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Omega-3 industry prepared if German concerns gain EU traction

The omega-3 industry stands ready to respond to maximum dosage concerns raised by German authorities if they gain member state support after being tabled at a recent European Commission committee...

MEPs move to block baby milk health claim

A committee of MEPs has voted narrowly in favour of blocking an EFSA-approved health claim that the fatty acid DHA in baby milk is beneficial to children’s eyes.

Australia ponders legalising hemp foods

Australian regulators are considering allowing non-psychoactive versions of fatty acid and nutrient-rich hemp into the food supply and have opened a public consultation on the matter.

Omega-3 may reduce risk of AMD vision loss

Omega-3 fatty acids docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) may significantly reduce the risk of developing age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to new research.

Lamb meat may boost fat profile of baby food: Study

The fatty acid profiles of commercial baby food could be enhanced by using meat from suckling lambs, according to new research.

Krill catch is “probably” sustainable: Antarctic researcher

Current krill catches are well below established 'trigger limits' for concern and are “probably” sustainable, a British researcher has said.

“The tissue is the issue” say omega-3 academics

Global omega-3 academics and stakeholders have committed to increased lobbying and education efforts to boost long and shorter chain fatty acid intakes, but are highlighting that intake alone won’t resolve...

Fish oil may help cancer patients’ fight muscle wastage, say researchers

Omega-3 rich fish oil supplements may help cancer patients to prevent the muscle loss and malnutrition which commonly accompanies chemotherapy, according to new research.

Refining the omega-3 ‘policy gap’ that feeds global deficiencies

The omega-3 industry must devote more resources to lobbying and educating government, health care professionals and the general public to help plug a ‘policy gap’ that is contributing to a...

DSM begins Martek integration

Royal DSM has kicked the integration of its new €800m wholly-owned subsidiary, Martek Biosciences Corporation, into life by establishing a special integration unit to manage the US-Dutch-Swiss deal.

GOED names expanded board of directors

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) has announced its second board expansion within a year with EPAX’s Baldur Hjaltason (pictured) moving from vice-chair to chair to replace Croda’s...

Vegan diet requires omega-3 and B12 boost: Study

People following a vegan diet may require additional omega-3 and vitamin B12 supplementation to reduce an excess risk of heart disease, according to a new review.

Fat tissue may mediate omega-3 response to metabolic syndrome: Review

Fat cells may play an important role in mediating the anti-obesity effects of omega-3 rich fish oils, according to a new review.

Omega-3s may counter degenerative muscle loss: Study

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may boost the production of muscle protein in older people, and reduce the risk of degenerative muscle loss, suggest data from a new human...

DSM reports successful tender offer for Martek

Royal DSM’s acquisition of Martek Biosciences Corporation has moved a step closer to finalisation with the news that its tender offer to buy all of the company’s outstanding shares of...

Baby milk campaign group claims EFSA oversight in DHA approval

An approved EFSA claims that omega-3 form DHA contributes to the visual development of infants risks misleading consumers, due to a committee oversight in approving the relevant health claim, says...

Omega-3 may improve depression measures for seniors: Study

Daily supplements of omega-3 fatty acids may improve measures of depression in seniors with mild to moderate depression, according to new findings from Iran.

Special edition: heart health

Regulation: Science-backed cardio claims quicken sector’s global pulse

In part four of this NutraIngredients heart health special we look at how regulators view those foods, drinks and supplements making cardiovascular claims

Negative EFSA health claim opinions can be changed: Consultant

Stakeholder input can alter European Food Safety Authority health claim opinions, says German consultancy and contract research organization, Analyze&Realize, even if the examples are few.

Study reveals pathways for omega-3’s eye benefits

Research in mice has suggested the mechanisms that enable dietary omega-3 fatty acids to help prevent retinopathy, a common eye disease that can lead to blindness in premature babies and...

Krill oil may counter metabolic dysfunctions: Human study

Omega-3-rich krill oil may combat metabolic symptoms including raised fat levels in the heart and liver in obese individuals, says a new study partly supported by Aker Biomarine.

Enzymotec launches new stability test for krill oil

Israeli lipid-based product producer Enzymotec has launched a new stability test for krill oil which it claims is simple, reliable and easy-to-use.

Omega-3 bioavailability boosted by gel emulsion: Study

The bioavailability of eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) omega-3 may be boosted by delivering them in a solid emulsified gel, according to new research.

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...