Folate may alleviate drug side-effects
According to researchers, patients taking a drug usually prescribed
for rheumatoid arthritis can lower their risk for drug-related
liver damage by taking folate supplements.
Soy Symposium for November
The Fourth International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing
and Treating Chronic Disease is to take place in San Diego on 4-7
Milk protein hope for PKU sufferers
A dairy scientist in the US has developed a milk protein powder
that aims to dramatically expand the food choices for people with
phenylketonuria - more commonly known as PKU - a genetic disorder.
Consumer ingredient branding - first Solae product out
The American science group DuPont unveiled a program to position
its healthy food ingredients under the brand Solae.
Eat soy, live longer - study suggests
According to a report in a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
publication, diets containing soyfoods have contributed to the
longevity of people of Okinawa.
EC clears acquisition in the dairy market
The EC has approved the proposed acquisition of Nutricia Dairy and
Drinks Group (NDDG) by Friesland Coberco Dairy Foods Holding N.V.
GM crop sites will be revealed
The location of GM crop trials in Australia will be published on
the Internet after a regulator on August 10 rejected applications
to keep the sites secret from anti-GM activists.
First GM cookbook out soon
The world's first cookbook featuring only GM ingredients will soon
be on the shelves.
Antioxidants may interfere with cholesterol drugs
According to researchers, supplementing the diet with antioxidant
vitamins and minerals appears to blunt the beneficial effects of
certain cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Organic trade fair for Japan
Nuremberg Trade Fairs organisation announced that it is to extend
its to the Far East.
Strong growth for nutraceuticals group
Australian manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals FH
Faulding announced this week a net profit of AU$ 106 million.
Functional drinks boost Hansen's results
Hansen Natural Corp. reported record sales for its second quarter
ended June 30, 2001, supported by strong growth in functional
drinks lines and new products.
Tesco into alternative remedies
Tesco announced it will bring alternative medicines to the masses
as it took a controlling stake in a specialist retailer of natural
Exercise and diet reduces diabetes risk, new evidence
Exercise and diet can dramatically lower the risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, scientists claim this week.
Summit on "blue fruit" health benefits
The 4th annual summit organised by the Wild Blueberry Association
of North America (WBANA) is being held in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Low-fat diets may not provide enough omega-3s
According to researchers, the US government-recommended diets for
preventing heart disease do not contain enough essential fats, the
kind of fatty acids found in vegetables, lean meats, fish, and
Degussa focusing strategy continues
German speciality chemical giant Degussa AG announced this week the
sale of its ASTA Medica Onkology business to Baxter Healthcare S.A.
Food agency reacts to UK organic report
According to a new report, organic food is healthier and safer for
Galaxy expands down under
Galaxy Nutritional Foods announced it would start shipping ten of
its healthy brand dairy alternative products to major supermarket
chains in Australia.
Standards for energy drinks, artifical sweeteners and icon foods in Australia
A new standard for energy drinks was just one measure among many
food issues agreed last week by ministers meeting for the first
time at the newly formed Australia New Zealand Food Standards
New gums for better oral care
Procter & Gamble Company and the US chewing gum company William
Wrigley Jr. Company announced on August 7 an agreement to bring
innovative chewing gums with dental benefits to the world's
More evidence of black tea benefits
According to a recent study, a cup of black tea, with an apple and
a chunk of chocolate may help protect against heart disease.
Western health supplements trendy in Asia
According to a recent survey, Asians are increasingly switching
from traditional medicine to Western health supplements.
Health-linked GMOs the way to acceptance
What's in it for me? Australian research is showing this may be the
key question in selling genetically modified (GM) foods to
DMV signs agreement with US meat packers
Lactoferrin ingredients giant DMV International announced this week
a joint venture agreement with US beef packing company Farmland
National Beef Packing Company L.P.
Food health claims nearing Code of Practice
The UK Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) is drawing closer to
its goal to establish a Code of Practice for health claims on food.
Benefits of low cholesterol in elderly questioned
It is the general belief today that low blood cholesterol is key in
reducing cardiovascular disease. This opinion has now been
challenged by data from the Honolulu Heart Program, a large
epidemiological study of cardiovascular disease.
