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Public sector funding boosting functional foods innovation in Spain

Andalusian public policies for research in the functional foods sector have achieved significant results, with many scientific groups of international renown being attracted to the region, according to a journal...

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Cognis for sale despite IPO plan

Private equity-owned Cognis is still being offered for sale by Permira and Goldman Sachs, according to reports, even though plans are already underway for an IPO.

Cactus extract may help manage weight, water loss

Supplements of a cactus extract may reduce weight gain while acting as a diuretic, according to data from studies with rats and humans.

Green tea may boost oral health, reduce tooth loss

Drinking one cup of green tea may improve dental health and reduce the risk of loosing teeth by about 20 per cent, according to a new study from Japan.

Trials prove efficacy of fibre and multivitamin chocolate fortification, says Herza

German chocolate ingredient supplier, Herza Schokolade, said it has recently concluded a series of trials on the incorporation of health boosting ingredients into chocolate based on the hike in demand...

UK investigates baby milk marketing enforcement

A UK government committee looking into European Union baby milk marketing laws has raised issues with local enforcement procedures which it says need to be addressed.

Cargill says EFSA health claim will transform beverage fibre fortunes

Cargill has revealed that its Barliv barley betafibre is finally poised to make its way into beverage products following a favourable EFSA opinion for a beta-glucan health claim.

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EU Health Commissioner drops in on EFSA

John Dalli, the European Commissioner for Health and Consumer Policy met with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week with health claims one of the many topics on the...

Coffee’s anti-diabetes benefit strengthen

Regular coffee drinking may reduce levels of inflammatory markers linked to diabetes, according to new findings from a human study.

Omega-3-rich meals have blood vessel benefits: Study

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may improve blood vessel health following a meal, says a new study from the UK.


The HVP recall: Damage control déjà vu

Not again! It emerged last week that Basic Food Flavors, the company behind the ongoing HVP recall, knew its products were tainted with salmonella but carried on shipping them anyway....

Raisio set to drive European healthy snacks market, analyst

Raisio’s acquisition of UK premium snacking company Glisten will provide the Finnish group with a platform from which to drive the healthy snacking market in central European countries such as...

UK FSA gives thumbs up to nanotechnology database

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) Board last week accepted a recommendation in a House of Lords Science and Technology Committee report to compile a confidential database of food industry research...

Magnesium may decrease colon cancer risk: Study

Increased intakes of magnesium may reduce a man’s risk of colon cancer by over 50 per cent, says a new observational study from Japan.

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Study fails to support vit D, calcium for fracture protection

Daily supplements of vitamin D and calcium may not reduce the risk of fracture in postmenopausal women, says a new study.

Nutrigenomics point the way to anti-inflammatory supplements

A supplement containing nutrients selected for their anti-inflammatory action may lead to significant metabolic changes in overweight people, as shown by new nutrigenomic research.

CoQ10 bioavailability boost from cyclodextrin complex

Delivering co-enzyme Q10 complexed with beta-cyclodextrin may increase the bioavailability of the nutrient, with the benefits experienced by all, according to a new study.

Antioxidants: Supporting the science, getting the health claim

Following the latest negative opinions from EFSA regarding Antioxidant health claims, where do we go from here? The NutraIngredients Antioxidants 2010 Conference will lift the lid on current situation, ongoing...

Glanbia sale could clear way for nutritional acquisitions

Glanbia is expected to make acquisitions in the nutritional ingredients sector if the mooted sale of its Dairy Ireland business goes ahead.

Berries may reduce risk factors for metabolic disorders

A diet rich in berries may reduce levels of inflammatory markers associated with liver health and metabolic syndrome, says a new study from Finland.

Vitamin A’s role in energy production identified by scientists

Vitamin A may play a critical role in production of energy in our cells, says an international team of researchers who claim to have solved the “nearly 100-year-old question” of...

BASF taps into sustainability as a means of cutting costs

BASF was hard hit by the global downturn in 2009 and is turning to sustainability measures as a means of cutting costs and getting the business back on track.

Resistant starch ‘dose’ controls satiety effects: Study

The ability of resistant starch to promote the feeling of fullness is dependent on the size of the ‘dose’, according to a new study from Canada.

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Indena attains standard for environmental management

Italy’s Indena has been granted the ISO14001 certification for its main production site of Settala (Milan) as the company continues to reduce its environmental impact.

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have similar criteria in place when it comes to evaluating health claim-backing evidence – both prefer human intervention trials.