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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,...


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...

Milk protein may protect premature babies from infection

Supplements of the milk protein lactoferrin alone or in combination with a probiotic the reduced incidence of infection in pre-term babies, says a new study.

Folate may prevent hearing loss in men

Increased intakes of folate and folic acid may reduce the risk of hearing loss in men by 20 per cent, says a new study from the US.

Consumer press highlights probiotic health claim failures

Last week’s European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions have received a lot of mainstream media attention in the UK national consumer press, with the probiotic claim rejections gaining...

Positive selenium health claim opinion welcomed

Lallemand’s functional food group, Lal’Food, has welcomed the positive opinion issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on a variety of health benefits for selenium.

Med-style diet may battle depression

Consuming a Mediterranean-style diet, rich in vegetables, fruits and nuts, olive oil, and legumes, may prevent depression, according to a new study from Spain.


Bad day at the EU health claims office

October 1 was not a good day for many in the functional foods and food supplements business in the European Union as the meaning of life under a highly restrictive...

UK warns against ‘herbal valium’

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a public warning against botanical products containing aconite.