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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...

Weight loss supplement ad deemed irresponsible

A London based company has been told by voluntary watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), to withdraw a magazine advert for a weight loss supplement as it was deemed to...

Red clover may counter depressive symptoms in older women

Post-menopausal women taking supplements of a red clover extract may experience fewer symptoms of depression and anxiety, says a new randomised trial from Austria.

Kemin and DSM commit to article 13.5 lutein submission

Leading lutein suppler Kemin Health will resubmit a lutein dossier under article 13.5 of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, after EFSA last week rejected an article 13.1...

UK politicians send 'strongly worded message to EC' on MPLs

Cross-party backing for the bid to keep high potency supplements on UK retail shelves is evidenced by a motion in the UK parliament today again calling for the EU Commission...

Antioxidants don’t work, says EFSA. So what next?

EFSA scientists say antioxidants don’t work, so what next for antioxidants? The NutraIngredients Antioxidants 2010 Conference will lift the lid on current situation, ongoing challenges, and future opportunities.

Omega-3 may boost lung function during sport

Supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve lung function of athletes during and after exercise, suggests a new study from Germany and Iran with wrestlers.

Apple fibres may boost immune health: Study

Soluble fibres like pectin from apples may reduce the inflammation associated with obesity-related diseases and strengthens the immune system, says a new study from the US.

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Fenchem rolls out contract manufacturing for supplements

 China’s Fenchem Biotek has announced the launch of a contract manufacturing service system for the dietary supplement market.  A spokesperson for the company told NutraIngredients...

EC can balance EFSA’s mass antioxidant rejection: ERNA

The European Food Safety Authority’s mass rejection of antioxidant foods and constituents including prunes, bananas, resveratrol, pomegranate and pine bark extract will provide an interesting test of the European Commission’s...

Berries antioxidants pass bioavailability test

Consumption of antioxidant-rich berries may double levels of polyphenols in the blood, says a new study from Finland that supports the fruit as a source of bioavailable compounds.

Low-GI health claims are ‘down, but not out’

While low-glycaemic index (low-GI) health claims have suffered a major setback following last week’s negative opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), it is “by no means the end...

Kellogg's seeks cereal weight claim approval under article 13.5

Kellogg’s has submitted an application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for approval of a weight health relationship claim under the proprietary and emerging science article 13.5 for generic...

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).


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.

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