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Busted! Tainted EU supplements exposed

Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed system issued seven alerts for dietary supplement products in the last week of July alone.

Androgenic anabolic steroids, vinpocetine and sidenafil were among the illegal substances uncovered in supplements being imported into the EU or already on the European market, according to data from the RASFF (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed).

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You’ll regret it in the morning: Review suggests alcohol-caffeine combo does not ‘mask’ intoxication

Mixing alcohol with energy drinks or other caffeinated beverages across different doses may not alter the awareness of intoxication as previously suggested, according to a meta-analysis.

Meta-analysis confirms calcium doesn't raise heart disease risk for older women, CRN says

A new meta-analysis has found that current evidence does not support the notion that calcium supplements increase the risk of heart disease in elderly women. The study reaffirms the safety and importance of the nutrient, says the Council for Responsible Nutrition. 

WHO-FAO infant formula carrageenan review carries regulatory 'weight': Marinalg

The Joint FAO-WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives' (JECFA) backing of the use of red algae ingredient carrageenan in liquid infant formula will carry a "a great deal of weight" in regulatory circles, says seaweed industry representative, Marinalg International.

Science builds for Chemi Nutra’s Mediator Phosphatidic acid ingredient for sports nutrition

Sports nutrition supplements containing phosphatidic acid (PA), a lipid messenger, may stimulate increases in muscle size, lean body mass, and strength, says a new study using Chemi Nutra’s Mediator ingredient.

‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European Coeliac Societies (AOECS).

Global Industry News

Responsible soy sourcing: China could be about to enter the fray, says ProTerra from FeedNavigator.com

China’s involvement is critical in order to scale up the production of sustainable, certified soy and a leading non-profit group says an increasing number of dissenting voices within that country could see the Asian giant take up the gauntlet.

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NZ opens up infant formula specifications for discussion from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

New Zealand’s Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has called on the food industry and interested parties to provide feedback on its proposed specifications for the manufacturing of infant formula.

Malaysia

Chobani to hit Malaysian shelves as yoghurt demand grows in SE Asia from FoodNavigator-Asia.com

Chobani, America’s top-selling brand of strained yogurt that has been gaining a massive global following through its slick marketing, will soon be available in Malaysia.

Salty food accusations: food industry responds from FoodManufacture.co.uk

Restaurants and retailers have hit back at Consensus Action on Salt & Health’s (CASH’s) name and shame campaign attacking the salt content of salads, targeting firms including Morrisons and Nando’s.

IVAN MENEZES CONFIDENT DIAGEO CAN REBUILD AN 'ATTRACTIVE BUSINESS'

‘Shui Jing Fang appears to be broken, from the outside’: Analyst tells Diageo boss from BeverageDaily.com

Sales of Diageo’s super premium baijiu brand Shui Jing Fang fell 79% in 2014, but CEO Ivan Menezes insists the firm can rebuild an ‘attractive business’ by slashing prices and improving route to market.

Joint venture with Sidel, Yoshino Kogyosho & Nestlé Waters

Amcor LiquiForm to be commercialised in two years from FoodProductionDaily.com

Amcor’s LiquiForm, which uses consumable liquid instead of compressed air to hydraulically form and fill a container on one machine simultaneously will be commercialized in two to three years’ time.

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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...

Food supplement adulterations in Czech Republic
"The principle is to replace costly substance by less costly substance at the expense of the consumer": CAFIA

Czech authority ‘constantly’ detects ‘serious’ adulteration in food supps

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) says it, “repeatedly reveals serious forms of adulteration of food...

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market
Australia

Anti-doping lab now targeting Australian sports nutrition market

Now with backing from the Australian Institute of Sport (AIS), international anti-doping laboratory LGC is moving to...

EFSA lambasted over beta-alanine rejection
EFSA accused of "maladministration"; Opinion is "flat out wrong", says ISSN

EFSA lambasted over beta-alanine rejection

EFSA’s rejection of a health claim linking beta-alanine to improved physical performance has provoked outrage, with UK...

Insects: 40% of UK consumers are willing to try them, says Canadean

40% of Brits ready to try insects: Canadean report

Canadean asked 2000 UK consumers whether they would be willing to eat on bugs. 803 of them...

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

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...

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

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

Scientists at a German state control laboratory have developed a fast and accurate method of testing whether...

Not ‘normal’ enough, ASA tells ‘disappointed’ Danone Nutricia over infant formula claims
“It was not our intention to make any unauthorised health claims in this mailing."

Not ‘normal’ enough, ASA tells ‘disappointed’ Danone Nutricia over infant formula claims

Danone’s Nutricia division has been rapped again for exaggerated infant follow-on formula claims, this time in conjunction...

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