MILAN Feb 3 Global food prices rose in January,
with the FAO Food Price Index at a record high, above 2008 peaks
when rising food prices sparked riots in several countries, the
U.N Food and Agriculture Organisation data showed on Thursday.
Up for the seventh month in a row, the index was the highest
since records began in 1990, in nominal terms, and topped the
high of 224.1 in June 2008, during the food crisis of 2007/08.
The index, which measures monthly price changes for a food
basket composed of cereals, oilseeds, dairy, meat and sugar,
averaged 230.7 points in January, up from 223.1 points in
(Reporting by Svetlana Kovalyova; editing by James Jukwey)