Health

150 salmonella cases in Europe linked to Kinder factory

A total of 150 salmonella cases have been detected in nine European countries, two specialist European agencies said Tuesday, pointing the finger at a Kinder chocolate factory in Belgium that has been closed.

Health

Consuming artificial sweeteners linked to cancer risk: study

Consuming artificial sweetener could increase the risk of developing cancer, a large-scale study suggested Thursday, but experts not involved in the research said it was not enough proof to consider changing current health ...

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Artificial sweeteners may not be safe sugar alternatives: study

Artificial sweeteners reduce added sugar content and corresponding calories while maintaining sweetness. A study publishing March 24th in PLOS Medicine by Charlotte Debras and Mathilde Touvier at the French National Institute ...

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Groups petition FDA to restrict bisphenol A in food packaging

The Endocrine Society joined a coalition of physicians, scientists and public health and environmental organizations to send a formal petition to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), calling on the agency to rescind its ...

Diseases, Conditions, Syndromes

Avian flu safety advice

Although avian flu currently presents a very low risk to public health, given the recent increase in cases it is useful to be aware of some simple safety tips related to this disease. You can find out more below:

Health

EU bans additive used in sweets and cakes

EU member states on Friday agreed to ban a widely used coloring additive for food, known as the artificial coloring E171 on labels, after the European regulator questioned its safety.

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Food safety

Food safety is a scientific discipline describing handling, preparation, and storage of food in ways that prevent foodborne illness. This includes a number of routines that should be followed to avoid potentially severe health hazards. Food can transmit disease from person to person as well as serve as a growth medium for bacteria that can cause food poisoning. Debates on genetic food safety include such issues as impact of genetically modified food on health of further generations and genetic pollution of environment, which can destroy natural biological diversity. In developed countries there are intricate standards for food preparation, whereas in lesser developed countries the main issue is simply the availability of adequate safe water, which is usually a critical item.

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