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Child obesity risk increases almost three-fold in five generations

19 May 2015 Children born since 1990 are up to three times more likely than older generations to be overweight or obese by age 10 according to a new study. Researchers from CLOSER, a consortium of leading UK longitudinal studies funded by the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), looked at the… Read More


FDA Issues Guidance on Food Allergen Labeling Exemptions

June 18, 2015 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued final guidance to help food manufacturers provide adequate data to support exemptions from the labeling requirements for ingredients derived from major food allergens. The Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2004 (FALCPA) requires that food labels identify products containing major food allergens… Read More


FDA Takes Step to Remove Artificial Trans Fats from Processed Foods

June 16, 2015 Based on a thorough review of the scientific evidence, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today finalized its determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the primary dietary source of artificial trans fat in processed foods, are not “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS) for use in food. This action is expected to reduce coronary heart… Read More


Dietitians’ Week

Dietitians Week (8-12 June 2015) is led by the British Dietetic Association (BDA) and will provide a focused promotion of the dietetic profession nationally and globally. A week full of activities and events to highlight the value of dietitians and their work is planned and will include a range of national awareness raising and political events throughout the UK,… Read More


BDA NW Food labelling and Food Allergy meeting

Presentations at this meeting addressed the impact of the new Food Information to Consumers Regulation (FIC) (Regulation (EU) 1169/2011) which came into effect at end of 2014. In particular the new legislation requires food manufacturers and caterers to provide information on fourteen major allergens. Providing this information on pre-packed products must follow set rules for… Read More


WHO guidelines on sugars intakes for adults and children

World Health Organisation (WHO) have published guidelines on intakes of free sugars by adults and children due to increasing concern of the effect of high intakes of free sugars on overall energy intake, unhealthy weight gain and dental caries. Free sugars include monosaccharides and disaccharides added to foods and beverages by the manufacturer, cook or… Read More


Preventing Peanut Allergy

In a landmark study published in the New England Journal of Medicine in February 2015, the Learning Early about Peanut Allergy (LEAP) team concluded that early introduction of peanuts could prevent allergy in high-risk infants. This study set out to answer the question of whether early exposure or avoidance is the better strategy to prevent… Read More


New EU Regulation on the provision on food information to consumers

Regulation (EU) 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers brings together EU rules on general food labelling and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation.The majority of the requirements of the new legislation apply to pre-packed foods from 13 December 2014 with mandatory nutrition declarations for most pre-packed foods cominginto force on 13… Read More


New US quality standards for infant formula

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the USA has issued a final rule to establish requirements that manufacturers show that their infant formulas support normal physical growth and meet quality standards (Infant Formula: Current Good Manufacturing Practices; Quality Control Procedures; Notification Requirements; Records and Reports; and Quality Factors). These requirements, which manufacturers must comply… Read More