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Food security is an industry issue, says Worldwatch expert

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The food industry could be a powerful player in ensuring food security - and that makes sense from both an ethical and a business perspective, according to Danielle Nierenberg, director of the Nourishing the Planet project at the Worldwatch Institute.

An online database could help foster appropriate skills

TrackFast project asks: What makes the perfect food scientist?

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

Researchers are seeking to produce a database of the most desirable skills for food scientists and technologists in different parts of the European Union in an effort to better align training programmes with food industry needs.

Focus on cognitive health claims intensifies

Focus on cognitive benefits builds

By Rod Addy

Interest in cognitive benefits and claims is building in the food industry, with continued work to strengthen the science behind them, according to a leading nutritionist.

Don't get slimed...

“Pink slime”: Safe, nutritious – and icky

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

An overwhelming chorus of “eww, that sounds gross!” alongside some scary junk science about ammonium hydroxide, has led to a safe, nutritious product being pulled from stores – but there is an important lesson here for industry.

Natural and functional formulations could learn from salt, fat, and sugar reduction technologies, says Leatherhead expert

Natural and functional formulations could learn from salt, fat, and sugar reduction technologies, says Leatherhead expert

By Nathan Gray

Technical solutions used for the reduction of salt, fat, and sugar could offer the food industry additional opportunities when it comes formulating with natural and functional ingredients, according to one expert at Leatherhead Food Research.

Food and Nutrition Thinktank expands to France

Food and Nutrition Thinktank expands to France

By Shane Starling

Italian pasta maker Barilla has upped its increasing activity in nutrition research by opening a Paris-based extension to its Food and Nutrition Thinktank, that coincided with a US expansion.

A new safe list of 221 microbial species has been generated by the IDF

IDF taskforce doubles microbial species on safe list

By Shane Starling

An International Dairy Federation taskforce has updated a 2002 inventory of safe microbial species including some probiotic species – from 112 to 221 – a list the group hopes will allow exemption from EU Novel Foods and US New Dietary Ingredient (NDI)...

Why Madonna Studies won't get the washing-up done...

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Why Madonna Studies won't get the washing-up done...

By Ben Bouckley

Racing driver, Spitfire pilot, concert pianist, prima ballerina. Let’s face it, food factory manager or food technologist are not up there with the traditional dream professions for children destined to be the ‘brightest and best’ of tomorrow.

Sweeteners have key role in sports drinks formulation

Sweeteners have key role in sports drinks formulation

By Nathan Gray

The use of low and no calorie sweeteners in the food industry is rising rapidly. However one product area that has always relied on the use of sweeteners is in the formulation of sports drinks, says Professor John Brewer.

Purveyors of substandard raw materials will be

China tightens raw materials laws for supplements makers

By Shane Starling

Dietary supplement manufacturers operating in China will have to do more to guarantee the quality of their supply chains, after Chinese authorities imposed new quality control regulations last week.

Forget pancakes. I'm flippin' well going for the CEO's job

Women. The most wasted resource in food production

By Jess Halliday

Today is Pancake Day. It is also International Women’s Day. An important date, then, not just for food lovers in countries where Mardi Gras is a big deal, but a day to consider the role – and the potential – of women involved in food provision all over...

Multi-million boost for Scottish functional foods

Multi-million boost for Scottish functional foods

By Ben Bouckley

A new government funded project will see £4.4m (€5.26m) invested in the Scottish food and drink industry, in an attempt to bolster the market for products including fortified and functional foods and raise historically low investment levels.

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

By Shane Starling

The three groups behind the soy protein-cholesterol lowering health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in late July, say EFSA’s tight definition of soy protein denies real world use of the nutrient.

The HVP recall: Damage control déjà vu

The HVP recall: Damage control déjà vu

Not again! It emerged last week that Basic Food Flavors, the company behind the ongoing HVP recall, knew its products were tainted with salmonella but carried on shipping them anyway. Déjà vu anyone?

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