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Frutarom unveils symbolic new branding

Frutarom has launched a new branding image across its global operations, which aims to express its combined focus on health, innovation, creativity and excellence.

Lallemand puts spotlight on immune-benefits for probiotics

Immune health from gut health is not too obscure for consumers, but work needs to be done on identifying the mechanisms involved, said the conclusions from a two-day meeting in...

Red Bull: EFSA taurine rejection won’t affect energy claims

Global energy drinks leader, Red Bull, says the recent rejection of taurine-based energy health claims by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) won’t have any bearing on its own claim-making....

Over-fishing no threat to krill harvest, says industry

Krill harvesting in the Southern Ocean is sustainable, despite fears that super swarms of the tiny crustaceans could lead to over fishing, claim two companies which rely on krill to...

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Finns ban breast enhancement ‘miracle herb’

Finnish authorities have banned products based on the Thai herb, Pueraria mirifica, because it does not have European Union novel foods approval.

Green tea may ease mental distress: Study

Drinking five cups of green tea per day may reduce the incidence of psychological distress by 20 per cent, says a new study from Japan.

Antioxidants may protect pilots from DNA damage

Increased intakes of vitamins C and E and other antioxidants from the diet may protect against DNA damage in people exposed to ionizing radiation such as pilots, says a new...

No culture shock in DSM 'behavioural change'

DSM Nutritional Products’ Quality for Life program turned one recently. Shane Starling joined the company at its headquarters near Basel in Switzerland and spoke with its director of quality management,...

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Soda tax: A lot of froth over freedom

Is taxing soda really an evil plan to curb your individual freedom? Conspiracy theories aside, perhaps it’s simply a sensible scheme to tackle obesity when personal choice has failed.

B vitamins fail to reduce heart-health problems: Cochrane Review

Supplements of B6, B12 or folate do not affect cardiovascular health, despite lowering homocysteine levels, says a prestigious Cochrane review.

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Poland agrees to Raisio marge sale

The Polish competition authorities have agreed to Raisio’s plan to sell its margarine business to Bunge, meaning the €80m deal can go ahead.

Industry calls Cochrane vitamin B review 'misleading'

The Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) and the International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) are both disputing the Cochrane Scientific Review’s conclusion that B vitamins should not be recommended...

Vitamin D recommendations don’t prevent elderly falls: Meta-analysis

Existing recommendations for vitamin D are inadequate to prevent falls amongst the elderly, according to a new meta-analysis from a team of international scientists.

Red Bull makes European energy shot debut

The UK’s emerging energy shots market has lured Red Bull into selecting the country for the European launch of its own energy shots products.

Green-lipped mussel supplier welcomes EFSA rejection

The green-lipped mussel extract market will benefit from the negative joint health claim opinion delivered by the European Food safety Authority (EFSA) last week because it has highlighted one-size-fits-all problems...

Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how folate in green leafy vegetables and fortified flours may protect against...

Freeze-dried strawberries may slash cholesterol levels

Supplements of a freeze-dried strawberry may improve cholesterol levels by about five per cent, according to a study with overweight women.

Omega-3 may prevent age-related sight loss

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may reduce the risk of developing age-related blindness by 30 per cent, says a new study from the US National Eye Institute.

Scientists question EFSA probiotic logic

Three University of Reading scientists wrote to the European Commission in July expressing concern about EFSA’s approach to evaluating probiotic article 13.1 dossiers.

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Probiotics player signs Denmark deal

Sedish probiotics specialist, BioGaia, has enlisted Danish firm, Pharma Nord, to sell its own-branded probiotic tablets and drops in Denmark.

Firmenich plans post-recession with partnerships, innovation

Sweet goods, snacks and soups were amongst the categories that performed well for Firmenich in a recession struck year in which sales fell 4.3 per cent overall

Inulin-polyphenol innovation may offer weight loss opportunities

A combination of inulin fibre, green coffee polyphenols, and nut polyphenols could help with weight loss, in addition to promoting digestive comfort, according to its inventor.

Scientists protest as EC validates omega-3 labelling rule

The group of international scientists that last week petitioned the European Commission to amend a mooted omega-3 labelling regulation they believe would confuse consumers, have vowed to continue their fight...

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Health claims convention ponders uncertain future

About 80 representatives from some of the biggest functional foods and ingredients companies in Europe attended a health claims seminar in Brussels yesterday, with the need for better trial design...

Yoghurt group unfazed by mass probiotics rejection

The European Food Safety Authority’s mass rejection of probiotic dossiers is not the disaster it appears if ‘technical’ obstacles can be overcome, according to a group that represents the biggest...