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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...

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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.

FSA dismisses Codex supplement conspiracy theory

The UK’s Food Standards agency has published a blog entry dismissing an internet conspiracy theory that Codex Alimentarius is preparing to ban dietary supplements.

National Starch creates animal free emulsifier for instant foods

National Starch has developed a new fat encapsulation system for instant desserts or other dried products that replaces animal derived ingredients like sodium caseinate.

Low vitamin D levels again linked to higher death risk

Low levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of dying from all causes by 150 per cent, suggests a study with over 700 elderly women.

Ultra-sensitive nutrient assays to boost health claim dossiers

UK-based third party testing service, HFL Sports Science, has developed a series of ultra-sensitive lab assays that will allow supplements and functional food manufacturers to more accurately measure molecular profiles...

Fish oil supplements (sans liver) are ok, says UK professor

The UK professor who found himself at the heart of an industry storm after his remarks on the value of food supplements were misquoted in the national press has...

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Fraudsters hit UK food businesses

UK food businesses are being targeted by fraudsters, claiming to represent the Food Standards Agency (FSA), who impose illegal penalty fees for bogus hygiene infringements, warns the agency.

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