Health

Industry council launches immunity campaign

Consumer concern for immune health is on the rise and with the pandemic converging with peak cold and flu season, the Mushroom Council® has launched a “Feed Your Immune…

More vegetables, fewer takeaways

Covid-19 is changing consumption

Experts from the Institute for Global Food Security (IGFS) at Queen’s University Belfast and St Angela’s College, Sligo (part of National University of Ireland, Galway) have quizzed 2,360 adults…

Brits do not do enough to boost immune system

UK research has revealed that only 53% of Brits are strengthening their immune systems with fruits and vegetables. Despite 82% claiming to be actively taking steps to…

Including unhealthy foods may diminish positive effects of an otherwise healthy diet

Eating a healthy diet, such as the Mediterranean diet, has a positive impact on health, but little is known about the effects of including unhealthy foods in an otherwise…

Ginger combats certain autoimmune diseases in mice

Ginger is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidative effects, which makes it a popular herbal supplement to treat inflammatory diseases. Now, according to a Michigan…

University of Milano-Bicocca, Milan

Vitamin C and Vitamin E may lower the risk of Parkinson’s

People who include high levels of vitamin C and E in their diet may have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, according to a new study from University of Milano-Bicocca,…

Pure Gold Pineapples supports McGrath Foundation

Pure Gold Pineapple growers are encouraging Australian families pick up a juicy pineapple to support the McGrath Foundation. To ensure the support of a McGrath Breast Care…

Due to undeclared allergens

Dole Fresh Vegetables announces recall of sesame Asian chopped salad kit

Dole Fresh Vegetables, Inc. is voluntarily recalling a limited number of cases of Dole™ Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kit. This voluntary recall is due to possible undeclared allergens (egg) in Dole™ Sesame Asian Chopped Salad Kit. The dressing and topping kit (masterpack) designed for a different Dole…

New Zealand: Papayas tested as possible treatment for dengue

The first extracts from papaya leaves grown at a Northland research orchard are now part of a clinical study at universities in the UK and in Asia in a project, spearheaded by…

Bangladesh: Medicine and fruit imports surging during pandemic

During the COVID-19 outbreak, the import of fresh fruit and foreign medicines into Bangladesh has increased markedly. On the flip side, imports of industrial raw materials and…

PMA welcomes new U.S. dietary guidelines

The Produce Marketing Association (PMA) welcomed the publication of the new 2020-2025 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA). Jointly published by the U.S. Departments of…

Red potato pulp: an innovative ingredient for gluten-free bread

Starch based gluten-free bread (formulations containing a mixture of corn and potato starch with hydrocolloids) are deficient in nutrients and do not contain health promoting compounds. Therefore they could be supplemented with raw materials rich in such components, especially antioxidants. Among them…

Florus Zwartbol, Floor Foods:

"Consumer trends lean toward innovative, responsibly produced snacks"

"People are far more aware of what they eat and drink than they were five or ten years ago," says Florus Zwartbol of Floor Foods. This Dutch company focuses on nut product innovation. "The consumer trend leans heavily towards innovative, responsibly produced snacks." That's why Floor Foods focuses on…

Corona crisis making meal boxes more popular

The Nuts and Dried Fruits Company (NDFC) has used this coronavirus pandemic as a time of reflection. That's according to Jan Jelders. "COVID-19 has affected us, but it's also made us consider what we're doing. We took the time to assess what influences and affects consumer behavior and expectations." For…

Prof Ailsa Welch, Norwich Medical School

Vitamin C can preserve muscle mass in people over 50

A new study reveals that older people who eat plenty of vitamin C –commonly found in citrus fruits, berries and vegetables- have the best skeletal muscle mass. This is…

Lemon prices going up in western Uganda

In Kasese and Bunyangabu districts in western Uganda, lemon prices have shot up in the markets. Hoping to boost their immunity against the Coronavirus, more people are now…

Tomatoes offer affordable source of Parkinson’s disease drug

Scientists have produced a tomato enriched in the Parkinson’s disease drug L-DOPA in what could become a new, affordable source of one of the world’s essential medicines. The…

PMA Australia-New Zealand

Food safety more of a focus for consumers than packaging sustainability in COVID-19 affected year

The COVID-19 pandemic has temporarily shifted consumers' views when it comes to the priority of sustainability in fruit and vegetable packaging, according to Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand. Head of Food Safety, Deon Mahoney told a recent webinar that while there are overall goals to…

Year overview 2020: April

In April, the industry was still early into adjusting to what life in the pandemic is like. This includes an increasing interest in citrus. In the Southern Hemisphere, lemons started early in South Africa and by week 15 exports were double of where they stood by this time during the last two years. Meanwhile overseas market…

Strong demand for produce continues, air freight remains a challenge

“From a product point of view, it’s business as usual for us,” says Chris Sarantis with Montreal-based Canadawide. “However, from an operational point of view, it definitely isn’t. We are operating on the side of caution and keep on adding layers of protocols for additional safety,” he said. The company…

