DSM identifies fungus genes to finely tune enzyme production
Dutch ingredients company DSM this week announced the completion of
important research to determine the complete DNA sequence of a key
production organism, the fungus Aspergillus niger.
Slovakia reports fifth mad cow case
Slovakia's fifth case of mad cow disease surfaced on Friday, three
months after the country became the second central European state
to discover the brain-wasting affliction, a state veterinarian
Austria reports first BSE case
Austria has announced its first case of BSE.Discovered within the
country's routine testing programme, the case was found in a
middle-sized farm in Gmuend in Lower Austria. The 70-month-old cow
involved was immediately destroyed,...
Nutraceutix sells feed additive business
In a bid to focus on probiotics and drug delivery, nutraceutical
manufacturer Nutraceutix Inc. said this week it has sold its feed
Cerestar opens starch plant in China
European-based starch producer Cerestar announced recently that,
together with Chinese company, the Jiliang Group, it is to open a
maize processing plant in Northern China.
Japan investigates milk substitute
Japanese investigators searching on Sunday for the cause of an
outbreak of mad cow disease zeroed in on a milk substitute which
may have been fed to all the animals involved.
European ban on MBM may relax in future
A European Union ban on meat-based livestock feed, imposed over
fears of mad cow disease, could in future be relaxed for certain
types of animals, E.U. officials said on Monday.
Poultry producers in line to cash in on Cuba
Cuban President Fidel Castro's government was expected to buy more
U.S. food products this week, as executives of major poultry
producers headed to Havana, a group that tracks U.S.-Cuba trade
relations said on Monday.
Copper catalyst transforms lactic acid into glycol
An industrial chemical found in antifreeze, de-icing fluids, and
liquid detergents could soon stand alongside animal feeds,
sweeteners and cooking oil.
First BSE case in Slovenia
The Slovenian Agriculture Ministry said on Tuesday a Swiss
laboratory had confirmed Slovenia's first case of mad cow disease.
ARS looks for pectin partners
Food processing ingredient pectin could be made in the US instead
of overseas for the first time in a decade, if a business partner
to license new technology can be found by the Agricultural Research
Service (ARS), the agency reports...
EU states agree on label rules for animal feed
European Union countries on Thursday agreed on new rules on
labelling animal feed, in a move to tighten existing laws after a
series of food scares in recent years, the European Parliament said
Japan checks all cattle for consumption
Japan's Health Ministry said on Tuesday that it planned to inspect
all cattle due to be processed into food, tightening up its checks
for mad cow disease which currently only cover cows aged 30 months
MEP accuses Blair of betrayal over GM labelling
Welsh MEP Jill Evans recently accused UK Prime Minister Tony Blair
of betraying the public's interests
First mad cow case confirmed in Slovakia
Tests from a German laboratory confirmed Slovakia's first case of
mad cow disease on Thursday, proving fears that the brain wasting
affliction has spread further into Eastern Europe.
Total ban on MBM in Japan
The Japanese government is to temporarily place a total ban on the
distribution of imported and domestically produced meat and bone
meal (MBM), an animal feed suspected of causing mad cow disease,
government sources said yesterday.
Tokyo admits ignoring Europe's mad-cow warning
The Japanese government made a huge blunder in ignoring a European
Union report warning of a mad cow disease outbreak in Japan, the
Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries minister admitted.
Flax for human consumption: seed or oil?
Lately, numerous studies have been published regarding the health
benefits of flaxseed otherwise known as linseed, one of the oldest
cultivated plants used by man.
Protein ingredients - the market
The European protein ingredients market will grow at a compound
annual growth rate of 4.9 per cent to reach over $9 billion by
BSE: Japan faces public fears
On September 12, Japan's farm ministry began checking feed plants
and asked local authorities for a nationwide inspection in an
attempt to ease public concern over Asia's first suspected case of
"mad cow" disease.
UK milk chemical free
Levels of mycotoxins in milk are all within the legal limits and
the majority has no detectable levels, a UK Food Standards Agency
Codex initiative to strengthen food safety systems
The Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) has initiated a global
facility on food safety and quality for the least developed
Meal ban forces rise in meat prices
Retail prices of livestock and poultry are expected to increase in
the Philippines as local producers predict a possible rise in the
prices of animal feeds due to the import ban on meat and bone meal
imposed by the Agriculture department.
