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RSPO to crack down on ‘palm oil free’ labels

The Roundtable for Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) will crack down on member companies claiming to have removed palm oil for environmental reasons.

How can food grown on Mars boost food security on Earth?

Dutch researchers have launched a crowdsourcing appeal for a project that will analyse the safety and nutrient content of food grown on Martian and lunar soil -  and the findings could...

Australian pork a ‘force to be reckoned with’

Dr Roger Campbell, CEO of Pork CRC, is expected to celebrate the competitiveness of Australian pork in a speech he will make later this month. 

Approval of IBS claims in Canada to help Taiyo further differentiate Sunfiber ingredient

Japanese supplier Taiyo has bolstered the already impressive scientific and regulatory backing for its Sunfiber gut health ingredient with new approved health claims in Canada and others in Japan.

Researchers in India use curcumin to create ‘functional ice cream’

Researchers from the National Dairy Research Institute in India sought to bring the health benefits of turmeric’s main metabolite—curcumin—into one of the world’s most popular treat: ice cream....

Coca-Cola’s VIO launches in India

Coca-Cola India has announced the pilot launch of its ready-to-drink, flavored milk product, VIO.

Mangosteen rind ups 'cheap chocolate' polyphenols by 50%: Research

Adding a mangosteen fruit by-product to cheaper low cocoa chocolates could improve their nutritional content without compromising flavour, researchers have discovered. 

Dateline Southeast Asia

Mamma mia! Thai insect company puts s-bug-hetti on the pasta menu

Thai edible insect processor Bugsolutely is taking on the pasta market with a product made with flour from ground crickets.

News in brief

Research council: Labels don’t inform Indians of what they are eating

The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) has called for stricter regulations to be applied to the labelling of packaged food in a bid to prevent non-communicable diseases that account...

Insects on a plate at food innovation conference

Edible insects, 3D printing and personalised nutrition are just three of the topics under discussion at Food Manufacture’s one-­day innovation conference – New Frontiers in Food and Drink 2016  –...

PureCircle refining stevia product to fit consumer tastes

Stevia is closing in on mainstream acceptance as a non-caloric sweetener, but the product will need additional innovation before it is fully accepted by consumers.

Sheep milk industry can earn billions for New Zealand

A multi-billion dollar industry in sheep milk is available to New Zealand farmers, if they can be convinced of the opportunity, and if they work together.

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Fishmeal free? Protein alternatives key to Australia’s prawn future

Australia’s prawn sector must prioritize sustainable fishmeal replacement and R&D in protein alternatives will be the key, say industry heads.

Soapbox

The many faces of herbal adulteration

The global natural products industry is beholden to vast quality control challenges, which are in turn amplified when it comes to herbal ingredients, given the quality management minefield this segment...

HK fast-food chains urged to phase out antibiotics in meat

Hong Kong's consumer watchdog has called on fast-food franchisees to ban antibiotics in their meats in a move that would echo the plans of some chains in North America. 

Veggie and kosher candy conundrum: Dispatches from FIE in Paris

Halal and kosher candy cracked? Roquette says it’s found answer for gelatine-free chewy candies

Roquette has introduced a starch-based ingredient it claims can be used to make the first gelatine-free chewy candy with a long-lasting chewiness.

Can modified starch be clean label? It's all about perception, says Cargill

Recently showcased at FiE, Cargill's modified starch can reduce the fat content of yoghurt by at least 50% while keeping the taste and mouth feel of full fat yoghurt - but...

This week Down Under

Start-up’s superfood extract proves effective in killing superbug

An Australian start-up has developed the world's first healthcare range which uses a superfood to fight a superbug.

Agar supply hit by seaweed shortage

Thermo Fisher Scientific has temporarily stopped selling two agars due to a shortage in the seaweed used to make them.

China direct

Up to 1m cattle to be cloned a year at new Tianjin facility

China will establish a commercial animal cloning centre in Tianjin, while state media has set out to soothe consumers who are concerned by the development.

Far East digest

Japanese firm finds way to turn textiles into noodles

Japanese textile company Omikenshi will move into the health-food business and plans to use its its cloth-making technology to turn trees into noodles.

India

Mis-stating sodium content is commonplace, claims researcher

The level of sodium stated on a label is likely to be lower than the actual content when analysed in a lab, a researcher has claimed.

Far East digest

Wide-ranging B. longum BB536 study shows multiple benefits for elderly

A nationwide survey of middle-aged and elderly Japanese consumers has found that those who take probiotic milk have better bone health, are less prone to some diseases and remember more...

Adulteration screening project inspired Milk Fingerprinting development: Fonterra

Fonterra's work with FOSS and Arla Foods on a method to screen for adulterants served as a foundation for the development of its award-winning Milk Fingerprinting technology. 

This week Down Under

Ethical labelling: Australians mistake seedless melons for GM produce

Most Australians find food-source labelling inadequate as a growing trend leads consumers to make ethical food choices, research has shown.