n The European Commission wants input from the food industry on its draft proposal on the review of the Animal By-products Regulation No 1774/2002. It has launched an online questionnaire at http://tinyurl.com/3aznt9, where users can add their opinions on topics such as the scope of the regulation and clarifying the approvals/registrations and controls.
The deadline for responses is 18 June 2007. Please copy your responses to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
n A report in The Sunday Times of 6 May says the typical amount of sugar in wholemeal bread rose from 2.1g per 100g in 1978 to 2.8g per 100g in 2002. The newspaper based its findings on figures logged in annual editions of McCance and Widdowson's The Composition of Foods between 1978 and 2002. And a loaf of Hovis wholemeal now has 3.7g sugar per 100g and Sainsbury's wholemeal 3.5g per 100g, it reports.
n Food decorating firm Squires Kitchen has launched a catalogue of ideas and equipment for food decoration, from bakeware to piping equipment to chocolate thermometers. It is called Inspired by Food and is priced at £5.95.
n McDonald's is to offer Innocent Drinks with its Happy Meals in 80 of its stores across the north of England. It will test out the smoothies for the next six months.
n And finally...check out our rear view! See pg 35 for a lighthearted look at the week that was.