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Sperm count reduced in vegetarians

Sperm count is significantly reduced in vegetarian and vegan men, a new study from the US has claimed.

Sperm count negatively affected by vegetarian diet
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Concern over LA budget cuts raised

Doubt about the ability of local authorities (LA) to maintain food safety during a time of increased government budget cuts has been raised.

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Beer lorry overturns in high winds

The A1(M) southbound carriage was closed today (September 21), near Peterborough in Cambridgeshire, after a lorry carrying beer, wine and spirits overturned in high winds.

Winterbotham Darby boosts capacity with olive deal

Winterbotham Darby has acquired chilled olive and antipasti business Alatoni in a move it claims with boost its manufacturing capacity and increase its flexibility in a popular category.

Food prices would rocket if pesticides banned

Food prices would rocket if pesticides were banned or their use severely restricted, according to the National Farmers Union (NFU); a claim hotly disputed by environmental pressure group Friends of the Earth (FoE).

Symington’s snaps up The Tanfield Food Company

Symington’s has bought gourmet meals business The Tanfield Food Company, which was set up by the makers of Phileas Fogg potato chips.

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Labelling changes strike ‘fear’ into SMEs

Changes to food labelling rules have shaken small- to medium-sized food and drink businesses (SMEs), which fear being put out of business, a leading industry advisor has revealed.

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

Venomous spider strikes again, in Waitrose bananas

A Waitrose shopper got the shock of his life when he uncovered the world’s deadliest spider in a bunch of bananas just delivered by the upmarket supermarket chain.

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United Biscuits appoints Sunday Times’ NED of the year

United Biscuits has appointed the Sunday Times’ non-executive director of the year, Frank Meysman, as its non-executive chairman.

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Campaign to boost lamb consumption wins EU funding

A €7.7M (£6.17m) campaign to boost lamb production and consumption across six European countries has received the funding needed to go-ahead from the EU.

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Retailers deny blocking new campylobacter control

Retailers have denied failing to support a new treatment that could slash the incidence of campylobacter food poisoning because it could add to cost of poultry.

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Emerging zoonosis ups pressure on food industry

Another major microbial threat is set to put food businesses under more pressure, as scientists only just begin to ask questions about it, an expert has warned.

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Top food manufacturer delivers ‘truly awful’ stock performance

Premier Foods delivers ‘awful’ stock performance

Premier Foods has delivered “a truly awful 2014 stock performance”, despite making solid restructuring progress, said City...

Chocolate giant increases pressure on factory workers

Heat is on for 1,000 Cadbury Bournville plant staff

Mondelēz International has stepped up the pressure on the 1,000 factory workers at its Cadbury Bournville site,...

Ebola unlikely to be caught from food
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Food industry must quell Ebola fears

The UK food and drink industry must communicate to the public that the risk of people contracting...

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