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BASF and Cargill partner on ambitious €150m GM plant omega-3 project

Multinational ingredient giants BASF and Cargill have teamed on a project that will see them spend €100m on an ambitious project to bring genetically modified canola oil rich in omega-3...

Innéov calls for complete EU health claims revamp

L’Oreal and Nestlé joint venture Innéov told a beauty foods and supplements congress in Paris yesterday that the European Union health claims laws that have stung its marketing need to...

“Nutritional powerhouse” mushrooms deserve superfood status: Euromonitor

Mushrooms like the shiitake need to ramp up their marketing potential if they are to take a greater and deserved slice of the €8bn+ global cardiovascular market, according to Euromonitor...

Naturex expands functional portfolio with Burgundy acquisition

Natural ingredients giant Naturex has grown its portfolio of functional health ingredients, whilst increasing its technological and production capabilities with the acquisition of Burgundy Botanical Extracts.

Bad science? ANH presents MEPs with 30 dodgiest EFSA health claim decisions

The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) has mailed MEPs a litany of what it considers the 30 most ‘wayward’ health claim opinions to arise from the European Food Safety...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Stepan ends years of North American isolationism with strategic European nutrition shift

In 2010, Stepan Company, the New Jersey-based firm that had for decades supplied flavours and emulsifiers, decided to move into nutrition - a decision that led it to buying Dutch...

Time to act on unauthorised DMAA-geranium sports products in Europe?

Sections of the European botanicals industry are beginning to raise red flags about DMAA, the synthetic stimulant commonly found in sports supplements but often labeled as an extract of geranium...

Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project: Newly published study disappoints

Part of the reasoning for Unilever’s controversial 2008 decision to sever a €20m partnership with UK firm Phytopharm to develop the weight management plant hoodia gordonii has become apparent, with...

Ginger supplement may reduce colon inflammation and cancer risk, suggests study

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties may play a role in reducing inflammation in the colon, possibly reducing the risks of developing colorectal cancer, according to new research.

‘Heavy legs’ market opens after EPO revokes Böhringer plant extract patent

The European Patent Office (EPO) has revoked a patent held by German firm Böhringer linking a red vine leaf extract with a vascular issue most commonly known as “heavy legs”...

Dispatches from SSW11

Horphag Research: We're going after sports nutrition and women's health

The newly formed Horphag Research is targeting women's health and sports nutrition, its new VP of sales and business development tells NutraIngredients-USA.

UK researcher: EFSA voodoo lily weight loss approval is “strange”

A leading UK nutritionist says a 2010 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval of a weight loss health claim for the Asian botanical, konjac mannan, defies the clinical data assessed.

€6m EU herb food science project boosts tradition-of-use data

PlantLibra, a €6m European Union-backed project that investigating the complex area of botanical nutrition science has convened a meeting in Brussels, where regulators from 19 EU countries were educated about...

'Super broccoli’ launched in UK market

A hybrid strain of broccoli containing higher levels of the cancer fighting phytonutrient glucoraphani has been launched in UK supermarkets.

Heart benefits of phenolic compounds not physiologically relevant, says study

Research has called into question the role of plant polyphenols in cardiovascular health, by finding that their supposed anti-platelet activities are only relevant at high, and physiologically unattainable, concentrations.

Indena buys into Thorne as it targets US supplements-pharma niche

Italian botanical extracts giant Indena has gained an undisclosed shareholding in US supplements manufacturer, Thorne Research, that will see the two working to expand their presence in areas like cancer...

Italian academics: Ignoring ‘tradition-of-use’ data bashes botanicals

Italian researchers say finding a way to validate and utilise ‘tradition-of-use’ data within European law maybe the only way to save 1000s of herbal supplement products whose existence is threatened...

Meta-analysis supports lutein’s eye health benefits

High dietary intake of lutein and zeaxanthin, compounds with a long history of eye health benefits, may reduce the risk of late-stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD), but they show little...

Plant extract blend offers potent antioxidant activity: Study

A blend of 20 plant-based ingredients may boost antioxidant defenses and combat oxidative stress, according to results of a small study.

Academics slam 'medicine-based' EU health claims system

A group of 13 academics has slammed the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) for its ‘evidence based medicinal’ approach that rules out what they view as perfectly valid...

Coffee lowers depression risk in women up to 20%: 10-year study

The risk of depression lowers by up to 20% with increased caffeinated coffee consumption, a study of more than 50,000 US women has found.

UK watchdog rules against acai ageing, energy, weight ads

UK start-up Cleanse & Detox.co.uk has been rapped by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making claims its supplements, “could reverse ageing, improve energy, or manage weight” along with...

EC expects "smooth adoption" of article 13 health claims list in Q1 2012

The European Commission’s directorate for health and consumer affairs, DG Sanco, has said it is close to finalising the 2758 claim-strong list of generic claims for publication in the European...

Beneo ends two-year prebiotic price freeze

Leading prebiotic supplier Beneo-Orafti has pushed up prices for its inulin and oligofructose prebiotic fibres by 8%, citing rising input costs in its first price increase in two years.

‘Robust systems’ needed to monitor botanical substitutes, says Prof

Industry needs to be more careful in monitoring that they are using the right botanical ingredients, and not substitutes or adulterants, in foods and nutritional supplements, says Professor Monique Simmonds.