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Unilever becomes first company to report on human rights using UN guidelines

Unilever has become the first company to report on its own human rights record using UN guidelines, drawing praise from Oxfam - but much remains to be done, says the...

"The vote was repeated electronically and the amendment was adopted"

Chaotic show of hands: Parliament JURI committee voted to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted to scrap nutrient profiles last month – contrary to what media and industry understood at the time.

“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent...

June: Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

Salmonella in your infant nutrition, hormones in your supplements and lead in your detox. These were just some of the nasties included in this month’s round up of supplements blocked at...

Insect protein market has enthusiasm & sustainability – now it needs a business plan

The insect protein market has been relying on its youthful enthusiasm and faith in sustainability but it needs a solid business plan to move forward, says Invenire as it seeks...

FDF launches gluten-free guide for best practice

The UK's Food and Drink Federation has published a free guide to help manufacturers adhere to EU labelling laws for gluten-free packaged products.

Cumin recall withdrawn after testing shows mahaleb not almond presence

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has backtracked on a recall of ground cumin because of almond after additional testing.

Irish man dies after taking toxic DNP slimming tablets

A young Irish man has died after apparently taking slimming tablets bought online that contained the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

World wines: Room for internationals to scoop market lead in 'attractive' German market

International wine makers should seriously consider Germany at a time when consumers are willing to pay more and discounters are premiumizing the segment, says Wine Intelligence.

No natural pictures to depict artificial flavours, rules German court

Manufacturers should be wary of using pictures to depict artificial flavourings, warn food lawyers as a German court ruling sets a new precedent for misleading marketing....

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Fitness food is not mainstream, so stop selling it like it is

We’ve all been there – reached for a high protein, fiber dense, fatty acid-rich snack as a healthier option. But did we all hit the gym that day to compensate?...

High levels of inorganic arsenic in rice snacks, warns BfR

Industry must work to minimize levels of inorganic arsenic in rice and rice-based snacks as high levels pose a health risk to consumers, warns Germany’s Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)....

Ségolène Royal apologises for Nutella boycott call

French ecology minister Ségolène Royal has apologised for urging a Nutella boycott over its palm oil content after learning that parent brand Ferrero uses sustainably sourced palm oil.

Innovation and communication 'revitalise the relevance of milk': Tetra Pak

Dairies around the world must innovate and communicate to "revitalise the relevance of milk" among consumers, says Tetra Pak. 

Serial consumption: Nutritionists promote cereal-based beverages in Nestlé-backed e-book

The Portuguese Association of Nutritionists (APN) and Nestlé joined forces this month to unveil a new e-book promoting the benefits of cereal-based beverages in Portugal.

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

France investigates pregnancy supplement safety following abortions

The French food safety agency is investigating risks associated with the intake of vitamins and minerals from food supplements during pregnancy after it received two reports of termination on medical grounds....

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

Cool Britannia: British branding can boost appeal in UK and abroad

Safety, quality, nostalgia- there's a buzz about British products both abroad and at home for various reasons – but products need more than just a Union Jack on the label...

French colour coded nutrition labels are ‘technically feasible’, says ANSES

Proposed colour coded nutrition labels are technically feasible but would be ineffective for comparing products in some food categories, according to an analysis from French food agency ANSES.

Cheetos debut in UK: Wotsit all about?

PepsiCo has launched its extruded corn snack brand Cheetos in the UK, puzzling some market commentators as the product will compete with the company’s Wotsit brand.

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Gastro probiotic wins Irish awards

A probiotic OTC food supplement aimed at easing gastrointestinal issues has won two awards in Ireland.

Clear Coffee targets health conscious consumers – and their teeth

A Slovakian entrepreneur has developed Clear Coffee, a transparent coffee designed to appeal to health conscious consumers – in particular those who want to keep their teeth white. 

ANSES investigates glucosamine and chondroitin supplements

The French food safety agency is investigating the safety of joint heath supplements containing glucosamine and/or chondroitin.

Fat-burning supplement death is tragic but don’t blame the supplement industry, says supplemements industry

The death of a 45-year-old British man who overdosed on ‘T5’ fat burning food supplements is tragic but not indicative of an under-regulated supplements industry, say trade groups.

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