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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.

Martek reaps regulatory omega-3 benefits

DHA omega-3 is one of the few ingredients to benefit from the European Union nutrition and health claims process so far, and Martek's VP of regulatory affairs, Rodney Gray, looks...

Omega-3 milk producer Ebro Puleva looks set to quit dairy category

Spanish food giant Ebro Puleva is set to depart the dairy category where its Puleva Omega-3 milk has been a pioneering product, following an agreement to sell off its dairy...

Gut health linked to excessive weight gain during pregnancy

The link between gut microflora populations and weight may also extend to pregnancy, with a new study revealing that women who gain excessive weight during pregnancy have different microfloral profiles.

Cocoa compounds may ease exercise-related heart function

Consumption of a beverage rich in cocoa flavanols may boost blood flow to the muscles and ease the demands on the heart during exercising, says a new study from Australia.

Institut Rosell-Lallemand acquires DSM probiotic line

Dutch chemical company, DSM has sold its LAFTI range of probiotic strains targeted at immunity enhancement to the Institut Rosell-Lallemand but is to retain the dairy segment.

Mathioudakis solves the case of the “missing claims”

Basil Mathioudakis, the Head of the European Commission unit on Food Law, Nutrition and Labelling tells Shane Starling how it came to be that a whole batch of European Union...

Low vitamin D may mean fatter, weaker muscles: Study

Insufficient blood levels of vitamin D may be associated with the accumulation of fat in muscle tissue, leading to lower muscle strength, says a new study.

CNI launches new fibre ingredient for drinks

Acacia gum specialist CNI has developed a new version of its Fibregum ingredient, which can be used to make fibre-enriched beverages.

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EFSA’s antioxidant rejections could be blessing in disguise

Timber! The latest axe blow from EFSA has fallen, and this time it has taken one of the biggest trees in the nutrition forest: Antioxidants. But let’s not mourn...

Vitamin D may play key role in immune system activation

Insufficient levels of vitamin D may reduce our immune system’s ability to react to infection, says new research from Denmark.

Probiotec builds on EU market meal replacement success

Celebrity Slim manufacturer, Probiotec, is planning major expansion in Europe as it sets up its first manufacturing base outside of Australia in Ireland.

‘We’ve had enough of EFSA’, says fed-up global probiotics group

After months of silence the director general of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has delivered a scathing attack on the European Food Safety Authority’s “flawed” health claim assessment methods.

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Agreements and JV’s help Anlit strengthen European operations

Key agreements and partnerships are helping Israeli child nutrition specialists Anlit expand into the growing health and wellness for children in the EU.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA dismisses memory claim for omega-3 child health product

UK-based omega-3 supplements brand, Equazen, has had a further Article 14 health claim for its Eye q product rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Study thickens the science of cocoa’s heart benefits

Regular consumption of cocoa flavanols may decrease blood pressure in people with mild hypertension, but only at high doses, says a new study from Australia.

Pine bark extract may benefit blood pressure-related kidney health

Supplements of an extract from French maritime pine bark may improve kidney health by improving blood flow and reducing the risk of hypertension-related kidney damage, says a new study.

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In defence of omega-3

The best way to survive a shark attack is to fight back, so say survivors. Events this week suggest the sharks may be beginning to circle the good ship omega-3,...

EFSA health claim opinion

Meal replacements win first EFSA weight management claim approval

Significant effects, study products that matched those on-market and biologically plausible mechanisms were cited by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as the major reasons why meal replacements won a...