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FAO member countries urged to lobby over edible insects

Member countries of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) are being urged to lobby the UN body to clarify its position on edible insects.

New raspberry insights show bioavailability crucial for health benefits

Red raspberries are rich in polyphenols but its health benefits can only be fully understood by studying how the body metabolises these micronutrients and the mode of action of the...

Soda companies rapped for allegedly targeting low and middle income countries

The soda industry has vigorously defended itself against claims it is “borrowing a page from the tobacco industry playbook” by trying to spread its products in low- and middle-income countries.

Asia-Pacific catching up fast on new supplement launches

Emerging markets have been witnessing rising demand for dietary supplements as increasing disposable incomes and a desire to take on elements of a more Western lifestyle have become apparent. 

Central Asia risks losses from malnutrition-overnutrition conundrum

Progress to reduce malnutrition has been slow and uneven in central Asia, despite evidence that US$1 invested in nutrition can bring the equivalent of a US$16 economic return, according to...

Bucha wants to bridge sweet fizzy beverage drinkers to kombucha

Washington-based American Brewing Company started with beer and expanded its product line to include kombucha. Its brand, Bucha, has been credited as one of the fastest growing breakout brands in...

Soy intake may slash heart disease risk by 12%, but only for equol producers

Soy supplements may reduce the risk of cardiovascular risk for people able to produce equol, a microbial-derived metabolite of the isoflavone daidzein, but equol supplements themselves may not have the...

Asian noodles hold promise, but consumer education is needed, Packaged Facts says

Despite hitting spot-on several major trends driving food sales today, Asian noodles are struggling to gain traction in the US because many consumers are unaware of, daunted by or have...

Halal market expected to witness 10.8% annual growth until 2019

Worldwide spending on halal food and lifestyle products could rise 10.8% per year until 2019 and will create an international industry worth US$3.7tr, according to the latest Global Islamic Economy Report.

Report: Changing tastes and online sales drive Apac fresh-food growth

Fresh food consumption in Asia-Pacific will increase to over 1.4bn tonnes by 2019, according to a study by Technavio as improving technology drives sales from online channels.

New study questions licorice root supplement’s effectiveness as HRT alternative

Components of licorice root extract were found to have low binding affinity for estrogen receptors, among the few things a group of researchers attributed to licorice root’s low potency as...

Red meat sector welcomes TPP Agreement signing

The signing of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement in New Zealand has been dubbed “a significant step towards reducing the amount of tariff and non-tariff barriers on red meat exports”...

Imported food from countries with low GDP poses higher safety risks – study

Risk estimates for food imported into the US show a clear distinction between high- and low- risk countries and product types, according to an analysis of federal import violations data.

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...

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Two food safety memorandum of understandings signed

Two different memorandum of understandings have been created around food safety.

REPORTS FROM THE 2016 IDFA DAIRY FORUM

Globalization and adaptation: The future of dairy cooperatives

Globalization, information and innovation will be essential components for dairy cooperatives over the next decade, industry executives said at the 2016 IDFA Dairy Forum.

Iran sanctions lifted, but rising Saudi tensions threaten food trade

The lifting of sanctions against Iran will open up new possibilities for the food sector, but growing tensions with Saudi Arabia makes GCC trade less certain.  

XOS alters microbiome of pre diabetic individuals in study

In a UCLA study on xylooligosaccharide the prebiotic fiber showed the potential for altering the gut microbiome of pre diabetic individuals.

Health & Wellness 2020

C-stores offer growth opportunity for better-for-you brands

Convenience stores, often considered a destination for indulgent, unhealthy snacks, could offer a new growth opportunity for better-for-you brands as the channel’s core audience begins shifting slightly towards more health-conscious...

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Iran market opening up to dairy imports and exports

Since the recent lifting of sanctions on Iran, companies are starting to see the country as a potential destination for exporting a variety of items, including dairy.

Deficiency of vitamin B12 a concern among elderly

Lack of vitamin B12 among the elderly has been linked with serious health conditions, and researchers in Canada found that vitamin B12 deficiency is prevalent in long-term care facilities.

Largest halal beef farm to be built in Kazakhstan

Dubai-based company AMK Metal Fzco is to construct a livestock farm for 20,000 head of cattle and a meat processing plant for the production of 5,000 tonnes (t) of high-quality...

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. 

Chr. Hansen targets diabetes with next-generation probiotic deal

A collaboration between Chr. Hansen and Caelus Health will focus on the development of Eubacterium hallii as a next generation probiotic for prevention and treatment of metabolic disease. ...

Poultry imports blocked by Saudi and South Korea

South Korea has banned imports of US poultry, while Saudi Arabia has embargoed French poultry as pathogenic strains of avian influenza beset the US and France. 

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