Health claims regulation ‘a new dawn’ says FAIA boss

Today’s publication of Commission Regulation EU 432/2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims on food (other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health) has been declared ‘a new dawn for the functional food industry’ by Nigel Baldwin, Chairman of the Food

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Acrylamide levels ‘do not increase concern about human health’

A new Food Standards Agency (FSA) study shows an upward trend in acrylamide levels in processed cereal based baby foods (excluding rusks) but a reduction in other products, such as pre-cooked French fries, potato products for home cooking and bread.

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Soft drinks giants change manufacturing process to avoid ‘unfounded health warning’

Coca-Cola and Pepsi are changing how they make an ingredient in their drinks to avoid being legally obliged to put a cancer warning label on the bottle which they say is ‘scientifically unfounded’. The new recipe for caramel colouring in the drinks has less 4-methylimidazole (4-MEI) – a chemical that

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Vitamin D deficiency a ‘major problem’

A quarter of all toddlers in the UK are lacking Vitamin D, according to new research. A recommendation that all children under five should take Vitamin D supplements, 74 per cent of parents know nothing about the guidelines. And more than half of health professionals are also unaware of them.

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Healthy diet can improve behaviour of children with ADHD

Eating more healthily can improve the behaviour of children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) if therapy and medication fails to work, according to a new study. Researchers said that there was conflicting evidence on the impact of supplements and restricted diets for people suffering from ADHD – and in

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Use of food additives ‘safer and more transparent’ thanks to new legislation.

Safer and more transparent use. The use of additives in food will soon become even safer and more transparent thanks to legislation adopted by the European Commission. “This represents a landmark in our efforts to strengthen food safety in the EU,” says Health and Consumer Policy Commissioner John Dalli (pictured).

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Global additives market on the up

Global sales of food and drink additives reached £17.3 billion last year, according to a new report. The best performing sectors include enzymes, acidulants and hydrocolloids, says Leatherhead Food Research’s report The Global Food Additives Market, with a growing demand for low fat, salt and sugar products – as well

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Salt in bread

THE STORY: A third of breads contain more salt than recommended under guidelines being introduced next year, according to campaign group CASH (Campaign for Action on Salt and Health). The figures came after the Department of Health announced that bread accounts for more salt in our diet than any other

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