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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.

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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...

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EFSA to publish first 13.1 opinions tomorrow

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has again pushed back the deadline for the publication of its first article 13.1 health claim opinions – but has confirmed that these will...

Target women with energy drinks, says Mintel

UK consumers view energy drinks as value for money rather than a luxury, with sales for the products expected to soar over the next five years, according to the latest...

Danone splits from Wahaha; not talking to Mead

Danone’s troubled relationship with China’s Wahaha looks finally to be at an end; and rumours of a new deal with Mead Johnson over baby food are flatly denied.

Mutual recognition key to overcoming trade barriers: EAS

The newly effective mutual recognition regulation has again been praised by experts in the nutritional food industry as a means to overcome the challenge of a lack of harmonisation for...

Life under the Food Supplements Directive

The reality of the recently finalised Food Supplements Directive (FSD) positive list for vitamins and minerals is kicking in, as ingredients suppliers and supplements manufacturers reformulate to meet the Directive’s...

Time for a change? More food jobs around now

The UK food job market has seen an upturn in recent months, according to a recruitment expert, and it’s no longer a buyers market for those in the hiring seat....

Prebiotics may protect against travellers’ diarrhoea: Study

Supplements of a prebiotic galactooligosaccharide mixture may reduce the incidence of travellers’ diarrhoea by about 34 per cent, says a new study from the UK.

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Correction: Kraft moves closer to sterol approval down under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has recommended that Kraft be given approval for plans to use plant sterols in reduced fat cheese but no final permission has been given.

Naturex merger to double 2009 earnings

Naturex, the French-based botanicals giant that recently acquired the ingredients business of Spanish company, Natraceutical Group, will earn €185m in 2009 – up from its 2008 income of €93.2m, as...


The benefits of a probiotic witch hunt

Get your pitchforks ready! There are evil-doers out there! We’ve been conned: Probiotics don’t work. Dannon’s settling out of court, EFSA’s rejecting health claims, and the media is starting a...

Folic acid may also boost baby’s behaviour

Recommendations to increase folic acid intakes during the early stages of pregnancy may reduce mental and emotional health problems in children, says a new study.

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Finland: Ginger supplements dangerous for pregnant women

The Finnish food safety agency, Evira, has recommended warning labels for ginger supplements, after its Risk Assessment Unit highlighted dangers for consuming them for pregnant women.