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German court rules against 'vegan cheese' - but what should plant-based alternatives be called?

If it's not made from animal milk it can't be called cheese, a German court has ruled in a case against a 'vegan cheese' manufacturer. But when consumers' point of reference for a...

Spotlight on start-ups

Clean-label products are not always uniform - that's a selling-point, says fruit foam start-up

Using exclusively clean label ingredients can sometimes mean products are not always 100% standardised. But for French start-up Woos fruit foams this is a key selling point. 

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

Youngsters exposed to 'significant misinformation' on sports nutrition: Irish authority

Young people are exposed to a significant amount of misinformation on sports nutrition, which could have negative implications for their health now and in the future, according to a Food...

Almost one fifth of children are over tolerable levels for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD

Almost one fifth of young children exceed the tolerable daily intake for potential carcinogen 3-MCPD, says the Dutch food safety authority, as EFSA prepares to release an assessment on the...

Just Bee taps into sugar backlash with honey-sweetened water

Honey ticks all the boxes: it's natural, tastes great and is sweeter than sugar, according to UK honey water company Just Bee, which says it could soon become the sweetener of...

ASA ruling

Far from shy: Shouts about coconut sugar fall foul of advert regulators

Tiana Fair Trade Organic's claims that its coconut nectar is a “guilt free sugar substitute” are in breach of regulations, the British advertising authority has ruled.

Our stool frequency claim may not be sexy – but it adds credibility to empty slogans: BENEO

A survey of over 1,000 consumers in the UK and Spain has helped German ingredients giant BENEO join the dots between its EFSA-approved stool frequency health claim on paper and...

Spotlight on start-ups: 'Made in Africa' chocolate, food waste fruit jerky and umami butter

FoodNavigator will be starting a weekly feature ‘Spotlight on Start-ups’ where we interview some of the most innovative food start-ups operating in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Here we...

How to shut down the illicit ginkgo trade

Research into the adulteration and poor manufacturing practices of ginkgo products has highlighted the need to reign in unregistered food supplements containing the botanical. 

Probiotics expert: 'Disband EFSA' and end destructive category confusion

A leading probiotics academic has called for EFSA to be “disbanded” saying that the effect of the EU’s central food science agency’s treatment of probiotic claims has been “confusion in Europe”, and that the...

Italian agri-entrepreneurs cultivate kiss-friendly heritage garlic

Two Italian entrepreneurial farmers have launched KissinGarlic a mildly flavoured garlic that is easily digested and doesn't cause bad breath. But by cultivating a plant variety that was on the cusp...

Over double safe niacin content in recalled MusclePharm supplement

The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) has warned against MusclePharm’s pre-workout Assault Hybrid supplements after it was found they contained over double the safe upper limit for niacin.

special edition: gender-specific nutrition

How to take the sleaze out of libido supplements

The market for male libido supplements dwarfs that for women – but positioning products as healthy ageing supplements may help shake the sleaze from this niche segment, says one bawdy...

Dutch industry-backed nutrition label ticked off with mounting criticism

The industry group behind the Dutch healthy eating label, known as the tick, has come under fire from a consumer watchdog which says it is confusing, biased and should be...

Guest article

What's the future direction for sustainable sourcing?

Sustainable sourcing has become fashionable in the food industry, with a growing number of companies making such commitments. However, the increasing number of sustainability schemes raises questions about long-term developments.

Problem with pectin? Soy-polysaccharides could be the solution

Premium Ingredients has developed new stabilisers for acidified dairy drinks that it says will alleviate some of the strain created by rising prices and dwindling availability of pectin.

Italy moves to ban 18-month expiry date for olive oil

The Italian Senate this month voted to remove an 18-month expiry date on extra virgin olive oil, a move that the Italian agricultural association has called a “grave error”.

The ultimate taste test: Insect burger, plant burger or meat burger?

The Belgian researchers' battle of the burgers threw up an interesting result: Although meat came out top, consumers liked the insect burgers more when told they contained mealworms, putting it...

Bühler aims to 'close the global protein gap' with algae, insects and pulses

Swiss giant Bühler has backed a series of research and development (R&D) projects looking at insects, algae and pulses as alternative protein sources.

UK health service crowdsources policy ideas: ‘We believe the crowd has the answer’

The UK’s National Health Service (NHS) has opened its first large-scale crowdsourcing platform in an attempt to democratise policy making for its ‘new vision’ for 12 health professionals.

Online teenagers helping to market high calorie foods

Marketing messages promoting high-calorie foods are receiving a boost from an unexpected source - teenage social media users -  according to a Swedish study.

No new legislation needed on ‘growing up milks’, says long-awaited Commission report

There is no need for new legislation specific to so-called ’growing up’ milks, the European Commission has said in a report rebuked by industry and NGOs alike.

'THE GOAL IS TO REFORMULATE SO THEY CAN BE LABELLED 'EVERYDAY PRODUCTS''

Mars to label savoury products in global portfolio: 'Eat occasionally, once a week'

Mars will add labels to some savoury products in its global portfolio, such as Uncle Ben's and Dolmio, that don't meet its own nutrition criteria to say they should only...

Vitafoods Europe 2016, Geneva, Switzerland, May 10-12

Vitafoods to showcase nutrition innovation boom

92% of 800+ ingredient and product exhibitors that attended Vitafoods Europe in Geneva last year said they would launch at least one product in the following year.

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