A quick catch up on some food items I found interesting in the news of the pass couple of months:
British food prices rising twice as fast as in Europe: According to a study by Defra over a three year period until June 2010 of European food prices British prices have risen the most. The rise in price was linked to global harvest failures. However, this does not explain why Britain should be worst affected than Europe? I found this article interesting as I regularly shop at Lidl, a European supermarket, where most brands are European and my shopping bill is significantly lower than when I shop elsewhere. Where do you shop and do you think it is cheaper to buy food on the continent?
Read this article at the Telegraph.
Fruit and vegetables are the most wasted food items: A study by myvouchercodes.co.uk reported that of all food items fruit and vegetables are the most likely to be binned rather than eaten. Shoppers explained that they bought too many of these items as they hoped to achieve their 5 a day target, but often failed and did not feel guilty about throwing away unused products. Myvouchercodes.co.uk said “Shoppers should try to limit excess wastage by taking a list to the supermarket and sticking to it, or planning weekly meals in advance.” This is great for ilovemealplans.com – this blog is designed to help people buy less, eat more and get organised in the kitchen! If this article interested you why not try one of my free meal plans to stop wasted food (and money) in your kitchen.
Read all about this survey here.
Government voluntary ban on food colourings: At the start of October the Government announced 9 more companies that have signed up to the voluntary ban on food colourings found to cause hyperactivity. These are: Brakes, Devon Rose Ltd, ehl Limited, Morrisons, Organix, Pizza Hut, Pudding Pie Cookery School, Tate & Lyle and Tropical Wholefoods.
The voluntary ban followed researched by Southampton University funded, in November 2008, by the Government. This research into food colouring identified 6 colourings that are linked to hyperactivity in young children.
- sunset yellow FCF (E110)
- quinoline yellow (E104)
- carmoisine (E122)
- allura red (E129)
- tartrazine (E102)
- ponceau 4R (E124)
You can view the complete list of companies who adhere to the voluntary ban on the Government’s Food Standards Agency Website here.
Please comments I’d like to hear what you think about these articles!