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A trolley full of ultra-processed food. © GettyImages/JackF

Ultra-processed food may be linked to cancer: BMJ study

By Niamh Michail

There may be a causal link between eating highly processed food and cancer risk, and four reasons why this could be, according to the authors of a 105,000-strong French study published in the British Medical Journal.

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Canadian university to create wine consumer lab

By Rachel Arthur

Canada’s Brock University is to create the world’s first augmented reality, virtual reality and sensory reality consumer wine lab; which will explore how drinkers chose the wine they drink and buy.

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Developing salt-tolerant grapevines

By Rachel Arthur

Scientists have identified genes expressed in grapevine roots that limit the amount of sodium that reach berries – a discovery that could ‘significantly accelerate’ the breeding of more robust salt-tolerant grapevines.

The global stevia market is expected to grow by 8.5% year-on-year and is forecast to be worth US$ 565.2 million by 2020, according to Future Market Insights. Image © Getty Images / HandmadePictures

Mexico’s COFEPRIS approves next gen stevia use

By Stephen Daniells

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Protection Against Health Risks (COFEPRIS), led by Julio Sánchez y Tepoz, has approved SweeGen's next-generation Reb M sweetener for use in food and beverage categories already approved for steviol glycosides.

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