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France’s Lactalis gets go-ahead to reopen plant after tainted milk scandal

French authorities have given dairy giant Lactalis permission to resume selling baby milk from a factory that was closed after salmonella-contaminated milk produced there infected dozens of babies, the government said on Tuesday, according to Reuters.

Lactalis, one of the world’s largest dairy groups, had to recall 12 million tins in France and around the world because of the contamination, in a scandal that hit the reputation of France’s agri-business industry.

Lactalis has carried out tests at the plant in the northwestern town of Craon for more than three months under the supervision of French health authorities, which will carry out regular, unannounced inspections at the plant in the future.

Privately owned Lactalis, which has said the crisis could cost it hundreds of million of euros, had said that the production line linked to the contamination would be closed permanently but it was awaiting permission from French authorities to restart output at its other production line, Reuters says.

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IFCN: Top 20 Milk Processors collect 25% of milk worldwide

IFCN, the Dairy Research Network, published the IFCN Top 20 list of milk processors around the globe. This list is published every second year and shows the market share of biggest milk processor giants. The top 20 milk processors collect 211 mill ton ME milk, 25,4% of produced milk worldwide.

New results from IFCN Top 20 Milk Processors List 2018 shows that 25.4 % of produced milk worldwide is processed from top 20 dairy giants. The total collection of top 20 milk processors rose steadily from 200 in 2015 to 211 million tonnes of milk in 2017. Like the 2016 ranking, Dairy Farmers of America topped the list in 2018 with 29.2 million tonnes milk intake holding 3.5% of the total market share of world’s total milk production.

Top 3 Leaders DFA, Fonterra, Lactalis of the list stay stable their positions compared to the previous ranking in 2016.
The companies Arla, Nestlé and Friesland Campina take ranks 4 to 6 with milk intake of ca. 14 mill t milk intake.


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Fazer: “Healthy foods and new protein on the rise in Nordic countries”

Healthy foods and new protein sources are on the rise in Nordic food trends. Although healthiness and sustainable choices are seen as important, glamour and indulgence play a part as well.

According to the results of Fazer’s recent Future of Food 2019 report, 41% of the Finnish respondents,  reported they would be interested in favouring plant-based proteins, such as seitan, pulled oats and soya meal to protect the environment (23% in Denmark and Norway, 31% in Sweden).  Furthermore, no less than 28% of the Finns surveyed would be interested in removing meat from their diet or only eating meat as an exception to protect the environment (18% in Denmark and Norway, 23% in Sweden). Individual health needs stand out in Finland, as more than half (54%) would like to eat food with nutrient profiles customised for their own needs.

Norrmejerier skivar ost vid Umeå mejeri

2015 invigde Norrmejerier en toppmodern förädlingsanläggning för att bita och riva ost vid Umeå mejeri. Under ett par år har Norrmejerier skivat den norrländska osten externt.

Jörgen Öberg, affärschef Ost, Victoria Johansson, marknadschef Ost och Anders Fredriksson, vd, Norrmejerier. Foto: Mariann Holmberg

– Som en mindre mejeriförening har det varit nödvändigt att testa marknaden i försiktig skala. Under den här tiden har vi sett hur efterfrågan på skivad ost växer, vilket har motiverat en investering i egen utrustning, säger Jörgen Öberg, affärschef Ost, Norrmejerier.

Riven och skivad ost är numera standard för restauranger och storkök. Även norrländska hushåll har upptäckt fördelar med skivad ost. Förpackningen för skivad ost är förslutningsbar, en familj kan ha fler smaker i kylskåpet och det är enkelt att ta en enstaka skiva. Rivet och skivat är alternativ som är praktiska vid matlagning. Den mindre förpackningen minskar risken för svinn i det mindre hushållet.

– Det här ger oss helt nya möjligheter att utveckla erbjudandet i den norrländska osthyllan. Vi har flera idéer som på sikt blir spännande nyheter för norrlänningarna att ta del av. Men det är inget vi avslöjar just nu och vi får ta lite i taget, säger Victoria Johansson, marknadschef, Ost.

Research: Dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease

Researchers Mahshid Dehghan, PhD, Andrew Mente, PhD, Sumathy Rangarajan, MSc, Patrick Sheridan, MSc, Prof Viswanathan Mohan, MD, Romaina Iqbal, PhD et al publish an article in The Lancet of a Prospective Urban Rural Epidemiology (PURE) study is a large multinational cohort study of individuals aged 35–70 years enrolled from 21 countries in five continents.

Dietary guidelines recommend minimising consumption of whole-fat dairy products, as they are a source of saturated fats and presumed to adversely affect blood lipids and increase cardiovascular disease and mortality. Evidence for this contention is sparse and few data for the effects of dairy consumption on health are available from low-income and middle-income countries. Therefore, the researchers aimed to assess the associations between total dairy and specific types of dairy products with mortality and major cardiovascular disease.

The findings were: “Dairy consumption was associated with lower risk of mortality and major cardiovascular disease events in a diverse multinational cohort.”

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Research: Dairy food consumption is associated with a lower risk of the metabolic syndrome and its components

Report by the Korean’s Mijin Lee , Hanna Lee  and Jihye Kim. A systematic review and a meta-analysis of observational studies were performed to assess the dose–response relationship between specific types of dairy foods and the risk of the metabolic syndrome (MetS) and its components.

This meta-analysis showed that specific types of dairy food consumption such as milk and yogurt as well as total dairy food consumption were inversely related to risk of the MetS and its components.

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