Health and wellness market analysed
2001 was an eventful year in the health and wellness marketplace, a
recent trends report from US Natural Marketing Institute claims
GM sugar in coffee - not just yet
Due to its complexity GM sugar will not be commercially produced
for another 10 years.
ConAgra reports increase in sales
ConAgra Foods, the American packaged food group, reported record
first quarter sales and earnings for the period ending August 26,
Antioxidants protect against pollution damages
According to researchers, taking antioxidant supplements could help
reduce the effects of ozone pollution on lung health and help the
body prevent damage from toxins and pollutants.
Postponement of workshop on GM allergy potential
Food allergy and genetically modified (GM) crops experts as well as
other scientists, physicians, and government regulators will meet
at a later date for a workshop, "Assessment of the Allergenic
Potential of Genetically Modified...
Flax for human consumption: seed or oil?
Lately, numerous studies have been published regarding the health
benefits of flaxseed otherwise known as linseed, one of the oldest
cultivated plants used by man.
Fenugreek enters modern medicine
Fenugreek, trigonella foenum-graecum, is an annual plant, member of
the pea family. The botanical name for fenugreek means "Greek hay,"
since it was used at one time to scent poor quality hay.
Nutrition is key to dental health
Periodontists believe nutrition plays a major role in the status of
Protein ingredients - the market
The European protein ingredients market will grow at a compound
annual growth rate of 4.9 per cent to reach over $9 billion by
Purple potato provides hope for organics
A potato resistant to all fungal diseases could be the new hope for
the organic potato industry, researchers reveal this week.
Restructure for ADM food divisions
ADM announced the restructuring of its Food and BioProducts
Divisions to strengthen the company's global focus on its core food
and feed operations, as well as its functional foods and
Lifestyle plays role in diabetes 2
The majority of type 2 diabetes could be prevented by the adoption
of a healthier lifestyle, American scientists revealed recently.
Stock repurchase for Hain Celestial
The Hain Celestial Group announced that its Board of Directors has
authorised a stock repurchase program.
Nomination for soy industry leaders
The American Soybean Association (ASA) and DuPont, the American
chemical group, are seeking nominees for the 2002 ASA/DuPont Young
Berry extract fights West Nile virus
Findings of a new study in Israel show that the deadly West Nile
virus, which recently killed a 71-year-old Atlanta woman, may have
a natural enemy.
Balchem pleased with FDA ruling on choline
Balchem Corporation commended the FDA's recent decision authorising
products containing qualifying amounts of choline to carry a
nutrient label claim.
Oolong tea fights fat and cholesterol
An experiment by a Japanese doctor showed oolong tea reduces body
fat and rejuvenates internal organs, because it contains a large
amount of polyphenols.
Agreement for Advanced Nutraceuticals
Advanced Nutraceuticals subsidiary, ANI Pharmaceuticals, is to
acquire assets of York Pharmaceuticals, Inc.
Boomtime for nutritional oils
Martek Biosciences Corp., a Columbian company that makes products
from microalgae, reported a 166 per cent increase in sales of its
nutritional oils for infant formula.
Wild mushroom linked to muscle failure
A group of French people who ate a popular wild mushroom developed
rhabdomyolysis, a potentially fatal condition in which skeletal
muscle fibres break down, the New England Journal of Medicine
reports this week.
New trendy foods - not always so healthy
According to experts, even nutritious foods packaged in new and
improved ways could be bad for the health in the long term if one
does not carefully read the labels.
Vit. E & cancer prevention - more studies needed
Numerous university health publications, including the Harvard
Health Letter, report the health benefits and the safety of vitamin
Calcium from mutant plants could be a reality
A scientist from the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), the US
Department of Agriculture's scientific research agency, identified
a mutant plant that could provide more calcium to daily meals.
Improved health for India
India's health minister, Dr C P Thakur, last week unveiled the
draft of a new proposed national health policy-the first in 18
years, New Scientist reports this week.
NZ dairy industry supports GM research
Fonterra Co-operative Group Ltd wholeheartedly supports the use of
genetic modified organisms (GMOs) and stressed this week that it
must be allowed in New Zealand.
Denser bones with oestrogen and vit. D supplementation
According to a new study, oestrogen with vitamin D increase bone
density in elderly women.
