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GM 'jellyfish lamb' enters French food chain

A genetically modified sheep carrying a jellyfish protein entered the French food system last year following what appears to have been a deliberate abattoir mix-up by a disgruntled employee, it was revealed last...

Beer bargains and dear drinks: Which are the cheapest – and most expensive – cities for beer?

Geneva, Hong Kong and Tel Aviv are the most expensive cities to buy beer in – while cities like Krakow, Kiev and Cape Town offer drinkers more for their money,...

Sugary drinks linked to high death tolls worldwide: Global prevention plans needed, say researchers

Consumption of sugary drinks may lead to an estimated 184,000 adult deaths each year worldwide, according to research, which warns of an urgent need for strong global prevention programs.

“The criminal networks behind many of the illicit websites are passing themselves off as legitimate pharmacies.”

Irish police seize DNP products

Irish police have seized products containing the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

Young’s lost Sainsbury contract risks hundreds of jobs

Hundreds of jobs at Young’s Seafood could be at risk, after the manufacturer lost a key contract to supply Sainsbury with salmon.

Quiz: Are you sustainable sourcing savvy?

How clued up are you on all the issues surrounding sustainable sourcing - and how closely have you been reading FoodNavigator?Take our quiz and find out! (Need to revise a little...

Rising packaged food sales make Turkey top export destination

Turkey is an attractive destination for European food exports with niche opportunities in dairy, bakery, health and wellness, say market analysts.

Younger shoppers value organics – but buy fewer of them

A majority of UK shoppers aged 16-34 think that organic products are important (54%), compared to under a third (30%) of over-55s, according to a market research report.

Is organic the best way to start the day?

Organic breakfast products are an easy and affordable way to dip a toe in organic, the Soil Association says.

M&S vit D bread is a good public health move, says Leatherhead Food Research

Marks & Spencer’s move to fortify its entire bakery range with vitamin D is a good public health move given the population is deficient, says the nutrition and innovation head...

Food prices at six year low as cereal prices tumble: FAO

The FAO Global Food Price Index fell to its lowest value since 2009 on as projections for cereal harvests are upgraded causing prices to stall.

News in brief

Ukraine basing nutrition plan on EU platform

The Ukraine government is assessing a draft resolution to improve the country’s nutrition based on EU actions.

More than 70% of chickens contaminated with Campylobacter - FSA

Almost three-quarters of chickens tested positive for Campylobacter, according to a year-long study by the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA).

French supermarkets required to give all unsold food to charity

French legislation voted in yesterday will require supermarkets to donate all unsold, edible food to charity in a bid to cut food waste.

UK minister warns industry over sugar tax

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers could be forced to pay a sugar tax if they continue to sell unhealthy food, a UK minister has warned.

Weak euro threatens food’s export boom

Food industry exports could be hit by challenging exchange rates, calling the sector’s recent growth into question, figures show as one of Britain’s biggest manufacturers urges the UK to leave...

Taxation necessary to offset rising cost of a healthy diet

The price of fruit and vegetables in the UK has tripled in the past 30 years, while the price of ice cream has halved – a pattern being repeated across...

Brand rivalry deepens in post-crisis Europe

Own-brands have enjoyed a boom in crisis-hit Europe, winning new consumers with both price and quality – but big brands are resorting to aggressive pricing and promotions to win back their...

Cumin products were recalled due to almond contamination prompting allergy concerns

Mahaleb caused false positive results in nuts and spices testing

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has said initial results which prompted cumin products to be recalled for containing almond were wrong and positive readings were caused by mahaleb.

EU food and drink trade growing – but could be better

Food and drink trade increased in most of Europe last year – though production in a few member states could have been better, said a representative at FoodDrinkEurope.

Major retailers misjudged last-minute Easter egg demand, says IRI

UK supermarkets ran out of Easter egg stocks just ahead of the holiday, a misjudgement that cost about £5.2m ($7.7m) in sales, says IRI.

Retailers miss £5.2M Easter sales opportunity

Major food retailers missed a £5.2M sales opportunity this year because of poor Easter egg availability, according to market intelligence firm IRI.

Holland & Barrett hits Belgium and Holland

NBTY Europe is re-branding its retail chains Essenza and De Tuinen as Holland & Barrett stores.

US web retailer pumps EU distribution as gym community swells

US site Bodybuilding.com has opened its first UK distribution centre to better cater to its customer base in Europe - part of a community that includes 25 million unique visitors...

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