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Concerns over ultra-processed food guidance

Connections between scientist-led recommendations on ultra-processed foods (UPFs) and the corporations selling them risk eroding consumer confidence.

The news that scientists on a UK panel defending ultra-processed foods (UPFs) are connected to food firms that sell UPFs raised questions over whether consumers can trust this information and advice on healthy eating.

On 27 September, the Science Media Centre (SMC), an independent press office for the science industry, organised a briefing on UPF

Unguilty pleasures: How brands are making savoury snacks healthy

Snacking is going through a redefining period, with consumers increasingly interested in snacks that are healthy and guilt-free but still taste great. We look at some recent innovations in the savoury snack space.

Predictions suggest that global health and wellness snack sales could top $98 billion (€92.5 bn) by 2025. This was the focus of the Fi Webinar Series on the topic of Healthy Snacking: From healthy indulgence to ‘mood food.

‘Better for you’ snacks bridge the food and wellness industri

Could allergen near misses enter food safety procedures?

A new report calls for better food allergy near-miss procedures after finding a lack of reporting consistency and food industry support.

Hospitality Allergen Support UK (HASUK) has published its first report on food allergy near-misses. The campaign highlights the importance of near-miss reporting and recommends it becomes part of overall food safety procedures across the industry to prevent accidental deaths from cross-contamination with allergens.

Greenwich University collaborated with HASUK

The UK prepares to open food security science centre

Amid global food insecurity, the UK government says it is committed to producing crops resilient to climate change and addressing hunger and malnutrition with a food security science centre.

In November 2023, the UK hosted the Global Food Security Summit, designed to bring international attention to the food security crisis.

At the event, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the UK will launch a food security science centre to produce crops resilient to climate change and spur more funding
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