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'Long and tortured' Asean harmonisation process making steady progress

This time last year, the Southeast Asian nations of Asean set out to create the single largest regulatory framework for dietary supplements in the world. We spoke to Dato' Dr...

European sports nutrition sector battles contamination ‘misconceptions’ with new book

The European sports nutrition sector is stringently regulated and not awash with contaminated products, the industry has confirmed in a new booklet aimed at public and politicians alike.

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Does Callebaut's EU flavanol claim add health bite or bark to dark choc's image?

Barry Callebaut's R&D department talks to ConfectioneryNews after winning a blood flow health claim for cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate and cocoa beverages.

Benecol yoghurt’s Hong Kong launch is first step into coveted China

Raisio has just launched its Benecol yogurt drinks line in Hong Kong, its latest push to broaden its reach in the emerging Bric markets. Wing Kee Produce will act as...

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Chr Hansen: While EU regulations are tough, Asia's are a minefield

On a day when its headquarters in Copenhagen announced a significant overhaul of a number of its core businesses, Chr Hansen’s vice-president of health and nutrition sales highlighted the regulatory...

Link between malaria and iron questioned: Study

A study has questioned previous assertions that iron supplementation significantly increases incidence of malaria in endemic communities.

Australia’s health department trains guns on caffeinated energy drinks

Australia’s Federal Department of Health has released a new discussion paper aimed at the regulation and availability of caffeinated energy drinks in Australia and New Zealand. 

Spanish food supplements maker: EU health claim laws have helped us

Controversial and widely despised EU health claim laws are benefitting its business and the wider food supplements market, according to leading Spanish manufacturer, Forté Pharma.

Guest article

7-year gap: New nutrition concepts for a new elderly generation

The ageing population remains under-served in terms of functional food and drink products, says Euromonitor's Diana Cowland, despite 'elderlies' living longer and healthier than ever before.

Ceylon cinnamon making weight loss progress for French start-up

French start-up supplier Dialpha Laboratories is gaining success with Ceylon cinnamon extracts promoting weight loss after just a few months on the market.

Drinks trade body defends fruit juice health benefits

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has reiterated that fruit juice plays a positive role in the diet after a new report found a link between drinking it and an...

Oat demand grows in Central Europe with EFSA health claims, says Fazer

Demand for oat products is rising in Central Europe due to the approval of EU health claims, says Fazer which has opened a new oat mill to capitalize.

HFMA: “The report ignores the significant efforts by UK manufacturers’ to comply with the regulation...”

Industry response: Which? food supplements attack is ‘inaccurate'

The UK food supplements industry has hit back at the consumer watchdog there that today slammed some of Europe’s biggest manufacturers like Seven Seas, Vitabiotics and Boots for deceiving consumers...

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...

UK joins Dutch in banning Dexaprine fat burner; FSA issues DNP warning

The UK’s medicines agency has followed its Dutch counterpart in banning the fat burner Dexaprine made by Californian firm iForce Nutrition.

EU slaps plant sterol-stanol products with warning from 2014

Cholesterol-busting plant sterol and stanol products – worth about €2.5bn globally – will have to carry warning labels in the European Union from next February.

Guest article

Does EFSA’s folate-NTD opinion open door to disease claims?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) recent backing of folate’s (vitamin B9) ability to reduce the risk of spinal birth defects is a good thing for infant health and the...

Emerging market focus delivers Benecol cholesterol reduction bounty

Finnish ag-ingredients-branded foods player Raisio has turned in its best ever quarter and said a focus on emerging markets is driving ongoing sales growth in the sluggish plant stanol, cholesterol...

Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon

“The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a...

Garlic reduces lung cancer risk by 44%, suggests study

Consuming raw garlic could serve as a protective factor against lung cancer, even for smokers, suggests a new study by Chinese scientists.

Slim pickings: UK issues weight loss health claims advice

The UK advertising watchdog has issued guidance to companies making weight loss claims telling them to anally follow the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) or face prosecution.

Artichoke blend proven to reduce cholesterol in EU

A French firm has won a rare EFSA approval for an artichoke extract-based herbal formulation the EU’s central science agency has confirmed can reduce cholesterol.

Campaign to clarify new hybrid label

The government is planning a public education campaign to help consumers understand the new hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme the Department of Health (DH) recently launched to stem rising...

No juice: Prickly pear extract hangover cure encounters EU headache

The EU’s chief science agency has turned down a hangover health claim for a prickly pear extract before even evaluating the science behind it because it said the claim was...

Chr Hansen files global probiotic immunity patent

A Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic blend can battle chest infections, says Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen in a global patent application.

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