Plant-Based Food Labelling Under Scrutiny

The vegan and plant-based food industry has grown so rapidly in recent years that the labelling of these products is still open to the manufacturer’s discretion in many cases. Food Manufacture magazine reports that there is currently no legal definition of what a vegan product is in the UK.

To prevent consumers from being given potentially misleading information, the article suggests that the labelling of such products needs to be clarified. Vegan and meat-free foods have swiftly risen from a niche product to the mainstream, with all the major supermarkets, and brands such as Nestlé and Cadburys, offering their own ranges.

Vegan and plant-based are terms that are sometimes used interchangeably, but they have different meanings. Vegan refers an individual who doesn’t eat any meat or dairy products, or use or eat anything that has been extracted from animals. Plant-based refers to diets based on legumes, fruits, vegetables, and nuts.

While there is obviously some crossover between the two, there may be differences when it comes to the labelling of such products. For example, they may contain soy, or genetically modified elements which goes against the ethical principles of the consumer.

The Food Information Regulation covers the EU and the UK and has made allowances for new definitions in this fast-moving sector. Food Navigator reported last year that using any meat-related terminology to describe plant-based products may be outlawed in the UK. For example, meat-free sausages, or veggie burgers, may be deemed misleading terms.

Purely plant-based products cannot use dairy names under EU law, such as milk, butter, cheese, and so on. The problem is not so much with the vegan or plant-based industry, as with the meat and dairy industry. They argue that the consumer may be deceived into thinking that the products contained the equivalent nutritional value of real meat or dairy.

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M&S Launches Pre-Made Cocktails For Christmas

Marks and Spencer has been working hard on its festive range of food and drink, and has launched pre-made cocktails for the Christmas season. 

The retailer has been busy over the last few months creating the perfect recipes so customers can purchase a ready-made margarita, passion star martini, espresso martini, clover club, aged rum, cacao old fashioned, and golden negroni. 

Consumers can buy the ‘Marksologist’ collection of six cocktails for £108, but Marks and Spencer intends to sell each beverage separately closer to December 25th. 

Those who love chocolate and a digestif when the nights draw in are also bound to enjoy its new Golden Cream Liqueur. The silky caramel-flavoured beverage can be teamed perfectly with the entire Golden Blond range, which will be new to customers too. This includes Golden Blond chocolate spread, Panettone and Florentines. 

Chocolate fans will also enjoy M&S’ unique Christmas Pudding Truffles, combining two popular flavours over the festive season. These fruity chocolate bombs with just a hint of alcohol are sure to be a hit with customers over the next few months. 

As Christmas shopping begins earlier and earlier each year, consumers can already start shopping for their favourite decorations, fragrances, gifts, drinks and food at Marks and Spencer. 

Another flavour that will fly off the shelves this winter is Ben & Jerry’s Minter Wonderland ice-cream. Though not new, this is back by popular demand due to its festive-inspired ingredients. 

These include peppermint ice-cream with large chocolate chunks. The classic combination is as popular as ever, even during the colder months, as co-founder Ben explained “you could feel warmer when it’s chilly by lowering [your] inner body temperature, so it’s more balanced with the outside temperature”. 

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Firm Launches Là Moit Antibacterial Perfume

A Taiwanese company has launched Là Moit, an antibacterial body fragrance that it describes as the ‘perfect COVID perfume’.

A Taiwanese company has launched Là Moit, an antibacterial body fragrance that it describes as the ‘perfect COVID perfume’.

The Daily Mail reports that Là Moit was initially launched in December 2020, and the 99.9 per cent antibacterial perfume is available in three different FDA-approved and lab-tested scents.

Lam Sing Wai Harddie, the company’s founder said his team developed the perfumes during the pandemic, choosing the fragrances to help people find their ‘happy place’ in a chaotic world.

On the Là Moit website, Harddie said: “As the pandemic continued to take its toll on our community, with many of us adhering to social distancing guidelines, I was left with plenty of ‘me time’ to focus on my own needs and wellbeing

“While I was walking home one day, I was intrigued by an earthy balsamic aroma full of dynamics. It was refreshing, energetic, and it calmed my mind and wiped away the negative feelings I had. With no luck in finding similar scents in perfumes and candles, I created my own — LÀ MOIT was born.”

But Harddie also wanted to create an innovative way to fight off germs and viruses as well as providing a pleasant scent.

The vegan, eco-friendly, and cruelty-free perfumes are made with antibacterial ingredients, including benzalkonium chloride and food-grade corn-based ethanol – 75 per cent alcohol – which dilutes the scent of the perfume.

Independent lab tests by Swiss firm SGS has confirmed that the perfume has a 99.9 per cent antibacterial effectiveness after 48 hours.

The scents include:

  • After Bathe – base notes of sandalwood and vetiver; middle notes of rose de mai and jasmine; and top notes of ylang-ylang, neroli, aldehyde.
  • A Little Walk – base notes of patchouli, woods, and musk; middle notes of rose and jasmine; and top notes of citrus, lemon, and peach.
  • Calm Birch – base notes of oakmoss, musk, black vanilla, and ambergris; middle notes of patchouli, birch, rose, and Moroccan jasmine; and top notes of blackcurrant, bergamot, apple, and pineapple.

