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Starch rises hit the market

The pressure of rising raw material prices continues to challenge ingredients companies with Imperial Chemical Industries (ICI) subsidiary National Starch this week announcing a hike...

Chromium picolinate may provide relief for PCOS sufferers

Daily supplementation with 1,000 mcg of chromium could present a new nutritional therapy option for polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), according to results of a new...

Mixed results fuel GM Nation? debate

This week findings from the long-awaited and widest ever study in the UK on the impact of GM crops were made known. The focus may...

Oregano oil zaps free radicals

Manufacturers on the health wagon will welcome the news this week that food scientists have designed free radical beating crisps. Building on current evidence that...

Breast feeding offers no protection against obesity

Breast feeding does not protect against overweight and obesity in later life, as previously believed, suggest researchers in two studies in this week's British Medical...

WTO investigates protected products

Global tugs of war continue in the trade zone with the the WTO agreeing to demands from the US and Australia to examine Europe's rules...

Sustainable cocoa agreement enters into force

The sixth International Cocoa Agreement in three decades came into force at the beginning of October, heralding a break from the past with the exclusion...

Researchers wake up to coffee antioxidant

Drinking coffee may help prevent colon cancer, say German researchers, who have identified a potent antioxidant compound in the popular beverage that increased protection against...

More fuel for carb debate

A new study has further fuelled the debate between Atkins fans and nutritionists who follow the traditional practice of limiting calories to reduce weight. The...

Avebe in starch agreement

The Benelux operation of Fiske Food Ingredients, a distribution business belonging to €4bn Dutch industrial chemicals group Univar, has linked up with starch ingredients company...

Danisco forges ahead with xanthan gums

Building on the one-stop-supplier philosophy, the new kid on the xanthan gum block Danisco has made inroads into the market this week, linking up with...

Price soars for soy

A recent round up from Goldman Sachs reveals that agriculture returns fell 0.7 per cent in September led by wheat and corn, and soybeans face...

Overweight children, walking 'timebombs'

Nearly a third of African-American and Latino children are overweight and most of these have at least one risk factor for type 2 diabetes or...

Charity sets goal to wipe out vitamin A deficiency

The nonprofit organisation Vitamin Angel Alliance, is launching a new campaign this fall with the ambitious goal of eliminating vitamin A deficiency-related blindness in children...

Sales stable but not soaring for Givaudan

As US International Flavours and Fragrances and Swiss company Givaudan continue to fight it out for the number one global flavours and fragrance spot, the...

Magnesium linked to heart disease risk

Magnesium appears to be associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, report researchers, urging further study to find if increased intake of the...

Cargill muscles in on European flavours

Competition in the European flavours arena - already tough - slammed up a gear yesterday with the news that US agribusiness giant Cargill has swallowed...

Lyc-o-mato put to test in Caribbean prostate cancer trial

In an effort to reduce the high numbers of men suffering from prostate cancer on the Caribbean islands of Trinadad and Tobago, researchers are to...

Investors eye Bunge?

Two years after the company went public, $20 billion (€16.89bn) US oilseed giant Bunge declares a regular quarterly cash dividend of $0.11 per share following...

Tackling obesity the FDA way

The Food and Drug Administration has highlighted possible changes in food labeling as a topic for discussion at an upcoming review on its role in...

Boosting B levels in seniors

Elderly people should consider taking supplements of B vitamins as many are deficient in the nutrients, thought to protect against heart disease, argue German researchers...

Swiss food scientists cook up low acrylamide fries

Maximum quality and minimum acrylamide content were on the agenda for a recent link-up between Swiss food scientists. The results of their quest? The optimum...

Multivitamins save billions in healthcare costs

The use of daily multivitamins by older adults could save US government more than $1.6 billion in Medicare over the next five years, shows a...

Secrets of plant genomes unveiled for health

Scientists are set to build on existing knowledge relating to the influence botanical extracts may have on our health as US national body earmarks millions...

Flowering alfalfa for high protein needs

A species of alfalfa called falcata has been found to thrive on the Northern Plains, where other US-grown varieties fizzle out, reports the Agricultural Research...