France to outlaw controversial food additive this year

Friday, 18 May 2018

France will forbid the use of a widely used food additive by the end of this year, after studies pointed to potential health risks for consumers, a government official told French daily Le Parisien on Friday. Brune Poirson, a junior minister in environmental ministry, said the move would remove titanium dioxide nanoparticles from candy, prepared meals and other food products.“France has already asked the European Commission to take similar measures,” Poirson told Le Parisien. The ...

Existential debate in US food industry startups: What is meat?

Thursday, 17 May 2018

Can a hamburger or steak be labeled "meat" if it is plant-based? That question has sparked a debate about US food labels as key US cattle industry players have sought to crack down on marketing of proteins made from soy and other plant-based substances. Jessica Almy, policy director of the non-profit Good Food Institute, which promotes meat-alternatives, said labels must state clearly if a product is made from soy or another plant, but they usually make sense in context. ...

Dishes from Saudi female ‘Chef to the Kings’ impresses Dhahran Summit guests

Tuesday, 17 April 2018

Saudi Arabia’s young chef, Noura al-Muqaytib, was chosen to introduce popular dishes that promote the local cuisine of Saudi Arabia to guests participating in the 29th Arab Summit in Dhahran. Noura earned her cooking skills from her mother and grandmother to become the chef of royalty. She was in charge of Al Khaleej Palace’s kitchen to prepare the special banquet to welcome King Salman’s guests of Arab leaders. It took her 15 days to prepare and experiment with recipes taking ...

Kebabs, casseroles and ‘feteer:’ Street food in Cairo’s Bab al-Shariya

Saturday, 24 March 2018

The street food market in Cairo keeps fluctuating according to a number of circumstances. It was, for example, definitely affected for a while by the opening in the past few years of several “chic” joints in upscale neighborhoods and which drew middle class youths away from authentic restaurants in the heart of the old town. This, however, did not last for long. Soon, the exotic aura of the new places soon dissipated as the old ones proved irreplaceable in terms of both variety and ...

Should teachers be allowed to tell ‘police’ your kids’ lunchboxes?

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Should teachers be allowed to influence the diet of the children in their care? It’s a question that’s been asked just recently as a school was slammed by parents for allegedly not allowing children to eat unhealthy snacks from their lunchboxes, and offering them fruit instead. Abbey Hulton Primary School, in Stoke-on-Trent in the UK said it was trying to promote good health and was working hard to keep children fit and healthy while at school. Nevertheless, parents have hit the ...

When humble hummus caused panic across Britain

Monday, 19 February 2018

An Arab delicacy in the United Kingdom has been hit hard by insufficient rains thousands of miles away showing what a global village the world has become.Panic-buying of the humble hummus, a Middle-Eastern specialty which has become a staple part of the British diet, has been triggered by a rapid rise in the price of the delicious dip. The price of hummus has soared by almost 30 percent in the last one year due to a shortage in the supply of chickpeas, the main ingredient for the spread.Several ...

Time for something sweet? Here are the UAE’s most ‘Instagrammable’ desserts

Saturday, 17 February 2018

‘Tis the month of love… the love of dessert, we say. Yes, yes. It’s February. Valentine’s Day has come and gone. But the month also marks ‘Madly in Love with Me Day’, ‘World Nutella Day’, ‘Chocolate Fondue Day’ and ‘Eat Ice-cream for Breakfast Day’. So, it would be a disservice to chefs across the region to not celebrate all of this with a bit of sweet stuff? Right? Right? We knew you didn’t need much convincing. ...

Acute fall in Iraqi food production exposes major flaws

Saturday, 17 February 2018

The Iraqi reconstruction conference held in Kuwait brought international organizations to the fore, exposing the serious flaws in the country’s political system, which its leaders are in the habit of flaunting along with their hollow achievements.Agricultural produce falls by 40 percentFor instance, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has stated in its latest report that Iraq’s rural population, estimated at 12 million people (one third of the country's ...

Adnan Hussein

Rising above hunger and all forms of malnutrition

Thursday, 15 February 2018

An African proverb says that “wisdom is like a baobab tree – no one individual can embrace it.” The same can be applied to the fight against hunger in Africa. Collective action is fundamental to achieve the aim of the Malabo Declaration (end hunger by 2025), as well as that of the Sustainable Development Goal number 2 (eradicating hunger and all forms of malnutrition and promote sustainable agriculture). From 19 to 23 February 2018 in Khartoum, Sudan, FAO is convening the 30th ...

José Graziano da Silva

Could a plate of couscous warm up ties between North Africa nations?

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Could a plate of couscous warm up relations between wary North African nations? A drive to win coveted UNESCO status for the dish could at least get them talking around the same table. The hearty meal itself however is a bone of contention between countries that haven’t always got along. Who makes it the best? And given that the fluffy semolina can be topped with everything from fish in Tunisia to camel meat in Libya, what truly makes a couscous a couscous? As with the “hummus ...

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