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Non-alcoholic beer sheds its stigma

Oktoberfest draws all eyes on Germany, as the beer tents open. But as global consumers’ interests and lifestyles shift, it may be lighter beer that’s filling the steins this year. New research from Mintel reveals that over one quarter of German consumers (27 percent) agree that low/no alcohol beer tastes just as good as full-strength […]


Sea salts bring potentially harmful mould to the table, researchers find

Like fine wines, sea salts are artisanal products that inspire talk of terroir, texture and provenance. Now there’s evidence that they can also be sources of spoilage moulds.New research from Cornell mycologist Kathie Hodge and doctoral candidate Megan Biango-Daniels reveals varying levels of mould contamination in commercial sea salts. Among those moulds were important food […]


Public consultation: DRVs for sodium

EFSA has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for sodium. In particular, it is seeking feedback on the way it plans to select and use evidence in its assessment.As part of the assessment, systematic literature reviews will be conducted on the relationship between sodium intake and health […]


New guidance on pictorial representation on food labels

FDF, in partnership with the UK Flavour Association, is launching new a UK guidance on pictorial representation relating to flavourings and ingredients that deliver flavour.The free resource provides food businesses with advice on what to consider when declaring a pictorial representation of a food ingredient on the label of a pre-packed product. The guidance addresses […]


New water-based flexographic inks will improve the sustainability of food packaging

Coordinated by the company QUIMOVIL, the AQUAFLEX project will allow the development of a new generation of more sustainable water-based inks for the food packaging sector. The new flexographic inks will allow a reduction of VOC emissions by 90-95 % to a competitive cost. The company QUIMOVIL and AIMPLAS, the Plastics Technology Centre, have begun […]


Publication of a safety and tolerance study for probiotic strains in infants

A team from Madrid University (Spain) has just published a multi-centre randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled intervention study regarding the safety and tolerance of three of LHS probiotic strains in healthy infants. The strains tested individually are Lactobacillus helveticus Rosell®-52, Bifidobacterium infantis Rosell®-33, Bifidobacterium bifidum Rosell®-71, all part of the ProbioKid® formula, previously shown to help prevent […]


Arjuna’s poly-herbal blend approved in Belgium

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 Arjuna’s customers as a reference. A pure selection of traditional […]


Algatech’s natural astaxanthin is now NOP organic-certified

Algatech (Algatechnologies) Ltd. announces its 100% organic Haematococcus pluvialis microalgae powder and astaxanthin oleoresin as part of its AstaPure line was granted National Organic Program (NOP) certification from the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service. “NOP organic certification means that our products are being cultivated, processed—and thus able to be labelled as—organic,” says Efrat Kat, VP Marketing […]


Children affected by severe rotavirus outbreak

Authorities in New South Wales (NSW) and Queensland (QLD) are reporting a spike in the number of rotavirus cases being reported in children under five years old.The number of people suffering from the virus, which is the most common cause of severe gastroenteritis in children and babies, is reaching levels not experienced in the last […]