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New legislation designed to strengthen the “dangerous” US food safety system as well as simplify its complex food supply chain has been introduced by key political figures from the House...
Barry Callebaut has launched its ProBenefit probiotic chocolate for food manufacturers in the US, saying that Dannon’s Activia advertising has boosted consumer awareness of probiotics’ potential benefits.
Firmenich has extended its ModulaSense range of flavor solutions for use with PureCircle’s Reb A to include flavor masking and sweetness enhancers.
Portion-controlled packs are falling out of favor with consumers as they increasingly seek value ahead of convenience, according to market research organization Mintel.
Adding low concentrations of vinegar to foods may enhance perception of saltiness and enable food manufacturers to cut salt content without affecting taste, according to new research from Japan.
Tate & Lyle is to produce all its sucralose from its new plant in Singapore, ‘mothballing’ its facility in McIntosh, Alabama.
A Harvard Medical School review has concluded that there is still not enough evidence to link diet with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Diana Naturals has developed a new vegetable concentrate blend which it says can reduce sodium and enhance flavor in savory applications, including soups, sauces and seasonings.
Bottled water manufacturers, including Coca-Cola and PepsiCo, will face stricter standards following the Food and Drug Administration’s decision to implement new rules to prevent contamination with E. coli bacteria.
The recent outbreak of salmonella in the United States caused by contaminated peanut butter represented a “failure” by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency’s new commissioner said this...
Upstate New York-based Maxx Performance has introduced an encapsulated green tea extract allowing addition to bakery and other dried goods without compromising flavor.
Setton Pistachio, the company that recalled two million pounds of salmonella-tainted pistachios in March, has said it adamantly disagrees with an FDA assessment of its hygiene practices.
Replacing sodium chloride with potassium chloride does not affect the sensory quality, or shelf-life of fish fillets, says new research.
An online food safety information site for consumers and those working in the area has been set up by the White House Food Safety Working Group.
Food and nutrition is a 'hot spot' for nanotechnology, experts have said. Stephen Daniells talks to two such experts and asks where the developments are, could it really lead to...
Advanced Food Systems (AFS) has expanded its line of food stabilizers for use in fillings for hand-held bakery items, sauces, glazes and retorted vegetables.
Finding investors in the current economic environment is a problem for all companies, even if they are doing well, according to Frost and Sullivan research analyst Christopher Shanahan.
Setton Pistachio knew that some of its products had tested positive for salmonella but kept shipping them anyway, according to an inspection report released by the Food and Drug...
When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.
Monosodium glutamate (MSG), a flavour-enhancer, does not increase the risk of developing allergies, such as asthma and rhinitis, says a new review from the US.
Sifto Canada Corporation has announced a new line of alternative salts for consumer use, including low-sodium and zero-sodium varieties.
A seven-year-old Cleveland girl has died from an E. coli infection that health officials say could be linked to contaminated ground beef from an Illinois-based meatpacker.
Lessons learned from the Chinese melamine scandal should stimulate greater discussion of ethical conduct in the food industry, says an article to be published in Trends in Food Science...
A recently published monograph by Health Canada is ‘insufficient’ and could lead to a ‘fooling of the consumer’ according to a leading probiotics researcher.
Using chitosan, an emerging ingredient extracted from fungi cell walls, may act as an anti-microbial ingredient for orange juice, and remove the need for pasteurization, says a new study.
FoodNavigator-USA.com asked readers for their views on US country-of-origin labeling (COOL) in light of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint.
Consumers who choose foods labeled ‘zero trans fats’ could still surpass their recommended daily limit due to FDA rules that allow up to 0.49g of trans fat per serving to...
The Canadian Wheat Board (CWB) has said that it will not support genetically modified wheat – at least until certain conditions are met.
Wild has developed a new line of flavours for baked goods that are said to be more stable than is usual and have a more intense fruity flavour and aroma.
The US Senate confirmed Dr Margaret Hamburg as Food and Drug Administration Commissioner on Monday.
Pectin extracted from low-grade ‘Golden Delicious’ apples may offer an interesting alternative for jams and confectionery, suggests new research from Mexico.
The Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network (FAAN) has announced a $1.12m research fund to help better understand the causes of allergies and find treatments.
Alcohol’s ability to survive under difficult economic times has come into question amidst shifting consumer attitudes in the US to more value-focused offerings as opposed to their premium counterparts,...
Ingredient standards researcher ChromaDex Corporation has said that it anticipates significant future demand for its services, but is unsure if it can secure the capital necessary to continue expansion.
Following a gluten-free diet may be detrimental to gut health, which may also affect immune health, according to a new study from the Spanish National Research Council.
Health Canada and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency have approved a high oleic acid genetically modified (GM) soybean for cultivation and foods containing the oil could hit the market...
You can try your best to avoid it, but when it comes to measuring carbon footprint, almost everything we do these days, either as a business or individuals, is likely...
The majority of American parents believe that exercise is more important than diet to combat childhood obesity, according to new research from Mintel, despite recent evidence to the contrary.
The Venezuelan government temporarily seized a Cargill pasta processing plant on Friday, claiming that the food giant has broken regulations governing food pricing, according to the Associated Press.
Stevia leaders must show corporate social responsibility, as sales of sweeteners derived from the plant take off around the world, says conference speaker.
Major wheat industry organizations from the US, Canada and Australia have announced that they intend to work together to commercialize genetically modified (GM) wheat crops.
Open trade in food products between the EU and US is on its way following the agreement over the beef hormone dispute this week, industry believes – even though the...
A study is underway is in the US to offer what researchers claim will be the most comprehensive insight yet into the impacts of organic farming on the health of...
