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KFC bans chicken … for a week

KFC’s outlet in Binnenwegplein in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, will be “completely chicken-free” from 9th-15th March. The move is part of the country’s third “National week without meat”. KFC did a test with the “Chickenless Chicken Burger” at the end of last year. During the week-long pilot one in 10 orders at KFC Akerpoort in Amsterdam…
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Food responsible for ‘more illness than previously thought’

Around 2.4m cases of foodborne illness occur every year in the UK, according to an analysis by the Food Standards Agency. This is more than double the number in 2009 (1m). The new figures do not indicate an increase in total illness, or any new risk to public health, said the FSA. FSA chief scientific…
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Consumers use labels to shun sugar

Sugar content is the most important factor for people when making healthy food choices, according to new research. A team from the University of Nottingham’s Division of Food, Nutrition and Dietetics carried out a choice-based survey with 858 participants using the traffic light labelling system to select healthy foods. “We wanted to find out whether…
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Higher alcohol taxes could benefit poor

Alcohol taxes account for a similar share of the incomes and budgets of rich and poor households alike, and at worst are only “mildly regressive”, according to research by the Institute of Alcohol Studies. “There is little reason for the government to avoid increasing alcohol taxes out of concern for the poor,” the researchers concluded.…
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Government caterers must adopt “less and better” approach to meat

The government’s catering services need to reduce the amount of meat and dairy options available, according to Green MP Caroline Lucas. “If Parliament can get its procurement policies right, then we’ve got much greater authority to call on other players in society to get their procurement policies rights as well,” she told The House magazine.…
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Food brands not backing their own “low-sugar” products

Mars, Nestlé and Cadbury have been accused of not supporting their own reduced- or low-sugar products. They are “frightened” that these new options could affect their established brands, Jack Winkler, emeritus professor of nutrition policy at London Metropolitan University. “They do not back the healthier variants with the marketing budgets necessary,” he told The Grocer.…
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The five types of plant-based consumer

Only 3% of consumers choosing a plant-based diet are “eco-warriers”, solely motivated by animal welfare, environmental concerns and health benefits.  The vast majority of plant-based consumers fall into four categories: the “healthy hardcores”, whose focus is primarily health; the “value hunters”, who are mainly students and are seeking foods with a longer shelf-life than meat;…
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Not what it says on the tin

Almost a third of food products are identically or similarly branded but have a different composition, according to research published by the European Commission. The pan-European analysis, carried out by the Commission’s in-house science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre, involved 1,380 samples of 128 food products in 19 EU countries. The UK was…
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£1m plan to teach children about food

Scotland has announced a £1m food education programme to teach young people about Scotland’s food industry and encourage healthy eating. The Good Food Futures programme will provide children with “a greater understanding of where food comes from and the many career opportunities available in the industry”, the government said. There will be support for more…
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Processed meat and sugar cut from school menus

Scotland has set maximum limits for consumption of sugar and certain types of meat in school meals. School food regulations will be amended for the first time in 10 years to ensure: a maximum amount of red and processed red meat provision – such as bacon, ham and pepperoni – in school lunches to help…
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