Category Archives: Health

Fat dangers from cakes and pastries

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Eating a piece of butter cake will take up 84 percent of the daily trans fat limit recommended by the World Health Organization, the Consumer Council has found. The watchdog, along with the Centre for Food Safety, tested 75 samples of baked products – including puffy pastry, cream soups, pies, tarts, cookies, cakes and Chinese pastries. Nineteen of the samples… Read more »

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Industry Needs to Move Faster than the Law

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Once again, I need to say that I am concerned. Once again, I notice that authorities are moving slowly when it comes about regulating essential aspects of our modern lives. The Council of the EU has recently adopted the measures proposed by the European Commission to tackle marine litter coming from the 10 single-use plastic products most often found on… Read more »

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How salmonella gets into flour

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The possibility of a salmonella contamination led Pillsbury’s parent company to recall select batches of the popular brand’s Unbleached All Purpose Flour products, the US Department of Agriculture announced on Twitter on Monday (March 11). Hometown Food Company recalled about 12,000 cases of the flour, which had been shipped to US grocers including Publix and Winn-Dixie supermarkets. But how does… Read more »

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Combining modernity and tradition

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China’s health and wellness market: Combining modernity and tradition Many Chinese consumers are returning to their roots after two decades of intense western influence in the nation’s food and drink culture, while others are looking to modern solutions for modern health issues. What trends are emerging in China’s health and natural ingredients market? Due to growing disposable incomes and increased… Read more »

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High intake of dietary fibre and whole grain foods reduces risk of non-communicable diseases

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University of Otago researchers have found a link between higher intakes of dietary fibre and whole grain foods and a reduction in the risk of a wide range of non-communicable diseases and their risk factors. Their series of systematic reviews and meta analyses of observational studies and clinical trials conducted over nearly 40 years show a 15 to 30 per… Read more »

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Combining modernity and tradition

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Many Chinese consumers are returning to their roots after two decades of intense western influence in the nation’s food and drink culture, while others are looking to modern solutions for modern health issues. What trends are emerging in China’s health and natural ingredients market? Due to growing disposable incomes and increased urbanisation, many Chinese consumers have become increasingly health conscious,… Read more »

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UK flour could be fortified with folic acid ‘to reduce birth defects’

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The UK government plans to consult on the mandatory fortification of flour with folic acid in a move to reduce birth defects. Public health minister Steve Brine announced that a consultation will be launched in early 2019 to consider the evidence around folic acid fortification as well as the practicality and safety of the proposal. The government said evidence suggests… Read more »

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Could a chocolate tax tackle sugar consumption in the UK?

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Following the introduction of a levy on sugary soft drinks in the UK earlier this year, it has been reported that similar measures could potentially be introduced for chocolate and confectionery as soon as 2020. But how effective are such actions really likely to be at helping tackle the nation’s sweet tooth, particularly within a category so defined by indulgence?… Read more »

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Canada’s ban on industrial trans fats comes into effect

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Canada’s ban on partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of industrially produced trans fat in foods, comes into effect today, making it illegal for manufacturers to add PHOs to foods sold in Canada. The ban was originally announced last year in order to give time for manufacturers to adapt to the change, and the ban includes both Canadian and… Read more »

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New EU acrylamide legislation comes into force

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New European Union legislation comes into force  concerning the amount of acrylamide in foods with “benchmark” levels being set for various products. Passed by the EU last year, today marks the beginning of the law which limits the amount of acrylamide allowed in packaged foods and forces manufacturers to closely examine and reduce acrylamide levels in products. The legislation describes practical… Read more »

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