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EU grants second krill novel foods approval

Norwegian omega-3 supplier, JFM Sunile AS, has won European Union approval for its krill ingredient under novel foods substantial equivalence rules.

Supplement weakness dampens Cognis nutrition sales

Cognis has reported a 6.8 per cent decline in nutritional and health product revenue for the first 9 months of 2009 as the European market weakens and supplement sales slump.

Herbal mint 'tea' could be effective pain reliever

An herbal mint tea is as effective at relieving pain as an aspirin-style drug, claims new research.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA issues positive iodine and iron health claim opinions

Iodine and iron have both been shown to benefit children’s development by European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists under article 14 of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation.

DSM launches new health drink premixes

DSM has unveiled a range of instant beverage premixes packed with nutrients to allow formulators to easily turn ordinary soft drinks into specific health products.

Frutarom results herald more acquisitions next year

Frutarom has reported a rise in net profit of 6.3 per cent to US$10m in the third quarter of this year and pledged to continue its acquisition strategy.

Exclusive interview

Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

Naturex president and chief executive officer, Jacques Dikansky, tells Shane Starling why in August the French botanicals giant bought Spanish supplier, Natraceutical Group, to double its size for the third...

Flaxseed oil cuts osteoporosis risk in diabetic, older women - study

Flaxseed oil may reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women with diabetes and those who are post-menopausal, according to a new study.

Chr Hansen adds Australian probiotic to portfolio

Leading probiotics supplier, Chr Hansen, has inked a deal with Australian start-up, Probiomics, that will see it distribute a strain initial trials indicate has immunity benefits.


Food prices face a welcome perfect storm

There’s a perfect storm building for food prices. You don’t have to scan the horizon to see the signs; the clouds are developing all around us - at a faster...

Resveratrol could prove HRT alternative, study

Treatment based on resveratrol could be a safer alternative to hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in postmenopausal women and could help prevent breast cancer, according to a new study.

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UK FSA announces post-merger reshuffle

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) has announced a reshuffle of personnel following its merger with the Meat Hygiene Service (MHS), creating two senior job opportunities.

Ocean Spray launches whole cranberries

Ocean Spray is now offering whole dried cranberries as ingredients, to help raise confectionery and snack products into the premium category.

EFSA expands on article 13.1 health claim methods

Health claims backed by studies carried out on non-healthy populations are capable of winning positive opinions according to an EFSA assessment of its own methods sent to the European Commission...

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IADSA meeting to clarify Brazilian regulatory demands

The International Alliance of Dietary/Food Supplement Associations (IADSA) is hosting a workshop in Brazil to discuss regulatory issues in the country and boost success

Dispatches from FiE

Food sector at the forefront of sustainability, says Oxfam

Food and beverage manufacturers are driving sustainability in the supply chain, says an Oxfam specialist, but they face more risks in catering to demand for ethically-produced products than retailers.

Resistant starch may cut food intakes: Study

Adding resistant starch to breakfast and lunch meals may reduce the amount of calories consumed over a 24-hour period by about 10 per cent, says a new study.

Yeast ingredient shows promise for reducing airborne allergies

Supplementation with a yeast fermentate may improve allergy symptoms like runny nose, according to the results of randomised clinical trial.

Dispatches from FIE

Provexis enjoys fruits of health claims victory

Provexis chief executive officer, Stephen Moon tells Shane Starling why becoming the first company to achieve an article 13.5 proprietary health claim has been such a boon to his company.

Dispatches from FIE

Bailiffs confiscate Aker krill products at FIE

The ongoing feud between the world’s biggest krill oil suppliers, Neptune Technologies and Bioresources and Aker Biomarine, has intensified after Aker products and materials were cleared from its stand by...

Folic acid study misleads claims supplement industry

A recent study linking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements with higher risks of cancer is misleading, claim two trade associations representing dietary supplement manufacturers and ingredient suppliers.

Food firms: cash number one barrier to innovation

More than one in two food and beverage businesses cite cash as the number one barrier to innovation, finds a survey of decision-makers.

Folic acid supplements lift cancer risk: Study

UK and Australian food safety officials should pay particular attention to a new study linking folic acid and vitamin B12 supplements with higher risks of cancer, according to the lead...

The changing face of omega-3 supply

The omega-3 marine-sourced supply chain is changing as the success of the ingredient attracts new players. Bjorn Refsum, managing director of leading supplier, EPAX and sales manager, Baldur Hjaltson, discuss...

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FSA announces GM steering group members

The FSA has named the group members of a steering group that will shape and manage forthcoming consumer dialogue work on genetic modification (GM) in food.