ConAgra fights Danone over product name
ConAgra Foods Inc., the second-biggest U.S. food company, is to sue
French company, Groupe Danone SA's Dannon to block it from using
the name "Snack Pack" for its yoghurt containers.
Capsugel extends vegetable capsule line
US capsule manufacturer, Capsugel, has extended its line of liquid
filled vegetable capsules to include a lecithin filled capsule.
NZ Dairy Foods demands stronger competition measures
According to NZ Dairy Foods, additional measures are needed to
protect competition in the domestic New Zealand milk sector.
Low trans-fat margarines
Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service have developed a
new process to produce foods with lower content of trans-fat acids.
Croda reports profit loss in 2Q
Croda, the UK chemicals company, said its move to focus on
higher-margin oleochemicals had cushioned it against the sharp
downturn that has affected most chemical groups in the first half
of the year.
Soy may reduce breast cancer risk
Antioxidant compounds found in soy foods have been shown to reduce
levels of hormones associated with breast cancer risk in women. A
new study suggests that other factors associated with soy may also
play a role in lowering cancer...
Clarification required on China's GMO regulations
American agriculture industry officials complained on August 2 that
China's new regulations governing the import of biotech products
are hindering bilateral trade, especially for soybeans.
Bunge's shares fall
The American agribusiness group Bunge Limited became a public
company on August 2 with the start of trade on its newly issued
Foodborne diseases are top priority for EU
The European Commission is tackling salmonella poisoning as the
number one priority in a new food safety crackdown.
PepsiCo and Quaker finally merged
On August 2, PepsiCo announced it has completed its merger with The
Quaker Oats Company, creating a $25 bn food and beverage company.
Elderly Americans undernourished - study suggests
According to two recent studies, many older Americans are not
getting adequate nourishment from the foods they eat and are at
increased risk of serious health problems requiring
Hain Celestial expands European activities
Hain Celestial Group announced two new developments to expand the
distribution of its brands throughout Europe, as part of the
company's international growth strategy.
Phytonutrient range moves into UK supermarkets
Galaxy Nutritional Foods, a US producer of plant-based dairy
alternatives, announced on July 30 that distribution of its Rice,
Veggy, and Soymage dairy alternatives are going into large UK
Encapsulated herbs for breadmakers
Sandwich makers using bread baked with herbs and spices can provide
their customers with a stronger fresher flavour by using loaves
made with encapsulated extracts, according to UK company TasteTech.
PepsiCo-Quaker deal approved
After months of baited breath soft drinks giant PepsiCo Inc.
finally obtained the approval, albeit by a hair's breadth, to buy
Quaker Oats Co. and its successful Gatorade brand.
Doctors prescribe fruit and veg
Doctors in the UK are to prescribe fruit and vegetables to
potential victims of heart disease in a new experiment to tackle
Saputo Q1 results up
Saputo Inc, the largest dairy processor in Canada reported on a
first-quarter profit climb of a third compared to the same quarter
last year as the price of cheese shot up.
Anti-GM wheat campaigners in Canada
The latest campaign against genetically modified foods took place
in Canada on Tuesday when consumer groups, scientists and farmers
joined forces to demand the federal government postpone approval of
genetically modified wheat.
Decision on Pepsi-Gatorade purchase imminent
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is getting ready to vote as
early as Wednesday on whether to try to block PepsiCo Inc.'s
proposed $13.8 billion acquisition of Gatorade sports drink maker
Quaker Oats Co.
Bayer close to Aventis agrochemical purchase
German chemicals group Bayer AG is edging towards a deal to buy the
agrochemicals arm of Franco-German drugs group Aventis SA for
around Euro 7.25 billion, including debt.
A pint a day keeps doctor away
According to a study published in the July issue of the journal
Epidemiology, beer may help prevent coronary heart disease.
Researchers of the University of Toronto in Canada found the
formula to combine salt with iron and iodine without altering its
aspect or flavour.
Jordan on track to fight iron deficiency
The Health Ministry of Jordan will start fortifying flour with iron
and folic acid to combat iron deficiency anaemia (IDA) in
cooperation with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF.