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Weighing up the responsibility: Should obesity be classed as a disability?

If the European Court redefines obesity as a disability, the rules of responsibility could shift horribly away from the parties involved - including the food industry.   

"There's likely to be a huge difference between the pharmaceutical-grade probiotics that show promise in clinical trials and the 'probiotic' yoghurts and supplements sold in shop": NHS

NHS probiotics advice 'flagrant understatement': ISAPP

Probiotics association says the UK's updated National Health Service (NHS) advice on probiotics underestimates the potential health benefits of probiotics outside the digestive tract. 

Leatherhead consults on health claims advertising - the ‘missing bit of the jigsaw’

Functional food firms often stumble on communicating health claims in the public domain, says Leatherhead Food Research as it launches a marketing and claims advisory service.

DSM launches consumer facing product range under OatWell brand

DSM will market its OatWell beta-glucan ingredient direct to the public in its first ever direct-to-consumer product ranges.

Roquette opens 4-5000 tonne chlorella processing facility in France

French supplier Roquette has advanced its commitment to the chlorella and algae extract market by inaugurating a 4-5000 tonne a year chlorella facility at its HQ near Lille in northern...

We want to give back to nutrition industry with our scientific research, says Swisse Wellness CEO

Swisse Wellness will look utilise its ‘power brand’ status to give back to nutrition by investing in new research and clinical trials that will benefit everybody, says CEO Radek Sali.

WPC recall-impacted Nutricia NZ reports 97% profits drop

Nutricia Limited, the Danone-owned New Zealand infant formula business hit by last year's Fonterra whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, reported a 97% drop in profits in 2013.

Herbal industry increasingly backed by data, Rainbow Light's new science director says

The transformation of Rainbow Light mirrors that of the herbal industry as a whole, the company's new director of integrative science says.  Christopher Hobbs, a fairly newly-minted PhD, has worked...

New HFMA chair promises to battle ‘seemingly impossible amount’ of EU laws

Vitabiotics’ Robert Taylor will be the new chairman of the UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) succeeding Lynn Lord who has left after a year in the post. Ray Myers...

Creatine-enriched, high-protein Cyclone Milk 'world's first': MaxiNutrition

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) brand MaxiNutrition has launched what it claims is the world’s first high-protein milk drink containing 3g of liquid creatine.

Patent watch

Nestlé files patent for bite-size sports snacks

Nestlé has filed a patent for high-carb and high-protein bite-size dough snacks for athletes and health-conscious consumers looking to manage nutritional intake before and during exercise.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

French supplements market set for return to 10%+ growth after a ‘not very good’ year

The French food supplements market is set for double digit growth this year as the sector adapts to changing EU regulations around health claims, according to the chairman of the...

News in brief

Indevex to distribute NGCTM formula in Japan through Asahi agreement

Swedish biotech company Indevex has joined its Symrise KK Far East partner in a supply and licence agreement with Asahi Food and Healthcare to distribute NGCTM Nutrition Formula in Japan,...

How can firms make claim research successes their own, not their competitors’?

Companies have to be clever about proprietary research, and plant extracts may hold unique opportunities in this respect, according to a food and nutrition industry consultant.

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being...

A North Atlantic first: Pharma Marine wins MSC omega-3 source backing

Supplements firm Pharma Marine has won Marine Steward Council (MSC) Chain of Custody standard for its by-product ingredient line CodMarine, but it’s critical other supplement players follow suit in addressing...

Not on our turf, says NHS, as boycott has Nestlé-sponsored event cancelled

A Scottish public health conference has been cancelled after senior NHS figures urged attendees to boycott the event in protest against its commercial sponsor, Nestlé.

World Environment Day - June 5 2014 - Driving action on climate change

Sustainable food: Cut the greenwashing and act now, says Food Tank

Food manufacturers don’t understand the urgency of sustainability and need to act faster, but also communicate actions better with consumers, says the president of global NGO Food Tank.

DuPont adds cholesterol-fighting probiotic in deal with Spanish company

DuPont Nutrition and Health teamed up with a Spanish company to add a probiotic formulation targeting healthy cholesterol levels to its HOWARU line of probiotics.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players...

US hospital infant formula sample giveaways 'not violation of WHO Code'

The International Formula Council (IFC) has dismissed claims that the US practice of providing free hospital discharge bags containing samples of infant formula is in violation of the International Code...

Spanish probiotic to feature in 10 EU countries for mastitis

Spanish supplier Biosearch Life has signed a deal with an Austrian pharma firm to supply its breast milk probiotic-based strain to food supplements in 10 central and eastern European countries.

“It is very old. It survived 2-3 mass extinctions on Earth.”

Portuguese player enters chlorella space

The increasingly busy nutra-algae space has a new player in Portuguese firm Allma which has already bagged ice cream and food concept contracts but is targeting all foods, supplements, cosmetics...

Analysis

‘Lazy’ Malaysian food companies need to learn how to innovate

Malaysian food companies are lazy in comparison to their counterparts north of the border in Thailand, and are not willing to experiment with formulations the way their neighbours have become...

‘The best way we can earn consumer trust is to give consumers more information’: IFOS expands services, launches new website

Consumer demands for more information and greater transparency are being met by a growing number of certifications in the dietary supplement and natural products industry. One such standard - the...

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