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Pie firm gains Grade A food safety certification

Lewis Pies, the Swansea-based pie company, has secured a Grade A certificate for food safety from the BRC Global Standards.

High-GI diet found to contribute to depression

Research in America has suggested that the consumption of things like sugary foods and white bread are linked with an increased risk of depression in women. 

BSB opens back catalogue to encourage bakery youngsters

The British Society of Baking (BSB) is opening up its past papers to all as it launches a new website.

Pret A Manger
Pret takes a vote on going vegetarian

Pret A Manger, the high street sandwich chain, is considering opening an all-vegetarian shop. 

Obesity
US professor identifies “harmful” ingredients

Bakery ingredients such as emulsifiers, fat and sugar could be creating harmful cycles within the human body, new evidence has shown.

Soil Association defends Not In Our Bread campaign

The Soil Association says that the Federation of Bakers (FOB) is “wrong” for branding its Not In Our Bread campaign as “misleading”.

SACN consults on Vitamin D intake

The Scientific Advisory Committee on Nutrition (SACN) has published draft recommendations on vitamin D, finding that the UK is not getting enough in winter.

EFSA wheat pesticide review will consider carcinogen claims

The European Food Safety authority (EFSA) is officially reviewing the risks of pesticide glyphosate, and will consider new research suggesting it is “probably carcinogenic”.

Convenience store body warns of Living Wage impact

The government’s plan to introduce a £7.20 National Living Wage in April 2016 will put tens of thousands of livelihoods at a risk in the independent retail sector, according to research from the Association of Convenience Stores.

Food and drink firms unite behind diet and health research

Food and drink manufacturers and retailers are helping to fund a £3.7m research project investigating the link between diet and health, which will ultimately inform new product development.

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