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New Direction For Research Into Drugs For Inflammatory Conditions

Those suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and asthma, could be given new treatment options in the future.

Those suffering from chronic inflammatory conditions, including multiple sclerosis (MS) and asthma, could be given new treatment options in the future that are based on a peptide found in the venomous toadfish (Thalassophryne nattereri).

News Medical Life Sciences reported on research conducted by scientists in Brazil, who have confirmed that the peptide in question – TnP – has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic potential. What this means in practice is that more research will be conducted to see how TnP could be used in drug development.

Using zebrafish, where are commonly used as a model for in vivo trials in drug development, the researchers were able to demonstrate that the peptide is safe.

The news provider also noted that studies conducted on mice between 2013 and 2015 have demonstrated that TnP can be used to treat MS, in that it was observed to delay the onset of severe symptoms as well as improve the clinical signs of the disease.

MS targets the central nervous system, causing muscle weakness, pain, vision loss and reduced motor control.

One of the challenges of treating MS is that we still don’t know what causes it. Research published earlier this year by the MS Society Edinburgh Centre for MS Research highlighted which type of nerve cells people with MS lose.

This is important, because knowing which of the body’s nerves are most affected by MS will allow researchers to develop treatments targeted to protect them.

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Methanol Tainted Liquor Kills 34 In Mexico

At least 34 people have died in the cities of Puebla and Morelos in Mexico, after drinking tainted alcohol on 10 May, which is Mother’s Day in Mexico.

In Chiconcuautla, a municipality of Puebla in south-eastern Mexico, the mayor’s office declared the incident a health emergency and deployed the National Guard to help assist identifying other who may be showing signs of alcohol poisoning, reports the Guardian.

Those who have died thus far in the community reportedly drank an agave distillate called ‘refino’, which is similar to mescal and costs 15 pesos (approx 50p) a litre or 5 pesos (17p) a glass. It’s suspected that the drink had been tainted with very high levels of methanol.

Methanol is typically used in solvents and antifreeze, and it can metabolise into formaldehyde and formic acts in the liver, becoming toxic within a few hours of being ingested.

Symptoms of the poisoning include dizziness, blurred vision or blindness, difficulty breathing, seizures and severe abdominal pain.

The mayor’s office appealed to the public to avoid consuming alcohol, asked those experiencing poisoning symptoms to seek immediate medical attention and announced that a full investigation would be conducted.

Elsewhere, in the municipalities of Axochiapan and Jonacatepec, Morelos, 14 people died after drinking tainted bootleg alcohol, according to Pedro Enrique Clement Gallardo of the state’s Civil Protection agency.

In Telixtac, a small, indigenous community in Axochiapan, authorities closed stores illegally selling the alcohol, despite coronavirus dry laws, and seized 86 litres of what is known locally as ‘cachorro’, ‘amargo’ or ‘damiana’ after nine people died. Five others died in Jonacatepec where the sale of alcohol was also prohibited due to the pandemic.

Civil Protection warned that the number of poisonings and dead could increase as the investigation continues.

In Jalisco at least 28 people have died since April 26 from drinking El Chorrito, cane alcohol tainted with methanol, and seven have died in Yucatán after drinking bootleg liquor.

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US Tightens Restrictions On Ethanol-Based Hand Sanitiser

Restrictions have been tightened on the use of ethanol in hand sanitiser in the US, intended to protect consumers from possibly dangerous impurities in such products – but the knock-on effect will likely be that shortages will be seen at a time when sanitiser is very much a necessity thanks to the pandemic.

On April 15th, the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued limits on certain chemicals allowed in alcohol-based hand sanitiser, Reuters reports.

Since then, the organisation has contacted numerous companies to let them know their products don’t meet safety standards, which has meant they’ve had to stop production and cancel supply agreements.

The FDA told the news source that it had taken the decision to update guidance after carrying out a review of ingredient data from ethanol companies and dealing with questions from firms looking for clarification regarding its temporary production policies.

The move has drawn criticism from some quarters, however, with suppliers saying the group should be easing its safety standards more in order to ensure that hand sanitiser is widely available at this particular moment in time.

In one instance, the FDA stated that it had identified significant levels of carcinogen acetaldehyde in ethanol from a company for use in hand sanitiser.

And in the UK, meanwhile, Manchester-based gin company Didsbury Gin says it has seen a 20 per cent rise in price week on week in ethanol over the last three weeks.

According to the Manchester Evening News, the distillery posted an open letter on Twitter at the start of April saying that suppliers are now making it harder and harder for them to produce hand sanitiser products.

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M&S Launches Percy Pig Ice-cream

Percy Pigs have been synonymous with Marks & Spencer’s since they launched in 1992, but fans of the pink, pig-shaped foam sweets will be excited to hear they can now enjoy the iconic flavour in ice-cream form.

