

Future prospects look good for EU pork and beef from GlobalMeatNews.com

EU beef and pork production is expected to increase in 2015, according to the latest Global Agricultural Information Network report from the US Department of Agriculture’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS).

What would a Scottish vote for independence mean for food? from FoodNavigator.com

As Scots head to the polls today, FoodNavigator asks, how would an independent Scotland affect the food industry there and in the UK as a whole?

Norway retail pricing of chicken under spotlight from GlobalMeatNews.com

Norway’s Ministry of Agriculture and Food has included poultry products in its investigation of meat production and retail prices following fresh data indicating a sharp 7.1% price rise, despite an over-supply situation, in retail chicken prices between March and August.

Canadean analyst suggests Coke and Pepsi diversify to shake Vita Coco UK stranglehold from BeverageDaily.com

Canadean says Coca-Cola and Pepsi need time to interest a wider UK audience in coconut water brands Zico and O.N.E but thinks the brands would benefit from greater diversification vis-à-vis market leader Vita Coco.

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Kellogg UK Special K porridge ad banned

Kellogg UK '30% less fat’ Special K porridge ad banned

Kellogg's Special K Multigrain porridge ad claiming fat level supremacy in the market has been banned after...

Elliott review into food supply chain published
Review published in light of horse meat fraud

Elliott Review calls for action to stop food fraud

The UK government has promised action on food laboratories and supply chain audits following the publication of...

Nestlé files patent for kids’ ‘protein balance’

Nestlé files patent for kids’ ‘protein balance’

Nestlé has filed for a worldwide patent for a protein balancing product aimed at children aged 5-15.

UK breakfast boom: Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

UK breakfast boom? Hot cereals up 17.9% in 2013

The demand for hot cereals like porridge has continued to experience a dramatic resurgence and will continue...

Asda gluten-free: Pledges to Coeliac UK project nationwide

Asda commits to Coeliac UK’s gluten-free guarantee across all stores

Asda has pledged to stock eight staple gluten-free products across all of its UK stores; a commitment...