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German border busts reveal banned DMAA still out there (but detection is improving)

40 instances of unauthorised use of DMAA in food supplements have been detected in the EU since 2012.

Scientists at a German state control laboratory have developed a fast and accurate method of testing whether supplement and sports nutrition products contain the illegal stimulant DMAA (1,3-dimethylamylamine/methylhexaneamine).

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Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have taken from Italy’s stance on the matter.

Vitamin enriched Coca-Cola anyone? Soda giant patents ‘vitamin-rich fermentates’

The Coca-Cola Company has patented what it says is a new method allowing it to naturally fortify beverages including colas with high vitamin levels using a single micro-organism.

‘Reassuring’: Harvard’s large-scale randomized trial in men supports safety of vitamin C and E supplements

Long-term use of vitamin C and E supplements do not increase the risk of cancer, while vitamin C may offer some colorectal benefits, according to a new analysis from Harvard researchers.

Magnesium supplements may boost physical performance for older women: RCT

Daily supplementation with magnesium oxide in combination with a mild fitness program may boost the physical performance of healthy older women, says a new study.

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food Ingredients since 2010.

Global Industry News

a2 Milk Company to resume China infant formula shipments from DairyReporter.com

The a2 Milk Company has received approval from Chinese authorities to resume shipments of its a2 Platinum brand infant formula after a break of more than two months.

Monster Energy 'truly sorry' for teen’s heart attack injury but denies responsibility from BeverageDaily.com

Monster Beverage Corporation has moved to quell investor disquiet as a jury trial starts to decide if it is liable for injury suffered by a teen whose mother claims its drinks caused his heart attack.

UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice from FoodNavigator.com

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

Monster Energy launches energy-soda Assault on UK CSD mainstream from BeverageDaily.com

Monster Energy has launched two new drinks in the UK market via Coca-Cola Enterprises (CCE), with soda-energy blend Monster Assault seemingly pitched at more mainstream CSD drinkers.

New Zealand

Experts highlight big gaps in healthy food policies from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Healthy food policies to promote childhood health and reduce obesity are lacking, according to a panel of more than 50 New Zealand public health professionals, medical practitioners and NGO leaders.

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Andean Grain chia seeds positive FSA novel opinion

Andean Grain gears up for chia cheer after EU approval

Andean Grain Products has received a positive draft novel food opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency...

Science still matters to Kemin and DSM as EFSA rejects lutein-eye benefits for fourth time
EFSA health claim opinion

Science still matters to Kemin and DSM as EFSA rejects lutein-eye benefits for fourth time

Two years ago lutein player Kemin said it was, “baffled and annoyed”  when EFSA rejected its eye health claim...

Fish oil linked to structural changes in the brain: Human data

Fish oil linked to structural changes in the brain: Human data

Fish oil supplements may produce beneficial structural changes in the brain, according to a new study from...

Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?
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Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed...

Avocado assists vitamin A absorption: Study

Avocado assists vitamin A absorption: Study

Lipid-rich fresh avocado and beta-carotene rich foods improve bioavailability of the carotenoids from these foods and convert...

Irish 23% health tax hike: Herbals, glucosamine, coQ10, probiotics
IAHS: “VAT on health food supplements would be a tax on health.”

Irish 23% health tax hike: Herbals, glucosamine, coQ10, probiotics remain in firing line

Proposals to push VAT (value-added tax) on some health food supplements and teas to the maximum upper...

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