Law and policy
Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves
. Insects are novel foods which cannot be marketed under the EU novel foods regulations.
Call for "clear and honest labelling"
on the question of stun before slaughter - 80% of halal meat is pre-stunned.
Compulsory Food Hygiene Rating Scheme displays have improved Welsh hygiene standards
- 56% of businesses are rated 5/5.
British dairy products may get country of origin labelling
. Under new EU rules pork, chicken and lamb are to be more clearly labelled from April, dairy products could be next.
Local food names are not for sale
– the place of GIs under TTIP is not simply a technical matter. The Cornish pasty and other EU protected foods are under threat
Australian scientists say fat should be recognised as sixth primary taste
- makes sense?
EFSA publishes EU's first insect food safety guide
. The next big thing in Canapés?
How the great food war will be won
– a compelling read from Independent Science News.
EFSA rejects yoghurt weight loss health claims
50 of the most promising food and drink entrepreneurs
dubbed 'Food Stars' by Defra UK.
Extreme-aged steak: the gourmet world of meat with mould on
- Lake Road Kitchen serves steaks aged for 90 to 100 days.
Neals Yard Creamery recalls Ragstone unpasteurised goat’s milk cheese
as a precaution due to high levels of Listeria monocytogenes.
A 10 year wait and the first truffle cultivated on British soil
has been harvested in a Leicestershire field. Meanwhile, South Africa’s first black truffle is discovered
after one man's 9 year quest to cultivate succeeds.
The sweetest rhubarb is forced inside a pitch-dark shed
– Yorkshire Forced Rhubarb.
How do you save an endangered pear?
Students take action to save the Warden Pear.
Baron Bigod Brie - a visit to Fen Farm Dairy
to see the making of a great cheese!
Raw milk cheese ban lifted in Australia
“What’s happened to wheat that is causing the increase in digestive disorders? And can we get back to the bread we ate for millennia without becoming wheat intolerant?” Vanessa Kimbell explores these vexed questions
Following a healthy diet? Don't forget the spice!
Some wise words from Bee Wilson - but mind the EU health claims!
Europe’s olive trees threatened by spread of deadly bacteria
. First it was fruit fly, then fungal mould, now bacteria.
"I realised we were different, really different, on a rainy morning in 1987." James Rebanks, the Herdwick Shepherd, on the modern shepherding life
What are the most ethical eggs you can buy? Free range, barn eggs, organic? Here's a useful guide
The Risk of Raw Milk
. A good, balanced and well written article
World's most popular banana variety risks wipe-out from deadly fungus
. A lesson in what happens when biodiversity is neglected.
Farm hit by falling milk prices turns to selling raw milk direct
The farmer who makes ethical foie gras
. Dan Barber meets the Spanish farmer who knows what's good for the goose - and does NOT force feed. Ethical foie gras from Sousa & Labourdette
Wine, beer, spirits and drinks
Sussex vineyards in bid to put themselves on Europe's wine map
– a PDO for Sussex wine
Four out of five cider-makers under threat from EU tax call
. EU Commission demands Britain do away with a duty exemption
worth £2,500 to small-scale producers of cider and perry and affect 80% of the UK’s 480 cider-makers. Plan to end exemption for small producers ‘would hasten demise of traditional orchards’.
A taste of honey: meet the mead-maker Gosnells London Mead
. Honey, water and yeast to make the oldest fermented drink.
Greenpeace comes to the aid of Britain's small fishing vessels
. Boats under 10 metres get 4% of the fishing quota while the 5 largest foreign controlled vessels get 32%.
Foraging for food in winter
- Ray Mears and Jesper Launder share their tips ... but don't get your hopes up!