Kuala Lumpur / MY. (mnn) The trans fatty acids (trans fats or TFA) issue in the United States has prompted a significant increase in palm oil use by the food industry in that country, a top official of the Institute of Shortening and Edible Oils (ISEO) in Washington said to Malaysian National News Agency.
St. Petersburg / RU. (rian) Russia´s agriculture minister Alexej Gordejew pleads for the idea to set up an international organization to coordinate grain markets. The minister said in St. Petersburg, that countries like Ukraine and Kazakhstan have agreed with this proposal.
Copenhagen / DK. (das) Owing to unusually warm and sunny weather in the spring, sugar beet was sown earlier than usual in the countries in which Danisco A/S carries on sugar production. A good start for the growth period combined with this summer´s heavy rainfall means that the sugar volume per hectare is at a record high.
Maputo / MZ. (aa) Mozambican authorities are withholding 36.000 tonnes of wheat destined for Zimbabwe pending payment of 15 million USD owed by the government for the grain. Government and milling industry sources have disclosed that the country´s grain monopoly, was unable to pay for the release of the wheat stocks.
Seoul / KR. (yhn) Imported baking mixtures and half-made pastries contain ten times more trans fat on average than those made with local ingredients, a Korean government report says.
Chisinau / MD. (itt) Moldova plans to turn to foreign countries for assistance in the wake of a severe drought scorching the farmlands here, President Vladimir Voronin said. Arid weather has driven Moldovan agriculture into a desperate situation.
Ulan Ude / RU. (itt) Head of the Russian Federal Statistics Service Vladimir Sokolin told Itar-Tass in an interview that the growth of grain and bread prices has no economic reasons, it has been caused artificially by stirred up inflationary expectations.
Georgetown / GY. (cn) Guyana, like other countries in the Caribbean and other parts of the world, has been experiencing price increases for certain commodities as a direct result of global changes.
Moscow / RU. (mn) Some days ago, bread prices began to go up in the Russian regions following a steady and widespread rise in flour prices. Average wheat prices have jumped by seven to ten percent over the last few weeks. The consequences soon became visible in bakeries.
Brussels / BE. (fed) Recently there have been many articles in the media highlighting the worldwide increase in demand of food, feed and fuel. This demand is creating an ever growing need for agricultural products, however, it is obvious that higher yield alone would not satisfy the increasing market requirement …