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EC launches EU health claims ‘fitness check’; nutrient profiles and botanicals targeted

The European Commission has launched a ‘fitness check/roadmap’ with a special focus on the EU’s botanical health claims imbroglio and the nutrient profile of foods able to bear health claims....


Open book: The future of probiotic marketing in Europe

‘Openness’ and ‘better dialogue’ between industry, scientists and regulators were themes of the day as the newly minted European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA-Europe) launched itself with a...

Guest article

Medicinal probiotics need their own legal framework

Probiotic medical products are proliferating but are regulations keeping up, asks by Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD, executive scientist at Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI) in this guest article.

2016 event to fill 4 halls

Expanded Vitafoods gets a content makeover

Refined sector content will define Vitafoods Europe in Geneva next year as the continent’s premier healthy ingredients and nutraceuticals show approaches its 20th birthday.

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

European food supplement groups share insights from the law to distribution to marketing and science in this Q&A on the €7bn European supplements sector, according to Euromonitor International.

High-dose resveratrol intake linked to stabilised Alzheimer’s biomarker

Long term intake of a high-dose resveratrol supplement or drug may help people with mild to moderate Alzheimer's disease to stabilise a biomarker that declines when the disease progresses, say...

Kaneka gains EU novel food extension for liquorice extract

Japanese supplier Kaneka has secured an extension for the Novel Food status of its liquorice extract Glavonoid, which is now approved for use in medical foods and energy-restricted diets.

Vitamin K level not Vitamin E could be to blame for cancer links: Symposium

Diminished levels of vitamin K forms - not high levels of vitamin E - could be the key factor in prostate cancer links, a Stuttgart symposium has heard today.

‘Incubator’ steps aside as Danish probiotic start-up seizes control

After a few years of rapid growth the part owners of nascent Danish probiotics specialist Biocare Copenhagen have bought out the private and public investors that birthed it in 2012...

Omega-3 could help support ‘friendly bacteria’ in the gut

The omage-3 fatty acid EPA may help to support the growth and tolerance of probiotic bacterial strains in the human gut, according to new preliminary research.

Alterations to gut microbe environment may have role in type 1 diabetes risk

Changes to our gut microbiota could have a direct impact the production of antimicrobial peptides that play a role in the risk of developing type 1 diabetes and other autoimmune...

News in brief

Swiss herb player reaping benefits of eastern Europe expansion

Swiss botanicals player Frutarom is pushing hard into botanical medicines and supplements markets in the EU, with pharma-grade extracts produced at its recently acquired Slovenian facility.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

special edition: protein

Protein where it matters: The demands and opportunities in medical nutrition

Protein is a vital part of providing nutrition to the critically ill, but what do we really know about protein demands for this specialist groups, and how can we better...


Protein: Maybe it’s not just about what’s trendy, but what’s needed

Protein is one of the hottest ingredients in food and nutrition currently, but maybe we should focus more attention on developing protein-rich products for those who actually need more protein.

“We see opportunities for scientifically justified nutritional products…”

EFSA issues medical foods guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued guidance on how firms can compile “well-structured dossiers” for medical foods that may be permitted in the EU’s 28 nations as momentum to update...

Fatty liver disease is a major untapped opportunity for nutraceuticals; platform established

Research, focus and regulatory cunning will be needed if the nutraceutical industry is to tap into the relatively unexplored area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says the consultancy firm...

UK ad body warns firm to CEASE misleading autism cure claims for homeopathy

Teddington Homeopathy mislead parents of children with autism with claims that the condition could be cured with nutritional supplements, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

Cracking coeliac: Egg yolk supplement could aid people with disease

A newly developed supplement from the yolks of chicken eggs could help people with coeliac to enjoy foods they usually have to avoid, by blocking the absoption of certain gluten...

Nestlé researcher helps establish new Alzheimer’s research hub

A new research hub dedicated to nutrition, metabolism and dementia has been set up at the Alzheimer’s Association International Society, with the help of Nestlé researcher Gene Bowman.

Reaction: BBC report

Herbals attacked for poor quality; industry calls for greater enforcement

A BBC investigation in the UK has questioned quality control in the botanicals sector, especially those sold as food supplements. The industry has called for greater enforcement.

Partnerships and increased capacity will help us ride the protein wave: Cosucra

Cosucra will look to form new partnerships with suppliers of ‘complimentary ingredients’ and companies that can help to deliver better taste and functionality to its ingredients, as it looks to...

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Special edition: Immune support

Nutrition and immunity: Better understanding and biomarkers still needed

A greater understanding of how nutrition and immunity are intrinsically linked, and how different biomarkers reflect states of illness and good health is vital to nutrition and public health research.

Review highlights potential of nano-delivery systems for nutraceuticals in foods

While there are several challenges involved in the nano-delivery of vitamins and nutrients in functional foods, such systems have ‘considerable potential’ within the food industry, says an expert in oral...

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