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Papaya liar? Italy issues €250,000 fine over ‘distorted’ health claims

Unsubstantiated: Claims on this website have provoked one of the largest ever fines for a health claim breach from Italian authorities

An Italian botanical supplements manufacturer has been given 30 days to pay a €250,000 fine after local authorities busted it for grossly exaggerated and unsubstantiated web-based health claims around immunity, diabetes, HIV, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Probiotic potential: Altering gut bacteria shows promise for fatty liver disease

Probiotics may have beneficial effects on the treatment and prevention of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and other related conditions, according to a new review.

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Plenty more fish in the sea: Omega-3 may boost sperm competitiveness

An omega-3 enriched diet may improve ejaculate performance in sperm competition, according to research on guppy fish.

Curcumin shows heart health benefits by ‘multiple mechanisms’

Daily supplements of curcumin, the yellow pigment that gives turmeric its color, may improve heart health in lab rabbits fed a diet high in cholesterol, says a new study.

Pea dextrin may offer clean label ‘off flavour’ masking alternative

Researchers are backing the use of pea dextrin as a clean label solution to masking off-flavours generated by lipid oxidation products.

Australia

Deregulating complementary medicines would save A$70m a year

Australia’s complementary healthcare industry lobby has called on Canberra to embrace deregulation of non-pharmaceutical medicines as a means to reduce costs while safeguarding consumer health.

‘Weekend warriors’ drive added protein demand

Weekend fitness fanatics are driving the demand for more mainstream food and drink products, such as milk, to be imbued with sports nutritional properties.

Global Industry News

Ocean management is ‘crucial’ to food security: FAO from FoodNavigator.com

Demand for fish and seafood is growing – but better ocean management is needed to ensure global food security, according to a new report from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).

80% of Swedes give keyhole labelling thumbs up from FoodNavigator.com

Around 80% of Swedish people think the keyhole labelling system is a good thing, according to a survey published by the Swedish National Food Agency (NFA).

Chocolate multinationals 'enabling enslavement' on cocoa farms: Oxfam from ConfectioneryNews.com

Multinational chocolate companies are reaping billions in profits by keeping labor costs low, allowing human rights abuses to prosper on cocoa farms, according to an Oxfam campaigner.

Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

CSPO may remain a niche unless it penetrates China and India, says expert from FoodNavigator.com

Certified Sustainable Palm Oil could remain a niche product unless it gains importance in India and China, according to former RSPO director Jan Kees Vis.

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GM camelina matches fish oil omega-3 levels
Dispatches from Euro Fed Lipid Congress, Montpellier

The road to fish-oil equivalent GM camelina

Rothamsted Research has achieved omega-3 levels comparable to fish oil in its first GM camelina harvest, something...

Insider view: European food supplements market set for €2bn jump
Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplement markets

Insider view: European food supplements market set for €2bn jump

The western and eastern European combined food supplements market will jump from €7bn to €9bn by 2018,...

Contamination in the East: With growth comes responsibility
Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplements market

Eastern European food supplements markets confront contamination issues

Eastern European nations need to take greater actions to combat contamination in food supplements, according to one...

Western functional milk success limited, 'different picture' in Asia
2014 SPECIAL EDITION: HEALTHY AND FUNCTIONAL DAIRY

Western functional milk success limited, but 'different picture' in Asia: Euromonitor

The price and taste of fortified and functional fresh milk products will continue to limit demand in...

VALORIE: TNO invests in high-value algae refining
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VALORIE: TNO invests in high-value algae refining

Dutch research organisation TNO is working with industry partners on a pilot scale algae refining plant with...

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

We want you: Scientific committee calls for cutting edge science at Probiota 2015

A newly established scientific committee are set to assess cutting edge research for the Probiota 2015 Scientific...

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