Daily Archives: October 22, 2015

  • Attend online course "Food labelling" & learn how to meet consumer demand for information

    Ainia Technology Center will begin next October 28th the 17th edition of the online course “Food labelling” which will explain the requirements for food labelling and the specific assumptions in labelling foods that may contain allergens or aimed at children, those with health claims and other products called “without”, “natural” or “traditional”, among others.

    According to Ainia, 90% of consumers read the labels of the products they buy. This percentage reaches 100% in cases where the consumer has a conditioned power for some health-related factor.

    The course will also explain how to identify the basic elements for food labelling according to the law and how to avoid confusion in the naming of the product.

    Also, as reported by Ainia, the correct way to list ingredients will be displayed, as well as how to identify allergens, highlight the main ingredients in the labelling, the correct indication of the net quantity of the food, how to display the date of minimum durability, the expiration date or the storage conditions and/or usability.

    This training activity, aimed at professionals in the food industry and university students and postgraduates will explain what are the stages in the implementation of mandatory nutrition labelling using case studies as well as the specific constraints on food labeling according to category or segment of the food to which they belong.

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    Oleanolic Acid, a Compound Present in Olives, Protects against Genotoxicity in Human Mammary Epithelial Cells

    A study by the research group “Tumor Immunology” directed by Professor of Immunology at the University of Jaén (UJA) Jose Juan Gaforio has determined that Oleanolic Acid (OA), present in the skin of olives, could inhibit the proliferation of highly invasive cells of breast cancer, while protecting normal epithelial breast cells.

    Oleanolic Acid and Maslinic acid (MA) are constituents of the skins of different fruits, including olives and white or red grapes. Although it was known that both compounds have beneficial properties against different types of cancer, so far there were no studies on its chemopreventive effects in human breast cancer, as reported by the UJA in a statement.

    In the study, published in the journal Molecules, UJA researchers used cells from human breast cancer and non-cancer to determine the effects of AO and MA in human mammary epithelial cells. The results showed that the AO inhibited proliferation and increased oxidative stress of highly invasive cells.

    In addition, the OA decreased oxidative stress and oxidative DNA damage in human mammary epithelial cells. These results, according to the teaching center of Jaén suggest that the OA could act as a chemopreventive agent in human breast cancer and can inhibit proliferation of highly invasive breast cancer cells.

    Although the Oleanolic Acid is found mostly in olive skin, Jose Juan Gaforio explained that it can also be found in the pulp of olives and also appears in virgin olive oil.

    The researcher of the UJA has highlighted the dual effect of this type of components, “that exert a different effect on normal cells than in tumor cells, which may help explain why eating certain foods can help prevent certain types of tumors.”

    The research group “Tumor Immunology” of the University of Jaen has worked for years in the study of those minor components of virgin olive oil, such as Squalene, Hydroxytyrosol, Maslinic Acid, Uvaol, and Erythrodiol Tyrosol which can contribute to the prevention of breast cancer, “which show similar effects, many of them antioxidants, demonstrating this duality in the effect of normal cells or tumor cells” assured the researcher of this group.

    This study is available here.
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  • Greece was the partner country of Anuga 2015 and represented by over 120 Greek exhibitors

    After a record number of exhibitors, Anuga 2015 also increased its attendance figures. Around 160,000 trade visitors from 192 countries attended Anuga in Cologne from 10 to 14 October 2015.

    Greece was the partner country of Anuga 2015 and the country was successfully represented by over 120 Greek exhibitors, who presented the entire variety and quality of Greece’s food industry. The international significance of Anuga for the food sector was also an occasion for numerous high-ranking political delegations from Germany and abroad to visit Anuga.

    “Anuga is unparalleled as a business and information platform for the global food industry,” said Gerald Böse, President and Chief Executive Officer of Koelnmesse. “Once again this year, it has clearly underlined its position as the leading international trade fair.” Anuga 2015 presented over 7,000 exhibitors from 108 countries. The share of foreign exhibitors was 89 percent and the share of foreign visitors was 68 percent. The exhibitors were particularly impressed by the quality of the visitors.

    Decision-making buyers from the trade and from the food service sector ensured that the trade fair took a dynamic course. The 33rd Anuga was opened on Saturday, 10 October 2015 by Christian Schmidt, the German Minister for Food and Agriculture, and Evangelos Apostolou, the Greek Minister for Agricultural Development and Food.

    Greece was the partner country of Anuga 2015 and the country was successfully represented by over 200 Greek exhibitors, who presented the entire variety and quality of Greece’s food industry. The international significance of Anuga for the food sector was also an occasion for numerous high-ranking political delegations from Germany and abroad to visit Anuga.

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