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Chinese takeaway in the Wadden Sea
Shore crabs catch their food at food-rich spots and subsequently eat it elsewhere. With this takeaway strategy the crabs maximize their food uptake and keep competing crabs at a distance, says Dutch researcher Isabel Smallegange. (2007-09-25)

Thought for food
Celebrity endorsement of junk food should be banned; confectionary should be withdrawn from pharmacies; and voluntary arrangements with manufacturers should be replaced with legislation to make junk-food manufacturers 'clean up their act'. These are the conclusions of this week's Lancet editorial commenting on the recently published report from the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA). (2003-11-13)

Living With Biodiversity:What You Can REALLY Do
The Center for Biodiversity and Conservation at the American Museum of Natural History is hosting a series of four public lectures focusing on the impact that everyday choices have on the environment, and provide practical suggestions about how to become a (1998-09-28)

Study of brain activity shows that food commercials influence children's food choices
Food advertising is a multi-billion dollar industry, with approximately $1.8 billion annually aimed at children and adolescents, who view 1,000-2,000 ads per year. Some studies have shown there is a relationship between receptivity to food commercials and amount and type of food consumed. In a new study scheduled for publication in The Journal of Pediatrics, researchers studied the brain activity of children after watching food commercials and found that the commercials influence children's food choices and brain activity. (2016-08-12)

Addressing food insecurity in health care settings
A review of articles covering food insecurity interventions in health care settings from 2000-2018 found that interventions focused on either referrals or direct provision of food or vouchers both suffered from poor follow-up, a general lack of comparison groups, and limited statistical power and generalizability. (2019-09-09)

Reward sensitivity increases food 'wanting' following television 'junk food' commercials
Global obesity rates have been partly attributed to the easy access of cheap, high calorie food. However, many individuals exposed to the same food lie well within the healthy weight range. Reward sensitivity has been proposed as a key trait predisposing some individuals to be highly attracted to cues linked with appetitive food. We tested whether reward-sensitive individuals would experience greater pleasure ( (2012-07-10)

Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions
On Nov. 6, 2014, nutrition and food science researchers and agricultural policymakers will gather to discuss issues of food security, economics, policy and communication related to food safety at 'Food Safety Considerations for Innovative Nutrition Solutions.' A networking reception will follow the event. (2014-03-28)

Experts urge UK parliament to take action to reduce food waste
As UK supermarkets pledge to cut food waste by 20 percent within the next decade, experts are calling on the government to take legislative action and debate the Food Waste (Reduction) Bill. (2016-03-22)

Recalls, food worries spark booming business in food safety
Recalls of ground beef, peanut butter and other foods have done more than raise public awareness and concern about food safety. They also are quietly fueling a boom in the market for food testing equipment and fostering new food safety regulations. That's the topic of the two-part cover story in the current issue of Chemical & Engineering News, ACS' weekly newsmagazine. (2009-12-02)

Many restaurant staff are undertrained and misinformed about food allergies
A new study published in Clinical & Experimental Allergy reveals that there is no association between a restaurant worker's knowledge of food allergy and his or her confidence in being able to provide a safe meal to a food allergic customer. (2011-04-14)

Food allergies: Overestimated and underestimated
Half of all food allergies are not food allergies at all. This is what Cornelia S. Seitz et al., allergologists from Würzburg University, concluded in a study with 419 patients, as presented in the current edition of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (2008-10-31)

How global responses to COVID-19 threaten global food security
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has forced nations worldwide to implement unprecedented social measures to stem the rapid spread of the virus. (2020-07-30)

New labelling on foods still not clear enough for allergy sufferers
Safety for people with food allergies will be boosted later this month when new European laws will force manufacturers to label their food more accurately, but the laws do not offer full protection, says an editorial in this week's BMJ. (2005-11-17)

KU Leuven awards honorary doctorate to Louise O. Fresco
As part of its Patron Saint's Day celebrations on Feb. 15 2017, KU Leuven will confer an honorary doctorate on sustainable food specialist Louise O. Fresco. (2016-12-19)

GM rice will not end hunger in China
Boosting food production with GM rice is unlikely to eliminate hunger in China, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-05-19)

Despite food-assistance programs, many children experience food insecurity, hunger
In a recent study, researchers found that food insecurity and hunger among children still persist, even in food secure households and despite food assistance programs and efforts to increase food security. Therefore, children who experience food insecurity may live in households that are defined as food secure. Previous research that indicates food insecure children are more at-risk for being overweight, having poor health, poor academic performance and poor psychosocial functioning. (2010-05-27)

Consumer Behavior and Food Science Innovations for Optimal Nutrition
Speakers from FreshDirect, FDA, USDA, and food companies will discuss the elements of food, the physiological and psychological influences of food intake, societal factors that influence nutrition, and the role of technology in consumer behavior. (2014-02-12)

Algorithm boosts efficiency, nutrition for food bank ops
Cornell University systems engineers examined data from a busy New York state food bank and, using a new algorithm, found ways to better allocate food and elevate nutrition in the process. (2020-09-17)

Exploring the truth behind organic production and food quality
As consumers we are increasingly disconnected from how our food is produced and supplied. New ideas and belief systems related to food are exploiting this disconnect and nowhere is this more true than organic food. In his new book, (2012-02-24)

Plant-based sweeteners may help individuals control their blood glucose levels
A new study shows that it is possible to reduce the level of sugar in muffins without affecting their textural properties by replacing half of the sugar content with stevianna or inulin, which are plant-based sweeteners. (2016-06-08)

