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Iron absorption probiotic hits Swedish shelves

Swedish manufacturer Bringwell has launched a probiotic for boosted iron absorption using Probi’s FerroSorb, while a health claim on the ingredient remains under consideration.  

Guest article

Hate speech, health speech, health claims & the presumption of guilt

Even those accused of hate speech have greater rights than European health claim makers, argues Dutch author and consultant Bert Schwitters in this guest article.

Omega-3 doesn't help male muscle builders: Study

Fish oil supplementation makes no difference to muscle growth in healthy, young men who weight train with whey protein, a study has concluded.

EFSA vitamin D intakes are too low and ‘missing data’: Industry group

The EU’s central science agency last week published draft recommendations for vitamin D intakes – 15 micrograms (µg) a day for adults – a level drawing some criticism for being...

Healthy tears: Vitamin C may protect against cataracts

Increasing vitamin C intake may have a protective effect against the progression of cataracts, a British study has revealed.

Special edition: Protein perspectives

Whistle stop tour: Protein global

Western Europeans are numero uno when it comes to per-capita protein consumption; bread is surprisingly the most popular protein medium; and protein has well and truly invaded the healthy snacking category....

Special edition: Protein perspectives

Probiotics flex their muscles to enhance protein efficacy

Protein has long been touted as the prime functional food ingredient that is able to deliver improvements in athletic performance and recovery, stave off loss of muscle mass with ageing...

Learn & buy: UK agency cracks down on emailed disease claims

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned UK firm Agora Health Ltd against making disease claims on its joint health supplements via its 'Healthier Life' information website. ...

Tereos Syral challenges health claim rejection: Our study was not ‘considered adequately’ by EFSA

Tereos Syral has used the 30-day window to challenge the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its ‘normal defecation’ health claim.

Prestigious Award Ceremony, Geneva, Switzerland, May 11, 2016

NutraIngredients Awards finalists announced. 11 categories, 33 potential winners

More than 120 high-quality entries made choosing finalists difficult but our crack judging panel have done it, and 33 stand-out products and ingredients have made the final cut in the...

Clearer bioactive standards will benefit innovation, report states

Food supplement and functional food innovation could be made easier if researchers were told the specific amounts of bioactive nutrients to include in their products, a report has concluded. 

Dextro Energy complaint thrown out

EU court backs Commission ban of five glucose health claims

The European General Court has upheld a European Commission ban on Dextro Energy’s five glucose health claims – concluding a four-year squabble between the two.  

'Good' cholesterol may actually be bad, study suggests

Individuals with high levels of ‘good’ cholesterol (HDL-C) are more likely to develop heart disease, a UK study has demonstrated. 

Phood fight continues: Germany & Belgium warn on red yeast rice

Fresh safety warnings from the Belgian and German authorities highlight the need for member state compromise on the classification of monacolin K from red yeast rice, a consumer group says.

French supplement player buys Swiss probiotics firm

France-based PiLeJe Group has paid an undisclosed sum for 30-year-old Swiss probiotics company Phytolis – its fourth European probiotic purchase in recent years.

FARE: "It is just shockingly absurd!"

EU court answers the ‘burning question’: Yes, the claims regulation can be applied to B2B

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) says the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) could be applied to “commercial communications” intended for professionals but with the goal of indirectly reaching consumers....

Supplements may delay genetic hearing loss in children

An enhanced diet may slow the progression of genetic mutations responsible for childhood deafness, new research suggests.

Small fish oil doses enough to lower blood pressure: RCT

Even the smallest amounts of fish oil can reduce blood pressure (BP), but only in those who have a history of hypertension, a study has determined. 

Wales gets tough on dangerous supplement seller

The Welsh Trading Standards has handed out thousands of pounds in fines and a 26-week suspended prison sentence to a business selling pharma- and health claim- laden supplements.

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Finding hidden wealth in healthy ageing

The world’s population is ageing and people want to be healthy, longer – but can foods, drinks and supplements help? Our free online event  tackles this multi-billion question from multiple angles, tapping...


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...

Collagen supplements offer cellulite benefits: RCT study

Collagen peptide supplementation may improve the appearance of cellulite, says a new study that uses Gelita’s Verisol branded ingredient.

Magnesium applied through the skin may ease MND symptoms

A magnesium-based therapy, applied through the skin, may ease the painful muscular symptoms of Motor Neurone Disease (MND) that affects around two in every 100,000 individuals in Europe each year.

Probiotic strains may provide food allergy protection

A probiotic blend may be able to prevent sensitisation and allergy to cow’s milk by changing an individual's gut bacteria, a study has suggested.

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.