The unofficial ban on GM foodstuffs has ended but sceptical
European ministers yesterday failed to give the green light on a
biotech sweetcorn from Monsanto, reports Lindsey Partos.
Food makers likely to continue to reject GMO ingredients...
Food safety concerns rise in the UK as the Food Standards Agency
launches an investigation into the apparent failure by the meat
hygiene arm of the food watchdog to test some casualty cattle aged
between 24 and 30 months for BSE before...
As the anti-GM feel gains pace in Europe Britain's third largest
retailer Sainsbury has seized the moment launching onto the
supermarket shelves a milk produced from cows 'guaranteed to have
been fed a GM free diet'....
Whey protein is more effective than red meat in reducing body
weight gain and increasing insulin sensitivity, shows a new study
on rats. If the findings are confirmed in people, they could have a
significant impact on manufacturers...
A survey of attitudes to the EU Emissions Trading Scheme suggests
that many companies are not sufficiently prepared. Even though no
firm thinks that the EU ETS will be scrapped, only 51 per cent
think that they will be ready on time.
Accreditation of Genetic ID's testing for detection of genetically
modified materials in raw foods, processed foods, and animal feed
has been renewed by the United Kingdom Accreditation Service
German chemicals company BASF is to participate in a new project
designed to trace Norwegian farmed salmon throughout the entire
production chain as part of a qualitative move to boost sales
through improving consumer confidence.
Dutch feed manufacturing firm De Heus-Brokking-Koudijs recently
installed two new high-tech roller mills at its Ravenstein plant
with the aim of producing poultry feed more efficiently. To carry
out the project, engineering firm Buhler...
The UK's environmental regulator has cautioned food and drink
manufacturers that if they fail to comply with essential
environmental legislation they risk hefty fines. The warning comes
as a website is launched to help small...
Equipment giant Buhler has supplied two vertical hammer mills to an
Australian feed mill with the aim of achieving higher capacity. The
challenge of the project was that the installation required
virtually no building modifications.
Grants have been made available in the US to enable small
businesses to invest in renewable energy systems. Food producers
could be in line to benefit most - the industry accounts for 10 per
cent of electrical load in many areas.
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) - the US' leading food processor - has
reported record third quarter results across all its segment
operations. The company's processing segments benefited from
rallies in corn and soybean futures...
The increase in milk prices in the US - has been spurred by a storm
of factors across the country. Analysts are blaming low production
on the discovery of Canadian BSE, the high price of animal feed and
even the revolution of low-carb...
Raisio Nutrition, the health food division of Finland's Raisio
Group, ended the first quarter with a drop in sales compared to the
previous year. But the company remained confident that its decision
to focus on its nutrition...
The Agricultural and Food Technology Alliance (AFTA), set up by
energy solutions provider EPRI (Electric Power Research Institute),
is a project designed to help food manufacturers better manage
their energy consumption. It also provides...
An increase in sales volumes, favourable currency conversions and
improved pricing helped the US maker of syrups for soft drinks,
Corn Products International, offset the rising price of corn in the
first quarter. But as global corn...
DSM Food Specialties is to double the volume of arachidonic acid
(ARA) produced for its US partner Martek Biosciences to meet
rapidly growing demand, the Dutch firm said this week, writes
Risk management helped US firm Cargill achieve a 7 per cent rise in
profit for the three months to February this year despite tougher
trading conditions that saw raw material prices rising, a knock in
demand for soy through Asian...
Scientists from the Institute of Food Research (IFR), UK, have
found that specific probiotics - beneficial bacteria - can destroy
pathogenic bacteria living in the gut of poultry. The discovery
could help remove the threat of bacterial...
The safety of chicken eggs has been challenged by a UK
environmental pressure group, just weeks after figures showing the
lowest levels of Salmonella in years were published. The Soil
Association claims that as many as one in eight...
European suppliers of probiotics could see a growing channel for
sales as UK scientists discover a new way to combat food poisoning,
by targeting it in living animals using beneficial bacteria.
Probiotics provide fresh hope for destroying...
Amersham, an international bioscience company with a background in
the pharmaceutical industry, is turning its expertise to the dairy
industry. Its separating technique - designed to filter
biomolecules from DNA - may be used to finely...
French natural ingredients firm Diana-Ingredients will shift from
one equity investor to another with confirmation yesterday that its
owner, a BNP Paribas holding company managed by PAI Partners, will
spin the company off to London-based...
As Asia slowly recovers from the bird flu crisis, mounting corn
prices are now hitting poultry and other livestock producers as
they race to restock feed supplies. With corn stocks in China
hitting new lows, other feed alternatives...
Boosting 'added-value' opportunities for companies working with
corn, new research from government scientists on a fungus could
hold the key to using corn fibre as a factory for the production of
the potent antioxidant lycopene,...
Governments on both sides of the Atlantic need to better understand
how consumers perceive risk if they are to form better food safety
policies. The issue of bioterrorism however is helping to establish
a growing consensus among policy...
A diet of rapeseed oil fed to dairy cows can produce healthier milk
and butter to beat their artery-clogging equivalents, find British
scientists, signalling future gains for suppliers of ingredients to
the animal feed industry.
Russian agribusiness group Aston says it has acquired a controlling
stake in the Millerovo oil extraction plant in the Rostov region,
which, after modernisation, will be used to increase the company's
foothold in the edible oils...
Favourable news for the pro-GM camp as a team of British scientists
claims that genetically modified (GM) maize is less damaging to
wildlife than conventional varieties. At the same time, leading UK
organisations call on Tony Blair...
The decision by meat processing giant Tyson to consolidate two
poultry manufacturing operations in Mississippi represents yet more
upheaval for America's meat processing industry. The firm's
decision, which follows a comprehensive...
Countdown to the integration of 10 new member states in Europe this
April begins under the aegis of the Irish presidency. For
manufacturers, a clear understanding of the marketplace in these
countries will be vital to pitching the...
A new report suggests that the potential for whey products reaches
far beyond their traditional function as a milk powder substitute.
Dairy companies, especially in Eastern Europe, are fast turning
whey into value-added food ingredients...
Norwegian CLA company Natural has reported its biggest profits
since first listing five years ago, thanks to initial payments from
a major licensing deal last year, which significantly boosted first
half revenue and reduced operating...
European scientists will meet today to decide the fate of a
genetically modified corn developed by US biotech giant Monsanto. A
positive outcome from the committee would end Europe's five year
ban on GM crops, attacked by a host...
Dutch agriculture authorities have substantially reduced the number
of authorised animal feed ingredients available to feed producers.
Feed companies must now operate in accordance with the code of good
manufacturing practice for...
Finland's Raisio group is preparing to build a new strategy around
health foods, it revealed yesterday, using capital from the planned
sale of its chemicals unit to fund growth in its ingredients
Canada is looking into regulations that would force companies to
use only non-food plants for producing industrial or pharmaceutical
products. The purpose of such a law would be to reduce any risk of
contaminating human food or livestock...