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Saffron extract shows anti-cancer potential

Saffron may provide a significant protective effect against liver cancer, according to new research in animal models.

Coriander oil may protect against harmful bacteria: Study

The use of coriander oil in foods could prevent bacterial spoilage and food-borne illnesses, according to new research.

South African supplement makers urged to adopt GMPs

South African complementary and alternative medicines (CAMs) including herbal products and food supplements are blighted by inconsistent manufacturing processes that are damaging the sector, a leading manufacturer has said.

New research collaboration for novel seaweed applications

The use of certain seaweeds in commercially viable food products could be a step closer thanks to a research collaboration with a top Australian university and Australian Kelp products, a...

UK warns against sibutramine-laced herbal products

The UK medicines regulator has issued a warning about certain herbal products it has found to be laced with the banned substance sibutramine.

Good supply chain is just as important as identification of botanical ingredients

As demand for natural foods grows, industry has begun to look to exotic plants as a source of alternative, natural, ingredients. But how can we identify and source the right...

Save the date set for the second Beauty From Within Conference!

The second annual Beauty From Within Conference will open its doors again at the Hotel Lutetia in Paris on October 27th, focusing in on the latest opportunities, trends and challenges...

Frutarom profits dip as raw material costs rise

Israel-based flavours, botanicals and speciality ingredients player Frutarom has reported lower profits in Q2, with raw material hikes cited as the principal cause.

ANH: EC gave us the “cold shoulder” over EU herb law concerns

The Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) says the European Commission (EC) has failed to engage its concerns about the disproportionate effects of EU herbal medicine laws in a letter issued...

UK tabloid labels functional foods a ‘gimmick’

Leading right-wing UK tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail found room in its pages today to slam more than just London’s looters with functional foods also taking a beating for delivering...

“Shoddy” herbal safety study slammed for bias

A study that found 75% of herbal products on sale in the UK were not adequately labelled with safety information has been criticised for mischaracterising the majority of products it...

Nutrient boosted liquid mushrooms set for Russian debut

Swiss start-up Bio-Ur is set to launch a “liquid mushroom” it says employs a patented method to boost liquidity and nutrient levels.

EHPM: MEP health claim support is “encouraging”

A Brussels-based pan-European trade group says it is encouraged by interactions with MEPs who are set to play an active role in scrutinising and potentially modifying controversial European Union...

Study questions herbal safety messaging for 75% of products

A UK study has found 75% of a sample of marquee herbal products in the UK do not contain safety information about documented side-effects – at least before May’s introduction...

Cranberry price fluctuates at 8th Ocean Spray auction

Ocean Spray saw price fluctuations compared to May auction levels as the cranberry leader sold 148,750 gallons of concentrate at its eighth auction since switching to the sales system in 2009.

CAM industry tension rises as UK advertising watchdog claims clampdown continues

The UK complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) sector that includes purveyors of botanical extracts has come away from a meeting with UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) officers with heightened concerns...

€6m EU project tackles herbal supplement issues

‘European Union project number 245199’ may provide some of the answers to the complex problem of regulating botanicals across the bloc with about 100 scientists, regulators and stakeholders working on...

Herbalife to expand manufacturing footprint

Direct selling supplements giant Herbalife aims to expand its manufacturing footprint dramatically over the next two-to-four years as it steps up plans to make more of its products in-house.

EFSA health claim opinions

Red yeast rice and creatine win positive health claim opinions (but…)

European health claim experts say the devil may be in the detail of two positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for red yeast rice and creatine that...

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINIONS - ARTICLE 13, BATCH 6

EFSA finishes 2758-strong, article 13 health claim job with soy isoflavone rejection

The European Food Safety Authority has completed the gargantuan task of assessing thousands of general function, article 13 health claims with a controversial soy isoflavone rejection featuring in its last...

Cautious Kaneka welcomes Novel Foods win for slimming liquorice extract

After several years and several “dialogues” with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Japanese supplier Kaneka has won a positive Novel Foods opinion for its weight management liquorice extract.

Spanish researchers discover powerful new antioxidant

A novel and powerful natural antioxidant, which is it is 4.5 times more potent than vitamin E and 10 times more potent than vitamin C, has been discovered in tomato plants.

Provexis and DSM forge peptide-diabetes partnership

Provexis and DSM Nutritional Products have teamed up for the second time to research, develop and bring to market a non-dairy protein peptide with glycaemic response potential.

Soy story 2: Rejected soy players resubmit cholesterol health claim

Just days after its soy protein-cholesterol reduction health claim was writ into the European Union register of rejected claims, the soy industry has re-entered the game with a fresh submission...

Natural colours drive Chr Hansen Q3 results; probiotic uncertainty continues

The newly renamed Natural Colors Division was the star performer in Danish ingredients supplier Chr Hansen’s Q3 results, showing 34% organic sales growth for the quarter, compared to 5% for...

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