Indeed, you don’t just have to indulge in your favourite treat by tucking into a packet of moreish sweets, but can refresh your palate on a warm summer’s day with a frozen pudding.

M&S has described their new product as having “that unmistaken Percy Pig flavour of raspberry and grape, a ripple of signature fruity sauce running through and the soft chewy texture of strawberry marshmallow”.

Although the ice-cream is only available in stores, those who are doing their essential shopping at M&S will be able to pick up a tub to really enjoy this week’s warm weather.

Director of product development April Preston is one of the dessert’s biggest fans, saying: “I love two scoops with an extra sprinkling of mini marshmallows on top.”

Alternatively, you could have it with Percy Pig Dessert Sauce, which was so popular, it sold out soon after hitting the shelves in January this year.

While Percy Pigs have been around for nearly 20 years, M&S’ portfolio of sweets has grown exponentially during that time. Its collection now includes Percy Pig Loves Penny, Percy and Pals, Globetrotting Percy, Piglets, Percy Pig and Family, Percy Pig Gets Spooky, Merry Percymas, Percy’s Parents, and Phizzy Pigtails.

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NICE Approves Chronic Migraine Drug For NHS England

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has recently published its final draft guidance that recommends the use of a new treatment for preventing chronic migraines on the NHS in England.

Fremanezumab, which is also known as Ajovy, is made by Teva Pharmaceuticals and is now set to be offered to adults where at least three previous preventative treatments have failed to stop chronic migraines.

NICE revealed that the clinical trial evidence shows that fremanezumab is more effective than best supporting care in people within this group.

Teva Pharmaceuticals also submitted new evidence indicating that the treatment may also be beneficial to people who suffer from chronic migraines and for whom treatment with botulinum toxin type A has been ineffective.

The firm has offered a discount on the list price of the drug, which costs £5,000 a year, to allow it to be offered to patients through the NHS in England.

NICE director of the Centre for Health Technology Evaluation Meindert Boysen said that the organisation is “pleased” Teva Pharmaceuticals was able to work with NICE to address its concerns that were highlighted in the previous draft guidance.

“Chronic migraines are extremely debilitating and can significantly affect a person’s quality of life,” he asserted.

Having access to this treatment when several other medications have failed could therefore have a significant positive impact on patients who suffer from chronic migraines.

Fremanezumab works by targeting the process by which proteins cause blood vessels in the brain to swell, which leads to the symptoms associated with migraines. Patients receive it as a monthly self-administered injection.

The NICE guidance also states that treatment with fremanezumab should be stopped, however, if a patient doesn’t experience at least a 30 per cent reduction in the frequency of their migraines within 12 weeks of starting treatment.

In the USA last month, the country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approval for the use of Nurtec ODT, also known as rimegepant, for relieving pain after the onset of a migraine.

The oral pill, which was developed by Biohaven, “can provide fast pain relief, return patients to normal function within an hour and remain effective for up to 48 hours for many patients”, Reuters reported.

The news provider also revealed that rimegepant is being investigated for its use in preventing migraines as well as relieving symptoms once a migraine has started.

According to Biohaven, 86 per cent of patients who were treated with a single dose of the pill didn’t use migraine rescue medication in the following 24 hours.

Vlad Coric, chief executive officer at the firm, told Reuters: “We think there’s a value-add for payers and patients by not having to pay for two different drugs – one for acute and one for prevention.”

With a greater number of migraine drugs becoming available, and further research being conducted in this area, patients who suffer from these debilitating headaches will no doubt be hopeful that they are able to benefit from the advances in this kind of medication.

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Lidl Launches New Stilton Flavour For Valentine’s Day

While strawberries and cream is one of the most romantic deserts you can eat, a cheese platter is one of the most romantic meals, which is why budget supermarket Lidl has decided to combine the two for loved-up couples this Valentine’s Day.

It has launched a strawberries and cream-flavoured white Stilton, packaged in an inviting red heart-shaped block.

The £2.49 product could be the perfect accompaniment to a luxury cheese board with some crackers and grapes, making it a good choice for a romantic night in on February 14th.

While it might not be to the taste of cheese connoisseurs, or even those who like to keep sweet and savoury flavours separate, it is likely to go down well with last-minute shoppers looking for something special to dine on this Friday.

This is not the only unique offering available at Lidl for Valentine’s Day, as it is also selling a premium houmous selection containing basil and olive oil houmous topped with pesto and parmesan; a beetroot and mint variety with beetroot tapenade; and a red pepper version with sun-blushed red pepper tapenade and feta cheese.

Shoppers can also pick up heart-shaped macarons, a cherry and custard tart, and ‘For You With Love’ jelly sweets.

Domino’s is also launching a new pizza ahead of Valentine’s Day. The Catalan chicken and chorizo pizza has a double portion of Catalan-flavoured chicken, chorizo, onions, and green and red peppers.

It offered the flavour last February 14th and is bringing it back after it proved incredibly popular with couples who wanted a date night in on 2019’s Valentine’s Day.

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