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‘Fish oil is not an animal by-product’: Nordic firms challenge food-feed divide

Norwegian omega-3 firms are facing big challenges following a national alignment with EU requirements to separate food and feed fish oil production.

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How to make supplement packaging sexier

Supplement players need to make their packaging sexier if they are to bat off competition from encroaching healthy food and drink products, says marketing expert.

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GOED on doubling EFSA’s omega-3 recommendation

In April this year the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) published its first recommendation for EPA and DHA, as an attempt to wade in and bring unity...

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Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

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Omega-3: Latest research developments

Omega-3s have long been touted as beneficial for a range of areas such as brain, heart and eye health and dry eyes. What's new for these friendly fats? 

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French omega-3 firm gets Friend of the Sea seal of approval

Marseille-based firm Seafoodexport has received Friend of the Sea (FoS) certification for its omega-3, fish oil and fish meal from European anchovy and sardine.

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Carrot vs. stick: What’s the key to securing a sustainable omega-3 supply?

With around 20-25% of global wild caught fish used for fish meal and fish oil production, environmental certification schemes like Friend of the Sea (FoS) and the Marine Stewardship Council...

Krill players battle counterfeit material

New kid on the krill block OmegaVeritas has launched a verification method after tests showed mislabelled material on-market.

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Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.

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Does the recent approval for high-dose krill leave EU door ajar?

The European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) authorisation of the use of a lipid extract derived from krill oil at a higher dose is set to "drive a big change for...

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The heart health market: All in the same vein?

Those that visited this year’s Vitafoods conference in Geneva would not have failed to notice the growing range of products claiming to support cardiovascular health, in one shape or another....

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Spanish omega-3 firm gets Friend of the Sea certification

Spanish biotech firm Biosearch has been granted Friend of the Sea (FOS) certification for its omega-3 products from European sardine, Peruvian anchovy and Yellowfin tuna.

Microbes and methane combine to form sustainable omega-3 source

A new method using microbes and methane could provide a high-quality, sustainable supply of omega-3 fatty acids and ease pressure on vulnerable fish stocks.

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure...

UK thumbs up for novel ‘mini shrimp’ omega-3 oil

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said miniature shrimp Calanus finmarchicus is safe as a novel source of omega-3 oil and is now seeking feedback on its draft opinion....

Omega-3 supplementation could save EU €12.9bn a year in heart disease spending

If all over 55s in Europe took 1 g of omega-3 EPA-DHA every day the EU could collectively save about €12.9bn in cardiovascular disease health care spending every year, a...

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...

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Fish oil, cocoa & plant sterols: The winning combination against heart disease?

Combining fish oil, cocoa extract and plant sterols food supplements could offer an effective defence against heart disease, a new study suggests.  

Aker wins high-dose krill omega-3 approval in EU

Krill major Aker Biomarine has won EU approval for high-dose versions of its omega-3/phospholipid offering in food supplements across the 28 nations of European Union bloc.

Seaweed market boosted by NPD surge

Food and drink product launches with seaweed flavours, including kombu, nori, and wakame, grew by 147% in Europe between 2011 and 2015, according to latest figures.

1000 Holland & Barrett franchise stores to open in India

Health and nutrition retailer Holland & Barrett has secured a £20m (€25.44m) deal with Indian hospital chain Apollo Hospitals, an agreement which will see 1000 franchise stores open across India...

From science to shelves: the development of MacuView

Study says MacuView helps with eye health and AMD

A recent study published in the Journal of Ophthalmology has shown the benefits of consuming a dairy drink, MacuView, containing lutein-, zeaxanthin- and DHA-enriched egg yolk.

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Within troubled picture for world's oceans, omega-3 fisheries judged to be healthy, well-managed

Sustainability has been a constant concern within the omega-3s industry. While questions remain, the general consensus is that the fisheries that supply most of the world’s servings of long chain...

Omega-3 efficacy dependent on Alzheimer’s mechanism: Review

The neuroprotective effects omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have on Alzheimer’s disease may depend on the stage of disease progression, a review has concluded.

GOED recommends 500 mg of Omega-3 daily

Russia recommends 1,300 mg of Omega-3 EPA and DHA per day, while most countries recommend around 250 mg. After years of deliberation, GOED finally released its own recommendation: 500 mg a day.

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