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Functional fiber gets friendlier
Between its potential health benefits and formulation advances in taste and texture, dietary fiber is garnering more attention. Also referred to as roughage or bulk, dietary fiber is the structural part of plant foods (such as grains, fruits or vegetables) that the human body cannot break down or digest.
Some of the buzz in fiber-rich food and beverage comes from utilizing whole ingredients, inulin, fructooligosaccharides (FOS) or polydextrose. Newer fiber sources include algae, mushrooms and cacao pod husks.



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Kinder recall: Ferrero raided as prosecutors launch salmonella probe

“We continue to fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue to conduct their investigation” – Ferrero

By Simon Harvey

Kinder confectionery
Credit: Walter Cicchetti /

Ferrero’s Arlon plant in Belgium has been raided by local prosecutors in the wake of hundreds of salmonella cases linked to the facility.

The site was ordered closed on 8 April by the AFSCA, Belgium’s food-safety authority, after the factory was identified as the source of monophasic Salmonella Typhimurium. More than 400 illnesses worldwide have been confirmed from the consumption of Ferrero’s Kinder chocolate products made at the plant, mainly in the UK and Europe but also further afield in North America.

Italy-based Ferrero confirmed the Arlon raid in a statement sent to Just Food, with the privately-owned company’s offices in Belgium and the province of Luxembourg also the subject of the public prosecutor’s attention.


“We continue to fully cooperate with the authorities as they continue to conduct their investigation. As part of this, we can confirm there have been visits by the authorities to the Arlon plant and Luxembourg and Belgium offices,” Ferrero said.

Meanwhile, prosecutors in Paris have launched a preliminary investigation, including a charge of “deception” against Ferrero. France has been one of the most heavily-hit by Kinder-linked salmonella illness in Europe.


Following the suspension of operations at Arlon and an in-depth investigation by the AFSCA, Ferrero said early in May it had requested clearance to reopen the plant, indicating the earliest possible date would be 13 June.

Just Food approached the food-safety authority yesterday (8 June), before the raids came to light, for an update on proceedings: “AFSCA gives priority to the quality and depth of the work carried out by Ferrero on its auto-contrôle, quality and production processes,” it said. “This ongoing work is done in close cooperation with AFSCA.”

Enquiring about the likely reopening date of the Arlon facility, AFSCA referred this publication to Ferrero “for questions concerning the cleaning process and the date of restarting the activities of the factory”. Ferrero did not respond to those requests from Just Food.


The Luxembourg Public Prosecutor’s Office confirmed documents and computer hardware had been seized during the raids on the Ferrero facilities, which numbered six searches, assisted by the AFSCA and police, including the Arlon plant and sites in Brussels and Luxembourg.

“The judicial investigation currently in progress aims to establish possible responsibilities in the management of contamination, compliance with monitoring of the food chain, and in the communication or non-communication of information to the health authorities,” Anne-Sophie Guilmot, a spokesperson for the Public Prosecutor’s Office, said in a statement supplied to Just Food.

Ferrero had delayed reporting the outbreak before initiating a worldwide recall of Kinder chocolate products when the first illnesses came to light in the UK on 7 January.

The presence of Salmonella Typhimurium had been detected at the Arlon plant on 15 December, Ferrero acknowledged in April, noting the “point of origin was identified to be a filter at the outlet of two raw material tanks” and “materials and finished products were blocked and not released”.

The company added: “Ferrero acknowledges there were internal inefficiencies, creating delays in retrieving and sharing information in a timely manner. This impacted the speed and effectiveness of the investigations.”

In an update on 3 June, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said there were 370 confirmed cases in the EU and the UK, and a further 22 probables. And another 53 have been confirmed in Switzerland, Canada and the US.

The UK is the hardest hit, with 122 confirmed cases followed by France with 118 and 52 in Belgium.

“This outbreak is characterised by a high proportion of hospitalised (about 40%) cases and some cases with severe clinical symptoms such as bloody diarrhoea,” the ECDC said. “Based on epidemiological and microbiological investigations, specific chocolate products from a Belgian chocolate factory have been identified as likely vehicles of infection.”

The Paris Prosecutor’s Office opened its inquiry on 25 May in conjunction with Foodwatch, the European advocacy group engaged in protecting consumer rights.

Charges against Ferrero include “deception aggravated by the danger to human health, involuntary attacks on physical integrity and endangerment of the lives of others,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement.


Southeast Asia market opportunity analysis in 2022-2023-Singapore,Malaysia,Thailand in 6th Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022, Oct. 27-28, Singapore

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive impact on dairy industry in past two years, against the backdrop of loose epidemic policies,what market opportunity can be discovered from policy,let’s see national policy in this 6 countries Singapore,Malaysia,Thailand(Tuesday),Indonesia,Vietnam,Philippines(Thursday)
Singapore: SFA is committed to the '30 by 30' goal - to sustainably produce 30% of the nation's nutritional needs locally by 2030.    
The Agriculture Productivity Fund $60 million is administered by the Singapore Food Agency to help farmers boost yields and increase production .The ACT Fund is available for applications until 31 December 2025.
Malaysia: The Malaysian government launched a National Agrofood Policy 2021-2030 (NAP 2.0) to transform the agrofood industry into a sustainable, competitive and high-technology sector and to boost economic growth.
Thailand: Denmark and Thailand sign MoU on Dairy cooperation to tackle challenges of today’s food production in 2022.
How are these projects progressing and how to understand these policies from now.we are expecting speakers from government, regulator to analysis.
The 6th Global Dairy Congress Asia 2022 (Oct. 27-28 | Singapore) aims to be #1 dairy event in Asia for 250+ regional and international industry chain stakeholders to gain first-hand information on Asian dairy market growing opportunities, trade policy, consumer perspectives, retail dynamics, investment channels, dairy products & ingredients innovation trends, emerging farming & processing technologies, together with dairy safety & standards issues.

