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Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core...

Salmon bones set to be recycled as protein supplement

A novel process to extract digestible proteins from salmon waste is set to be piloted in Scotland, before being scaled up for worldwide supply.

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.

Germans unite on nutritive compound project

Two German firms are hoping to tap edible and other plants for nutritive compounds, with even staples like bananas and potatoes holding potential for molecular advance.

UK ASA Ruling

UK regulator turns ‘contrary’ over infant drink marketing, says campaigner

Danone Nutricia’s vindication from any wrongdoing in press adverts for Aptamil with Pronutra+ follow-on milk was described as “absurd” by Baby Milk Action (BMA), which filed a complaint with the UK’s Advertising...

“We want to understand the molecular relationships between nutrients and their effects on healthy individuals and patients at different stages of their lives.”

Bespoken for: Nestlé eyes ‘I-tamins’

Swiss-based Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) is teaming with a US analytics specialist to develop personalised vitamin solutions via ultra-sensitive lab techniques.

'If they are not included, they may be relegated to novel food hell'

And the losers were… BELFRIT’s missing botanicals compiled

Firms must fight the case of the botanicals that did not make it on the BELFRIT list, according to a consultant behind a comprehensive index of those excluded from the...

Study finds calcium fructoborate lessens knee pain

Calcium fructoborate may reduce knee pain as measured on two well-accepted scales, according to a recent study.

Pharma players want MHRA-licensed vitamin D prescribed, not supplements

New UK guidelines for vitamin D intake in the UK should recommend that only medically licensed products are prescribed and not food supplements, according to several pharma experts.

A metropolitan detox: Broccoli could be 'frugal, simple and safe' way of reducing risks of air pollution

Daily consumption of half a cup of a broccoli sprout beverage increased participants' ability to excrete the carcinogen benzene and lung irritant acrolein, according to research in China.

"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. 

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

Baby death linked to contaminated feed

Health authorities are probing the death of a baby linked to the suspected contamination of a food drip.

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more...

Anti antioxidants? Metformin treated worms live longer due to free radicals, study

Microscopic worms exposed to the diabetes medication metformin live longer because the drug makes them produce more free radicals according to a new study that has implications for human health and...

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.

Review links ulcerous stomach bacteria with obesity

The gradual decrease of the ulcer-causing stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori could be linked to the global obesity endemic, according to an international research review. 

Dispactches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Diet and cancer: Polyphenol trial data suggests significant clinical benefit for prostate cancer

A polyphenol-rich supplement containing broccoli, green tea, tumeric, and pomegranete - a combination known  as pomi-t - could have significant clinical benefits for men with prostate cancer, according to new...

Special edition: Eye health

Are doctors seeing the preventative eye health potential of carotenoids?

Carotenoids like lutein are well-documented to boost eye health yet the approach of the medical fraternity and some regulators lacks vision when it comes to prevention, says a leading professor...

Meso-zeaxanthin is pharma and needs holistic research beyond eye health, says expert

The meso-zeaxanthin cartenoid is a synthetic, quasi pharmaceutical that needs holistic research on whole body affects, says an eye health researcher.

Time to resolve EU slimming foods legal uncertainty: FSE

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE), the trade association that represents the interests of dietetic food manufacturers across the EU, has voiced concerns about the ‘current legal uncertainty’ surrounding slimming foods for...

Glucosamine wins legal battle to remain a food supplement in UK

Joint health nutrient glucosamine has won a “profound” legal case in the UK High Court that affirms its right to be sold as a food supplement after a Chinese pharma firm sought...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Emotional brain food for madam, and the caffeine source for you sir

When it comes to cognitive health products, women look for emotional ‘brain food’, while men look for caffeine sources, according to a survey of German students.

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

Old age and HEALTHY old age, there’s a difference industry should address: Euromonitor

In 2012 there were over 577 million people aged over 65 globally, but there remains a 7-year gap between life expectancy and healthy life expectancy, according to a Euromonitor analyst.

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