Phood

Firms like Nexira promote nutrient-health links at shows like HI-Japan, but they do not always make it onto products as claims

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

By RJ Whitehead & Shane Starling at Health Ingredients-Japan in Tokyo

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will it take and will it meet its deadline?

PRI members are looking for medical approvals for probiotic products as food laws tighten

Probiotics easier to market as drugs than foods: PRI

By Paul Gander

The EU’s strict nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) which has barred all probiotic claims means 'living microorganism'-based products could be easier to bring to market as drugs, a 4-year-old French group has said.

Arla will triple whey hydrolysates output by 2016

Arla pours €38m into facility to meet whey demand

By Shane STARLING

Dairy giant Arla's ingredients business is building a new whey processing facility for €38m to meet rising demand for the dairy fraction in infant, sports and clinical nutrition.

Red Queen theory argues that despite inducing greater and more speedy responses from rivals, the most active and aggressive firms are the best performers.

Red Queen Rules: Understanding nutra space acquisition and evolution

By Dr Matthew Jones

By analysing the long-lasting commitments and acquisition activity of major companies Dr Matthew Jones at CPL Business Consultants uses the Red Queen theory to develop an understanding of their corporate mind-set and appetite for acquisitions and partnerships...

Mead Johnson Nutrition: A Danone target?

Is Danone feeling the need for Mead?

By Shane STARLING

 Danone shares rose today as rumours strengthened the French dairy giant would sell its medical and paediatric nutrition business (Nutricia), but is the firm streamlining its activities around its core foods businesses or just shifting infant-medical...

Cognitive decline:

Brain health top of mind at Milan congress

By Anne Bruce

Mounting epidemiological evidence suggests nutrient-rich but low-calorie diets and intake of B vitamins, Vitamin D and antioxidants stave off cognitive decline, experts gathered in Milan said last week.

“Yes we can find new natural molecules in these,” BRAIN says of even the most researched fruits and vegetables.

Germans unite on nutritive compound project

By Shane STARLING

Two German firms are hoping to tap edible and other plants for nutritive compounds, with even staples like bananas and potatoes holding potential for molecular advance.

All those in favour of bespoke nutrition say 'I'...

“We want to understand the molecular relationships between nutrients and their effects on healthy individuals and patients at different stages of their lives.”

Bespoken for: Nestlé eyes ‘I-tamins’

By Shane STARLING

Swiss-based Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) is teaming with a US analytics specialist to develop personalised vitamin solutions via ultra-sensitive lab techniques.

“Some plants were excluded because it was felt that the industry was not really using them. Evidence to the contrary would be important,” says Italian consultant.

'If they are not included, they may be relegated to novel food hell'

And the losers were… BELFRIT’s missing botanicals compiled

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Firms must fight the case of the botanicals that did not make it on the BELFRIT list, according to a consultant behind a comprehensive index of those excluded from the Belgian, French and Italian agreement.

 There is little evidence to support most probiotics health claims, says the UK's National Health Service (NHS).

"There's likely to be a huge difference between the pharmaceutical-grade probiotics that show promise in clinical trials and the 'probiotic' yoghurts and supplements sold in shop": NHS

NHS probiotics advice 'flagrant understatement': ISAPP

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Probiotics association says the UK's updated National Health Service (NHS) advice on probiotics underestimates the potential health benefits of probiotics outside the digestive tract. 

ISAPP: “The panel concluded that the general benefit of support­ing a healthy digestive tract was reinforced by evidence gathered on a large number of different probiotic strains representing commonly studied species.”

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

By Shane STARLING

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this week in Nature Reviews: Gastroenterology...

“The gradual decrease of the H. pylori colonisation observed in recent decades could be causally related to the obesity endemic observed in the Western world,” according to researcher.

Review links ulcerous stomach bacteria with obesity

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The gradual decrease of the ulcer-causing stomach bacteria Helicobacter pylori could be linked to the global obesity endemic, according to an international research review. 

“Companies will have only two years to adapt their products to these as yet unknown requirements.”

Time to resolve EU slimming foods legal uncertainty: FSE

By Lynda Searby

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE), the trade association that represents the interests of dietetic food manufacturers across the EU, has voiced concerns about the ‘current legal uncertainty’ surrounding slimming foods for overweight and obese consumers.

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