Acrylamide risk and control in roasted hazelnuts

The hazelnut industry contributes over $400 million to the Turkish economy and is the main source of income, especially for the Ordu and Giresun provinces of Turkey, with a total yield of 545,000 t/year. In addition to Turkey, the main worldwide producer, Italy, the USA, Georgia and Azerbaijan produce…

University of East Anglia research published

Household-grown food improves health of children in low- and middle-income countries

A new study, undertaken by University of East Anglia researchers, called 'Impact of home food production on nutritional blindness, stunting, wasting, underweight and mortality…

Renzzo

Health benefits of green leafy vegetables, baby greens and microgreens

Vegetables are an essential component of our diet and not getting enough of them can have harmful effects on our health. The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention…

Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation Evgenija Gorenkova

Ministers delay decision on cutting health rating for fresh fruit juice

Changes to the health star rating for fruit and vegetable juices are on hold with the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation. It has been decided that…

University of Louisville research Sergey Kolesnikov

US research into fruit for less toxic drug delivery

Researchers from the University of Louisville have found a less toxic way to deliver medicines by using the natural lipids in various plants, particularly grapefruit and…

Orange capsicums on the menu for long-term eye health

A five-year cross-industry project, Naturally Nutritious is researching the development of innovative food products and varieties that are nutritious, delicious and visually appealing. Project Lead Dr Tim O’Hare provides an update, with the focus on developing orange capsicums. First it was carrots; now…

Passion fruit to boost heart health and immune system

Passion fruit is found to have a multitude of health benefits. For one thing, the edible flesh and seeds contain powerful antioxidants and other nutrients to boost the immune…

Plant & Food Research in collaboration with University of Otago, Wellington

New Zealand-made fruit drink might aid in repairing lung damage

Damage to lungs caused by air pollution -a significant threat to human health in large cities- is a serious problem in many place. For over 2.5 years, research was conducted by Plant & Food Research, investigating whether BerriQi® - a Boysenberry and apple product from Anagenix Ltd - can repair some of…

Eat a banana after a workout!

Eating a banana after your workout may help speed recovery, post-workout. Bananas are nutritious and particularly rich in water and carbs, both of which have consistently been shown to help improve…

Developed by people who hate tomatoes

Tomato yoghurt on sale in Japan

What did you have for breakfast this morning? Tomatoes? No? Well, maybe you'll have them within a few years. The Japanese company Morinaga Milk Industry has created tomato yoghurt. Fun fact: the product was created by people who dislike tomatoes. The company has found out that people who hate tomatoes have a better…

The Norwegian Fruit and Vegetable Information Office

‘Norwegians eating fewer fruits and vegetables during the COVID-19 pandemic'

On Tuesday, 10 November, Norway's annual ‘5-a-day Europe’ survey was presented. It shows that people in that country are eating fewer fruits and vegetables. That is due to the…

Berries, bananas, garlic, leeks and onions

Foods that stimulate “good bacteria” in the gut could play a role in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease

Foods that stimulate “good bacteria” in the gut, including oats, berries, bananas, garlic, leeks and onions, could play a role in helping prevent Alzheimer’s disease, a major…

Covid-free spaces and solutions for the fresh produce sector

The global fresh produce industry was not as badly hit by the pandemic as other sectors. Some companies have even experienced unparalleled growth, while the gastronomy has almost disappeared. However, the sector is still facing many challenges and is highly at risk during this new wave of infections and…

How far do COVID particles travel through the air?

This Japanese-built super computer shows how far COVID-19 particles travel through the air without a face mask to stop them.

Research suggests that people who regularly eat chilli peppers live longer

A recent study proposes that eating chilli peppers regularly could provide previously unrecognised health benefits. It states that chilli eaters may have a ‘significantly…

Fundraising campaign kicks off at Coles to support Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision

Two families united by the shared loss of a loved one will kick off a campaign at Coles to help find a cure for patients diagnosed with blood cancers. The partnership between Flavorite, Coles and Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision is set to raise a total of $500,000 to help fight bone marrow failure syndromes.…

Improving sperm quality with dietary changes

Studies recommend intake of walnuts, almonds, leafy vegetables and fresh fruits

Millions of people in this world are infertile and some scientists expect this number to rise with time. With regard to infertility in men, it is thought a person’s diet is one of the major factors suggested to be responsible for poor sperm quality. However, clinical trials have not been conducted yet to…

Kiwi fruit effective and well tolerated in treating chronic constipation

Last week, presentations from the American College of Gastroenterology’s were made during a virtual conference. Data from one presentation showed that kiwi fruit may be an…

UF/IFAS, FDACS seek help in spreading the word on COVID-19 testing to Florida agricultural workers

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension (UF/IFAS) and Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) encourage as many…

Looking into mushrooms to solve the Vitamin D crisis

The human body is designed to get vitamin D from sunshine, but in the winter months this is much harder to achieve, certainly in the UK. With more local lockdowns rapidly…

European Fruit & Veg 4 Health program comes to a close

A video conference was held to present the findings of the 3-year Fruit & Veg 4 Health program, as well as the planned follow-up to this initiative. Co-funded by the European Union, this information program has aimed to make health professionals the ambassadors of a healthy diet rich in fruits and…


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