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Milk’s fat content may influence tea’s antioxidants

The choice of adding full-fat or skimmed milk to tea may influence the antioxidant capacity of the beverage, says new research from the UK which may have public health implications.

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Yakult submits 13.5 health claim for respiratory health

Probiotic leader Yakult Europe has submitted a health claims dossier for its famous Lactobacillus casei strain Shirota via article 13.5 (emerging and proprietary claims).

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What's the colour of money? Bonuses should be green

Never before has the dangling of golden carrots in the boardroom been so closely scrutinised. DSM and others’ decisions to ensure those carrots have green shoots of sustainability attached to...

‘Huge discrepancies’ between herbal and vitamin health claim requirements: Consultant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is applying one standard of evidence for herbal products and another for vitamins and minerals in assessing health claim data, according to French consultancy,...

EU Commissioner urged to make claims regulation 'a win-win' for all

Using article 13.5, the proprietary and emerging science route, for article 13.1 claims revision would seem to fly in the face of the goal of EU health claims regulation, which...

Vitamin combo may delay ageing: Mouse study

A cocktail of vitamins, minerals and herbals may delay the major aspects of the ageing process and extend lifespan by 10 per cent, according to a mouse study from Canada.

DHA brain benefits may extend to middle age

Increased intakes of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenonic acid) may improve mental function in middle age people, suggests a new study from the US.

Cranberry waste may lead to alternative ingredients

Cranberry pomace, a by-product of the juicing process, may be extruded to produce a range of polyphenol-rich ingredients for use in supplements or functional foods, says a new study.

Batch two fall-out: Goodbye article 13.1, hello article 13.5

Article 13.1 health claims are being rejigged and resubmitted under the proprietary and emerging science, article 13.5, after EFSA rejected all but a few submissions in its second batch of...

BASF Q4 provides up-tick to an otherwise weak 2009

BASF said that an improved fourth quarter performance led to a profit, rounding off an otherwise disappointing year for the chemicals giant.

EFSA mass rejects probiotics and antioxidants as article 13.1 batch two published

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued negative opinions to ‘most’ of 416 health claim dossiers including submissions linking health benefits to vitamin D, probiotics, green tea, black tea,...

Multivitamins may help weight loss in obese women

Supplements of multivitamins and minerals may help reduce body weight and improve blood fat levels, according to results of a clinical trial in obese Chinese women.

High calcium intakes may improve male survival: Study

Intakes of calcium above the recommended daily levels may reduce the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer by 25 per cent, says a new study from Sweden.

EFSA to hold May health claims summit

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will host a May summit at its Italian headquarters that will provide a rare opportunity for direct dialogue between stakeholders and the agency’s health...

Lack of established risk factors hampers research: Cantox

Cantox Health Science International’s Canadian-based, Food and Nutrition associate director, Kathy Musa-Velosa PhD, tells Shane Starling about how risk factors and biomarkers are being used as measures for disease reduction...

Nutrition bright for DSM; pharma benefits from flu vaccines

After a period of de-stocking in the first half of 2009, DSM’s nutrition business has weathered the economic slump well; pharma, too, picked up speed towards the end of the...

EFSA: healthy population extrapolation possible if data backs it

Trial results gained from targeted populations such as those with disease can be extrapolated into normal populations to back health claims, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

EFSA chief: many dossiers in new batch of article 13.1 opinions "insufficient"

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) executive director, Catherine Geslain- Lanéelle, has told the Nutrition and Lifestyle conference in Brussels this morning that many of Thursday’s article 13.1 opinions have...

Omega-3 may boost brain function in boys: Study

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may alter the function of the brain associated with working memory, according to results of a new study with healthy boys.

Special edition: Antioxidants

Regulation: inching beyond implied health claims

In the final instalment in this series about antioxidants, NutraIngredients scans the regulatory landscape to see how the science backing the nutrient is being translated into law.

Antioxidants may help lower diabetes rates, study

Higher consumption of antioxidants in the diet in order to lower the rate of diabetes should be made a public health priority, according to a new study.

Omega-3, vitamins, minerals may reduce aggressive behaviour

Supplements of omega-3s, vitamins and minerals for prisoners may reduce the number of violent and aggressive episodes in prisoners, according to a new study from The Netherlands.

Irish firms target functional foods acceptance

Forming partnerships and tapping external resources can be the winning ticket in the functional foods market, says Enterprise Ireland, which is sponsoring an event on consumer and regulatory acceptance next...

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Resveratrol conference to produce research recommendations

Scientists from around the world will converge on Denmark in September to collect and summarise current knowledge of resveratrol, and make recommendations for the future’s research.

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Banning energy drinks is a doomed shot in the dark

Energy shot drinks have come under fire from German authorities which are employing an old-school prohibition logic that history has repeatedly dunce-hatted.

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