Diagnosing and managing food allergies: A guide for physicians
A new review aims to help physicians diagnose and manage food allergies in children and adults. The article, published in CMAJ looks at recent evidence from guidelines, randomized controlled trials and other research. (2016-09-06)

Does food addiction exist?
Women with weight problems were more impulsive than average in a food-related psychology test, a new research paper has shown. This suggested that they are more instinctively stimulated by images of food as well as lacking contemplative will power. Further, some women reported food craving even if they had eaten recently, a symptom of possible food addiction. (2014-06-12)

Blood testing for sensitivity, allergy or intolerance to food
Blood testing to determine a link between food and illness is increasingly common, but some tests are not considered diagnostic and can lead to confusion, according to a primer in CMAJ. (2012-03-19)

Pew commends FDA for releasing draft rules to make imported foods safer
The Pew Charitable Trusts commended the US Food and Drug Administration, or FDA, today for issuing two draft rules needed to implement the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act. (2013-07-26)

Germination can make buckwheat more nutritious
With the increasing demand for food with health benefits, high nutritional value food materials are attracting more attention from both consumers and food manufacturers. A new study by researchers at Wilmar (Shanghai) Biotechnology Research and Development Center Co., Ltd. in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, found that germinated buckwheat, an important raw material for food and functional food production, had better nutritional value than ungerminated buckwheat. (2015-05-14)

Love the cook: Attraction to comfort food linked to positive social connections
A big bowl of mashed potatoes. What about spaghetti and meatballs? Sushi? Regardless of what you identify as comfort food, it's likely the attraction to that dish is based on having a good relationship with the person you remember first preparing it, according to the results of a new study by a University at Buffalo research team. (2015-03-27)

Difficulties of keeping the global food supply chain safe
The difficulties of keeping the food supply chain in a worldwide network of food producers, processors and distributors are highlighted in an Editorial in this week's special gastroenterology edition of the Lancet. (2007-05-10)

IFT And NRA To Co-Host Food Safety Forum For Restaurateurs And Food Retailers
A newly formed strategic alliance between the Institute of Food Technologists and the National Restaurant Association will debut with a special forum on food safety at the annual meetings of both organizations this summer in Chicago. The forum (1999-05-12)

Renewables and consumer choices key to sustainable energy use in EU's food sector
A report analysing the use of energy in the EU food industry finds that the share of renewable remains relatively small (7 percent) when compared to its part in the overall energy mix (15 percent). Progress in the decarbonization of the food sector is challenging: while farmers and industry have made relevant efforts to improve their energy profile, consumers can also play their part by reducing meat consumption, buying locally and seasonally, and reducing food waste. (2015-10-08)

Pasture feeding may improve nutritional benefits of red meat
A new review article in Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety published by the Institute of Food Technologists found that pasture-fed lamb meat is high in polyunsaturated fat due to the specific plant species consumed. (2015-01-21)

Actively preparing or watching others prepare food can lead to eating more
Food preparation (both actively preparing food yourself as well as watching others) can lead to eating more, a new study in the journal Appetite reports. Researchers believe this could lead to weight gain or -- depending on an individual's diet -- could be a useful way to get people to eat more healthily. (2021-02-23)

Advancing frozen food safety: UGA evaluates environmental monitoring programs
Arlington, Va. - New research funded by the Frozen Food Foundation evaluates current environmental monitoring practices being implemented across the frozen food industry to prevent and control Listeria monocytogenes (Lm). The findings were published in the Jan. 24, 2020, Journal of Food Protection®. (2020-01-24)

Few food adverts during children's TV are likely to be banned under new regulations
Advertisements shown during children's television before new restrictive regulations were introduced were not any more focused on unhealthy food than adverts shown at other times, according to research published ahead of print in the Archives of Disease in Childhood. (2009-05-27)

Researchers discover a way to potentially decrease peanut allergen
In a recent study from the Journal of Food Science published by the Institute of Food Technologists, researchers from Ningbo Institute of Agricultural Sciences in China found that seed germination could reduce the allergen level in peanuts. (2016-02-02)

MU researcher suggests revision of food stamp application process
An estimated 35.1 million Americans live in (2008-09-25)

Exotic berry skin and pulp found to have high antioxidants levels
The exotic Ceylon gooseberry fruit is an attractive purple berry that is produced in the southwest tropics of Brazil and is often used in jams and drinks and also sold as a fresh fruit. The authors of a recent study in the Journal of Food Science, published by the Institute of Food Technologists, discovered that gooseberry skin and pulp contained higher antioxidant activity than other berries such as blueberries and cranberries. (2015-10-15)

U of Minnesota study finds confidence in food safety plunges in wake of peanut butter contamination
Fewer than one in four consumers now believe the US food supply is safer than it was a year ago, according to new data from the University of Minnesota's Food Industry Center. (2009-02-24)

New Tool For Food And Health Reporters And Communicators
The new Food Insight Media Guide on Food Safety and Nutrition--an invaluable tool for reporters and professionals dealing with food and health-related communications--is available from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation. The Media Guide is free to credentialed media. Non-media can order the Media Guide for $95.95. (1999-03-03)

Tempting your taste buds: Food cues entice consumers to overeat
The mouth-watering aroma of juicy burgers and crispy fries, and the eye-catching menu signs with delicious food pictures can tempt many hungry patrons to stop at fast-food restaurants. (2017-11-21)

Young athletes interested in healthy protein, not French fries
The greasy food being served at hockey rinks isn't really what young hockey players want, according to a study from the University of Waterloo. (2018-04-23)

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