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The Food Magazine Issue 74

July/September 2006

Food Magazine 74Cereals steer clear of healthy labelling advice
New designs of cereal packs show how leading companies are combining forces in a bid to counter government-recommended nutritional labelling.

Cadbury’s: no admission, no apology
Salmonella in chocolate

Industry resorts to a tick for health

US doctor sues KFC for trans fats
Colonel Sanders may lose his finger-lickin' appeal if a private lawsuit in the US wins when it gets to court.

Artificial sweeteners. The cure for obesity – or a causal factor?
Iincreasing numbers of research papers have thrown doubt on the assumption that artificial sweeteners are an aid to weight loss. Some have shown that if anything, these chemicals actually promote appetite.

Bob the Builder ditches the salt
Tinned pasta may not be the healthiest food in the world - but at least Crosse & Blackwell has made the effort to remove salt from a food that many small children eat.

Is healthy local food better than a Mediterranean diet?
For more than a decade the advantages of eating a 'Mediterranean' diet have been widely promoted, but new research suggests that a healthy version of a traditional, local diet in northern Europe may actually be better for health.

Food and farming in China
Emma Hockridge reports on food and farming in the world’s fastest growing economy.

Legal, decent, honest and true?
The activities of the advertising industry raise many important questions for nutrition and health. Rachel Beebe reports on recent rulings by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Ofcom fudges junk food ad ban
In 2003 the broadcasting regulator Ofcom was asked to examine TV advertising of unhealthy foods to children, to consult widely and come up with proposals to protect children’s health. Jane Landon of the National Heart Forum questions whether Ofcom is up to the job.

New techniques for targeting children
As Ofcom dithers over the control of TV junk food advertising, the advertisers are finding new ways to connect to children. Ian Tokelove reports.

Do we need a daily dose of bacteria?
The market for 'one-a-day' probiotic and prebiotic products is huge, but are they necessary?

Industry divides over nutrition labelling
Will we end up with colour-coded food labels or, as the industry would prefer, complex numerical signposting? Kath Dalmeny reports.

What the doctor reads
The latest research from the medical journals