Volume 18. Number 1. 2013

IUFoST - Scientific Information Bulletins (SIBs).

Addressing Food Science Issues

Ensuring Scientific Integrity is the subject of new IUFoST SIB

December 2012 - The International Union of Food Science and Technology (IUFoST) has released a new Scientific Information Bulletin (SIB) on the topic of Ensuring Scientific Integrity: Guidelines for Managing Conflicts. IUFoST SIBs present authoritative science on emerging and headline food science issues. They are produced by experts, on behalf of and approved by the IUFoST Scientific Council for legislators, the public, research institutions and the more than 200,000 members of IUFoST Adhering Bodies worldwide.
(This is a subject gaining prominence vis a Scientific American article on the same subject in the Dec. 2012 issue. Ed.)

Give (Frozen) Peas A Chance — And Carrots Too

By Dr. Mehmet Oz Dec 03, 2012
Forget what the foodies and gourmands tell you. Some of the tastiest and healthiest food around is also the least expensive and most ordinary. And you need go no further than the supermarket to find it.
Read more: Time Magazine Dec 3,2012.,9171,2129811,00.html

Influence of addition of green tea and green coffee extracts on the properties of fine yeast pastry fried products.

Degradation of polyphenols depends on their concentration in a product.
Green tea and green coffee extracts increase antioxidant activity of donuts.
Green tea and green coffee extracts can decrease acrylamide formation in donuts.
Green coffee extract was used for the first time to prevent acrylamide formation.

Food Research International, Volume 50, Issue 1, January 2013, Pages 149-160

California’s GE labeling proposition rejected

According to the Associated Press, voters spurned a ballot measure that would have made California the first in the nation to affix labels on breakfast cereals, baked goods, and other processed foods containing genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. With 100% of precincts reporting, Proposition 37 failed 53.1% to 46.9%.

Under Proposition 37, most processed foods would have had to bear the label “partially produced with genetic engineering” or “may be partially produced with genetic engineering” on boxes, cans, and bottles by 2014. The words “genetically engineered” would be required to appear on the front package of a small variety of produce or on store shelves. Such products also would be prohibited from using the terms “natural” or “naturally made” in their advertising.

Consumer activists and the organic food industry said shoppers crave information about what they’re eating and should be given all the information they need to decide for themselves whether to buy products containing genetically altered ingredients. Opponents fear labeling would amount to placing a skull-and-crossbones symbol on their products even though studies show bioengineered food to be safe. They also warn of higher grocery bills if the initiative passes.

A win would have put California at odds with the federal government, which does not require such labels because bioengineered foods are not significantly different in taste, texture, and nutrition. More than a dozen U.S. states introduced GMO labeling bills during 2012 but all failed. A citizen’s petition to mark genetically engineered foods nationwide is pending before the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. IFT Weekly of 7 November 2012.

Snippets - contributions are welcome. Edited and produced by Dr. B Cole. – / Fx 011 660 6444 with the help of the Northern Branch Committee.