EFSA has published a new release of its Comprehensive European Food Consumption Database, which for the first time includes data collected under EFSAs EU Menu project. The updated database consists of the most recent data collected in Member States covering more population groups and new food categories, such as energy drinks.
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Just under 60 percent of the German population view undesirable substances in food as a high or very high health risk. The most well-known of these substances, which are scientifically denoted as contaminants, are mercury compounds and dioxins. In contrast, only around 13 percent of respondents have heard of the natural contaminants pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in honey or tea – and only roughly one in three of those who have heard of PAs believe these substances pose a significant health risk. These are the findings of a representative study recently conducted by the German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) on the risk perception of contaminants in food. People feel most at risk from synthetic substances and heavy metals, says BfR President Professor Dr. Dr. Andreas Hensel. Appropriate risk communication on contaminants should take this subjective risk perception into account. Contaminants are undesirable substances that unintentionally find their way into food products. They can occur naturally in the environment and in the processing of raw materials into food products or can be released into the environment through human activity and thereby enter the food chain. Contaminants are undesirable because they can impair health under certain circumstances. 1,001 people were asked about contaminants in food in the representative population survey using computer-assisted telephone interviews. The most well-known contaminants in food are mercury in fish and dioxin in eggs or milk (with scores of 78% and 70%, respectively). In contrast, pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) in tea or honey (13%) and arsenic in rice and rice products (26%) as relatively new consumer protection topics are only known to a minority of respondents. Only 36% and 57% of those who have heard of PAs or arsenic see these substances as posing a significant risk to health. General attitudes towards contaminants in food and the assessment of potential health risks also differ by population group. Compared to women, for example, men see the risks of undesirable substances in barbecued meat as being lower. Men tend to spend less time in general than female respondents thinking about the issue of undesirable substances in food. Younger people feel less well informed about undesirable substances in food than their older counterparts: some 41% of 14 to 29 year-olds say they are poorly or very poorly informed about undesirable substances in food compared to 15% of those above the age of 60. And it is particularly those respondents who are relatively well informed who would like additional information on possible protective measures, legal regulations and affected product groups. When it comes to communicating health risks, the main challenge is therefore to raise awareness levels for this topic among the less well-informed population groups.
The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR)http://tinyurl.com/yc5jauzh
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A DuPont Nutrition & Health consumer survey has identified the top health concerns of European seniors and found that active ingredients are a primary driver of senior nutrition purchases. For food manufacturers, the findings reveal a realm of opportunities to develop targeted nutritional products for active adults as they age.
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In January 2017 guidelines were released urging parents to begin early introduction of peanut-containing foods to reduce the risk of peanut allergy. A new study shows those who are aware of the guidelines are still hesitant to put them into place and not everyone has heard of them.
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Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd. has been granted official recognition from the Belgian government to market its proprietary herbal blend for overall wellness, branded Herbagut, in Belgium. This notification is applied in conjunction with the name of Arjuna Natural Extracts Ltd., but can be used by Arjunas customers as a reference. A pure selection of traditional Indian herbal ingredients are extracted and formulated according to an ancient Indian recipe and applied to a reliable, traceable, clean-label formulation. The blend consists of 14 herbal extracts, all approved as non-Novel Food by the European Commission, and accepted for use in food supplements. Key botanical ingredients in the formulation are curcumin, ginger, and pepper, along with other Ayurvedic ingredients. Herbagut, a popular and leading brand in EU for more than 10 years, is based on an all-natural extract blend formulated by a well-known Indian traditional medical practitioner. It has been in use for gut health and general well-being for decades. The recognition by Belgium Food & Safety authorities means acceptance throughout the EU, explains Benny Antony, PhD, Joint Managing Director for Arjuna. Its also a natural step in our strategy to lead the market in Indian herbal ingredientsnot only regionally but also in the EU market. Arjuna Natural opened an office in Brussels last year to better, and more quickly, help serve its customers. We have a comprehensive understanding of the complex European food regulation, adds Antony. This places us in an excellent position to offer our European customers complete commercial, technical, and regulatory support. Herbagut is safe to use in food supplements and can offer a range of health benefits including: improving gut microflora, mitigating constipation, relieving heartburn, and other digestive health issues. A clinical study with Herbagut shows that it helps regular and easy bowel movement, significantly reduces straining during bowel evacuation and improves overall bowel health and wellbeing. Arjunas production processes and products meet market-specific regulations worldwide. A GMP-certified, SAP-driven company, Arjuna has achieved international certifications including ISO22000, Kosher and Halal. Arjuna continues to engage in research and development, with continuing scientific validation of its novel product line through advanced clinical studies.
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The global packaging market is growing by leaps and bounds due to the increasing consumption of convenience-based packaging products, particularly in food products. Condiments are used during the cooking process to enhance the taste and texture of the food. Increasing demand of consumers for new variants in their food options has led to tremendous growth in the condiments packaging industry. Condiments enhance the quality and taste of food, making it more edible to the consumers. Condiments find their applicability across all the food and beverage sub-segments. There has been an increasing shift from the traditional condiments to new combinations of condiments to appeal to the choices of the customers. Condiment packaging increases the shelf life of the condiments and helps in restoring their freshness over a period of time. The global condiment packaging market is expected to grow enormously over a period of a few years.
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Outcomes of a new study comparing low calorie sweetened drinks to water effects on eating behaviour of healthy adult.
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It is well known that healthy eating increases our general sense of wellbeing. Researchers at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg (FAU) have now discovered that a fibre-rich diet can have a positive influence on chronic inflammatory joint diseases, leading to stronger bones.
Michigan State University scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines.
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DuPont Nutrition & Health and Inbiose NV celebrate regulatory approval of their first human milk oligosaccharide (HMO) ingredient for infant formula in the European market. Human milk oligosaccharides, complex carbohydrates found in breast milk, are an important breakthrough innovation in infant formula, developing a product with more of the health benefits associated with human milk.
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