Chasing zero: What will it take to improve food safety standards in SA?

15 May 2918 – The recent Listeria outbreak, which claimed over 180 lives, has been a major eye opener for South Africans and has resulted in consumers not just questioning food safety standards, but insisting on a zero-tolerance approach to bacterial contamination and exposure. Read more…


Wine experts warn of growing anti-alcohol sentiment and aging boomers

1 May 2018 – The industry has been riding on the “wine is good for you” trend since the early 1990s, but “negative” press about alcohol is growing. Read more…


Impact of food safety compliance on growth of food and beverage business

17 April 2018 – A globalised food trade, extensive production and complex supply chains are factors that contribute toward an increased number of microbiological food safety outbreaks. Read more…


South Africa introduces sugar tax

4 April 2018 – South Africa’s Sugary Beverages Levy has come into effect this week, and is expected to raise the price of sugary soft drinks. Proposals for the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages were announced in 2016 and came into effect on Sunday (April 1). Read more…


Healthy vitamin D status lowers risk of death in people with heart disease: Norwegian data

7 March 2018 – People with cardiovascular disease could slash their risk of death by 30% by ensuring a healthy vitamin D status, new research from Norway suggests. Read more…


Alcohol and Health: Does It Matter What You Drink?

30 November 2017 – When it comes to health benefits, red wine seems to get all the praise. But it’s not that simple. Read more…


Moderate Drinking Has Benefits, How Much is Too Much?

21 September 2017 – Drinking in moderation has been linked, in numerous studies, to a wide variety of health benefits — lowering the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and cholesterol. But it’s also possible to get too much of a good thing, experts say. The Big Q: What is drinking in moderation? Read more…

 


Caffeine-brain connectivity gets scientists twitchy with elderly brain boosts in prospect

13 September 2017 – Caffeine’s effects on brain neurons and their cellular function is the subject of European research that could explain why coffee could improve memory and protect against age-related memory loss. Read more…


Trimming the fat off dietary guidelines: Study links high carb intake to mortality risk

30 August 2017 – Global dietary guidelines should be revisited, according to a Lancet study, which found reducing fat intake and replacing it with a high carbohydrate intake may be linked to worse health outcomes. Read more…


A Big Surprise About Millennials AND Boomers

29 August 2017 – The International Food Information Council Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to communicate science-based information on health, food safety and nutrition reports each year just how well we are doing in our quest to eat healthier. Read more…