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Nestlé lowers full-year sales outlook

Nestlé has lowered its full year outlook from 4.2% to 3.5% as it feels the effect of a deflationary market.

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Pharma vitamins are the next big thing: DSM

DSM’s president of nutrition and health says high-dose vitamin and mineral products marketed via pharma channels are growing rapidly.

Infant nutrient found to lower hospital infection rate: Study

A protein that forms a key component of infant nutrition may play a significant role in reducing hospital-acquired infections in neonatal intensive care, according to US researchers. 

Liver function probiotic addresses ‘unmet clinical need’

OMNi-BiOTiC HETOX, an eight-strain probiotic formulation from Institut Allergosan, is the first product to present a therapeutic alternative to organ transplants for sufferers of liver disease.

THMPD: Has it delivered?

There is a clear divide in the way the THMPD has been implemented across Europe, with the UK and Germany on one side; Italy, France and Belgium on the other.

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Nestlé Health Science founding chief retires after 40 years

Luis Cantarell, who headed up €500m+ food-pharma crossover research centre Nestlé Health Science when it launched in 2010, is retiring after 40 years at the Swiss food giant.

Beta-glucan & fibre: Golden oldies in 2016?

Simple, recognisable nutrients like beta-glucan and fibre should be on the menu when targeting a new wave of active and positive seniors, say experts.

Unhealthy obsession with total cholesterol reduction is thwarting CVD prevention

Strategies to tackle cardiovascular disease (CVD) need to move away from statins and cholesterol reduction and focus on reducing inflammation and increasing HDL cholesterol through dietary intervention, urges a leading...

EU rejects more than 90% of all health claims: Study

The EU has authorised only a small fraction of the health claims submitted to it, with a number of categories seeing no authorised claims at all, according to a new...

The future of tea: From hangover cures to tea jellies, Tetley’s top five predictions

From teas enriched with medicines to programmable tea taps, the humble brew could see a dramatic evolution over the coming years, says Tetley. Even the concept of tea consumed as...

Filling a €3.4bn deficit: UK research post Brexit

The European Commission has said it is business as usual for UK researcher’s access to EU funding until official Brexit moves are made. Yet concerns persist as reports emerge of...

Danish children hospitalized by super strength Inno Pharma vitamin D

Several children have been hospitalized by a vitamin D supplement made by Inno Pharma according to regulators in Denmark.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo...

Soy-based protein could boost hunger for elderly & anorexic patients: Study

A new soy-based protein could boost appetite for hunger-suppressed patients, researchers have suggested.

Nutricia withdraws paediatric products: 'Patient protection is of utmost importance'

Danone’s medical nutrition business Nutricia has recalled a batch of its Seravit nutrition product for hospitalised children in the UK and Ireland after it was discovered the products contained too...

The food supplement-pharma divide

Dutch court rules dosage can't turn a supplement into a drug

The Dutch supplements industry is celebrating a court ruling that sleep aid melatonin cannot be classed as a medicine if its dosage is above a certain threshold.

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EFSA adds botanicals to interactive data warehouse

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) botanical interactive database will be fully up and running by early 2017, something one expert called a “great result”. 

Italy ponders high-dose vitamin reclassification

Italy could ban high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements after a nutrition committee recommended vitamin B12 (cobalamin) above 500 micrograms (ug) was medicinal.

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

UK glucosamine ruling important for self-medication & supplements future: EU legal expert

A European Union legal expert says last week’s UK Court of Appeal verdict that demanded the medicines regulator there re-examine the status of glucosamine, especially high-dose glucosamine, could provoke change...


Bamboo shoots may offer prebiotic potential

Newly identified polysaccharides from bamboo shoots have the potential to be used as functional ingredients by industry, say researchers.

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Omega-3 intake map shows vast deficiencies & health risks

A new world map of omega-3 levels shows consumption is too low to prevent cardiovascular and cognitive health issues, in many places.

ANH: UK Court gives MHRA 'firm rap across the knuckles'

UK court ruling spells trouble for glucosamine

The UK Court of Appeal has ruled that glucosamine products above 1500 mg can be sold as food supplements, but has urged the UK medicines agency to look at the matter.

Nuclear safety: Popping iodine pills could spark ‘misinformed panic’

Following reports that the Dutch and Belgian governments are to increase distribution of iodine pills as a nuclear safety precaution, a leading iodine expert warns of the dangers of self-medication...