  • 30+ SPEAKERS
  • 50+ HOT ISSUES

DOWNLOAD a brochure to secure the Early Bird Discount Rate with USD500 discount off, which ends on 17th of June, 2022!
Event at a glance:
Day One (Oct. 27)

  • Session 1. Global Dairy Landscape: Opportunities and Challenges
  • Session 2. Regional Overview: Current Situation and Investment Opportunities of Asia Countries
  • Session 3. Embracing New Technology for Future Dairy Sector

Day Two (Oct. 28)

  • Session 3. Consumer-Driven Dairy Innovation for Growth in Asian Dairy Markets
  • Session 4. Milk Quality and Supply Chain Special Focus 
  • Session 5. Accelerating Sustainable Dairy Farm Development in Asia

Hot Topics

  • Latest Global Trends in the Evolution of Dairy Farms
  • Key Consumption Trends that are Transforming Dairy Business in the World
  • Singapore Dairy Industry Overview and Policy Updates
  • Updates on Dairy Investment and Trade Opportunities in Malaysia
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Improvement in Dairy Production and Genetic Progress in Thailand
  • Analyzing Technology Trends in Southeast Asia
  • How to Adapt Global Dairy Technologies and Services into Asian Markets?
  • How Digitalization is Benefiting the Dairy Processing?
  • How to Develop the Dairy Value Chain in Indonesia
  • How to Adapt Digital Solutions to Dairy Sector in Vietnam
  • Revolutionizing the Dairy Industry with Cutting-edge Automation Systems
  • How to Achieve Product Innovation and Breakthroughs
  • Diversified Dairy Consumption Trends in Asia: From Products to Occasions
  • Value-added Dairy Products Innovation for Asia Region
  • Innovative Solutions to Meet Nutrient Needs and Provide Health Benefits
  • Building Brand Love in Dairy Category
  • Milk Quality and Supply Chain Issues at Asian Dairy Market
  • Integrate and Optimize Supply Chain to Improve the Competitive Advantages
  • Farm Owner’s Perspectives on Future Cooperation Areas for Asian Dairy Farms
  • Unlocking the Dairy Sector's Potential for Smallholder Farmers
  • Sustainable Farm Management Model for Southeast Asian Countries
  • Panel Discussion:
  • How the COVID-19 Pandemic has Changed Dairy Market in Southeast Asia Countries
  • The Journey to Smart Supply Chain- Exposing The Hidden Challenges and Opportunities

»»Click here and gain the full agenda

MeatEx-2022 is Your Exhibition

At MeatEx Canada, we believe that the Canadian meat industry should have a specialized exhibition to showcase its capabilities and quality internationally. 
MeatEx Canada is an innovative platform in the international meat industry, a place to exhibit all of its achievements and support its future success.
MeatEx is your exhibition. Take advantage of it. 

Excitement builds over the 100th CMC anniversary

A major anniversary calls for a major celebration, and that’s just what the Canadian Meat Council (CMC) has planned this month.
The Canadian Meat Council is marking 100 years of its annual conference and annual general meeting (AGM), and MeatEx Canada is excited to mark the milestone as a platinum sponsor.
We can’t wait to join the CMC and celebrate its achievements over the past century at the CMC Awards Ceremony and Banquet Dinner.
But first is the in-person conference and AGM, which takes place in Ottawa from June 13 to 15.
Two members of our management team will be in attendance to answer questions about MeatEx Canada, the premier exhibition for the domestic and international meat, poultry and seafood industry, which takes place in Toronto from Sept. 28-30.
If You will be at the CMC conference and AGM, don't forget to receive your brochure! 
German pavilion to take the spotlight at MeatEx Canada

As previously announced, a national Pavillion of German companies will exhibit at MeatEx Canada, under the patronage of the German Federal Ministry of Food and  Agriculture.

Implementation and exhibition management is Hamburger Messe und Congress GmbH. For details, contact:

Mr. Vincent Spitzmann
Tel: +49 40 3569-2284
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Also, the German Federal Ministry of Trade will lead a group of German companies to visit MeatEx Canada. Keep an eye on the MeatEx website and social media for more information to come.

More about MeatEx:

MeatEx Canada is the only B2B platform in North America for showcasing and exploring every facet of the domestic and international meat, poultry and seafood industry, and how it’s moving into the future. 
Exhibitors will be showcasing their products and services in three key areas: 
  • Products: Fresh and processed products (including organic, halal, kosher and lab-cultivated meat); casings, additives and spices
  • Machinery: Slaughtering and dismembering, production and packaging; installations, automation and IT; refrigeration, transportation and storage; quality management and safety at work
  • Retail: Sales equipment for butchers’ shops (including speciality store equipment, furniture, clothing, specialist shop and more)
Download the full list of product groups HERE .
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