FSA fills in details of folate decision

first_imgDame Deirdre Hutton, chair of the Food Standards Agency (FSA), urged fellow board members to agree that folic acid fortification would be better suited to all white and brown wheat flour at its board meeting last week.The FSA proposes that folic acid be added to flour to help prevent neural tube defects (NTDs), which can result in miscarriage, infant death or lifelong disability.With the decision made less than a month ago to recommend mandatory fortification to UK health ministers, the aim of the FSA’s open meeting on 14 June was to decide particulars.The suggestion that fortification should take place at the bread-making stage was quashed because of inconsistency issues. Adding folate at the mill was deemed more logical, as niacin, calcium, iron and thiamine are also added at this stage.Board members proceeded to debate which flours would most benefit from fortification. The variables included: all wheat flour; all white and brown wheat flour; and white and brown bread-making flour.Dame Deirdre said: “We decided in our last meeting that we would aim to reduce the number of NTD-affected pregnancies by 11% to 18% and save between 77 and 162 NTD pregnancies per year. If we decide to limit fortification to only white bread-making flour then we will not meet this target.”However, the proposed target could be achieved by fortifying all white and brown wheat flour, according to the FSA’s calculations.”It is essential to provide a degree of choice,” she continued. “Products made with wholemeal flour, therefore, would provide a minimum choice.”Worries that some groups may over-consume folic acid came to light and the board decided that voluntary fortification of products such as breakfast cereals and spreads must be tightly regulated.It was also agreed that the public needs better guidance, especially women taking folic acid supplements, and that products containing folate must be labelled.The FSA’s recommendation package will shortly be made to UK health ministers.last_img read more

Your say: letter

first_imgHow refreshing to find an easy-to-navigate website (www.thebakeryschool.com) that has been developed by two experienced baking industry giants!I had been following the progress of the project during the last couple of years, and have to admit to the usual scepticism we all can relate to. However, when testing out the site, and then letting two of our trainees loose on it, I realised at once that this could really work.We have subsequently signed up for two more licences and are investigating a third. Since the demise of our local bakery school a learning and development gap has been prevalent and, while trying alternative methods came to no fruition, this time we feel we are on to a winner.Many thanks to site founders Jean Grieves and Albert Waterfield for their work so far; and with the addition of more modules to this course, who can afford not to use this great resource?Kim PullinDirector of Operations, Pullins Bakerslast_img read more

In Short

first_imgDouble D systemDouble D Food Engineering has developed a Clean In Place (CIP) system, to meet the specific hygiene needs of industrial bakers producing speciality bread, where toppings such as butter, cheese, garlic, olive oil, ham or tomatoes require extra efficient cleaning. It features sparge pipes, which deliver a pressurised, heated, caustic solution throughout the oven.Wholegrain studyThe intake of higher levels of wholegrain and cereal fibre in older adults has been linked to lower total body fat, in a study by the American Society for Nutrition. The study, carried out on 434 adults found that participants who consumed the highest amounts of wholegrain had approximately 2.4% less total body fat and 3.6% less abdominal fat than those who ate the least.Immigrant issueEight illegal immigrants face deportation after they were arrested while working at Warburtons’ Enfield bakery. During an arranged visit to the bakery by the UK Border Agency (UKBA), six Pakistanis, one Zimbabwean and one South African were found unable to prove their right to work in the UK. A spokeperson for Warburtons said it will give the UKBA its full support until the matter is resolved.Cookie upgradeFollowing its cookie launch in Selfridges, Sobo Chocolate is upgrading to a bespoke cookie stand in the department store’s foodhall. To celebrate, Sobo is launching Free Cookie Fridays on every Friday in October. Those who follow the firm on Twitter will receive a special code word and the first 20 people to use it in-store will receive a free cookie. Sobo also plans to launch two new flavours in the next month.last_img read more

Impless acquires Irish arm of O’Briens chain

first_imgThe Irish arm of the sandwich chain O’Briens has been bought out of liquidation by Impless, a newly formed subsidiary of Irish fast food group Abrakebabra Investments (AIL).The chain, which was put into examinership – the equivalent to administration in the UK – in July this year, was put into liquidation in early October, after attempts to sell the business failed. Paul McCann of Grant Thornton, the official liquidator, confirmed the trade and assets, including the brand of O’Brien’s Irish Sandwich Bars, had now been sold to Impless.The AIL Restaurant Group is owned in partnership by entrepreneur Graeme Beere and promoter Denis Desmond. In a statement, the pair said they had always respected O’Briens as a brand and were “delighted to put this well-known Irish brand back on a solid financial footing”.O’Briens comprised 85 franchised outlets in Ireland, but AIL would not confirm whether any stores had been closed.For the full story see the next issue of British Baker, out 6 Novemberlast_img read more

Mouthing off

first_img“The girl told me, ’You don’t look over 21. I need to see some proof of age’. I told her I was certain the proof of age laws did not apply to quiche but she said, ’We have to be really strict now and this applies to quiche bought over the counter.’ She was deadly serious”coming-of-age Tesco shopper Christine Cuddihy, 24, of Coventry, commenting on a blocked quiche purchase, which a Tesco spokesperson was reportedly “at a loss” to explain”I don’t want a sushi, a wrap or a salad, or a Gregs [sic] sanwich [sic], I want to park my fat arse on a comfy seat & eat with a knife & fork!”Location Location Location’s Kirstie Allsopp twitters an almost-literate response to suggestions she should investigate meal deals on the high street, having previously moaned that her Channel 4 lunch allowance had been cut from £15 to £6. The horror!last_img read more

