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Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Bucchini: “This is the first official blessing of​ beauty claims I am aware of...

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have taken from Italy’s stance on the matter.

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Strong Scottish food & drink brands will install referendum confidence, says Scot food minister

Retail sales of Scottish food and drink brands in the UK rose by £513m from 2007 – figures the Scottish government says will deliver clout in the upcoming independence referendum.

German border busts reveal banned DMAA still out there (but detection is improving)

Scientists at a German state control laboratory have developed a fast and accurate method of testing whether supplement and sports nutrition products contain the illegal stimulant DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine/methylhexaneamine).

EU-Ecuador trade deal to open fish, fruit and coffee doors?

Ecuador has signed an EU tariff-free trade agreement, joining Andean neighbours Peru and Colombia five years after it initially rejected the tie-up.

The highs and lows of organics: How to stimulate repeat and cross-purchases

Low cost organic products are more likely to be repurchased but a high price strategy could prove more effective in encouraging cross-purchasing across ranges, finds research.

UK public sector sourcing plan backs local food industry: ‘All food that can be bought locally will be bought locally’

UK prime minister David Cameron has announced plans to boost the British farming industry by sourcing public sector food locally.

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Monster Energy 'truly sorry' for teen’s heart attack injury but denies responsibility from BeverageDaily.com

Monster Beverage Corporation has moved to quell investor disquiet as a jury trial starts to decide if it is liable for injury suffered by a teen whose mother claims its drinks caused his heart attack.

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Frito-Lay snack process: It’s baked, but tastes fried from BakeryAndSnacks.com

Frito-Lay has developed a process that involves hydration to ensure baked snacks maintain the taste and texture of a fried product.

Patent Watch

Wrigley discovers ‘pectin surprise’ for gelatin-free chewy candies from ConfectioneryNews.com

Wrigley has filed a patent for chewy confectionery products that eliminates animal-derived texturizing agents such as gelatin.

Sysco penalized $19.4m for unrefrigerated food storage from FoodProductionDaily.com

Food distribution giant Sysco has been ordered to pay nearly $20m in restitution for keeping perishable food in unrefrigerated storage.

Russian manufacturers should target dairy-hungry over 55s: Canadean from DairyReporter.com

Russian dairies are overlooking the opportunities that lie with older consumers, who eat traditional products such as kefir out of habit rather than for reasons of health or aging.

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Norway issues green tea extract warning

Norway issues green tea extract warning

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) is warning consumers about unspecified, high-dose green tea products (Camellia sinensis)...

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Children’s TV promotes bad diets, says study

Unhealthy foods are being promoted to children in everyday children’s television programmes, new research published in the...

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling, UK EU court case

France considers ‘traffic light’ labelling as UK MEP hits back at EU threat of court case

France's health minister has put forward plans for the country’s own ‘traffic light’ nutrition labelling system; meanwhile...

Gluten-free kids food huge opportunity: Mintel

Brands should eye up children’s gluten-free: Mintel

The market for gluten-free children’s food will be a big area for growth, predicts market research firm...

Action on Sugar removes bread from ‘high sugar’ list

Action on Sugar removes bread from high-sugar hit list: 'We acknowledge it was not accurate'

Anti-sugar lobby group Action on Sugar has removed bread from its initial list of products containing ‘large...