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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.

Beneo Institute seeks to give functional foods “new oxygen”

The Beneo Group today launched the Beneo Institute – a new arm of its operation that will assist its customers innovate in increasingly complex and strict regulatory environments.

GAT Food Essentials wins functional food microencapsulation award

Microencapsulation specialist GAT Food Essentials has won the 2009 Frost & Sullivan European Functional Food & Beverage Microencapsulation Technology Innovation Award in recognition of its new water-in-oil-in-water technology.


Alleviation of hunger should top CSR agenda

Climate change dominates the CSR agenda but new USDA figures on food insecurity are a sharp reminder that alleviating poverty and hunger should always be the top priority.

Probiotics intake beneficial against infections in kids: study

Lactobacillus GG (LGG) can decrease the risk of upper respiratory tract infections including rhinitis, pharyngitis, sinusitis, otitis, and the common cold in children attending day care centres, claims a new...

Selenium supplements linked to high cholesterol

Taking selenium supplements may increase cholesterol levels by as much as 10 per cent, according to a new study.

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Fortitech aims to develop Russian fortified foods market

Fortitech Europe said it has teamed up with distributor, KUK, to develop fortification opportunities with food and beverage manufacturers in Russia and Eastern Europe.

Diet rich in sulfur amino acids may aid bowel healing

A higher intake of sulfur-containing amino acids like cysteine following intestinal surgery might aid healthy intestinal recovery, claims a new study.

Sterols do not affect antioxidant defences: Study

Dietary supplements of plant sterols do not adversely affect our antioxidant defences, says a new study which boosts the overall safety profile of this booming ingredient group.

France: e-commerce and aging population to rescue sales for food supplements

Following years of robust double-digit growth, the market for food supplements in France could fall by 6 per cent this year, predicts market analyst Precepta.

Naturex launches brain health botanical

French botanicals supplier Naturex has launched an American ginseng extract, which a yet-to-be-published clinical trial has indicated can boost short term brain health and preserve mental alertiveness.

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Natreon and pharma firm team up for diabetes project

Supplement ingredient supplier Natreon said it has teamed up with the European pharmaceutical specialty company CM&D Pharma to form Puredel with the aim of delivering Ossulin, a new oral insulin...

Supplement ban may breach EU law, says ANH

The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) has warned the Food Standards Agency (FSA) that the proposed 2010 ban on certain vitamins and minerals contravenes EU law.

Barry Callebaut profits grow as chocolate market shrinks

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reported increased profits and sales volumes for the full 2008/09 fiscal year, despite shrinking global chocolate consumption.

White bean derived supplement may lower GI of bread

The glycemic index (GI) of foods could be reduced through the intake of a white bean derived dietary supplement, claims a new study.