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Food supplements are Europe's real counterfeit drug problem says AIFA expert

Drug active ingredients in food supplements are Europe’s real falsified medicines problem according to the head of AIFA’s counterfeit prevention team.

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of that have remained within the confines of the 127.3m-strong nation with the world's...

Hot political potatoes: DG SANCO head talks suspended caffeine and bowel botanical claims

The pending health claims for caffeine and bowel-function botanical hydroxyanthracene are the "hot potatoes" being dealt with by EFSA and the European Commission, according to the head of the Commission's...

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will...

'It's a great change...': Japanese food industry readies for new health claim laws in 2015

Japan’s innovative but restricted €25bn functional foods and food supplements sector is about to be handed a set of game-changing marketing keys by the government, industry players told us at...

Glucosamine can inhibit colon inflammation in IBD: Mouse study

Glucosamine chito-oligosaccharides may reduce tissue damage for those with inflammatory bowel disease, according to research with mice.

Food-drug interactions may endanger mountaineers' health

Food and nutrients may pose a risk to mountaineers' health if combined with drugs not under strict control, according to a study conducted at the University of the Basque Country.

Dutch authority detects pharma ingredients in herbal weight loss supps

Herbal food supplements purporting to reduce weight may contain unlabelled pharma ingredients, according to a report from Dutch food safety experts.

'Jacked Power' pre-workout supplement under investigation following woman’s brain haemorrhage

Doctors investigating a Swedish woman’s brain haemorrhage have pointed the finger at the pre-workout food supplement Jacked Power – warning that the event could have been triggered by ingredients chemically...

Kellogg UK drops cholesterol-management cereal Optivita

The Kellogg Company has delisted its oat-based Optivita brand in the UK following a decline in consumer demand, but one analyst says the cereal could have suffered from health claim...

Special edition: Inside Europe's food supplements market

Eastern European food supplements markets confront contamination issues

Eastern European nations need to take greater actions to combat contamination in food supplements, according to one expert on product testing for illegal substances.

Scientists claim improved ‘on the spot’ sibutramine testing

Scientists have provided ‘proof of principle’ that a type of spectroscopy can rapidly detect the presence of the banned substance sibutramine – the most prolific adulterant in weight loss food...

Mangos may lower blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Consumption of freeze-dried mango may reduce blood glucose levels for obese individuals, according to researchers. 

ENSA: Soy-breast cancer study not reflective of ‘state of scientific knowledge’

The soy industry has hit back at a recent study that suggested soy supplementation could worsen rather than ameliorate breast cancer by influencing gene behaviour.

Probiotics easier to market as drugs than foods: PRI

The EU’s strict nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) which has barred all probiotic claims means 'living microorganism'-based products could be easier to bring to market as drugs, a 4-year-old...

Omega-3s and vitamin D first focus for Global Nutrition & Health Alliance

The just-formed Global Nutrition & Health Alliance (GNHA) is tackling intake levels for vitamin D and omega-3 as the group formed by medical and health experts kicks into life.

'It’s taken a year to explain our chondroitin doesn’t come from carcasses left out in the sun': Danish supplier

Danish firm ZPD has won EU food approval for its chondroitin sulfate – a process that has been riddled by misapprehension and prejudice, the company says.

Personalised nutrition expected to blossom in the UK, says Canadean

DNA-based nutrition is set to grow in the UK as 10.3% of food consumption is motivated by a desire for personalised products, according to a Canadean survey.

French issue red yeast rice warning after 25 adverse events in 5 years

The French food agency (ANSES) has issued a warning against EU-backed cholesterol-managing nutrient red yeast rice after last year raising a red flag due to 25 illness since 2009.

Huge 40-year, 180,000 woman cohort shows flavanols can reduce ovarian cancer risk

Regular consumption of flavanols and flavanone bioactive compounds, found in tea, citrus fruits and fruit juices, can lower the risk of ovarian cancer by as much as 21%, according to...

Arla pours €38m into facility to meet whey demand

Dairy giant Arla's ingredients business is building a new whey processing facility for €38m to meet rising demand for the dairy fraction in infant, sports and clinical nutrition.

From the Vitafoods Live! vault

Can the rise of medical foods tackle ‘unsustainable’ public healthcare costs?

Pharmaceutical-reliant public healthcare systems are unsustainably expensive and governments around the world know it, but can medical foods go part way to breaching the gap and delivering real savings? Panellists...

Diet could enhance immunity among the elderly: Researchers

Proper nutrition could strengthen immunity in older age and thus prevent diseases, according to two recent UK studies.

Guest article

Danone sets its sights on becoming number one in milk formula as it is rumoured to be selling its medical nutrition business

Will Danone silence the rumour mill by selling its medical nutrition business? Euromonitor health and wellness analyst Diana Cowland explains why the sale makes sense for the world's biggest yoghurt...

Guest article

Red Queen Rules: Understanding nutra space acquisition and evolution

By analysing the long-lasting commitments and acquisition activity of major companies Dr Matthew Jones at CPL Business Consultants uses the Red Queen theory to develop an understanding of their corporate...