Six German states ordered to recall 73,000 eggs over contamination scandals

GERMANY – The Agriculture Ministry of Lower Saxony has ordered the recall of 73,000 eggs from six German states as they were due to be sold in the market while found to be contaminated with fipronil. Fipronil is used to treat lice and ticks in chickens and some tests show that it can harm kidneys,…

Arla Foods Anchor Butter receives ‘Brand of the Year’ Award at Grocer Gold Awards

UK – Arla Foods, one of the leading butter brand and owned by dairy co-operative in UK, has received ‘Brand of the Year’ award for its Anchor Butter brand, which was at the Grocer Gold Awards. According to the company, the awards recognised outstanding performance by an established brand in response to changing trade or…

Protein is critical to successful weight loss and maintenance, says DuPont

USA - DuPont Nutrition& Health latest research study demonstrates that incorporating protein in an energy-restricted diet is important in successful weight loss and maintenance. A clinical study carried out by researchers from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus in collaboration with DuPont’s nutrition division showed that including high-protein source like soy protein would lead…

Tyson Foods voluntarily recalls chicken products on plastic contamination

USA - Tyson Foods, the American convenience food provider said it was executing a voluntary recall of 3,120 pounds, or 260 cases, of breaded chicken tenderloins supplied to foodservice establishments throughout the country over possible contamination with blue and clear pieces of plastic. The move was taken after a supplier of ingredient sent to Tyson…

Global probiotic market to grow US$64b in Latin America and Asia

USA - The global probiotics market is projected to grow to US$64 billion at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7% through 2022, according to Ingredients. While all regions are expected to experience growth, the fastest region is Latin America, with Brazil contributing to 52% of the area’s total probiotic market. With the rising…

India sets goal to eliminate use of single-use plastics by 2020

INDIA - India has pledged to eliminate the use of single—use plastics by 2020 as part of the country’s new strategy to tackle the issue of plastic wastes and plastic pollution. In addition to the commitment which was made on World Environment Day, the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi unveiled plans to introduce a campaign…

Nano-plastics accumulated by marine life may pose risk to human health, study says

WORLD - Nano-plastics, formed as a result of degradation of microplastics and easily ingested by marine life may create a risk to human food chains on accumulation, potentially threatening food safety and human health, shows a study conducted by the National University of Singapore (NUS). Nano plastics are tiny pieces of plastic less than 1µm…

UK MPs call for ban in cartoons and fictional characters use on food products

UK - A group of UK MPs has called for a ban on cartoon and fictional characters being used to promote unhealthy, high-sugar foods as part of a raft of proposed measures to cut down on childhood obesity. According to FoodingredientsFirst, stripping out familiar characters like Kellogg’s breakfast cereal’s Tony the Tiger and Coco Monkey…

KFC UK and Ireland commits to 20% calorie reduction by 2025

UK - KFC UK and Ireland have announced a commitment to remove 20% of calories per serving by 2025 by offering healthier and lighter side options in its menus in the UK and Ireland. KFC is also considering offering alternatives to fries, low or zero-calorie soft drinks and a trial on vegetarian option set to…

Nestle tops the 2018 Global Access Nutrition Index

WORLD - The Access to Nutrition Foundation (ATNF) has published the 2018 Global Access to Nutrition Index; the third Global Index that ranks the world’s 22 largest food and beverage companies on their contributions to addressing the twin global nutrition challenges of overweight and diet related diseases and under-nutrition. According to the Foundation, the Index…