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The science of stevia

There has been much excitement about the promise of stevia as a natural alternative to artificial zero-calorie sweeteners. FoodNavigator.com summarises the science so far.

USDA puts organics in the spotlight

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack has announced that the US Department of Agriculture will conduct its first ever large-scale survey of organic farming in the US this spring.

Shoppers struggle to source sustainable products

More than half of American consumers consider environmental sustainability when choosing foods and beverages but companies need to communicate better about green issues, according to a new report.

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“All of humanity under threat”

The World Health Organisation has delivered its direst warning yet about the implications of swine flu stating that “All of humanity is under threat.”

Wild Flavors discovers ‘holy grail’ of acid-stable natural blue

Wild Flavors Inc has developed a new acid-stable blue color for food and beverage, solving a quandary that has thwarted the US industry for decades.

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Go Healthy unveils plans to unite with large-scale retailers

Go Healthy has announced plans to enter into a leasing or joint venture agreement to use up to 1,500 square feet of floor space in large retail stores to...

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Symrise welcomes new board member

Symrise has appointed Bertelsmann CFO Dr Thomas Rabe to its supervisory board, bringing in new financial expertise.

PureCircle quadruples stevia extract production in Jiangxi

Major Reb A supplier PureCircle has quadrupled production capacity of stevia extracts at its Jiangxi plant in China as interest in stevia-derived sweeteners continues to grow.

New food launches halve recession-stuck quarter, says Mintel

New data indicates that food manufacturers are opting not to invest in new food and drink product launches during the economic down turn, as budgets are cut from R&D to...

California declares swine flu emergency

California became the first US state to declare emergency status as the number of its laboratory-confirmed swine flu cases reached 10 with 64 cases now identified across the country,...

Dietary acrylamide not linked to lung cancer risk: Study

Dietary intakes of acrylamide are not related to increased risks of lung cancer, says a new study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.

Cargill develops flavor solutions for stevia

There are now even more options for food manufacturers seeking to reformulate with stevia-derived sweeteners, as Cargill becomes the latest to launch a flavor range to deal with their...

Alfalfa sprouts are latest salmonella-tainted food

The Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have advised consumers to avoid eating alfalfa sprouts, saying they are the source of a salmonella outbreak.

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Bunge acquires edible oils packaging business

Bunge North America has acquired the assets of New Jersey-based Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Oils, enabling it to gain better access to edible oil markets in the northeast.

Swine flu impacts global economy

The swine flu virus first identified in Mexico cannot be contained, warns Dr Margaret Chan, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO), as the economic impact of the outbreak continues...

Snack Size Science: Vitamin chips and mama's diet

FoodNavigator's Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at how chocolate-eating sheep may give us insights into childhood obesity, and how vitamins may protect...

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Supplements: Time to change the nay-saying record?

As yet another TV show concludes that supplements are unnecessary, is the ignorance of the mainstream media few putting the health of the many at risk? Isn’t it time to...

More work needed on American whole grain message

Despite some progress, American consumption of whole grains is still way below government recommended daily amounts, according to new research from The NPD Group.

Even at-risk patients struggle with low-sodium diets

New research from the American Heart Association has shown that heart failure patients who are actively trying to reduce sodium intake still consume more than is recommended even for...

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Kellogg’s donates one day’s cereal production to food banks

The Kellogg Company has announced that it will donate a full day’s production of its cereals to the Feeding America food bank network.

Swine flu sparks global health emergency

The World Health Organisation has declared “a public health emergency of international concern,” following the outbreak of a new strain of swine flu which has killed at least 103 people...

Kraft assesses sustainability goals to 2011

Kraft Foods has published a report summing up where it stands on the sustainability goals it set for itself in 2005 – and aims to meet by 2011.

Reb A could face organic market challenges

The potential of stevia-derived sweeteners for use in organic foods could be limited because of the plant’s diversified cultivation and Reb A’s processed nature, according to Euromonitor International.

Organic apples beat conventionals on antioxidants

Organically produced apples have a 15 per cent higher antioxidant capacity than conventionally produced apples, says a new study from Germany.

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US rice group promotes eco-friendly claims

The USA Rice Federation has been talking up the green credentials of American rice, claiming that it helps sustain wildlife, conserves water and reduces the nation’s carbon footprint.

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