US states, Aventis into agreement regarding StarLink
17 US states said they have entered into a second agreement with
the French-German biotechnology group Aventis CropScience to
compensate farmers whose corn was tainted by the company's
gene-altered StarLink variety.
China dominant soybean importer
China is the dominant destination for world exports of soybeans and
soybean meal, the American Soybean Association reports this week.
No StarLink traces in pig tests
After a round of tests on the safety of unapproved StarLink corn as
animal feed, the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and
Fisheries has found no evidence of health risks from pigs fed on
the biotech product.
Scrapie triggered BSE suggests new research
U.K. research published on Thursday said that an entrenched sheep
disease, scrapie, could have triggered mad cow disease, whose human
form has killed more than 100 people, primarily in Britain.
Protective measures to protect against BSE
As an effort to keep BSE out of the food chain, a new certification
system to determine the condittions under which beef and beef
products may enter Australia is to take effect on September 16,
Italian and French growers interested in Beghin-Say
Italian farmer's associations and the French sugar beet growers's
group CGB have expressed interest in buying Beghin-Say.
ADM to sell lignin-rich linseed products
ADM will produce and sell flaxseed-derived products for use in
pharmaceuticals, functional foods, animal feed and veterinary
Future sugar substitute under revision
The next generation of low-calorie sugar substitute could be a
linear four-carbon sugar alcohol called erythritol, ...
Codex meeting: food safety and consumer confidence top priorities
Two million children die each year from contaminated food and water
in developing countries, the WHO chief said on Monday, urging them
to upgrade rapidly...
First BSE case hits Greece
Greece said on Monday it had confirmed its first case of mad cow
disease and had destroyed the herd to which the five-year-old dairy
EU agreement on food law legislation reached
A political agreement to establish the European Food Authority and
Community legislation on food was reached by the EU Member States
on 28 June.
S.Korean companies imported banned corn
According to the Korean Food & Drug Administration (KFDA), five
South Korean companies used banned Starlink corn to make edible
corn starch and they...
Eridania Beghin-Say demerger approved
The General Assembly of the Eridania Béghin-Say Group, held on June
25, 2001, under the chairmanship of Stefano Meloni, voted almost
French blame Britain, again, for mad cow
For the second time in as many months, French lawmakers are about
to blame Britain for the spread of mad cow disease, saying French
red tape made it worse,...
BSE measures responsibility of all
An international conference on mad cow disease on Thursday urged
all countries to take preemptive measures to combat the fatal,
ADM swaps stakes with AGP
The American grain processing giant Archer Daniels Midland Co.
claims it is to acquire Ag Processing Inc.'s stake in the U.S. and
EU fuels GM controversy
Food containing genetically modified ingredients banned in Britain
is to go on sale in there with a GM-free label under controversial
proposals to be...
Canada predicts record soy crop
Soybean acreage is expected to climb 4 per cent, opening the door
for a potential record soybean crop, according to U.S. ag attaché
in Canada, Kathleen...
Edible vaccine to combat E coli
Scientists announced this week that they are developing an edible
vaccine that could stop the E. coli bacteria where it starts - in
cattle and other...
Balchem Ingredients expands health portfolio
Microencapsulated ingredients specialists Balchem Corporation
announced on Tuesday that its subsidiary BCP Ingredients, Inc. has
entered into an agreement...
Report criticises French handling of mad cow crisis
A report on the handling of risk factors in the outbreak of mad cow
disease criticices France's Agriculture Ministry for dragging its
feet in forbidding...
Japan and Russia partially lift bans on meat
The Hungarian Government is pushing for a full lifting of the ban
on meat and food product shipments to Russia, according to Péter
Balás, Deputy State...
MBM ban expected to continue
The European Commission has submitted to the Member States a
working paper on the future strategy on the use of meat-and-bone
meal (MBM) in Europe which...
BSE "likely" in Eastern Europe
The Scientific Steering Committee (SSC) advising the European
Commission on BSE related issues published on Monday its opinion on
the risk of Bovine Spongiform...
Aventis nutrition business to go
Franco-German giant Aventis SA (AVEP) is near completetion of its
animal nutrition business. The business is to go for around 300
million euros ($268...
Vitamin E venture for BASF
Chemical giant BASF announced last week that it is to double its
vitamin E production capacity to 20,000 metric tons per year.
The move is part...
EU maintains animal to plant proteins should pose no problem
The European Commission on Monday presented its report on the
supply of plant proteins to satisfy the additional demand for plant
protein in animal feed....