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

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

‘Greedflation’ muddies the food industry’s financial landscape

Amid the cost-of-living crisis, the food and non-alcoholic beverage industry has been battling rising and stubborn inflation rates, tightening the squeeze on consumer spending.

Data on European inflation (in the euro area) indicates it has dropped​ from its peak of 10.6% in October 2022 to 2.9% in October 2023​. However, food inflation was 7.4% in October 2023, Eurostat confirmed​.

Food misinformation and fake news? Scientific and sustainable communication efforts expand to end misreporting

Food sustainability and securing the future of our global food systems are propelling organisations in the research community to highlight the latest insights on food in the context of the environment.

The congruence of several key industry factors and consumer behaviours has seen several platforms launch, providing information and education on food and its relationship with the environment.

USDA progresses project to assess ‘raised with antibiotics’ market

Consumers and the wider food industry are asking for greater transparency and accountability in placing antibiotics claims on animal-based products.

In recent weeks, several big players and legislative shifts have shaken the manufacturing industry with calls for better antibiotics claims management.

On 14 June, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that its Agricultural Research Service (ARS) would partner with the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) to conduct a n
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