Industry reacts to WHO report
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health
Organization (WHO) released their controversial report on diet and
its impact on disease in Rome yesterday, despite severe lobbying
from the US Sugar Association.
Folic acid may play role in prevention of Down's syndrome
An adequate intake of folic acid during pregnancy, believed to
protect against neural tube defects (NTDs) in babies, may also help
prevent Down's syndrome, researchers report in The Lancet
Spatone markets 'natural' iron for pregnant women
A natural iron supplement of Welsh spring water can help prevent
iron deficiency in pregnant women without the common side effects
of manufactured iron supplements, says a UK company.
Heinz challenged for health claims
The UK Food Commission has accused HJ Heinz of misleading consumers
about the '5-a-day' programme but the UK Advertising Standards
Agency fails to support the case.
Introducing Essential Food
UK company G&G Vitamins has launched a nutritional supplement
designed for people of all ages to achieve a balanced diet.
Ironing out nutrient deficiencies
A collaboration between US scientists and a Nigerian agriculture
agency may have found a way of reducing iron deficiency in western
Africa without resorting to more expensive fortification
Alternative medicine gets funding in UK
Researchers in the UK are to explore the health benefits of
homeopathy and alternative medicine, as part of a £1.3 million
programme being funded by the British government.
GRAS for Roche Omega-3 ingredient
Roche Vitamins has announced that its omega-3 product, ROPUFA '75',
has gained GRAS self-affirmation in the United States, allowing it
to be used in fortified foods.
Tea shown to fight infection
Drinking tea appears to prime the immune system to fight infection
and chronic disease, according to US researchers, who report on
both laboratory and in vivo studies this week.
New role for gelatine?
Researchers find that the ingredient gelatine stimulates collagen
synthesis in cartilage cells and may be able to treat arthritis,
reports gelatine producer DGF STOESS.
Numico appointments mark focus on growth
Netherlands-based Royal Numico announced two new appointments
today, said to be among the short-term actions towards the current
goal-oriented strategy, publicised with the 2002 results.
Study backs Enzymotec oil
Israeli company Enzymotec reports that an in vitro study has found
its nutritional oil to reduce the risk for coronary heart disease.
Healthy spreads ride out decline in breakfasts
Breakfasts at home are fast losing popularity in Europe and
impacting cereals and also vegetable spreads. But as ever the
health benefits are increasingly important for spread manufacturers
to sustain growth, reveals a new report.
Neurotoxin to become powerful painkiller
Combining a protein from a Mediterranean plant with the potent
neurotoxin Botox could produce an effective treatment for the
chronic pain experienced by millions of people, according to
Can we control our appetites?
A leading UK obesity researcher, Professor Steve Bloom, will
bepresenting his thoughts on how to control obesity at an Imperial
College London lecture later this month.