Cholesterol - vital for the immune system
Excess cholesterol on the blood is a sign that one is at risk of
cardiovascular diseases. However, according to new research,
too-low cholesterol levels could increase the risk of cancer.
Henkel completes sales of Cognis
Henkel KgaA has agreed to sell its chemical division Cognis to a
consortium of financial investors comprising of Schroder Ventures
and Goldman Sachs Capital Partners.
Tea compound effective in targeting cancer cells
Rutgers University researchers have found a compound in black tea
that may target and kill colorectal cancer cells without harming
surrounding healthy tissue.
Shrub berry - more lycopene than tomato
According to scientists from the USDA's Agricultural Research
Service, the berries from autumn olive, a shrub, could become an
alternative source of lycopene.
Heinz boosts organic baby range
As the organic trend continues to scale new heights US food giant
Heinz has announced the addition of a range of babyfoods.
Discovery of obesity gene
Hoffman-La Roche and deCODE genetics announced that deCODE
scientists have mapped genes contributing to obesity and clinical
Look for the 'heart' sign
With activities taking up more time in the evening, no- or
low-preparation snacks and meals may be an easy choice, making the
effort to determine their nutritional value can be exhausting.
Foodborne pathogen protein investigated
US researchers are investigating a protein in a food-borne pathogen
that could lead to the vaccine development in its common host,
Brewer's yeast offers hope against HIV
Could a pint of beer protect you from HIV in the future? The answer
is yes, according to a US company that is aiming to make a cheap
vaccine out of brewer's yeast.
FAO releases 'State of Food' report
Economic growth can be positively influenced by improved nutrition,
the FAO said on September 11 in a special section of its annual
report, The State of Food and Agriculture 2001.
Calcium campaign launched to boost teenage intake
The US National Medical Association (NMA), the professional
organisation of African American physicians, launched a new calcium
education campaign at their annual meeting in August, to encourage
american adolescents to recognise the...
Marine nutraceutical gets GRAS status
Marine-based nutraceuticals company Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.
(ONC) announced this week that it had achieved GRAS (generally
recognised as safe) status for its omega-3 concentrated 30:20 EE
complex derived from fish oil.
Parkinson's patients: leave the bean behind
Younger Parkinson's patients are more likely to take alternative
treatments than older Parkinson's patients, new research suggests.
Elderberry's health benefits
Elderberries have been employed in European folk medicine since
antiquity for lots of illnesses from arthritis and asthma to colds
Béghin-Say H1 results
The Board of Directors of Béghin-Say, chaired by Jérôme de
Pelleport, met on 10 September 2001 to approve the consolidated
financial statements for the six months ended 30 June 2001.
Provide the milk, they'll drink it
The results of a national vending machine pilot test in American
middle and high schools released on September 10 show that milk is
a hit with kids as long as it is offered when, where and how they
'Good source' of choline - claim approved
The US Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has authorised products
containing qualifying amounts of the essential nutrient choline to
carry a nutrient content claim.
Greenpeace denounced patent of 'living beings'
The Ecologist group Greenpeace condemned the granting of a European
patent for a genetic tweak that can make salmon grow eight times
larger than normal.
Biotech experts will brief EU farm ministers
The European Union (EU) farm ministers will hear expert views on
the benefits and pitfalls of biotech next week including a call
that developing countries be given a chance to grow their own
genetically modified crops.
Dietary supplements vital for the elderly
According to many studies, elderly can benefit from supplementation
in vitamins and minerals, and reform should include these consumers
in order to meet their specific needs.
Fresh white hope
In a bid to boost the flagging cranberry industry farmers in New
Jersey are looking to the white version of their popular red fruit.
Ephedrine helpline number for Texas
Toll-free number for reporting ephedrine-associated health
So Natural reports net loss
So Natural Foods posted a A$233,867 (Euro132,566m) net loss for the
year ended June 30, 2001, compared to a net profit of A$1.127m
(Euro638,834) in the previous year.
The future of biotech plants and animals
The non-profit group Pew Initiative on Food & Biotechnology
announced that a new generation of genetically engineered products,
ranging from blue roses to anti-HIV spinach, is being developed to