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What if... the EU banned energy drink sales to under 18s

An EU-wide ban on selling energy drinks to under 18s would see volume sales fall by over 70 million litres, if the impact of similar legislation in Lithuania is anything...

Malnutrition is a neglected issue in elderly care: UK report

Only half of UK health professionals think malnutrition is a priority in their organisations, a survey commissioned by charity Age UK has found.

Nestlé has spent $1m+ to help develop the novel deficiency test

Nestlé-funded research illuminates iron deficiency with new test

Researchers hope a portable light test used on the lip will be an affordable and needle-free way to tackle iron deficiency in developing countries.

Overcoming the taboo of vaginal health – the next frontier of probiotics

A paradigm shift is needed to force delicate women’s health issues like vaginal infections and discharge out into the open, says industry microbiologist.

Competitive boasting lands supplement player in heat

Be careful what you say about your competitors, it could be considered a health claim, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told supplement retailer Genr8online.

'The man is suspected of supplying this highly toxic chemical misused as a fat burning supplement and the cause of a number of recent deaths'

UK man arrested on suspicion of supplying deadly DNP

A man has been arrested on suspicion of supplying the toxic fat burner DNP as part of an investigation sparked by the death of a 21-year-old woman in the UK...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA thumbs up for creatine & muscle strength in older adults

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim for creatine and muscle strength in over 55s when combined with resistance training.

Europe fish oil market worth €630m in 2014

The European fish oil market accounted for $0.69bn (€0.63bn) of the global $2.25bn (€2.04bn) market in 2014, according to a market report from Grand View Research.

Top 10 most complained about ads of 2015

Protein World and Omega Pharma were among the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ten most complained about adverts of 2015 – both of which faced accusations of promoting poor body...

UK spotlight falls on mandatory vitamin D fortification

The re-emergence of the Victorian-era condition rickets in the UK has put the spotlight back on vitamin D intakes, and a recent advisory committee report will likely spur debate on...

Scientists unravel bioavailability of brown seaweed

Phlorotannins in brown seaweed are metabolised and absorbed in the large intestine and may have anti-inflammatory potential, an EU-funded study suggests.

Nutraceuticals and regulation: 'Please sir, can we have some more', say consumers

Consumers want more regulation on food and further limits on the use of additives and preservatives, but are keen to embrace functional products and nutraceuticals, according to extensive research carried...

Bakery veteran acquires stake in ‘diabetic bread’ biotech firm

Meiert Grootes, chairman of Europe’s biggest supplier of speciality baking products, has acquired a stake in a Malaysian-Australian biotech firm that earlier this year launched ingredients to produce the world’s...

FrieslandCampina Domo and Glycosyn partner for new infant nutrition ingredients

FrieslandCampina Domo and US-based Glycosyn are entering into a global partnership to develop new infant nutrition ingredients.

Nestlé pulls funds for IAAF kids programme amid doping fallout

Nestlé has pulled out of its sponsorship of the International Association of Athletics Federations’ (IAAF) kid’s athletics programme following allegations of corruption and doping against the association....

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BASF hikes vitamin A prices by 20%

German chemical giant BASF has announced it will increase vitamin A prices by 20% globally.

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FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Trade group considers action against ‘discriminatory’ energy drink bans

Trade association Energy Drinks Europe (EDE) has joined calls against bans on energy drink sales to under 18s in Lithuania and more recently Latvia, which it says might be contrary...

Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

Special edition: Microbiome metrics & advances

Probiotic firms must refresh ‘mumsy’ marketing

Probiotic players must engage the so-called millennial generation if they are to avoid being jostled out of the health yoghurt aisle, says Euromonitor International.  

European organic and biotech industries clash over plant breeding techniques

Organic farming body IFOAM EU has called for new plant breeding techniques that are still in the experimental stage to be classed as GM under EU law - but this...

New kid on EU sports nutrition block?

Finish line in sight for D-ribose novel food application

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has called for feedback on its positive draft novel food opinion for sports nutrition ingredient D-ribose.

Health claim watch

French firm files claim for omega-3 & age-related cognitive decline

French pharmaceutical firm Pierre Fabre Medicament has filed a health claim for an omega-3 product and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Smart policy? If UK breastfeeding rates rose by 1%, kids would earn £33m more collectively

Even marginal increases in breast feeding rates could be worth millions to society when considering the benefit to cognitive development, UK and German researchers have calculated using over 10,000 school...

Oral supplement associated with 50% lower deaths in older malnourished patients: Study

Giving oral nutritional supplements for 90 days after leaving hospital could reduce death rates for older malnourished patients with a heart or lung disease by 50%, according to a study published in Clinical Nutrition.  ...