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EFSA to hold May health claims summit

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will host a May summit at its Italian headquarters that will provide a rare opportunity for direct dialogue between stakeholders and the agency’s health...

Lack of established risk factors hampers research: Cantox

Cantox Health Science International’s Canadian-based, Food and Nutrition associate director, Kathy Musa-Velosa PhD, tells Shane Starling about how risk factors and biomarkers are being used as measures for disease reduction...

Nutrition bright for DSM; pharma benefits from flu vaccines

After a period of de-stocking in the first half of 2009, DSM’s nutrition business has weathered the economic slump well; pharma, too, picked up speed towards the end of the...

EFSA: healthy population extrapolation possible if data backs it

Trial results gained from targeted populations such as those with disease can be extrapolated into normal populations to back health claims, the head of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

EFSA chief: many dossiers in new batch of article 13.1 opinions "insufficient"

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) executive director, Catherine Geslain- Lanéelle, has told the Nutrition and Lifestyle conference in Brussels this morning that many of Thursday’s article 13.1 opinions have...

Omega-3 may boost brain function in boys: Study

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexaenoic acid) may alter the function of the brain associated with working memory, according to results of a new study with healthy boys.

Special edition: Antioxidants

Regulation: inching beyond implied health claims

In the final instalment in this series about antioxidants, NutraIngredients scans the regulatory landscape to see how the science backing the nutrient is being translated into law.

Antioxidants may help lower diabetes rates, study

Higher consumption of antioxidants in the diet in order to lower the rate of diabetes should be made a public health priority, according to a new study.

Omega-3, vitamins, minerals may reduce aggressive behaviour

Supplements of omega-3s, vitamins and minerals for prisoners may reduce the number of violent and aggressive episodes in prisoners, according to a new study from The Netherlands.

Irish firms target functional foods acceptance

Forming partnerships and tapping external resources can be the winning ticket in the functional foods market, says Enterprise Ireland, which is sponsoring an event on consumer and regulatory acceptance next...

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Resveratrol conference to produce research recommendations

Scientists from around the world will converge on Denmark in September to collect and summarise current knowledge of resveratrol, and make recommendations for the future’s research.


Banning energy drinks is a doomed shot in the dark

Energy shot drinks have come under fire from German authorities which are employing an old-school prohibition logic that history has repeatedly dunce-hatted.

Folic acid supplements may reduce pre-term births

Maintaining supplementation with folic acid through to the third trimester of pregnancy may reduce the risk of preterm births, says a new study from Hungary.

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Vit C supplements may increase cataract risk: Study

Middle-aged and elderly women using vitamin C supplements may be at increased risk of age-related cataracts, suggests a new observational study from Sweden.

UK food sector ripe for science jobs, survey

New opportunities for food scientists are expected to open up in 2010, according to a recruitment specialist, as the sector has weathered the recession relatively well and is taken advantage...

Special edition: antioxidants

Super veg look set to walk the antioxidant red carpet

“I'm strong to the finish when I eats me spinach,” said Popeye the sailor man, and he could have snatched Olive Oyl from the clutches of Bluto with even more...

Special edition: Antioxidants

Gaining benefits from leaf and bean: Antioxidants in tea and coffee

In the fourth part of our series on antioxidants, NutraIngredients looks at coffee and tea – two products seen increasingly as functional beverages for their antioxidant content.

Science builds for cardiovascular benefits of dairy proteins

A combination of milk proteins may reduce hardening of the arteries, says a new study from Valio that support the cardiovascular benefits of the dairy peptides.

Deal set to push probiotics firm into Japanese baby food market

Bio Gaia has signed an exclusive dealership agreement with Japan's largest food and supplement wholesaler in a move, the Swedish probiotics supplier said, will help open new markets such as...

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Grant to help build new sports nutrition plant

A UK distributor of sports nutrition products has been awarded a grant so that it can bring production in house and open a new manufacturing facility ahead of the Olympics...

Special edition: Antioxidants

Differentiation holds the key to antioxidant success: Expert

In the third part of our series on antioxidants, NutraIngredients talks to Jeff Blumberg, professor of antioxidants at Tuft University, and finds out why we need differentiation in the antioxidant...

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Naturex Foundation reports progress in Morocco, Peru and India

The Naturex Foundation, an initiative of French ingredients firm Naturex, has reported good progress on its three ongoing community projects in places from where it sources raw materials.

EFSA finds no safety concern over food supplement coating

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) found that the use of basic methacrylate polymer (BMC), a substance long used for similar purposes in pharmaceutical products, has no safety concerns as...

EU weight management and sports claims under threat: consultant

Nutrition claims such as low-GI that have not made it onto official annex of the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) register have technically been illegal since January 19...

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Red yeast rice not a novel food, says EC panel

Fermented red yeast rice can be used in supplements without novel foods approval, says an EC panel following evidence of prior use in Italy.