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Dietary reference values: advice on riboflavin

EFSA has set dietary reference values for riboflavin (vitamin B2) as part of its review of scientific advice on nutrient intakes. Based on new scientific findings, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) decided to update the dietary reference values for riboflavin established by the Scientific Committee for Food in 1993. The panel defined daily population reference intakes (PRIs) for riboflavin as follows: 0.6 mg for children aged 1-3 years; 0.7 mg for…

EFSA reviews safety of glutamates added to food

EFSA has established a safe intake level for glutamic acid and glutamates used as food additives after re-evaluating their safety. The Authority also concluded that estimated dietary exposure to glutamic acid and glutamates may exceed not only the safe level but also doses associated with adverse effects in humans for some population groups. On this basis, EFSA’s experts recommend reviewing the maximum permitted levels for these food additives. Glutamic acid is an amino acid, a…

Pyrrolizidine alkaloids in tea, herbal infusions and food supplements

The consumption of food supplements based on pyrrolizidine alkaloid-producing plants could also result in exposure levels causing short-term toxicity resulting in adverse health effects. EFSA has updated its 2011 advice on the risks for human and animal health from pyrrolizidine alkaloids, a large group of toxins produced by different plant species that can unintentionally enter the food chain. The European Commission requested the updated risk assessment, which takes account of exposure estimates using more recent…

Europe: Chicken, poultry products highest on recall list

Recalls of chicken and other poultry meats are at their highest level since 2002, according to a Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS report. This is despite poultry overtaking red meat as the most popular meat in Britain, reports Kantar Worldpanel. With traditional ‘meat and two veg’ meals, based on red meat, falling out of fashion and more people dining alone, the versatility of fresh poultry has seen sales soar in recent years. However, the recall report shows that,…

Europe: Givaudan, IMCD offer flavors to market

Givaudan enters into a distribution partnership with IMCD, a distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients. The partnership will give more food and beverage manufacturers across Western Europe access Givaudan’s flavor technology, expertise and inspiration through IMCD’s flavor team. Working collaboratively, the two companies have made a special selection of locally-relevant, consumer-preferred flavors including natural and clean label solutions. The IMCD flavors team will advise customers on the best solutions from this collection to meet…

Europe: Germany’s love for traditional game meat

A TÜV SÜD survey examines how adventurous meat-eaters in Germany are when it comes to more unusual types of meat from animals such as kangaroo, ostrich and snake. Online shops and specialty restaurants are increasingly offering exotic types of meat. For example, the number of suppliers of prime meat (e.g. Kobe beef) or meat from non-European animal species is rising. Meat aficionados hankering for a taste of Wagyu beef or meat from bison, kangaroo or…

The Swiss food and drink you’d miss if you left Switzerland

When you move to a new country one of the perks is exploring the food and drink of your new home. And while you may miss some of the things you left behind (Marmite…mmm), gradually you may find there are plenty of local dishes or food items that you love so much you wish you could take them with you when you move back home again. The Local spoke to readers and contributors to find…

Swiss socialists call for crackdown on hipster food at public pools

Swiss summer days call for lounging around by the pool, but in the city of Bern, a debate over poolside snacks has become political. The Swiss Socialist Party (SP) and its youth faction (JUSO) have put forward an urgent motion asking the town council to tackle ‘gentrification’ in the city’s public pools, according to local newspaper Der Bund. The problem? ‘Hipster’ food and soaring prices in the hot dog stands and food trucks at the…

Companies that have chosen Geneva

Some 130 multinationals already have a headquarters base in Geneva. Some of the reasons they have in common for choosing Geneva are the city’s central location in Europe and proximity to Africa and the Middle East, its quality of life, excellent infrastructure, highly educated and multilingual workforce, and stable and secure surroundings. International banks, world famous high-tech and biotech companies, as well as the world’s leading trading companies, have all chosen the city for their…

Readily available authorities

When trying to get in contact with policy-makers or decision-makers – whether she or he is a Minister of state or the CEO of a multinational company, a bank or an international organisation – it is often easier to do so in Geneva than elsewhere. Chances are that both of you support the same charity or are members of the same sports club, or that you both live in the same neighbourhood, or that your…