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World food day to fight hunger

The theme of this year's World Food Day will be 'International Alliance Against Hunger,' emphasising the need for global mobilisation to create the political will...

EU clears ADM purchase of Unilever unit

The European Commission on Friday approved plans by US company Archer Daniels Midland to purchase food giant Unilever's edible oil refining subsidiary VDBO. The EU...

Acrylamide warning labels anger US processors

In the US, proposals by the state of California to make it compulsory for products that might contain the potential carcinogen acrylamide to carry warning...

Folic acid may not prevent Down's syndrome

Fortifying foods with folic acid may not reduce the incidence of Down's syndrome, say University of Toronto researchers, although they suggest we may to need...

Vitamin C may reduce stomach cancer risk

Increasing intake of vitamin C may be able to help prevent stomach cancer, suggest researchers in the US this week. The team from the San...

Diet drives generation changes

A mother's nutrition can be so important that it can alter her offspring's susceptibility to disease by changing gene expression, say researchers who claim to...

ARS launches new, improved nutrient database

The US Agricultural Research Service launched an updated version of its flagship nutrient database yesterday, billed as the most authoritative source of food composition in...

Further boost for fruit-based foodstuffs

Food manufacturers may include a FDA dietary guidance statement on fruits and vegetables on food labels, according to the agency this week. The dietary guidance...

Canada pushes through new BSE controls

The Canadian government took a further step towards reducing the risk of Canadians becoming exposed to the agent that may transmit BSE with new rules...

Cut the cone content, asks consumer group

One century on and millions of ice cream tubs later the US 'food police' are out in force calling on ice cream retailers to tell...

USP unveils lycopene monographs

The United States Pharmacopeia (USP) has published three new lycopene-based monographs, reflecting the rapid growth in supplement products containing the antioxidant. Lycopene is a carotenoid,...

Food division boosts Bunge Q2 results

Oilseed giant Bunge reaped a strong second quarter with net income more than tripling to $182 million (€158m), up from $50 million in 2002. The...

Low-dose multivits may lower heart attack risk

People who take low dose multivitamin supplements may be less likely to have a heart attack, say Swedish researchers. There has been much debate about...

Study calls oat fiber claim into question

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has finalised its rule expanding the sources of oat beta-glucan soluble fiber that can carry the health claim for...

Could supplements keep elderly fit?

Anemia, a condition caused by vitamin and mineral deficiency, doubles the risk of serious physical decline in the elderly, according to a new study. The...

What makes soy protein heart healthy?

Increasing the intake of soy isoflavones may have little effect on either LDL or HDL cholesterol, concludes a review by Dutch researchers. Soy protein is...

Rocky results for TFF

US firm Technology Flavors & Fragrances continues to falter in 2003 with a 70 per cent decrease in net income for the second quarter, a...

DHEA - a supplement for heart health?

Supplements of the hormone DHEA could help prevent age-related heart disease, suggest Japanese researchers. A low dose of DHEA, taken daily by 24 middle-aged men,...

Inflammation may counter heart-healthy diet

Natural chemicals released in the body as a result of chronic inflammation may underpin the failure of low-fat, so-called heart healthy diets to actually reduce...

WHO keeps the pressure on

Executives from food and drink firms including Coca Cola, Nestle and Kraft Foods continued talks on their role in global health at a meeting with...

Eat the wrapper!

Edible vegetable and fruit wraps, among the latest developments from modern chemistry, look set to keep lunches fresher longer and be substituted for some non-biodegradable...

Profit drops for DSM

By all accounts DSM presented a less than rosy set of second quarterly figures this week with sales and operating profit figures both plummeting. The...

Novel foods and health: effects difficult to measure

The feasibility of linking consumption data to health outcomes came to light this week following investigations into the buying and eating of novel foods, including...

Green algae extract improves flu vaccine response

A green algae supplement has been shown to boost the immune system's response to the flu vaccine in people aged 50-55 years old. While not...

Folate fortification may mask B12 deficiency

A mandated food additive aimed at better fetal development could be simultaneously increasing health risks for seniors. Scientists said this week that folic acid fortification...