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Whether fish-derived or vegetarian, omega-3 has become a household term. Supplement sales continue to grow, and more and more foods are being fortified with the healthy fatty acids. But getting omega-3 foods into the mainstream remains a challenge.

Irish firm moves on omega-3, omega-6 encapsulation

Irish encapsulation specialist AnaBio has lodged a patent for encapsulation of long-chain fatty acids for use in infant formula and elsewhere.

Neptune's losses steepen as company nears end of recovery phase

Neptune Technologies and Bioressources absorbed a steep loss in the first quarter of its fiscal year as the company nears the end of its recovery from an explosion and fire...

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 bracket of 23% will discriminate against healthful products, according to The Irish Association of Health Stores (IAHS). ...

Mouse data: Omega-3s reduce osteoarthritis severity

Mice fed omega-3s had healthier joints than those fed diets high in saturated fats and omega-6 fatty acids, Duke University researchers say.

Hormel & Virun help ease omega-3 F&B fortification headaches

Think you need to pop pills to get a decent dose of omega-3? Think again, say Hormel and Virun

While food & beverage manufacturers have been fortifying their wares with omega-3 fatty acids EPA + DHA for years, few have been able to include anywhere close to the efficacious...

Fish, krill win sustainability seal

An Israeli krill oil supplier and a Norwegian fish oil supplier have both had aspects of their omega-3 supply chain verified by fisheries sustainability NGO, Friend of the Sea (FOS).

Brain health top of mind at Milan congress

Mounting epidemiological evidence suggests nutrient-rich but low-calorie diets and intake of B vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants stave off cognitive decline, experts gathered in Milan said last week.

Chia seed, tartary buckwheat gluten-free bread ticks nutritional boxes: Research

Gluten-free bread made with omega-3 and flavonoid-rich chia seed and tartary buckwheat flour has 12 times greater alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) content and 75% greater total antioxidant capacity than wheat bread,...

China

After much waiting, China establishes long-chain omega 3 guidelines

China has finally published official dietary reference intakes (DRIs) for EPA and DHA omega 3 fatty acids—a move that is expected to help thousands of its consumers who are at...

French omega-3 player scores in Brazil

Ambitious French omega-3 supplier Polaris has won approval to market its branded omega-3s in South America’s biggest nutraceutical market, Brazil.

How to win or lose on the functional foods market

Health matters but convenience matters more, according to a report that looked at why functional foods succeeded or failed in the market place.

ASA: Chia and flax ad should be ‘super-seeded’

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has upheld four complaints about the implied health claims of Bioglan ‘superfood’ chia and flax seeds.

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...

ADM enters into omega-3 market with partnership on algal DHA ingredient

Archer Daniels Midland Company has announced a move into the omega-3s space with a deal with privately-held Synthetic Genomics to develop and commercialize an algal DHA ingredient. The deal will...

Singapore

Scientists make brain breakthrough with long-term omega-3 potential

While research suggests the DHA omega-3 fatty acid is good for the brain, little has been understood about how it is absorbed. But now a new study by researchers in...

UK data shows most people do not meet healthy eating targets

The UK population is still consuming too much saturated fat, added sugars and salt and not enough fruit, vegetables, oily fish and fibre, says a new report.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Omega-3’s newest big fish reveals sector ambitions

Mid-last year the chief of Norwegian omega-3 player EPAX told us, “We are the last of the big omega-3 independents.” Soon after US agri-food company FMC had snapped it up for...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Meso-zeaxanthin’s road to EU novel approval – blindsided by commercial interests?

The discourse around eye health carotenoid meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) has been marred by commercial interests, according to supplement firm OmniActive Health Technologies.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Ingredia: Chia oil to boil bigger storm in Europe thanks to claims

Europe's rubber stamp on Ingredia’s Benexia chia oil, expected in June, will heat up appeal even more, claims its global director.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

EU chia oil approval will open up 'limited' dairy use: Ingredia

The passing of European legislation on the use of omega-3 rich chia oil will open up the use of trendy chia in dairy products, Ingredia Nutritional believes.

Vitafoods Live! debates to take aim at key industry issues

From infant formula, to additives, protein, medical foods and omega-3 issues, our team of expert journalists will be taking aim at the most important and topical issues for the global...

BASF Nutrition to hone omega-3, sell Norwegian factory and cut 260 jobs

BASF says it is honing in on its omega-3 business but will sell a recently acquired low-concentration omega-3 facility in Norway as it aims high-end.

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27 , that has health claim victories...

Krill oil (plus B vitamins, soy and rosemary) relieves PMS: Pilot study

Krill oil supplementation can relieve pre-menstrual stress disorder (PMS), according to a small pilot study.

Can industry-backed academic inventions spur increased innovation?

Industry-sponsored academic research leads to innovative patents and licenses, and may not skew science towards inventions that are less accessible and less useful to others, according to a new analysis.

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