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Cosmetics: when it’s time to throw them away

Posted by on Tuesday December 22nd, 2015 in No food | 0 comments

As for food-processing companies, also cosmetics manufacturers are required to report the details and information about the life cycle of the product on the label. Indeed, by reading the labels of the various items, one will see two very different expressions providing important information about how to use the products. The first indication is related to the minimum duration, i.e. the date by which the product, if stored correctly, still fully meets the requirements of the consumer and ensures the same performance and safety level. This information is marked with the expression “Best before” followed by the relative month and year. According to current laws, if the minimum duration is less than 30 months, it must always be reported on the label. Instead for cosmetics lasting more than 30 months, the expression will be related to the so-called PAO...

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Oil 2015: a memorable harvest, though mind frauds

Posted by on Tuesday December 15th, 2015 in Food | 0 comments

Winter is on our doorstep and we have now reached at the long-awaited moment of having to examine this year’s olive harvest. After the disastrous 2014 harvest, when the infestation of the oil fly caused unprecedented damage to local plantations, olive growers can finally feel relieved. Indeed, according to statistics, 2015 has been a year of great results for oil in terms of quantity, though also, and more importantly, in terms of quality. In this counterattack of the olive sector, an essential role was played first and foremost by favourable climatic conditions which as mentioned significantly limited the attacks of the olive fly and the resulting use of pesticides on affected plants. So a memorable harvest for Italian oil, the most nutritious and finest of the country’s seasonings. An authentic excellence among Italian products, though even in the best...

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Vendemmia 2015, European and World Grape Harvesting data

Posted by on Wednesday December 9th, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Vendemmia 2015 does not betray expectations, showing tangible growth and significant numbers: EU countries have experienced an average increase in production of 2.7% with 171.2 million hectolitres compared to 166.7 the previous year. The result referred by Copa Cogeca  (the body bringing together farmers and their cooperatives in the EU) is excellent, which, once again, marks Italy ­as the leader – the only country to exceed the threshold of 50 million hectolitres – holding first place ahead of France and Spain, respectively with a level of 47.6 and 40.6 million. “Italy is the last European country to close harvesting – commented Palma Esposito of Confagricoltura – this occurs as a result of the variety of different areas of land and climatic conditions that characterise our country, the only one where harvesting lasts three months. Compared to last year, we...

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Beer: strong growth in responsible consumption among women

Posted by on Friday December 4th, 2015 in Beverage | 0 comments

Italian women discover beer. According to recent research by Doxa and commissioned by AssoBirra, Italy is the country with the highest number of women who drink beer. These statistics look all the more significant if combined with the other data relating to consumption, according to which Italian consumers have a more responsible approach towards bear: if it is true that 6 women out of 10 drink beer with their meals, it is proven that 80% of them still prefer having a classic 33 cl glass of lager with a pizza. Given these revealing statistics, AssoBirra itself decided to honour beer-lovers by launching the “Birra io t’adoro” campaign: this is the first campaign in 30 years and is designed to promote new habits of young women, now used to comfortably doing things once considered to be only for men, like...

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Palm oil: an open debate about health and sustainability

Posted by on Tuesday November 24th, 2015 in News | 0 comments

Featured in the vast majority of the products we use on an everyday basis, over the last year palm oil sparked off a huge debate about its growing use and the damage that this ingredient seems to cause to health and the environment. The matter acquired great visibility from 13 December last year onwards, when a number of European laws imposed to explicitly declare ingredients on the labels of food and cosmetics: this way, millions of consumers discovered that the ‘vague’ expression “vegetable oils and fats” concealed a high percentage of palm oil, an ingredient often accused of increasing cholesterol levels and increasing the risk of coronary heart disease. Although deriving from plants, palm oil has atypical features. Indeed, due to its chemical composition it is more similar to butter and it is used instead of butter in a...

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