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Probiotics may have taken some time to seep into consumer consciousness, especially in the US, but digestive health last year entered the top three fastest growing functional food categories. And with developments in science and technology also come greater opportunities to widen the category beyond the traditional dairy application.

Probiotics may promote weight loss and reduce BMI

Consumption of probiotic ‘good bacteria’ could reduce body weight and body mass index (BMI) scores according to a new Chinese meta-analysis.

'We won’t take this as the final outcome. We spent too much time, too much money.'

310th probiotic claim rejection: EFSA throws out Probi claim for iron absorption

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to claim a probiotic can help boost iron absorption – but applicant Probi says it won’t take no for an...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Silicon Valley app promises probiotic lab advances

Research labs could soon be using smartphones to count CFUs (colony forming units), as a Silicon Valley start-up releases a new app that gets an encouraging review from Swedish probiotics...

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What do YOU think about EFSA’s health claim guidance?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is asking for comments on its revised scientific and technical guidance for health claim applications.

legal uncertainty and B2B marketing rethink on the horizon?

B2B ads are not safe from health claim regulation: EU court confirms

The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that commercial communications addressed solely to health professionals must respect the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) like any other marketing...

Personalised nutrition: Listening to the gut microbiome

Personalised diets may provide diabetics with a more natural way of controlling the post-meal spikes in blood sugar glucose that are linked to obesity, hypertension and cardiovascular disease, a study...

UK microbiome start-up wins investors as platforms expand

Publicly listed UK start-up Optibiotix has €4m+ in the bank and is pushing forward on a series of microbiome-focused nutrition projects that include a joint research initiative with weight management...

Prebiotic & botanical health claims withdrawn from EFSA

One health claim application for a prebiotic fibre and a further two for the plant resin Chios mastiha have been withdrawn from the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) agenda....

Scientists connect gut microbiota disruption with multiple sclerosis onset

Gastro dysbiosis has been implicated in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS) as a study continues to lay bare the gut microbiota’s influence on a range of chronic conditions.  ...

All you need to know about Britain's Brussels blow

A dummies' guide to Brexit

Confused about all this talk about Brexit in that far-away rainy country of crumpets and Beatles? Not quite sure who Nigel Farage is? (Lucky you.) Well we’re here to guide...

Chr. Hansen posts more ‘modest’ results for EU human health

Danish probiotic supplier Chr. Hansen has reported more modest growth within EU human health and nutrition, saying its success and failure hinges on that of probiotic launches on shelf. 

Prebiotics & probiotics may ease gut-centric chronic fatigue syndrome: Study

Signs of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) have been found in the gut bacteria in research conducted at Cornell University, which questions whether the disease originates in the brain.

Academics announce Sino-British probiotics research centre

Chinese academics have collaborated with British counterparts to launch a UK-China Joint-Centre for Probiotic Research.

Long chain inulin & chitosan offer probiotic protection: Study

A coating of long chain inulin and chitosan could offer better protection for probiotics in the gut, say researchers.

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.

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Denmark funds microbiota research on ‘probiotic’ phages

A University of Copenhagen research project into the use of phages to manipulate gut microbiota is one of 164 “promising projects” to receive funding from the Danish Council for Independent Research (DFF)....

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High-fibre diet & vitamin A combine to keep allergies at bay

Sticking to a high-fibre diet has been shown to instruct the immune system to tolerate foods like peanuts that can set off serious allergies, research has shown.

Loss of diverse gut bacterium may cause autistic behaviours

The absence of one specific bacterial species in the gut is associated with the development of social behaviour that falls within a range of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs), according to...

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Brexit vs Bremain: How would you vote?

The moment has come. After much debate the UK will have its EU referendum this Thursday. The question: 'Should the UK remain a member of the EU or leave the EU?'...

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Danish probiotic player expands operations

Private label probiotics specialist Bifodan has upped its production capacity and installed machinery to account for “new product formulations and packaging solutions”.

Why Holland & Barrett has seen 27.5% online sales growth in a year

Online sales for Holland & Barrett grew by 27.5% last year, which the company’s Chief Financial Officer (CFO) says is thanks to its omni-channel strategy during exponential global expansion.

Public figure profile: Basil Mathioudakis

'EU food regulation is world's best': EC veteran on life after DG SANTE

After retiring last February as head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE food legislation unit, Basil Mathioudakis is spreading the world globally about the merits of the EU’s food and...

Probiotic strain may help prevent obesity

Probiotic strain Lactobacillus gasseri activates ‘multiple actions’ that may work in synergy to prevent obesity, Japanese research in rats has suggested.

Probiotic pick up: Probi to double sales with Nutraceutix acquisition

Probi has acquired US probiotic player Nutraceutix for a preliminary cash price of $105m (€92.41m), a move which takes the Swedish supplier’s US client base from just a handful of...

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