Sensient Flavors has added its flavor masking technology to the raft of products that companies are offering to deal with potential off-notes associated with stevia-derived sweeteners.
Chr. Hansen has partnered with wineries in France and Italy to produce grape skin-derived red colorings for kosher-certified beverages, as well as polyphenols for the dietary supplement industry.
Eight medical groups, public health associations and obesity experts have joined the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent (STOP) Obesity Alliance.
FoodNavigator-USA.com asks its readers what they think of Canada’s World Trade Organization complaint over US country-of-origin labeling rules.
Latin America presents growing opportunities for investment for food manufacturers, even as the economic crisis takes its toll on American and European markets, according to a new market report.
Food companies are likely to struggle with high grain prices well into next year, according to the USDA’s first crop projection report of 2009.
Speakers at the first day of Stevia World have focused on the potential of stevia sweeteners as mainstream sugar replacers, as well as their role in tackling surging rates of...
The US Grocery Manufacturers Association has launched what it terms “wide ranging” initiatives to step up protection against food-borne illnesses including salmonella.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) has announced the recipients of its annual Organic Leadership Awards, which it has been presenting since 1997.
Adulteration of food proteins - as seen in the recent melamine scandal - is becoming a greater threat to industry as the food supply has become more globalized and...
General Mills has been told to change the marketing of its popular Cheerios whole grain cereal, as the health claims it currently uses classify it as an unapproved drug.
Canada has renewed its World Trade Organization (WTO) dispute over US country-of-origin (COOL) labeling rules.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) ordered the seizure of over $1.5m worth of food products, including herbs and botanicals, because they were stored in “filthy conditions”.
Rebaudiside A does not pose any safety questions regarding genotoxicity, according to a new study that supports the safety profile of this up-and-coming sweetener.
Minnesota has become the first US state to ban the use of the controversial chemical bisphenol-A (BPA) in baby bottles. Concern focuses on the possible effects of BPA leaching...
Dr Margaret Hamburg, the Obama Administration’s pick to lead the FDA, easily cleared the Senate on Thursday, while the Administration proposed a record budget increase for the agency.
Major Reb A supplier PureCircle has disputed recent suggestions that stevia’s potential for use in organic foods could be limited, although it agrees that certification poses problems.
Rising childhood obesity levels may also be driving the increases in food allergies, suggests new research from the US.
What do companies like Vitamin Shoppe, Johnson & Johnson, DSM, Whole Foods, NBTY and even Pfizer have in common?
Wild Flavors has said it is aggressively working toward external safety assessment of its stevia extracts as it becomes the latest company to announce the launch of a stevia...
Increased calorie intake – rather than lack of exercise – is nearly exclusively responsible for the obesity epidemic in the US, according to a new study presented at the...
Increased intakes of fruit and vegetables may reduce the risk of colorectal cancer by 25 per cent, says a large European study.
Proposed US tariffs of 300 per cent for Roquefort cheese are to be shelved under a new arrangement between the US Trade Representative (USTR) and the European Commission (EC).
Oldways and the Mediterranean Food Alliance have designated May ‘Mediterranean Month’ in an effort to further publicize the benefits of a Mediterranean-style diet.
IDI Inc has finalized its acquisition of Ohio-based Kantner Ingredients, in a deal expected to increase its export capabilities and US presence.
US soybean prices have risen on fears of tightening supply and look set to rise further as South America has suffered severe drought and US planting has been delayed...
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has taken another blow as a US news organization published figures on Thursday showing it is failing to meet its goals for auditing...
Dietary intakes of acrylamide are not related to increased risks of brain cancer, says a new study from Maastricht University in the Netherlands.
A Tennessee flock of 15,000 breeder hens has been culled after tests revealed a mild strain of avian influenza. The birds, which were being raised under contract for Tyson...
How will the new health claims system in Europe impact the state of play in the North American market? Lorraine Heller speaks to a leading international ingredients supplier about the...
Aspartame supplier Ajinomoto Food Ingredients has partnered with ChemPoint.com to supply the sweetener to its customers in North America.
A group of meat industry representatives has sent a letter to President Obama urging a rethink of legislation banning imported cooked poultry from China, saying it breaches US trade obligations.
A former food company purchasing manager pleaded guilty on Tuesday to accepting $65,000 in bribes to funnel business to a tomato processor at the heart of an investigation into...
GLG Life Tech Corporation has accepted a $40.5m from Cargill to supply its Reb A stevia extract starting in October, with the possibility of further orders over the following...
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s dual mandate of public protection and food risk safety assessment is not working and should be replaced with an independent food safety agency, warns...
US sales of organic food have surged despite dire predictions for its resilience as consumers look for ways to cut spending, according to a new survey on American organics.
Better-educated people tend to spend more money on each calorie, but also choose more nutrient-rich foods, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
The two beverage giants Coca-Cola and PepsiCo will be driving their brands forward rather than shrinking back in the years ahead, treating the recession as a period for growth, says...
Most Americans support cutting farm subsidies to large farming businesses, according to a new survey from www.worldpublicopinion.org .
Food and beverage companies should look to Asia to bolster their business in times of economic crisis, while differentiating their products closer to home, according to a Frost and Sullivan...
On a summer’s day in 1906 Theodore Roosevelt pushed through new food safety regulation. The Food and Drugs Act passed that day over 100 years ago was the last time...
Snacks are becoming healthier and more upmarket as Americans increasingly turn away from the idea of three square meals a day, according to a new trend-mapping report from Packaged Facts.
New sodium reduction technology allows meat processors to cut the sodium content of their products by up to 50 per cent, according to its developer Nu-Tek.
Danisco is introducing a new enzyme for vegetable oil refiners which is claimed to increase yield during refining and enable more sustainable use of water and energy.
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