Infant & maternal

Bad Science author Dr Ben Goldacre at the IFT show

Is food marketing awash with bad science? If so, who is to blame?

Dr Ben Goldacre: ‘Does this food cause or prevent cancer? Honestly, there's no need for any more stories like that, they have almost no value’

By Elaine Watson

There was plenty of handwringing at the IFT show this year about the lack of scientific literacy characterizing the debate around food and farming, backed up by scores of press clippings about ‘franken-foods.’ But is the media solely to blame, and what’s...

The advice marks a break from previous UK government guidance, which stated no additional dietary intake of vitamin D was necessary for individuals living a ‘normal lifestyle’. ©iStock

UK alters advice on vitamin D

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The UK government has advised that adults and children over the age of one should get 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D every day.

Immunity-focused drinking yoghurt Actimel relaunched in April with the help of a music group Stay Strong Brothers. A revamp of gut health-orriented spoonable yoghurt Activia is expected in the second half of the year.

Solid global, flat European growth for Danone in first half of 2016

Can Actimel revamp inject life into Danone’s flat European sales?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Danone has recorded negative overall sales figures in Europe for the first half of 2016. But the company hopes investment in the relaunch of its Activia and Actimel brands will help return it to profitable growth.


UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

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 fines.

Action on Sugar turns its attention to energy drinks. ©iStock/HandmadePictures

UK report calls for ban on energy drink sales to under 16s

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A report authored by UK public health lobby group Action on Sugar has called on the UK government to curb energy drink consumption among young people – listing a ban on sales to under 16s as one policy option.

German researchers tested the long-held theory that garlic consumption by a breast-feeding mother has an effect on her milk. ©iStock/szeyuen

Garlic consumption affects breast milk, says study

By Eliot Beer

Eating garlic can lead to a garlic smell and the presence of garlic-derived compounds in breast milk, but transmission is more complex than previously thought, according to a new study.

EU court rules that professionals cannot be expected to permanently have all up-to-date scientific knowledge necessary to evaluate each claim in advertising. ©iStock

legal uncertainty and B2B marketing rethink on the horizon?

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

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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 addressed to consumers.

The project will use an obese mice model to show how phages could be used in early life to ‘push’ flora from an obesity-associated composition to one associated with normal weight. ©

Denmark funds microbiota research on ‘probiotic’ phages

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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).

Basil Mathioudakis is promoting EU food legislation around the world after retiring from DG SANTE leadership last year. ©

Public figure profile: Basil Mathioudakis

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

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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 nutrition regulation as a consultant to industry and governments.

Danone will be entering the FTSE4Good Index later in June.

Danone enters FTSE4Good Index

By Jim Cornall

Danone has announced its entrance into the FTSE4Good Index, a global responsible investment index designed to measure the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices.

Olympic Seafood hopes two new products - a high concentration krill oil and a krill powder - will inject life into an otherwise stagnant market. ©

Second krill player moves in on EU high dose opportunity

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn from Ålesund, Norway

Rimfrost AS is the latest krill player to capitalise on a recent EU approval of high doses of the omega-3 ingredient, a move it hopes will inject life into an otherwise ‘stagnant’ market.  

'Probiota’s achievements record and the IPA’s powerful membership make this the industry’s must attend event.'

May 31 to June 2 2016, Chicago, Illinois. 270+ signed up

IPA & Probiota Americas partnership set to break records this week

Chicago will witness the biggest ever meeting of experts from the global pre- and probiotics industry, running today (May 31) until Thursday (June 2). The combined IPA World Congress and Probiota Americas event will unite more than 270 academics, business...

SNE: 'Under no circumstances can [infant formula] be compared to tobacco products...infant formula is one of the most highly regulated products in the world...' © iStock

European infant formula makers: We don't need more regulation

By Aurélie Perrichet

With the World Health Organisation (WHO) and respected British journal The Lancet recently calling for tighter regulation and enforcement to better control infant formulae marketing, Aurélie Perrichet executive director of sector group Specialised Nutrition...

Global omega-3 market set for 5% growth in next years according to GOED. © iStock

Special edition: Omega-3s

Omega-3 hits €28bn in 2015 – growth predicted

By Shane Starling

The global omega-3 finished product market was worth €28 billion in 2015 and is set for pan-sector growth in the coming years to add €5bn by 2018, despite sustainability and scientific challenges.

GOED also recommends 700 – 1000 mg for pregnant and lactating women, more than 1 g for people with health conditions like high blood pressure. © / morisfoto

special edition: omega-3s

GOED on doubling EFSA’s omega-3 recommendation

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

In April this year the Global Organisation for EPA and DHA Omega-3s (GOED) published its first recommendation for EPA and DHA, as an attempt to wade in and bring unity to divergent nutrition advice.

The WHO says countries aren't doing enough to protect breastfeeding from companies promoting infant formula. Photo: iStock-Renato Borlaza

WHO slams industry over breast milk substitutes

By Jim Cornall

A new report says countries’ efforts to support breastfeeding in the face of infant formula promotion aren’t effective enough, but industry says it is playing by complicated and changing rules.

Daesang Corp follows in Martek Biosciences and Ocean Nutrition Canada's footsteps with Schizochytrium sp. microalgae oil for the EU. © / pichet_w

Korean firm seeks EU access for novel algal DHA oil

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The South Korean company Daesang Corp has applied for novel food approval for its DHA-rich algal oil, claiming ‘substantial equivalence’ to an already-approved oil produced by DSM-owned Martek Biosciences.

By 2020 LEDs are set to represent almost 60% of the total lighting market, but behind this energy-efficient option lies a major danger to eye health.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2016

OmniActive taps into LED concerns with What’s Your B.L.U.E.? campaign

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The future of lighting is LED but what impact does this have on eyesight? US-Indian firm OmniActive has launched a European version of its What’s Your B.L.U.E.? campaign to shed light on the burgeoning health risk, which it says carotenoid supplements...

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) now counts 58 companies as members – up from 42 back in April 2015. © / pvachier

dispatches from vitafoods 2016

IPA 'rebirth' sees probiotic membership surge

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) has seen a membership swell this year as old faces return and new faces come on board.

Norwegian firm Calanus first applied for novel food approval for its calanus oil as a food supplement ingredient back in January 2011. Photo credit: Uwe Klls

UK thumbs up for novel ‘mini shrimp’ omega-3 oil

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) has said miniature shrimp Calanus finmarchicus is safe as a novel source of omega-3 oil and is now seeking feedback on its draft opinion.

Will you be in Geneva for Vitafoods Europe 2016 this week?

Vitafoods Europe: Geneva pulls nutrition levers


The NutraIngredients team will be at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva this week scouring the showfloor and conference halls for hot stories, engaging the industry and scrutinising the latest nutrition innovations.

Dr Regina Moench-Pfanner (r) discusses efforts to improve nutrition at Food Vision Asia. ‘Where there is high rice consumption, it is important to improve rice’

Dispatches from Food Vision Asia 2016

Multi-partner efforts light path to better nutrition

By Shane Starling from Singapore

On-the-ground programmes in Singapore and beyond are significantly boosting nutrition levels for population groups that need it the most – like migrant workers – the inaugural Food Vision Asia congress was told this month.

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