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EU herbal product registrations drop, “through the floor”

Herbal product registrations are slowing across the EU a European Medicines Agency (EMA) report has revealed, with a leading health food group noting registrations had, “dropped through the floor.”...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Cranberry medical claim winner targets food industry

With a recently awarded medical devices urinary tract infection (UTI) claim in the bag, Dutch start-up Medical Brands booked a late booth at Vitafoods Europe, keen to show off its...

Chocolate fails to improve motor function despite increased consumption by Parkinson’s sufferers

Dark chocolate and cocoa ingredients do not improve motor function for those with Parkinson’s disease despite increased consumption among those with the disease, according to a study.

EU article 13 health claim compliance D Day: December 14, 2012

The controversial European Union article 13 health claim list has this morning been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, giving companies until December 14 to get their...

EFSA recommends expanding sterol-stanol cholesterol claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that plant stanols and sterols can more powerfully reduce cholesterol reduction after assessing fresh data submitted by category leaders, Raisio and Unilever.

EU article 13 health claims register

222 EU health claims become law; experts predict “tsunami of cheap innovation”

It’s official. Companies have six months – until December – to comply with the controversial European Union article 13, general function health claims register which today won final approval from...

Frutarom rolls out “winter ailment” herb and mineral suite

Consumer concerns about drug resistance, promising market data and interest from the industry in established, ‘safe’ ingredients with EFSA-approved claims are behind Frutarom’s decision to roll out a range of...

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Vitafoods: EU nutra space wriggles into new health claims clothes

Vitafoods celebrates its 15th birthday next week. It’ll be my 11th consecutive May visit to Geneva for the jamboree and promises to be one of the most intriguing chapters with the (partial...

Black pepper extract could fight fat by blocking cell formation

Researchers have unravelled the mechanism behind black pepper’s purported weight management properties after they revealed that piperine from black pepper extract may block fat cell formation.

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Who is regulating EU cyber supplement sales?

Food supplements are ideally suited for online sales: stable, light, high-value, popular with consumers. It is therefore no surprise that online food supplement sales are on the rise with the...

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Is the game up for DMAA? Why the FDA crackdown raises more questions than answers…

They’ve had the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads for months. So when 10 firms selling DMAA supplements were finally told to put up or shut up by the...

Plant-animal protein blend boosts post-workout muscles: Study

Blending dairy-derived whey and casein with soy protein can yield benefits in a post-workout setting, according to pioneering but unpublished research.

ADM opens new innovation centre in the Netherlands

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has opened a development centre in The Netherlands to provide advice on chocolate and cocoa products.

Rejected cranberry wins EU medical UTI claim

€3 million and seven years of research and development work have paid off for Medical Brands which has won the right to make medical urinary tract infection (UTI) claims in...

AHPA: If DMAA is in geranium, synthesized version is a lawful dietary ingredient

If DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine) exists naturally in geranium - which has been in the food supply for years - synthesized DMAA is also a lawful dietary ingredient permitted for use in...

Novel plant blend could be a game changer in fight vs metabolic syndrome, claim inventors

Florida-based ATM Metabolics is in advanced negotiations with some of the biggest food and beverage brands in the US and Europe about incorporating Emulin - the insulin-mimicking active ingredient in...

Unilever aims to identify ancient plants with added nutritional value

A new scientific consortium led by Unilever aims to  identify nutritionally valuable varieties of fruits and vegetables from the past, in order to produce natural health ingredients for the future, says...

Mint extract targets gut health (via the brain)

German firm Vital Solutions has debuted an “IP protected” mint family extract that in-vitro and ex-vivo testing has shown to reduce gastrointestinal discomfort.

Liquorice root found to contain potentially anti-diabetic substance

Amorfrutins found in the root of liquorice may have anti-inflammatory effects and could aslo be useful in the reduction of blood sugar levels, according to new research.

Cocoa no help for arterial stiffness: Study

Despite being related to a lower cardiovascular risk, cocoa intake does not necessarily improve arterial stiffness in subjects with cardiovascular risk factors, say researchers.

Eating cruciferous vegetables may boost breast cancer survival rate

Consumption of increased amounts of cruciferous vegetables such as turnips and bok choy is associated with improved breast cancer survival rates among Chinese women, say researchers.

Tasteless green tea extract could open beverage NPD doors

Taiyo has developed a taste-free green tea extract for use in beverage applications which it claims will expand new product development possibilities for beverage manufacturers.

Red wine compound can battle obesity: Study

A resveratrol-like compound found in red wine and fruits could have potential for fighting obesity by blocking fat uptake, according to new research.

Natural antioxidants could stabilise flaxseed omega-3 encapsulations

Natural polyphenols could be the final part of a solution to bring stability to omega-3 rich flax oils, say researchers.

Soy industry appeals to EC over EFSA cholesterol rejection

The soy industry has written to the European Commission highlighting what it sees as serious failings in EFSA’s assessment of its rejected soy protein-cholesterol claim.

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