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FDA Declares Tara Flour Unsafe, Prompting Scrutiny of Food Safety Regulations

This week, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that tara flour is “generally not recognized as safe” and illegal for use in food products. This decision could signify a shift toward more stringent oversight of food additives and chemicals in the United States. The FDA’s ruling comes two years after nearly 500 people fell ill after consuming Daily Harvest’s French Lentil + Leek Crumbles, which contained tara flour. At least 39 individuals required gallbladder removal following the outbreak. Tara flour is a plant-based protein derived from the seeds of the South American tree Tara spinosa. The FDA’s decision was anticipated, as preliminary data from the outbreak had implicated tara flour as the cause of the illnesses. A spokesperson for Daily Harvest stated, “This FDA report is

Uber Acquires Delivery Hero’s Foodpanda Taiwan for $950 Million

In a landmark international acquisition, Uber announced on Monday that it is purchasing Delivery Hero's food delivery business in Taiwan, foodpanda, for $950 million in cash. This acquisition is set to be one of the largest international deals ever struck in Taiwan. The transaction will consolidate Uber Eats and
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Flexify Solutions Launches CyberAgric: A Mobile App Empowering Nigerian Farmers

In recognition of the pivotal role of information technology (IT) in modern agricultural practices, Flexify Solutions Limited, a tech-based firm, has introduced 'CyberAgric,' an innovative solution aimed at bolstering food production in Nigeria. CyberAgric, a cutting-edge mobile application, harnesses artificial intelligence (AI) to support Nigerian farmers, particularly those engaged in cash crop cultivation such as cassava and maize. Among its groundbreaking features is early disease detection, with the capability to identify diseases like Cassava Brown Streak Disease (CBSD) in cassava leaves within the first two weeks of infection. Utilizing smartphone cameras, farmers can capture images of their crops and receive real-time analysis and recommendations, enabling them to take proactive

Innovative Research Turns Soybean Wastewater into Sustainable Fish Feed Solution

In a groundbreaking discovery, a team of researchers from Singapore University has found a novel solution to the pressing issue of unsustainable fish feed production. By harnessing the untapped potential of soybean wastewater, the scientists have developed a sustainable and protein-rich alternative for feeding farmed
Ingredients & Additives

Global Food Prices Show Slight Increase in April 2024 Amid Mixed Commodity Trends

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) recorded a modest rise in April 2024, reaching 119.1 points, a 0.3-point (0.3 percent) increase from its revised March level. This marks the second consecutive monthly increase following a seven-month decline. However, the FFPI remains 9.6 points (7.4 percent) lower than its value in April 2023. The April uptick was driven by increases in the meat, vegetable oil, and cereal price indices, which outweighed decreases in the sugar and dairy price indices. Cereal Prices: Stabilization and Divergent Trends The FAO Cereal Price Index averaged 111.2 points in April, a slight rise of 0.3 points (0.3 percent) from March, yet it stands 25 points (18.3 percent) below its April 2023 level. Wheat export prices, which had been declining for three months, stabilized in

The Sweet Debate: Artificial Sweeteners and Their Impact on Health

In the ongoing quest for healthier lifestyles, the debate surrounding artificial sweeteners has reached a critical juncture. Recent studies have shed light on the potential risks associated with these sugar substitutes, challenging their long-held status as a healthier alternative to traditional sugary drinks. As
Packaging

Advancing Liquid Food Packaging: Syntegon Technology GmbH and KHS Innovate Filling Technology

In an ever-evolving landscape of liquid food packaging, innovation stands as the cornerstone of progress. The pursuit of enhanced efficiency, flexibility, and hygiene standards drives industry leaders to continually push the boundaries of technology. Recently, two prominent players in the field, Syntegon Technology GmbH and KHS, have emerged with groundbreaking advancements in bottle-filling technology. Their latest offerings, the FBL filling machine from Syntegon and the aseptic block for bottle sterilization from KHS, promise to revolutionize liquid food packaging, setting new benchmarks for the industry. Syntegon's FBL filling machine, a recent addition to its Ampack portfolio, stands at the forefront of innovation. Designed for preformed HDPE, PP, and PET bottles, the FBL machine
Processing

