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DEFRA gives GM camelina omega-3 project go-ahead

The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has granted permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants that accumulate omega-3s in their seeds....

Meso-zeaxanthin safety & QC debated

Neither illegal, unnatural nor unsafe, says meso-zeaxanthin defender

Meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) proponent says a French government report on the fraudulent use of meso-zeaxanthin in eye health supplements casts unnecessary doubt on a safe and viable compound. ...

Israeli firm targets military ration packs: 'We’ll sell to anybody'

Israeli company Easy Line says its products hold military ration pack potential, and it will be angling for export to any national military.

Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

French watchdog: Over 50% of eye health supps contain illegal meso-zeaxanthin

Over half of eye health supplements on the French market fraudulently contained meso-zeaxanthin, a cheaper and unauthorised stereoisomer of regular zeaxanthin, according to a two-year investigation by a French watchdog.

Lost in translation: Parlez-vous health claims?

Cross-border communication must be provided to combat the confusion caused by the 24 subtly different language versions of EU-approved health claims, as well as countless other cultural nuances, according to...

“Which way up was the umbrella? Did this review collect knowledge or shield us from it?”

BMJ vitamin D research attacked: 'un-nuanced', 'flawed', 'irresponsible

The ‘umbrella’ review of vitamin D studies that found a myriad of health links for the sunshine vitamin were unconfirmed in the scientific literature, has been criticised for containing too...

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing ingredient is 'no picnic' according to functional confectionery firm Carmit.

Breast microbiome more complex than previously thought: Study

The unique microbial composition of female breast tissue has given scientists new insight into the interaction between different bacteria in the human body and the effects this has on health.

UK ASA ruling

UK on diabetic supplement: Blood sugar link ok (but not diabetes)

The brand name of a food supplement aimed at diabetics called Diabetone is protected under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR), the UK advertising watchdog has found. But...

Ginkgo, evening primrose top massive EU-funded botanicals survey; 1-in-5 imbibe

Ginkgo, evening primrose, artichoke, aloe, fennel, valerian, soy, lemon balm, echinacea and blueberry are the most popular and 1-in-5 Europeans take plant food supplements (PFS), a 4-year study has concluded.

Infant nutrition sector has 'many issues' to overcome: Zenith

Despite "great growth potential", the infant nutrition sector still has “many issues” to overcome, Zenith International has claimed ahead of its first ever Infant Nutrition Conference....

Healthy midlife diet may prevent dementia later

Making healthy dietary choices in midlife could lower the risk of dementia in later years by almost 90%, according to new research.

External advisory board to help Chr. Hansen capitalise on microbiome science

An explosion in microbiome science has prompted Chr. Hansen to appoint a scientific advisory board of “internationally recognised thought leaders in the field” to explore new opportunities for using bacteria to improve...

Customer relationships are crucial to developing personalised nutrition offerings

If Personalised Nutritional Offerings (PNOs) are to gain a commercial foothold in the marketplace, lessons need to be learned and providers will have to change the way they approach customer...

A strawberry a day keeps the oxidative stress away?

Regular strawberry consumption may help the body fight oxidative stress by increasing immune cell defences, according to research.

Go wild for Ethiopian antioxidant mushrooms, say researchers

Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, with wild mushrooms proving stronger than cultivated, according to the first research looking at country’s edible offerings.

Gut bacteria to battle vitamin A deficiency: Could probiotics be modified to produce beta-carotene?

Research backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation could offer a new solution to the problem of vitamin A deficiency by creating modified gut bacteria, researchers told NutraIngredients.

Indena sees potential in Romania and Moldova

Romania and Moldova may still be small markets, but Indena says it sees in them what it saw in Poland 20 years ago.

Lingonberry moderates high-salt diet inflammation

Lingonberry juice slightly lowers low-grade inflammation in rats fed on a high-salt diet, according to scientists.

Sanofi to contest rebuffed sterol cholesterol claim, but it's no big deal

Sanofi-Aventis has said the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its application to broaden the already approved sterol-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to powdered supplements won’t affect the company commercially, but...

High-calorie diet may slow progression of motor neuron disease

Increasing caloric intake could be a relatively simple method for people with motor neurone disease to extend their life expectancy, according to new research.

UK reclassifies Bach flower as food supplement

The UK medicines agency has reclassified the ‘wellbeing’ botanical Bach flower as a food stuff, making it subject to EU health claim laws.

Emerging markets drive probiotic expansion for Swedish player

A focus on emerging markets has paid off for Swedish probiotics supplier BioGaia with sales and profits up in 2013.

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

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