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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...

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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