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The Food Magazine Issue 67 

October/December 2004

Food Magazine 67Water fuels food miles
Sales of locally produced food have rocketed over the last decade, but a snap survey by The Food Commission finds that we're importing water from over 10,000 miles away, despite cheap, fresh, local water being available straight from the tap.

Self regulation illegal
The Office of Fair Trading has warned the food industry that a coordinated industry agreement to reduce salt in processed foods could be anti-competitive and limit consumer choice. If such voluntary agreements cannot work, perhaps it's time for statuatory standards?

Toddlers' teeth: no improvement
A government report on children's dental health shows that there has been no improvement in toddlers' teeth since 1993.

News items
McDonald's sued over trans fat
Hovis confused over salt?
Heinz Meanz Spinz?
Pubs call for pint-sized portions
+ lots more . . .

Fish - made of soya?
Continuing our series on the effects of modern farming on our dietary health we look at fish, and ask whether the feed given to farmed fish reduces their nutritional value.

School meals failing. New research in UK secondary schools has found that one third of catering managers had never heard of the government's compulsory nutritional standards for schools meals. Of those who had, 39% could not describe any of the standards, still less describe how they might be achieved.

Treat or trick?
More than one in four UK adults are trying to lose weight and many of us are watching our fat and sugar consumption. With shoppers turning away from calories, food manufacturers are increasingly describing sugary, fatty foods as 'treats', encouraging us to indulge whilst remaining guilt free.

Regulators say Frosties are not healthy
Kellogg's has been told by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to withdraw advertising implying that Frosties cereal is healthy.

Do we need plant sterols?
Do healthy people need to eat foods with added plant sterols, like Flora pro-activ or Benecol?

Should we let good food go to waste?
How can we let tonnes of perfectly good food be thrown away whilst there are still millions of people in the UK who cannot afford to eat healthily, asks Alex Green from Fareshare.