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Disgraced resveratrol researcher: “Uni of Connecticut launched a conspiracy programme against Indians”

Dr Dipak K Das, PhD, the once lauded and now infamous resveratrol researcher accused by his longtime employer the University of Connecticut of fabricating data over seven years in more...

Research veteran on shamed resveratrol academic: “Once or twice maybe. 26 times? That takes a special mind.”

The resveratrol and broader nutrition science community continues to reel from last week’s revelations that Dipak K Das, PhD, “one of the world’s great red wine and resveratrol researchers” allegedly...

7 years. 26 journal articles. 145 fraud instances. The heart of a resveratrol research scandal

The resveratrol research community won’t be badly damaged by a University of Connecticut researcher accused of publishing falsified data on the red wine antioxidant over seven years in 26 journal...

Dutch start-up secures funding for egg lutein and peptide R&D

Dutch firm Newtricious has won undisclosed funding from a local investment consortium that will advance its egg-focused R&D to drive products to shelves in, “two to three years”.

Chocolate giant submits cocoa flavanol-blood health claim to EFSA

Barry Callebaut has submitted an article 13.5 health claim dossier to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) linking cocoa flavanols and healthy blood flow.

Schwabe pulls back as herbal medicines quality campaign launches at Westminster

The UK Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign (SHMC) that was conceived last year as an industry initiative to push for greater enforcement of the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD),...

CRN UK on DMAA: “The law is clear. DMAA is illegal in the EU and should be stripped from shelves”

Trade in sports products containing the controversial stimulant DMAA (methylhexaneamine/1,3-dimethylamylamine) is illegal in the European Union, and should be brought to an immediate halt by EU and member state authorities,...

Global nutraceutical ingredient market worth €18.5bn in 2015

Demand for nutraceutical ingredients like botanicals, vitamins, minerals and omega-3s will grow 7.2% annually until at least 2015 to be worth €18.5 billion with newer markets like Mexico and South...

Olive oil extract space gains another player

Spanish firm Probeltebio has joined a growing list of players in the olive oil extract space that has been hot ever since olive extract polyphenols won a rare botanical antioxidant...

Strawberry extracts as good as the whole food, suggests study

Processed strawberries may deliver the same amount of beneficial compounds as the whole fruit, says a new study from Spain that supports the potential health boosting effects of processed strawberry...

Barentz bolsters UK presence with life-sciences acquisition

€650m Dutch supplier Barentz Europe has built on its ever-expanding European and global presence by acquiring UK life sciences firm, Forum Products Ltd for an undisclosed sum.

Bulgarian authorities bust DMAA shipment worth €1.6m

Bulgarian customs officers have confiscated 2kg of the controversial stimulant,1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA), at Sofia airport – believed to have been derived from Chinese sources.

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Clinical trial design in the new EU health claims regime: “Now we have to work on the borderline”

How to demonstrate health benefits among healthy human beings? That is the challenge new European Union health claim laws have set contract research organisations (CROs) and others involved in trial...

Kalahari tribe throws weight at Unilever over hoodia rejection

South Africa’s San people say food giant Unilever was working off inaccurate research data when it decided to bin a €20m investment in hoodia gordonii, the Kalahari cactus the San...

Fruit and veg consumption may effect colorectal cancer risk: Study

The consumption of different types of fruits and vegetables may have differing effects on the risks of colorectal cancer, and could directly affect the site where such cancers occur, say...

UK medicines agency commits to botanicals “crackdown”

Borderline botanical products making medicinal or therapeutic claims but not holding appropriate registrations under new European Union laws, are coming under increased scrutiny from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products...

DMAA debated on prime time Italian TV

An Italian TV news programme featured USP Labs’ pre-workout supplement Jack3D this week, exploring the safety and origin concerns growing around the stimulant constituent, DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine).

Kaneka eyes antioxidant claims with olive oil partnership

Global coEnzymeQ10 leader, Kaneka Corporation, is teaming with Italian olive oil specialist, Costa d’Oro, over a coQ10 olive oil that will make antioxidant and anti-ageing claims.

MHRA refutes ECJ influence in UK herbal supplements policing

UK regulator, the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), says investigations are ongoing into a number of ‘borderline’ herbal products, and that its enforcement actions are not being swayed...

Taura targets Asian and US markets with fruit and veg inclusions

Taura Natural Ingredients, which was launching is URC Inclusions range at FIE in Paris last week, is aiming to enter both the US and Asian confectionery, snack, breakfast cereal and...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

VP on Bio Serae and CNI merger: “It was difficult for the customer to understand who we were”

When French firm Iranex announced in November that it was merging Bio Serae Laboratoires and Colloides Naturels International (CNI) to form Nexira (an anagram of Iranex), some wondered about the...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects glucosamine, coffee, diacylglycerol (DAG) oil health claims

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has sent an ominous warning that recently-submitted health claim dossiers will fare any better than those that have gone before, with three fresh article...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Soy market flat? Fat chance, says Solae CEO, as ‘flexitarian’ eating rises

Growing numbers of part-time vegetarians, or ‘flexitarians’, are feeding demand for soy products, says the chief of the biggest soy supplier in the world, who refutes suggestions the soy market...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Cranberry claim winner tells Ocean Spray: “Stay in your bogs”

Last week global cranberry leader, Ocean Spray, announced it was working on settling the long-running and divisive debate about how best to measure the berry’s active constituents – but the...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Oat beta glucan makes claims on European cholesterol market

The European Union cholesterol-lowering market has a new player after an oat beta glucan's claim was written in to European law books this month.