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Korean player Daesang moves on EU omega-3 market

Korean food giant Daeseng wants to enter the EU omega-3 market and has applied for novel foods approval for an algae-derived DHA (docosahexaenoic acid).

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NutraIngredients Awards return bigger and better in 2016

After a successful launch at Vitafoods in Geneva in May, the independent NutraIngredients Awards return in 2016 with more awards and even better representation of the genuine diversity of the...

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EC launches EU health claims ‘fitness check’; nutrient profiles and botanicals targeted

The European Commission has launched a ‘fitness check/roadmap’ with a special focus on the EU’s botanical health claims imbroglio and the nutrient profile of foods able to bear health claims....

EFSA delivers long-awaited safety assessment despite data craters

EFSA on insects: Pathogens harmful to humans most likely from farming

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said insect pathogens potentially harmful to humans are most likely to come from rearing and processing not intrinsically associated with the insect itself...

Over 1/3 of fish oil fisheries poorly managed: Report

Over one third or 3.5 million tonnes of fish stocks destined for fish oil supplements are ‘poorly managed’, a sustainability report of 24 fisheries has found. 

Meat-free alternatives - brought to you by the meat companies

Sensing a shift in consumer eating habits and attitudes, several German meat companies are leading the way in innovation and NPD for meat substitutes: “We will be the first and last generation that...

Sports Nutrition 2015: Winning strategies in foods, drinks, supplements & ingredients

Formulation strikes, marketing makeovers, new ingredients, winning science, regulatory landscapes explained – take your seat for this and more at Sports Nutrition 2015, online and free on October 22.

Does MSG have a future in Europe as umami gains flavour favour?

Global demand for MSG is set to rise,  but can the additive shake off its negative health associations in Europe - and if not, does that mean a gap in...

UK agency launches €13.5 m reformulation competition

The UK government is calling on businesses, scientists and agricultural producers to submit their proposals for salt, sugar, fat and fibre reformulation with the chance to win up to €13.5 m in...

A post-workout brew: Crafting a protein-packed beer for the fitness crowd

Supplemental Brewing has launched a protein-infused beer for athletes "who don’t want their workouts to get in the way of their weekend."

Small businesses and social scientists must collaborate for a sustainable food chain

Food labelling and ethical certification aren’t as effective as we think - for a sustainable food chain, small and medium businesses need to team up with social scientists to create...

UK's organic standards up for public consultation

The Soil Association is updating its organic standards to make them more practical and transparent and is calling on the public to give its opinion in an open consultation.

More than half of EU countries set to opt out of GM

Sixteen countries have requested to opt out of GM cultivation in Europe – but while the Commission says the opt-out clause is necessary for such a complex issue, campaigners are...


Open book: The future of probiotic marketing in Europe

‘Openness’ and ‘better dialogue’ between industry, scientists and regulators were themes of the day as the newly minted European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA-Europe) launched itself with a...

Fizzy drink sugar levels vary dramatically between countries, says survey

Research highlighting the variation in soft drink sugar content around the world – a difference of as much as 29g sugar (7 teaspoons) per 330ml for the same brand in...

ASA ruling

Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ ad doesn’t infer health benefit, says UK watchdog

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has rejected a complaint that a Weetabix ‘proper breakfast’ advert implied the product was good for overall health.

Long-awaited EU novel foods reform set for October 14 adoption; concerns remain

Unless there is a shock shift, a full sitting of the 751-seat European Parliament (EP) will soon pass significant reforms to the EU’s now ‘not fit for purpose’ novel foods...

UK body set for public consultation on junk food advertising rules

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) will begin a public consultation on new rules for marketing junk food to children in early 2016 amid growing concerns over children's diet, it...

FDE announces new industry commitment for healthy diets

FoodDrinkEurope will continue to take a ‘holistic’ approach to improving the health of Europeans with a new commitment to trigger further industry action on making food healthier, it says.

UK government calls for more local labelling

The UK government is calling on manufacturers to use local county of origin labelling on its products – but unlike in Italy such measures would be voluntary.

News in brief

Yakult wins Swiss probiotic health claim

Yakult has joined fellow probiotic giant Danone in winning health claims for its probiotic yoghurt drinks in Switzerland.

‘No success model’ for new protein ingredients

Novel protein ingredients face a difficult future with too many barriers to entry to make success likely – but there are brighter prospects for Quorn and some potential for insect...

‘Problems abound’ for protein ingredients, says report

Protein ingredients are facing major challenges in developed markets, with stagnation in technical applications and uncertainty over health and sports markets, according to a report from Giract.

Nestlé and Unilever put pressure on EU to ban trans fats

Food giants Unilever and Nestlé have said they support a ban on trans fats in Europe following a Twitter campaign by consumer rights group BEUC.

Costs of origin labelling are marginal, says German company

Industry says origin labelling is too expensive and would reduce competitiveness but one German company is listing the origin of all its ingredients voluntarily – and the costs are marginal, it...

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