National Cupcake-off kicks off!

first_imgThe hunt is officially on to find Britain’s Best Cupcake Baker 2010. Cake specialists, craft and in-store bakeries across the UK are invited to enter the competition to find the nation’s most outstanding cupcake baker.The competition is an official event of National Cupcake Week (13-19 September), and winning entries will benefit from a PR blitz in the build up to the week.Have you got what it takes to topple reigning champ Kevin Sibley of Mama’s Cupcakes? If you think so, get your entries in. Deadline is July 16. Note, entrants must already be selling cupcakes commercially. For more details on entering the competition, click here.last_img read more

In Short

first_imgBako raises fundsBako Northern & Scotland raised £730 at its charity golf day on 29 September. Taking place at Durham City Golf Club, the event raised funds for its designated charity, The Puffin Appeal, which supports children who suffer from breathing disorders.Peter’s on songPeter’s Pies has received approval from Dame Shirley Bassey, patron of the Noah’s Ark Appeal, in a new partnership with the charity. This month, the Welsh baker will launch a range of pies featuring the charity’s logo and raise money from product sales for the Children’s Hospital for Wales.Best chocolate treatChocolate brownies have claimed the top spot in a survey by Dawn Foods to discover the nation’s favourite chocolate bakery treat. The chocolate brownie took 28.6% of the votes, with the chocolate chip cookie achieving 19%, the double chocolate muffin 14.3%, and chocolate cake also 14.3%.Enhanced yeastUndergraduate biology students at John Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA are working on a project to enhance yeast with beta carotene a pigment turned into vitamin A when digested. Called VitaYeast, the ingredient could be used to make ’functional’ bread to combat malnutrition in developing countries.last_img read more

Irwin’s in new Northern Ireland Asda deal

first_imgIrwin’s of Portadown will supply 13 of its product lines to Northern Ireland Asda stores in a new contract worth more than £1m.The Northern Ireland bakery firm, which produces a range of bread, rolls and muffins, is the first company whose branded products will appear as part of the supermarket chain’s recently launched ‘Chosen by You – Northern Ireland’ (CBY NI) food range.Irwin’s will produce iconic breads – such as soda farls, potato bread, batch loaf, barmbrack and sliced wheaten – for the range, in addition to hotplate products, such as pan loaves and pancakes.John Hopkins, Irwin’s sales and development director, said: “We’re delighted to have extended our strong relationship with Asda to produce the first ever CBY NI range. With almost 100 years’ experience in baking breads and hotplate products, we have the expertise and knowledge that Asda relies on from its supply partners to deliver the quality ranges that local consumers demand.”The new range will land on shelves on St Patrick’s Day (18 March) and complement Asda’s Chosen by You brand – now the fastest-growing mid-tier supermarket range in Britain. The CBY NI range will be trialled and selected by a panel of 700 shoppers.CJ Antal-Smith, local category director at Asda, said: “We’re the first supermarket to launch a dedicated Northern Irish own-label range. Our customers told us that they loved Chosen by You, but that buying ‘local’ remained a top priority for them, so the obvious next step was to develop a regional own-label option. The result is CBY NI and we’re delighted that Irwin’s is the first local company to come on-board and develop a range that reflects the quality, taste and value our customers want.”Asda will continue to extend its CBY NI range through a range of local suppliers during 2012.last_img read more

Rep. Banks introduces bill to warn consumers of apps created in security-risk countries

first_img Facebook (Photo supplied/U.S. Rep. Jim Banks) Congressman Jim Banks introduced a bill this week aimed at warning consumers about using apps that are controlled by enemy regimes.Banks says Americans are spending more time online and connecting virtually, and his bill would warn consumers before they download an app from countries that pose a national security risk.The Department of Defense has warned people not to use Tik Tok, from China, for the same reason. WhatsApp Google+ Google+ Twitter Rep. Banks introduces bill to warn consumers of apps created in security-risk countries Facebook By Tommie Lee – April 22, 2020 0 332 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest IndianaLocalNationalNewsSouth Bend Market Previous articleIndiana officials won’t detail nursing home virus outbreaksNext articleMuffet McGraw announces retirement from Notre Dame Tommie Leelast_img read more

Indiana Black Expo cancels summer event, football classic

first_img By Associated Press – April 26, 2020 0 320 Indiana Black Expo cancels summer event, football classic Twitter Pinterest Twitter IndianaNews Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest (Jon Zimney/95.3 MNC) NDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana Black Expo says it has canceled its Summer Celebration and its Circle City Classic football game this year because of the coronavirus pandemic and COVID-19.The Summer Celebration, which draws hundreds of thousands of visitors to Indianapolis, would have marked its 50th anniversary in July.Some of the artists set to perform at the event were Keith Sweat, Stephanie Mills, Johnny Gill, and El Debarge.Organizers say they are still hoping to hold some portions of the summer event in a virtual format.The Circle City Classic is an annual football game played at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis featuring two historically black colleges. WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Previous articleMishawaka Police break up hundreds of cruisers on W. McKinley AvenueNext articleIndiana Toll Road-School Food Relief Fund to help offset backpack food programs Associated PressNews from the Associated Press and its network of reporters and publications.last_img read more