Consumers more wary about the food they eat

first_imgA large number of consumers have trust issues when it comes to food, the latest report from Mintel has revealed.In its Consumer Trust in Food 2013 study, it found that six months on from the horsemeat scandal, British consumers were still pretty sceptical about the efficiency of the British food industry.Only just under half (49%) said they trusted the food industry to provide safe food to eat, while 37% were undecided.Forty-two per cent of Brits believe the food industry is able to effectively react to food scares such as BSE and horsemeat, and only 23% feel that the different elements of the supply chain work effectively together.According to Mintel, the concerns regarding the trustworthiness of food were strongly related to fact they felt the industry had a lack of awareness of its own supply chains, with 34% stating they felt food manufacturers weren’t aware of where their ingredients originated from.Alex Beckett, senior food analyst at Mintel, said the food industry had a big job on its hands to regain consumer trust.“That food should not be harmful should be one of the most basic of consumer expectations, yet only half of adults feel the UK food industry provides food that is safe to eat, signalling a widespread breakdown of trust in the agri-food chain, and suggesting the need for more active communications and greater transparency towards consumers.”He added that grocers and manufacturers have typically not drawn attention to suppliers of own-brand products, “but providing these details on-pack could help to support consumer trust in the grocers’ sourcing”.The report also revealed that the top five factors which would encourage consumer trust in food were: British ingredients; manufacturing details on food labelling (where and when made); animal welfare certificate; product origin on the pack; and no artificial ingredients.last_img read more

New bug enters state

first_imgTrash ’em is the best control methodIf you find mealybugs on houseplants, Hudson doesn’t recommendtrying to control it with a pesticide.”Most of the time it’s going to be cheaper and more effective todiscard that one plant and buy another,” he said. “But discard itquickly before they can spread to your other houseplants.”The GDA recommends double-bagging infested plants in blackplastic, tying the bags securely and leaving them in the hot sunfor at least two weeks. Hudson agrees.”Our nursery and greenhouse growers may elect to fight it withpesticides,” Hudson said. “We just want to get rid of them thequickest way and not let them get established in our state.” Florida fighting pest for two years”They came into south Florida about two years ago from theCaribbean,” Irvin said. “These insects are a problem to stop andcontain because there’s no effective chemical treatment.”First Foliage Nursery in Homestead, Fla., shipped as many as44,000 infested hibiscus plants into Georgia from early March toearly June, GDA officials said.The plants were shipped to Lowe’s and Home Depot stores inGeorgia. All but four of the 41 stores are in metro Atlanta andnorth Georgia. By Sharon OmahenUniversity of Georgiaand Jackie SosbyGa. Dept. of AgricultureAs bugs go, pink hibiscus mealybugs are cute. They’re light pinkand look as if they’ve walked through powdered sugar. But ifyou’re a greenhouse grower or homeowner with new hibiscus plants,they’re not so cute.Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Tommy Irvin issued an alertthis week asking University of Georgia Extension Service countyagents to be on the lookout for the exotic pest.center_img Has potential to hurt ag cropsCotton and okra are hibiscus family members, too. Peanutscould also be affected by the insect. ButUGA entomologist Will Hudson says it’s unlikely the tiny intruderwill affect the state’s farm crops.”Hibiscus doesn’t survive outdoors here, even in the Tiftonarea,” he said. “The annual ones die back to the ground in thewinter, and the tropical ones will, too, if you leave themoutdoors. Most of this insect’s host plants aren’t cold-hardy,because it’s primarily a tropical- and subtropical-area pest. It remains to be seen if it can thrive in south Georgia.”Hudson and his UGA College of Agricultural and EnvironmentalSciences colleagues work on ways to control insects on both cropsand ornamental plants.Outdoor plants should be safe, he said. But indoor plantsaren’t.”It’s really giving us fits in interior-scapes,” Hudson said.Interior-scapes include mall and hotel areas decorated withplants.If you’re managing an interior-scape, Hudson says, inspect plantsfor mealybugs and pull out as many as necessary to make sureyou’re rid of all infected plants.Interior-scapes should be inspected”To fight a bug like this in an interior-scape would be reallyexpensive and ultimately a losing proposition,” he said.”These areas are typically close to human traffic and sometimesto food courts, so spraying pesticides isn’t an option.”If you buy indoor plants, Hudson says, inspect them, particularlyhibiscus, for signs of mealybugs.Adult mealybugs are about 3 millimeters long and pink. Males aresmaller than females and have one pair of wings and two long,waxy tails.”Chances are, you aren’t going to see the adults, because by thetime you can, the plant will have a lot of distorted growth,” hesaid.”The first signs are waxy, dirty, sooty mold growing on theleaves and distorted plant growth,” he said. “Also pay attentionto the stems, where early infestations occur, and look forlittle, cottony masses the size of a Q-tip. This is an egg massthat can contain hundreds of eggs.”If you spot any of that, don’t buy the plant.With most mealybugs it takes a while for the plant to succumb.”But this one injects a toxin as it feeds so that you get a lot of distorted growth and death of the plant pretty quickly,” Hudsonsaid.last_img read more

“We Want to Promote Cycling in Nigeria”

first_imgBr Ugo AliogoAs parts efforts to promote the game of cycling in Nigeria and get more people involved, Cycology cycling club will be organising the 2016 cycology criterium on May 30, at Eko Atlantic, Lagos from 10a.m.Speaking at a press briefing in Lagos yesterday, the captain of the club, Ladipo Soetan, said the essence of the cycling event is aimed at promoting the sports in Nigeria, and get people to be involved in the sports, adding that the federal government spent 18 million naira in Cycling, Badminton, Squash and two other sports, but this event is costing twice that amount.He expressed confidence that tomorrow’s event would encourage interested investors to support the growth and development of the sports in the country, stressing that “at the moment they have been able to attract a great deal of sponsorship interests, but they are expecting more people to invest in the sports.”Soetan added: “We are expecting a lot of people to be here tomorrow. When the sponsors see the numbers, they will be willing to invest in the sports. The Nigeria Cycling Federation (NCF) is offering us technical support and we are very happy about that.  We want to prove that anybody can do it. We are hoping for support from the federal government in the area of road infrastructure, such as cycling lanes, and encourage people to cycle. When you have more government supports a lot of people decide to get involved in the support.”The Sponsorship Secretary, Adeleke Adeniyi commended Lagos State government for their support towards the competition, noting that they have received support from over 30 sponsors, “the aim of Lagos state government t is to make sure that the state is a leading cycling destination.” He expressed confidence that the event will be the catalyst to ensure that the game of the cycling continue to grow in the coming years.The event which will last between four and five hours will feature bike races among the professionals and veterans.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more