Hiperbaric Launches HPP Research Awards to Recognize Innovation in Food Technology

Hiperbaric, a global leader in High Pressure Processing (HPP) technology, commemorates its 25th anniversary by introducing the HPP Research Awards, an initiative aimed at highlighting and fostering cutting-edge research in the realm of high-pressure food and beverage applications. HPP represents a nonthermal food preservation technique utilizing cold water and elevated pressure to deactivate food-borne pathogens and spoilage microorganisms. This process maintains the nutritional integrity and flavor of foods while significantly extending shelf life, all without the need for preservatives. Andrés Hernando, CEO of Hiperbaric, expressed the company's vision, stating, "By acknowledging the outstanding work of emerging researchers, we aspire to expedite advancements in high-pressure processing
Catering & Hospitality

Berry Launches New Range of Tableware, Designed with Sustainability in Mind

In today's foodservice industry, the call for sustainable solutions is becoming increasingly urgent. Addressing this demand head-on, Berry Global has introduced an innovative reusable tableware range aimed at tackling environmental concerns while meeting the needs of businesses and customers alike. At the heart of Berry Global's initiative lies a commitment to functional design tailored to diverse foodservice requirements. The range boasts bowls and lids carefully crafted to accommodate various food types, from hearty meals to delicate desserts. Clear lids offer an enticing view of the contents, enhancing presentation, while customizable in-mould labeling options enable businesses to showcase their brand identity. Operational efficiency and convenience are key features of this range.

How Unique Entertainment is Spicing Up Restaurants and Boosting Your Bottom Line

In today's competitive dining landscape, delicious food alone isn't enough. Diners crave experiences, connections, and memories that set your restaurant apart from the rest. This is where the vibrant trend of unique entertainment comes in, offering a potent blend of fun, engagement, and, yes, even increased revenue for
Country Reports

Challenges and Innovations in China's Food Industry Amid Economic Growth

As China continues to experience robust economic growth, its food industry faces a dynamic landscape marked by challenges and innovations. From traditional staples like pork to modern fast-food chains, the sector navigates a range of factors influencing production, consumption, and market dynamics. In the first quarter of 2024, China's agricultural sector witnessed a modest increase in meat production, including pork, beef, mutton, and poultry, totaling 24.90 million tons, a rise of 1.4 percent compared to the previous year. However, the pork industry encountered challenges, with a slight decline of 0.4 percent in output, reflecting ongoing difficulties. Key concerns include a decrease in the number of pigs registered in stock by 5.2 percent year on year, alongside challenges in

South Africa Navigates Food Inflation Risks Amid Drought

South Africa's agricultural landscape has been under strain due to persistent dryness and a heatwave in key summer crop-growing regions. Concerns over potential spikes in consumer food inflation loom large as a result. This comes in the wake of a challenging period where South Africa witnessed food price inflation
Events

Fi Europe 2023 setting new milestones as the global F&B industry reunites in Frankfurt.

In a significant year for benchmarking the success of organized events, Fi Europe 2023 demonstrated an unprecedented demand for a dynamic platform that unites the international ingredients industry. This year's event, which drew 23,149 attendees from 135 countries worldwide, proved to be a resounding success, reinforcing its positive impact on innovation, collaboration, and dialogue within the F&B industry. Looking ahead, Fi Europe is scheduled to return to Frankfurt from November 19-21 next year. The build-up commenced on November 20, with the event platform going live, providing attendees exclusive content previews, meeting coordination, and access to a live keynote session. On November 27, the Future of Nutrition Summit initiated a meticulously curated, in-person content program aimed

Gulfood 2023

Gulfood 2023 20 – 24 February 2023 The Largest F&B Sourcing Event in the World Gulfood underscores the UAE’s status at the forefront of sector change and leading the role in tackling global issues. Driving creativity and change, in February 2023, the 28th edition of Gulfood will continue to unite food and beverage

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