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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.

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Balchem hires de Boer to build Euro business

Balchem Corporation has hired a new European sales manager to manage its European choline business, and introduce new products and technologies.

Chilli extract may prevent obesity complications: Study

Dietary intakes of capsaicin, the compound that gives red pepper its heat, may prevent the development of diabetes-like symptoms in obese people, says a new study with mice.

Devil not so bad in EFSA health claim details

At first glance yesterday’s publication of the first batch of 94 article 13.1 health claim opinions, is a worst-case scenario for industry, with claims for the likes of omega-3s, beta-glucan,...

Article 13.1: winners and losers

Botanicals, probiotics and weight management claims were the big losers in yesterday’s first batch of article 13.1 claims, with not a positive opinion among them.

Meta-analysis supports safety of soy, red clover

Phytoestrogens like soy and red clover isoflavones pose no safety issues with regards to heart health and breast cancer risk, according to a new meta-analysis from Austria.

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Naturex and Natraceutical Group formalise merger

Naturex and Natraceutical Group have formalised contracts yesterday for the €110m merger of their ingredients businesses.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA says yes to third of first Article 13.1 claims

Around one third of the first batch of article 13.1 health claim applications have drawn positive opinions from EFSA. Professor Albert Flynn, the head of EFSA’s health claims assessment panel,...

Naturex builds sports case for Powergrape

Supplements containing a Naturex grape extract may improve the performance of elite athletes during competition, according to a new study.

FSA seeks views on food supplement amendments

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for comments on proposals to permit the continued use of 67 vitamin and mineral sources in England.

FSA opposes omega-3 claims that would ‘mislead consumers’

With the doors closed on an EC meeting due to decide the future of omega-3 nutrient content claims, the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has suggested it opposes the proposed...

Omega-3 may protect diabetics from heart failure

Increased intakes of omega-3 fatty acids may protect diabetics from heart failure, according to a new study from the Netherlands.

Scientists unite to stop omega-3 ‘Euro-mad rush’

Twenty one of the world’s leading omega-3 scientists have petitioned the European Commission in a last-ditch effort to convince EU rule makers its omega-3 nutrition labelling plans are flawed and...