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Pfizer acquires Danish food supplements operation

Pfizer has acquired the consumer healthcare business of Danish firm Ferrosan for an undisclosed fee in what the pharma giant says, “is an excellent strategic fit that strengthens our presence...

MEPs question omega-3 baby milk benefits

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are questioning whether omega-3 form DHA can benefit infant eye sight, despite the nutrient winning endorsement from one of the world’s toughest claims assessment...

Omega-3 mood mechanism mooted

A potential mechanism for the effects of omega-3 on mood have been suggested by a new study published in Nature Neuroscience.

Norwegians and Chinese team up on Antarctic krill research

Norwegian and Chinese researchers have committed to a five year study that may provide insights into the species feeding on the tiny omega-3 and phospholipid-rich crustaceans dwelling in the Antarctic.

Lactalis pays €8.28m for stake in Spanish ingredients researcher

The Spanish subsidiary of French dairy giant Lactalis has paid €8.28m for 29.9 per cent of the ingredients research division of Spanish dairy group Ebro Foods, which produces the omega-3...

Omega-3 maker acquired by Atrium Innovations

Belgian omega-3 manufacturer Minami Nutrition has been acquired by Canadian supplement company Atrium Innovations for €5m in cash.

DSM’s Greenback formalises €829m Martek tender

Greenback Acquisition Corporation, a wholly-owned Royal DSM subsidiary, has begun the formal tender for Martek Biosciences, which DSM announced it was buying for €829m ($1.087bn) last month.

Omega-3 may protect against traumatic brain injury: Rat study

Supplements of the omega-3 fatty acid DHA (docosahexanoic acid) may prevent traumatic brain injury, according to a new study with rats with potential implications for sportsmen and soldiers.

Enzymotec to test for “foul odour” krill chemicals

Israeli supplier Enzymotec has implemented a programme to test for and publicise levels for two chemicals produced by marine life and which produce the "foul odour of sea food”.

EC hands omega-3 mixed results

An article 14 children’s development health claim submitted to the European Union by drug giant Merck linking omega-3 form DHA with infant visual development has been approved at committee level...

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Are health claims making your business sick?

2010 has been another tough year for the European functional food and supplements industries as health claim rejections have continued to flood in, leaving some in a state of high...

DSM buys Martek’s “algae platform” for $1bn+

Royal DSM will drive Martek’s predominantly US-based, omega-3 DHA infant nutrition business to new shores, and fast-track its food and beverage ambitions, after having its billion-dollar bid accepted by the...

Sales are niche, but “omega-3 craze” is not over, says industry

High-profile omega-3 product withdrawals or underperforming products do not signal a crisis in the category, rather an acknowledgement of its nascent status, industry figures have said.

Martek revenues up 30pc on sales of branded consumer products

Increased sales of nutritional ingredients in both the infant formula and non-infant formula markets plus the acquisition of health and wellness company Amerifit helped Martek Biosciences achieve a 30 per...

Omega-3 group appoints new chairman

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) has elected EPAX’s Baldur Hjaltason as its new chairman, replacing Croda’s David Shannon.

EC to confirm infant and child omega-3 claims

A November European Commission standing committee meeting has said four omega-3 brain and vision claims will be confirmed at a meeting in Brussels on December 6, 2010.

Omega-3 SDA-rich ‘functional chicken’ shows development potential

Feeding chicken with soybean enriched with the omega-3 fatty acid stearidonic acid (SDA) may boost the omega-3 content of the resulting meat, says new research.

Aker BioMarine joins GOED

One of the world’s two leading krill oil suppliers, Aker BioMarine, has joined the leading marine-sourced omega-3 trade group, the Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED).

Omega-3 industry reacts to EFSA opinions

The quality of research backing omega-3s such as DHA and EPA has had vindicated with the fatty acids receiving more positive health claim opinions than any other nutrient in Europe’s...

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Martek discusses algal omega-3 opportunities

Martek Bioscience has said it is expanding its omega-3 range by commercializing two new products – a new emulsion version of its vegetarian life’s DHA and a DHA/EPA blend from...

Fish oil forms: Triglycerides better for omega-3 index increase

Fish oil omega-3s in the triglyceride form are better for boosting the omega-3 index than the ethyl ester form, says a new study from Germany, a result which echoes recent...

Jury still out on omega-3 for post-natal depression

Reducing the risk of depression during pregnancy and after birth with supplements of omega-3 fatty acids is not backed up by the science-to-date, says a new meta-analysis and systematic review.

Omega-3: ALA intakes enough for EPA/DPA levels for non-fish eaters?

The conversion of the plant-based omega-3 ALA to the long-chain EPA and DHA may be increased in vegans and vegetarians who do not eat fish, suggest results from the European...

Canola rapeseed oil may reduce heart disease risk: Study

High blood levels of a compound called fibrinogen may be due to a lack of omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid in the diet, and rapeseed oil fat replacement may rectify the problem,...

Norwegian omega-3 expansion promises new opportunities

Norwegian omega-3 supplier GC Rieber Oils is ready to open facilities that boost its production capacity and quality as it eyes the pharma and medical industries.