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Functional foods and supplements are as successful as the claims they can make. But new health claim regulations in Europe, and a tightening regulatory environment in the US can make it hard to know how messages must be communicated without overstepping the line.

Norway publishes 12/44 ‘other substance’ risk assessments

Norwegian authorities have published risk assessments for 12 so-called unregulated ‘other substances’ in food supplements and energy drinks, including caffeine, taurine and omega-3 forms EPA, DHA and EPA.

'no evidence of benefit in this population'

Study quashes claim probiotic reduces NEC, sepsis & death in preterm infants

There is no evidence that the probiotic strain Bifidobacterium breve can reduce the risk of necrotising enterocolitis (NEC), late-onset sepsis and death in preterm infants, a study of 1315 infants has found....

Add seaweed to food to improve heart health, Danish researchers urge industry

Food manufacturers should add seaweed to help combat cardiovascular disease and related conditions, according to researchers.


Academic excitement about inflammation falls on consumer deaf ears: Consultant

There is only one approved health claim for inflammation in Europe and it is not being used because it means nothing to consumers, according to a health food consultant.

First ever micronutrient group to push supplement issues in UK parliament

The UK has launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on micronutrients and health, something the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) said would help bring nutrition to the forefront of discussions...

#Probiota16 : Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is go! for scientific abstracts extended until December 14

Probiota 2016 in Amsterdam is extending the deadline to submit abstracts for the Scientific Frontiers competition to December 14. We've had 15 entries but our scientific panel wants to see more...

Dutch start-up bags DSM funds for immune ingredient ‘shelved’ by Unilever

Dutch start-up Nutrileads has secured seed financing from four investors including DSM, which it plans to use to develop an immunity ingredient previously developed by Unilever.

Winclove eyes 'ear, nose & throat' with probiotic purchase

Dutch firm Winclove Probiotics is extending into ear, nose and throat (ENT) treatment with the purchase of 10 probiotic strains.

Naturex CEO: “There is already quite an interesting list of first contacts.”

Naturex takes Barry Callebaut cocoa flavanols to the supplements aisles

Swiss Chocolate titan Barry Callebaut has handed the job of taking EU heart health claim winning cocoa flavanols to the supplements sector to French herbals leader Naturex.

EFSA health claim opinion

Vitamin C infant claim to drive consumer confidence: Nutritionist

An EFSA-approved health claim relating to infant immune system function will spread consumer confidence, a nutritionist says, although a pro-breast milk feeding group warns the claim could be abused.

“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."

Sterol & stanol giants join to boost cholesterol-lowering category

Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to...

Probi files 13.5 health claim: 'Lactobacillus plantarum 299v increases non-heme iron absorption.'

Iron absorption probiotic marks ‘new approach’

Swedish company Probi has put its full weight behind a new probiotic product targeting iron absorption with a health claim application and the publication of promising study results.


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Special edition: Inflammation

Study designs looking at chronic inflammation are attractive for researchers, tricky for marketers

Designing a study on a product that can influence inflammation that can subsequently be used directly to support a marketing plan is a delicate operation. It can skirt dangerously close...

#Probiota16 programme leaked; Amsterdam February 2-4, 2016

Probiota 2016 is open for business!...and science!...and more…

Digest the latest game-changing prebiotic and probiotic science; engage with 200 of your industry peers; debate with regulators and experts; assess start-up and major firm marketing and NPD moves; metabolise global markets; enjoy the best Amsterdam has to offer…...

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The state of the health and wellness market in 2015

Is organic still selling? Does the 'natural' trend mean fortified/functional food is now passé? And why are consumers turning their noses up at better for you (BFY) offerings? Ewa Hudson,...

EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014

The EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014 overall, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors that called for change. 

White wine extract shows gastro benefits in vitro. Clinicals planned for 2016

A standardised white wine grape seed extract can deliver raised levels of procyanidin antioxidants and improve gastrointestinal wellbeing, researchers in Milan have found.

Gut microbiota regulates antioxidant metabolism, study finds

Gut microbiota regulates glutathione and amino acid metabolism, research in mice has suggested.

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

Working dead? Nestlé scientists find heat-treated ‘zombie’ probiotics can boost immunity beyond the grave

Heat-treated probiotics may offer greater immunity benefits than their ‘live’ originals, according to just-published Nestlé Nutrition and Health research.

EFSA hands over names attached to expert comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed over details of which working group members made what changes to a draft document on pesticides following a European Court of Justice...

Sleep health claim overused on Spanish melatonin supplements: Researchers

Researchers have urged tighter controls on melatonin supplements after their study revealed discrepancies in dosages as well as contamination.  

EU project seeks algae omega-3s

Extracting omega-3 from novel algae sources is the mission of a European Union-funded project with multiple partners including the famed nutrition research arm at Wageningen University in the Netherlands.

Antioxidants may reduce oxidative stress in men with prostate cancer

A higher intake of antioxidants may lead to less oxidative stress among men with prostate cancer, US researchers have found. 

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