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NutraCea prepares to exit bankruptcy

Rice bran ingredient supplier NutraCea has said it expects to exit bankruptcy later this year after having filed for Chapter 11 protection in November to allow the company to restructure,...

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US farmers must look beyond low-cost mass production to meet global demand – report

A US National Research Council report has urged domestic farming policy to look beyond mass production at low costs and observe fiscal sustainability and environmental issues to satisfy the appetites...

Study highlights ‘excessive’ sugar content in food for toddlers

More than half of foods (53 percent) targeted to toddlers in Canadian grocery stores contain an excessive amount of sugar, according to a new study published in the Journal of...

Food safety metrics and partnerships are key, say US agencies

Federal bodies in the United States are to hold public meetings to outline new proposals on how to measure food safety, with one senior figure warning that if initiatives weren’t...

FDA urges phasing out of antibiotics in meat

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has produced draft guidelines for reducing the use of growth-promoting antibiotic drugs for meat-producing animals, saying it contributes to drug resistance in humans.

Consumers associate ‘organic’ with low-calorie, finds study

Organic claims on food packaging could lead consumers to overeat or even exercise less, according to a new study published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making.

Packaging is tainted, no hazardous material in food - Kellogg

A group of external experts has verified that tainted packaging rather than any harmful material in the food is the cause of Kellogg’s nationwide recall of 28 million boxes of...

Survey assesses Gulf spill’s impact on seafood consumption

A new survey has found that more than half of Americans have changed their seafood consumption as a result of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill – and nearly a...

Antioxidant-rich peanut skins may boost meat shelf-life

Extracts from peanut skin that are rich in antioxidant compounds may preserved the colour of raw beef and slow its spoilage, suggests a new study.

Private label sector achieved all-time high in 2009

The private label sector reached all-time highs in terms of sales volumes, revenue and market share last year, according to new figures from the Private Label Manufacturers Association (PLMA).

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Where next for ingredients since Cognis and National Starch?

‘Billion dollar deal’ was not a phrase bandied about the food ingredients industry much last year. With BASF buying Cognis for €3.1bn and Corn Products International paying $1.3bn for National...

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DOT drops proposed peanut ban on planes

The US Department of Transportation (DOT) has dropped a proposal it made last week to ban peanuts on planes due to potential allergic reactions, after realizing that it does not...

Baltimore approves two-cent bottle tax

Baltimore City Council gave its final approval late last week for a two-cent tax on bottled beverages as part of its $2.2bn budget for fiscal 2011.

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FDA warns against Magic Power Coffee

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers that Magic Power Coffee – a dietary supplement marketed for sexual enhancement - is contaminated.

Sesame proteins point to reduced milk cheese: Study

The milk protein content of soft cheese may be reduced using sesame proteins, and tap into local tastes in China's booming dairy segment, suggests a new study from China and...

Meeting soaring demand for local food: USDA report

Product differentiation and using existing distribution networks could help boost the efficiency and popularity of local foods, according to new report from the US Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Kellogg issues massive recall as tainted packaging sparks health fears

Kellogg Company has recalled 28 million boxes of breakfast cereal in the United States over fears an unknown chemical that has tainted its packaging could cause diarrhoea and vomitting.

Comax flavors tap into trendy coconut water

Comax Flavors is the latest flavor firm to respond to coconut water’s rapid growth in popularity by adding a range of flavors for the drink to its product offerings.

FTC denied expansion of powers

The Federal Trade Commission will not be granted extra authority to police healthy foods and supplements marketing – among other powers – after a provision that would have done just...

Seaweed extracts could offer edible flavor films

French scientists continue to expand the potential of carrageenan films to encapsulate and control the release of flavors, with new data showing superiority over established options.

USP signs MOU with Chinese food safety agency

US Pharmacopeia has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Chinese food safety agency, the National Institute of Nutrition and Food Safety – Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention (NINFS).

Stevia organization calls for simplified stevia terminology

The newly established Global Stevia Institute has called for industry to simplify the terminology it uses to communicate with consumers about stevia and its extracts in an effort to avoid...

CDC finds 90% of Americans consume too much sodium

Ninety percent of Americans consume more that the recommended daily amount of sodium, according to new figures published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

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General Mills, ADA donate $500,000 in kids’ health initiative

General Mills has announced a $500,000 initiative to support healthy choices for children, in partnership with the American Dietetic Association.

DD Williamson develops acid-stable class one caramel color

DD Williamson has introduced a new class one acid-stable dark caramel color for use in beverages with pH below 2.5, the company has said.

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