05-Dec-2013 - The Countess of Mar in the House of Lords received a written reply from Earl Howe (Department of Health) on November 18 2013 on the question of the scientific evidence upon which government had based its policy to encourage people to eat less saturated fat.
05-Nov-2013 - Eight months after the horsemeat scandal, ingredient firms are still struggling to come to terms with the consequences. No-one in the industry would argue that the world has not changed in terms of traceability, inspections, audits and accountability.
05-Nov-2013 - The food industry should be warned. Sugar will be the next battleground after saturated fats. Some medical experts and lobbyists claim that high levels of sugar in processed food is a far more serious issue than sat fats.
30-Sep-2013 - Innovation is the lifeblood of Britain’s food and drink industry. But, as we all know, many new products fail for a variety of reasons.
02-Sep-2013 - Functional food companies are always on the lookout for the new areas of consumer demand, lifestyle trends and gaps in the market. So it's a bonus for sports nutrition firms that there are experts out there who are only too happy to tell them what they are looking for. James Collins, head nutritionist at Arsenal Football Club and director of performance nutrition, says there needs to be greater collaboration between sports nutrition firms and those working at the higher end of professional sport.
02-Sep-2013 - On-pack nutrition information has become reassuring to many, but changes are afoot that will require explanation. The new Food Information Regulation does not permit the use of children’s guideline daily amounts on kids’ ranges. The only option is to use the new Reference Intakes (RIs) for adults but this could mislead parents. The familiar allergen labelling boxes also have to go, with allergens highlighted in ingredients lists instead.
02-Sep-2013 - Does the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) really get the UK's food manufacturing industry?
02-Sep-2013 - The European Commission (EC) is calling for tenders for a study on mandatory origin labelling of milk, milk used as an ingredient and unprocessed meat other than beef, pig, poultry, sheep and goat meat. Presumably the latter is to cover game. What about insects, for which we are told there is a growing interest?
29-Jul-2013 - Last month's Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board meeting marked the last one at which Lord (Jeff) Rooker would preside as its chairman. While his replacement has yet to be announced, views on Rooker's tenure as chairman have been mixed.
29-Jul-2013 - British Retail Consortium (BRC) guidance on allergen labelling contains an endorsement from the Food Standards Agency (FSA), applauding the BRC for its "efforts to achieve greater consistency in allergen labelling and interpretation of the new provisions". Whoever drafted the FSA statement could not have read the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) draft guide to compliance, due for final publication later this year, which it has already said will change very little from the draft.
02-Jul-2013 - The government has at last published its hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutritional labelling scheme, to widespread applause from health campaigners, major retailers and some manufacturers - although not all - that have supported it.
02-Jul-2013 - Make no mistake about it, the fallout from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims regime is still being keenly felt by functional food firms. The new system was nothing short of a culture shock and - even setting aside the wider arguments about whether it is the right science-based approach to regulating functional ingredients - there are plenty of individual battles still being waged.
02-Jul-2013 - From September 2014, lessons on food, cooking and nutrition are expected to become compulsory in English schools for five- to 14-year-olds.
02-Jul-2013 - As if there isn't already enough food labelling, a group of scientists is calling for the inclusion of the glycaemic index (GI) on food labels.
04-Jun-2013 - Even Prince Charles is now putting the boot in to the food industry. In a recent speech he simultaneously accused it of driving down quality and farm prices, while contributing to many of the planet's other major woes, such as unsustainability, reduced water quality and the degradation of soil.
04-Jun-2013 - Considering the years of haggling that led up to the adoption of the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR), you might have expected all possible aspects of interpretation to have been covered. Alas, no, as revealed by the questions that keep cropping up on the practicalities.
04-Jun-2013 - Sir,I write regarding the recent opinion column by Clare Cheney, headlined 'Nobody does IT better - except the Dutch' .
04-Jun-2013 - Sir,Did you really mean to insult food technology and the food industry? That's what you did by describing the fortification of children's snacks as 'sneaky'.
30-Apr-2013 - News that Tesco has reported the biggest profits fall in its history is just the latest sign that all is not well in the world of planet retail. Britain's biggest retailer is also ditching plans to develop a number of big stores across the country.
30-Apr-2013 - An article on government spending in The Times on April 24 cited eye-watering examples of overspending involving billions of taxpayers' money over the years on purchasing goods and services.
30-Apr-2013 - Britain has some bright young bakers, according to Ben White, sales director at Marshfield Bakery
02-Apr-2013 - Just as the Department of Health is lining up its new pledges on saturated fat, a study in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) has generated headlines such as 'swapping the butter for margarine may be bad for your health'.
02-Apr-2013 - Anyone hoping that the December deadline for compliance with the EU's 222 permitted health claims that are available to food and supplement companies would lead to a brief period of respite around the issue will have been sorely disappointed.
02-Apr-2013 - You only have to look at the number of money-making ideas for food and drink products that make it on to BBC TV's Dragons' Den to recognise that the entrepreneurial spirit is alive and well in Britain.
02-Apr-2013 - As the deadline for compliance with the EU Food Information Regulation (FIR) draws closer, the industry is beginning to work out what the requirements mean in practice and how consistency of interpretation can be achieved.