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More evidence that grape juice may 'reverse' brain aging

Drinking Concord grape juice appears to reverse the course of neuronal and behavioural aging in rats, an effect that is proposed to be due to the complex mix of polyphenols.

EU vending summit to tackle obesity issue

Philippe Brunet, the European Commission's deputy head of cabinet, has been unveiled as the keynote speaker at a pivotal conference on the future of vending in Europe.

Green tea may reduce, but black tea may increase breast cancer risk

Drinking five cups of green tea a day can reduce the risk of breast cancer by 22 per cent, claims a meta-analysis of previous studies, the same studies that the...

Mediterranean wine event shows shift toward quality

ViniSud, a showcase of the up-and-coming wines from the Languedoc region of France, begins in Montpellier today, occurring in a region that epitomises the current problems affecting the industry.

EU to formalise new sugar regime today

The Agriculture & Fisheries Council will formally adopt new sugar reform regulations today after months of fine-tuning the final wording.

UK, Germany checking soft drinks for benzene

Food safety authorities in Britain and Germany are checking soft drinks for benzene after tests suggest a private deal with soft drinks firms in the US, 15 years ago, failed...

Regulators debate standardised labelling system for EU

Regulators and industry representatives from across the EU yesterday wrapped up a meeting in Rotterdam debating standardised system for food labelling across the bloc.

Riot police move to calm French winemakers' protest

Militant winemakers attacked train and phone lines in southern France Wednesday as thousands of fellow vintners protested through the streets at the crisis they say is strangling their industry.

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FDA re-opens probe into benzene contamination of soft drinks

US food safety authorities have re-opened an investigation closed 15 years ago into soft drinks contaminated with cancer-causing chemical benzene, following evidence the industry has failed to sort out the...

England to ban smoking in all pubs, clubs in 2007

A smoking ban will be introduced across all pubs, private members' clubs and restaurants in England during 2007, forcing the pub firms to adapt or fall by the wayside.

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The cost of bad research

The science has spoken. Low-fat diets don't work: Forget the carrots and broccoli sprouts, I can now have my cake and eat it, and put extra cream on top.

Still drinks market growing faster than carbonates

The global still drinks market has lost its cheap image and is booming because beverage companies are concentrating on the premium end.

Parliament adopts legislation deregulating packaging sizes

The European Parliament yesterday approved legislation deregulating package sizes for most pre-packed products, but excluding staple beverages and foods.

Satellites unravel the secrets of wine terroir

Scientists from the European Space Agency are peering at satellite images of Italy's Frascati wine region as part of project to use space technology to improve wine industry management.

UK government unveils pub smoking ban choices

The UK government will give MPs three different options on how far to extend a pub smoking ban as the drinks industry warns legislation must cover all premises or none...

Innovation set to kick-start US beer growth

A new report has injected a much-needed shot of optimism into the stagnant US beer market for 2006, yet the bad news just keeps on coming in Western Europe.

Regulator publishes plan to simplify UK's food laws

Reducing paperwork and consolidating laws could save industry about £200m (€293) in the first year, the UK's food regulator said in publishing a plan to simplify legislation.

Weekly Comment

Time to ditch the FFQ

Little wonder consumers are confused about which foods are good for them, and which bad, when scientists use methods with almost no chance of meaningful results.

BASF, Dow raise plastic resin prices in Europe

BASF today joined Dow in raising the prices in Europe for plastic packaging, a bid by both companies to pass on high raw material and energy costs.

Drinks drive performance market, report

Sports and energy drinks have stolen a march on foods to become the powerhouse of the global market in performance products, according to a new report from Leatherhead Food International.

Europe's soft drinks firms ban adverts to children

Soft drinks firms will voluntarily ban advertising to children across the European Union in an effort to curb public criticism amid the bloc's growing obesity problem.

Caffeine blunts blood flow to heart during exercise

Drinking caffeine drinks appears to stifle the body's ability to boost blood flow to the heart during exercise, suggests new research out of Switzerland.

Time to get serious about English wine

The thought of English wine can still conjure a smirk from many. But, the natives are getting better, as more wineries look to take advantage of Britons' increasing preference for...

Russia's lack of excise stamps shuts down alcohol producers

Russia's decision to change procedures on excise stamps and import licences for alcohol has backfired, with several domestic producers reportedly having to suspend production.

UK malt scheme gains international recognition

Accreditation by an international organisation has given a malt tracking scheme the backing it needs to assure its customers they're getting the correct supplies.

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