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One coffee affects glucose metabolism in overweight men: Study

Just one cup of coffee is enough to impair glucose metabolism, which can contribute to overweight and obesity, research has found.

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Back to school – but not for Ribena as retailer rings sugary drink recess

Return to school can be an abundant time for food and drink makers, but stakeholder actions are rupturing market safeholds as health concerns rise, says Euromonitor analyst Lauren Bandy in...

Less processed fibre makes food healthier

Preserving the natural structure of plant fibre during food processing keeps blood sugar levels in check – meaning manufacturers can make their products healthier without changing the ingredients, say researchers....

How good are food companies at social listening?

Nearly a third of UK brand mentions on social media are about food and drink – but how good are industry's ‘social listening’ skills?

May contain…misleading information: Overuse of allergen warnings is putting consumers at risk

Nordic authorities are cracking down on the unnecessary use of allergen advisory warnings after a review found one fifth of products were wrongly labelled.  

Unilever wins right to say pro.activ cholesterol spread doesn't cause side effects

A German court has dismissed campaign group FoodWatch’s law suit against Unilever’s cholesterol-lowering spread pro.activ – but FoodWatch continues its assault by urging the European Commission to retract its novel...

Salt intake directly linked to obesity: CASH

There is a direct link between salt intake and obesity, says 1200-strong CASH study – but health experts say the findings should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Greece and Latvia opt out of Monsanto MON810 re-authorisation application

Biotech giant Monsanto has said it will abide by requests from Latvia and Greece to be excluded from its application for re-authorisation of its MON180 maize in the European Union,...

EU folate fortification failure caused 8,400 neural tube defects in 11 years

Europe is facing an “epidemic” of folic acid-preventable neural tube defects (NTD) spina bifida and anencephaly, researchers have said.

Spirals of success: Vegetable pasta is on the rise

With sales of traditional pasta falling across Europe, homemade 'spiralised' vegetables are an increasingly popular alternative – but analysts say there is potential for food manufacturers too.

Five colours are best for nutrition labels: French advisory body

A five-colour nutrition label is more effective than three, says French advisory body - but industry has slammed it as simplistic while critics say it is more confusing than traffic-light labels....

Tea packaging ‘whistles’ when brew is ready

Pollard Boxes has partnered with Bernadine Tay on its Quinteassential tea range to create packaging that 'whistles' when a brew is ready.

German study finds unhealthy progress in advertising to children

New data from Germany suggests manufacturers continue to almost exclusively advertise unhealthy products to children, despite pledges to change their ways.

Salmonella in chocolate concern spreads across EU

At least 14 countries and numerous brands have been affected by possible Salmonella in chocolate products.

Technology trends: HPP most important food technology – now and in the future

High pressure processing (HPP) will be the most commercially important food processing technology for European industry in the next ten years, according to new data. 

Sugar lover lands ‘sweetest job in the world’

A sweet lover has landed her dream job as official taster at confectionery maker Swizzels after seeing off thousands of other applicants.

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Heinz Ketchup isn’t ketchup, Israel rules

Israel’s Health Ministry has ruled that Heinz Ketchup can no longer be called ketchup in Israel after local brand Osem argued it doesn’t contain enough tomato paste, according to Israeli...

261% in 124g: New sweet potatoes new answer to ‘rampant’ vitamin A deficiency

South African researchers have created new beta carotene- rich sweet potatoes that could offer a solution to rampant vitamin A deficiency.

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

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What degree of evidence is required to make an EU health claim?

Eight years after the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) came into force the question of how to win a health claim is still not satisfactorily answered in the eyes...

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Cholesterolimbroglio: Inside an EU claims mess

On September 1 a Hamburg court will on the case brought by FoodWatch against Unilever over marketing for its cholesterol-lowering margarine Becel pro.activ.

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Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

Sky pro cycling hand safe supplements yellow jersey to Guernsey firm

Sky Pro Cycling – the Rupert Murdoch-backed team that won the Tour de France yellow jersey with British rider Chris Froome last month – has inked a deal with UK...

Food neophobia: Toddlers reject new food smells

Male toddlers are put off by foods with unfamiliar smells, says a French study looking at the play between taste and odour.

EFSA loses right to keep experts secret

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has lost its right to keep the names of contributing expert commentators a secret – a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that could...

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