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EU probiotic and antioxidant health claim ban called “absurd”

EU health claim laws that have banned the use of terms like probiotics and antioxidants because they are deemed to be implied claims, are “absurd”, a pressure group has said.

NZ processor attempts to ‘allay’ customer DCD concerns

Westland Milk Products has attempted to reassure its customers about the safety of its products following the discovery of dicyandiamide (DCD) in samples.

Farmer coalition urges UK processors to increase milk prices

UK dairy processors are being urged to implement the Dairy Industry Code of Best Practice on Contractual Relationships and increase their farm gate milk prices – or face being named...

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Dannon extends Fellowship program to support next generation of probiotic researchers

A $25,000 scholarship is up for grabs from Dannon to support the next generation of researchers, with the company extending the focus for its probiotics fellowship program to include the...

In-home breakfast consumption has driven yogurt growth – research

Increasing in-home breakfast consumption and the popularity of yogurt among young adults has driven the product’s dramatic growth in the US over the last decade, market research firm the NPD...

Big interview: Drew Harrington and Amanda Klane, co-founders, Yasso

Get him to the Greek! The meteoric rise of Yasso

It’s a runaway success story that will either inspire budding entrepreneurs across the nation or have them seething with jealousy... But it’s hard to think of a better example of...

DCD concerns: Too early to predict NZ export fallout, says Rabobank

It is "difficult to say" if New Zealand dairy exports will suffer as a result of the on-going concerns surrounding dicyandiamide (DCD) contamination, Rabobank has claimed.

Produce and poultry top sources of foodborne illness, finds report

Produce was linked to almost 50% of foodborne illnesses and poultry to more deaths than any other commodity over a decade, according to a US Centers for Disease Control and...

Emerging market demand will drive EU dairy exports to 2022 – EC report

Emerging market demand for dairy products is expected to continue to drive European Union (EU) exports and sustain commodity prices in coming years, a European Commission (EC) report has claimed.

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‘Our products are safe’ – Fonterra attempts to reassure customers over DCD

Fonterra has attempted to reassure its global customers that New Zealand dairy products are safe - as concerns about dicyandiamide (DCD) residue in milk-based products from the country continue to...

Proposed milk supply management measures a ‘step backwards’ - EDA

The proposed adoption of supply management measures represents a “real threat” to the growth of the European dairy sector, the European Dairy Association (EDA) has claimed.

Foodborne disease outbreaks topped 1,500 in two years, reports CDC

Foodborne disease outbreaks led to more than 1,500 outbreaks and 23 deaths in two years, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Chemical contamination

New Zealand reassures Chinese consumers in wake of Fonterra DCD crisis

New Zealand’s government has started a PR offensive to limit the impact of last week’s revelations that low levels of chemical residue were discovered in dairy products from the country,...

Euromonitor “shocked” by EU probiotic decline

After years and even decades of healthy to rampant growth in the European Union, the probiotics sector has entered decline, with a flat economy and health claim ban seen as...

Flaxseed-fed cows produce omega-3-rich milk, US researchers claim

Lactating cows fed flaxseed produce milk containing more omega-3 fatty acids and less saturated fat, US researchers have claimed.

NZ reiterates safety of dairy as DCD concerns spread

The New Zealand Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has moved to reiterate the safety of New Zealand dairy products and defuse “concerns” about the use of dicyandiamide (DCD), as reports emerge that...

Probi 2012 sales up 6%, but ProViva royalties set for dive

The European probiotic sector is bracing itself for tough times ahead in the wake of December’s  EU health claim ban for the sector, but the effects are yet to be...

Danone juice JV with Chiquita dogged by ‘mismanagement’: Industry source

With rumors emerging that Danone is selling its 51% stake in its fruit juice JV with Chuiquita Brands International, one industry source told that the French firm was likely...

Parmalat Canada fined CAD$120,000 after worker suffers burns

Parmalat Canada has been handed fines totalling CAD $120,000 for violations that resulted in a worker suffering first and second degree burns while attempting to sanitise a piping system.

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‘International search’ begins to replace retiring Fonterra CFO

Fonterra’s chief financial officer Jonathan Mason will retire in the next six months, the New Zealand-based dairy exporter has announced.

Yogurt-driven NY rule change will risk human health - green coalition

A coalition of environmental groups has slammed New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s plans to support the state’s growing yogurt industry by easing regulations on large-scale dairy farming operations.

DCD use suspended in New Zealand after residue discovered in dairy

The sale and use of dicyandiamide (DCD) has been brought to a halt in New Zealand after low levels of the substance were discovered in samples of dairy products from...


Chobani’s global ambitions: Too much, too young?

At just seven years old, Chobani is a poster boy in the eyes of some, a market-devouring monster in the eyes of others. The New York-based Greek yogurt giant’s expansion...

US highlights food fraud perils

Seafood, clouding agents and lemon juice are the latest categories targeted by food fraudsters flagged up by the US Pharmacopeial (USP) Convention’s Food Fraud Database.

Arla plans 2013 production capacity expansion to meet export demand

Arla Foods plans to invest more than DKK 2bn ($357m) over the next 12 months to increase its global dairy processing capabilities, boost efficiency, and reduce its impact on the environment.

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