Botanicals

ANSES says evidence not yet strong enough to back UTI health claim

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

By Shane Starling

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

By Shane Starling

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government body backed a version of the DMAC...

Slimaluma weight management claims enter the EU's rejected claims register

Gencor rejected weight management claims now EU law

By Shane Starling

Hong Kong-based Gencor Pacific has failed to convince the European Commission and EU member states to alter the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of weight management claims for its extract, as the rejections have this month entered the official...

Cognis: Now a part of BASF

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

BASF-Cognis acquisition delivering customer benefits

By Shane Starling

Integration is fully underway after the merger last year between the two German ingredient giants, Cognis and BASF, with projects developing under the newly formed Human Nutrition unit in the wake of BASF’s €3bn acquisition in December, 2010.

Professor Ernst: Retiring (but not the retiring type)

UK herbal veteran Professor Edzard Ernst retires

By Shane Starling

Professor Edzard Ernst, who once had a famous spat with Prince Charles after criticising claims being made by the Prince’s now defunct Foundation for Integrated Health, has announced his has retirement as director of the Complementary Medicine Research...

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

By Jess Halliday

Ocean Spray’s Ingredients Technology Group has forged a new partnership with Artemis International to help it extend the use of its cranberry extracts in nutraceuticals and gather market intelligence.

Nutrition goal: Extracts from these potato fields may end up funding and recuperating efforts on sporting fields

Potato protein targets sports nutrition market

By Shane Starling

Dutch start-up Solanic is promoting the bioavailability and sustainability of its potato-derived protein isolates, ahead of a global launch at the Vitafoods Europe trade fair next week in Geneva.

UK herbal industry concerns raised by THMPD deadline

THMPD Implementation

UK herbal industry concerns raised by THMPD deadline

By Shane Starling

The completion this week of the seven-year window for over-the-counter botanical products to comply with the 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) has only raised anxiety in the UK for the 1000s of products that haven’t as yet achieved...

Vitamin D: Inflammation benefits

Lallemand launches immunity blend

By Shane Starling

Lallemand Health Ingredients is promoting a selenium, vitamin D and yeast beta-glucan immunity blend with the intention of using European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved health claim opinions.

Herbal medicines must be registered under the EU THMPD from this week

THMPD Implementation

Germany and France: EU Herbal Directive won’t damage us

By Shane Starling

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) – fully implemented across the bloc after a seven-year transition period over the weekend – has been welcomed by German and French trade groups, even as opposition mounts against...

Danisco pushing for phytosterol debut in 12 months

Danisco pushing for phytosterol debut in 12 months

By Shane Starling

Danish giant Danisco hopes to have products on shelves “within 12 months” for a new pine-sourced free and esterified phytosterol offering targeting heart health it has branded PinVita.

Inflammation: The expression of a very modern malady

Special edition: Inflammation

Inflammation: The expression of a very modern malady

By Shane Starling

Extra-curricular inflammation of the human body is very real and costing healthcare providers billions globally. But where did it come from and are current efforts helping it go away?

Spanish initiative seeks functional food solutions

Spanish initiative seeks functional food solutions

By Shane Starling

The Spanish government is backing an agro-food scheme that brings ingredient suppliers together with food companies, biotech firms, hospitals, research centres and the IT sector.

Consultant: Walnut positive health claim opinion is “astonishing”

Consultant: Walnut positive health claim opinion is “astonishing”

By Shane Starling

Friday’s fourth batch of article 13 general function health claims highlighted inconsistencies in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach, according to Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, the president of German health claims consultancy and CRO, Analyze...

EFSA has now completed 80% of article 13 general function health claims

EFSA health claim opinions - article 13, batch 4

EFSA issues batch four of article 13 health claims

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel this morning issued 442 fresh article 13 general function health claim opinions, causing a run on its site that crashed it for many minutes.

From blood to eye lutein bioavailibility differs due to its form and in transit, says professor Norkus

Lutein: The eyes have it - or do they?

By Shane Starling

It is well known that free lutein has greater bioavailability than its esterified cousins. Here professor Edward Norkus, PhD, from the Montefiore Medical Center, New York City explains just why that is the case for the eye health nutrient.

Naturex set for “one or two” acquisitions in 2011: President

Naturex set for “one or two” acquisitions in 2011: President

By Shane Starling

Naturex will expand again in 2011 with several “€5-20m” targets, 1.5 years after completing the €110m integration of Spanish supplier Natraceutical that made the French botanical extracts supplier the biggest in the world.

Purveyors of substandard raw materials will be

China tightens raw materials laws for supplements makers

By Shane Starling

Dietary supplement manufacturers operating in China will have to do more to guarantee the quality of their supply chains, after Chinese authorities imposed new quality control regulations last week.

Solae has been recognised for its ehtical business practices

Solae gains ethical business recognition

By Shane Starling

Business best practice thinktank Ethisphere has named DuPont-Bunge soy joint venture, Solae, among its most ethical companies in 2011 for the second year running.

Will Australia and New Zealand join Europe, Canada and the US by authorising hemp foods?

Australia ponders legalising hemp foods

By Shane Starling

Australian regulators are considering allowing non-psychoactive versions of fatty acid and nutrient-rich hemp into the food supply and have opened a public consultation on the matter.

More functional foods for the elderly may be on the horizon in Spain

€26m Spanish functional foods initiative targets the elderly

By Shane Starling

A Spanish government-backed scheme that unites academia and business is set to deliver a range of functional food solutions at the end of next year targeting health issues suffered by the country’s rising numbers of elderly people.

Nestlé boosts Chinese food science activity

Nestlé boosts Chinese food science activity

By Shane Starling

Food giant Nestlé has opened a new food science lab in mainland China as it extends the activity of its Beijing-based Nestlé Research Center (NRC).

ASA attacked over CAM health claim expertise

ASA attacked over CAM health claim expertise

By Shane Starling

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) does not have the scientific know-how to deliver health claim marketing verdicts in the botanicals area, according to a natural health lobby group.

The ANH wants to see the THMPD in court over the treatment of herbal products in the EU

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March

By Ben Bouckley

Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March, NutraIngredients.com has learnt.

Banned drug sibutramine rears its ugly head again

Banned drug sibutramine found in weight loss pills

By Shane Starling

The banned pharma ingredient sibutramine has been found at dangerously high levels in a Taditional Chinese Medicine weight loss supplement, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said Friday.

A solid balance sheet will permit further acquisition activity, Raisio says

Raisio turns in healthy results and promises further acquisitions

By Shane Starling

Finnish ingredients and branded foods player Raisio – the owner of the stanol-cholesterol reduction brand Benecol, will continue seeking acquisitions, it announced in its 2010 financial statement that saw EBIT come in at €19.4m for the year.

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