Trans- and saturated fats

IFT 2017: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

IFT 2017 part two: Clean label moves beyond the ingredients list

By Elaine WATSON

'Clean label' used to be about ousting artificial (or artificial-sounding) ingredients from food labels, but is beginning to move beyond what must be declared on the ingredients list to cover incidental additives, pesticide residues, and animal...

Maintaining mouth feel and shelf life is a challenge in the new era of clean label formulation.  Cargill photo.

Clean label drive spurs innovation in texturizers, preservatives

By Hank Schultz

The challenges of clean label formulation might hit hardest at the humblest of ingredients, texturizers and preservatives—those behind-the-scenes stage hands that do the dirty work of making food formulations palatable and shelf stable.

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Emerging class action litigation targets

Soup-To-Nuts Podcast: Emerging class action litigation targets

By Elizabeth Crawford

The number of class action cases filed against food and beverage companies continues to surge with the number of cases brought last year alone reaching a staggering 170, compared to a mere 20 cases in 2008, according to new research released earlier this...

Inside a No Frills store in Richmond Hill, Ontario. Photo: Raysonho/Wikimedia Commons

New study reveals Canadian attitude towards free-from products

By Adi Menayang

There’s a widening sense of distrust from Canadian consumers against food manufacturers, especially when it comes to free-from claims on packaging. A Mintel study conducted in September found that a whopping 65% of Canadians see the free-from label as...

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

GALLERY: Is fat really back (and if so, what kind)?

By Elaine WATSON

Protein is hot, sugar is public enemy #1, and fat is back (so the trend-watchers say). But when it comes to good, bad and ugly fats, does everyone agree on which are which? Check out our gallery of insights from consumers, industry stakeholders, and the...

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Do we need new labeling conventions around fully hydrogenated oils?

By Elaine WATSON

Fully hydrogenated oils (FHOs) do not create harmful trans-fats, and could replace partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) in many applications. However, manufacturers are reluctant to use them because the word ‘hydrogenated’ has become “demonized”, argues...

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