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Palm oil firm says sustainability not so focal for supplements

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2014

Sustainability? Not so focal for supplements, says palm oil firm

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Sustainability is not such an important issue for the supplements industry, because of the relatively low ingredient volumes involved and a difference in industry priorities, Malaysia-based Carotech has said.

Daviso Foods' Polly Olson.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Marketing whey protein to the elderly 'challenging': Davisco Foods

By Mark ASTLEY

The role of doctors and dietitians in the education of the elderly on the benefits of protein for healthy ageing is key, US whey protein manufacturer Davisco Foods International told DairyReporter.com.

Vitafoods Live! debates to take aim at key industry issues

Vitafoods Live! debates to take aim at key industry issues

By Nathan Gray

From infant formula, to additives, protein, medical foods and omega-3 issues, our team of expert journalists will be taking aim at the most important and topical issues for the global food and nutrition industry at the Vitafoods Live! debate theatre next...

Arkopharma Cys-Control marketing as it appeared online today. The UTI-focused product's EU medical device registration has been withdrawn and no claim is being made here...

Gunter Haesaerts: “The party is over now.”

French cranberry medical device status stripped

By Shane STARLING

French food supplements manufacturer Arkopharma has had its ‘EU medical device’ status revoked for a cranberry product that claimed to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) in women.

Spockumentary: MicroWarriors explores probiotics and the human microbiome in highly logical detail

Exclusive documentary preview: MicroWarriors Special edition

MicroWarriors: Exploring probiotic power (and the powers that be)

By Shane STARLING

NutraIngredients went to LA recently to question two leading probiotic academics about probiotics and the microbiome and which we present exclusively here. The interviews form part of a new documentary to be narrated by Leonard Nimoy, better known as...

The IFT listed top 10 functional food trends for 2014

Top 10 US functional food trends

By Michael Stones

The growing popularity of fortified and functional foods – in preference to nutritional supplements – was identified as the top of 10 US functional food trends, according to the Chicago-based Institute of Food Technologists (IFT).

Omega-3 enriched camelina trials will be the only GM field trials currently in the UK. Photo credit: Sarah Usher/Rothamsted Research

DEFRA gives GM camelina omega-3 project go-ahead

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has granted permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants that accumulate omega-3s in their seeds.

Health claims are being lost in language and cultural translation, warns an EU food law advisor

Lost in translation: Parlez-vous health claims?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Cross-border communication must be provided to combat the confusion caused by the 24 subtly different language versions of EU-approved health claims, as well as countless other cultural nuances, according to an EU food law expert. 

Dr Heike Bischoff-Ferrari: “…we question if we get better answers from meta-analyses of meta-analyses without addressing what has repeatedly demonstrated before - that conclusions drawn from meta-analyses of vitamin D trials vary greatly as a function of the trials included, adherence and dose.”

“Which way up was the umbrella? Did this review collect knowledge or shield us from it?”

BMJ vitamin D research attacked: 'un-nuanced', 'flawed', 'irresponsible'

By Shane STARLING

The ‘umbrella’ review of vitamin D studies that found a myriad of health links for the sunshine vitamin were unconfirmed in the scientific literature, has been criticised for containing too many flawed studies that warped the overall findings.

Pea protein: From fringe to mainstream?

Special edition: Nuts, pulses and legumes

No picnic: Is pea protein moving from the fringe to mainstream?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Pea protein may be moving in from the food and beverage fringes, however formulating with the fast-growing ingredient is 'no picnic' according to functional confectionery firm Carmit.

Vitabiotics has complied with the ASA ruling for its Diabetone food supplement

UK ASA ruling

UK on diabetic supplement: Blood sugar link ok (but not diabetes)

By Shane STARLING

The brand name of a food supplement aimed at diabetics called Diabetone is protected under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR), the UK advertising watchdog has found. But it ruled against what it found to be text suggestive of treatment.

“Commercialisation is not at stake,” says Sanofi following its EFSA claim disappointment

Sanofi to contest rebuffed sterol cholesterol claim, but it's no big deal

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Sanofi-Aventis has said the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its application to broaden the already approved sterol-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to powdered supplements won’t affect the company commercially, but they will be...

Four crickets provide as much calcium as a glass of milk and dung beetles contain more iron than beef, says the project's leader. Photo credit: Just Walk Away Renee

Are 3D printed insect snacks the taste of the future?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Hurdles in food safety, taste and consumer acceptance await on the London South Bank University’s quest to join two big food innovations: 3D printing and insect-based ingredients.

Photo Credit: Allow Golden Rice Now

What do the eco heretics mean for GM golden rice?

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Dr Patrick Moore – Greenpeace founding member and GM defector – represents a fear that lurks in the heart of all ideologists: Am I on the right side of the fence? Am I the goodie or the baddie? 

Local sporting cultures influence consumer preferences across the global protein and non-protein markets, says Euromonitor

Infographic

Protein still sports nutrition king, but watch out

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Protein is still the bedrock of sports nutrition says Euromonitor, but non-protein products are expected to grow faster in several important global markets like Australia, Canada and Indonesia.

Raisio: “This is an important acknowledgement and will be used to get the message out.”

EU heart health group backs sterols-stanols

By Shane STARLING

Two grams of plant sterols or plant stanols per day in functional foods can help manage cholesterol for those with moderate heart disease risk and who are taking statin drugs, the European Atherosclerosis Society (EAS) has said.

Padina pavonica: At least one study showed it could benefit bone density but EFSA said the data was lacking

EFSA health claim opinion

Maltese firm to appeal “bully” EFSA over bone health claim rejection

By Shane STARLING

EFSA is an irrational scientific bully that is damaging the European nutrition sector and driving activity to more business-friendly regions like Asia and the US, says the chief a Maltese firm just rejected by the agency for a second time.

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

Oz government should provide more support for complementary medicine

By RJ Whitehead

According to Australia’s Complementary Healthcare Council, 2014 will put an ever-increasing burden of chronic health problems on the country’s healthcare system. As a result, the body is urging the government increase prominence for complementary medicines...

NIHS: “The cell products supplied by CDI include a variety of cell types that will benefit several areas of investigation at the Institute including Metabolic Health, Gastro-intestinal Health and Brain Health...

Nestlé links with US human cell supplier to advance nutrition research

By Shane STARLING

Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences (NIHS) has inked a deal with a Wisconsin-based biotech firm that will keep it in supply of human brain and liver cells for nutrition testing purposes with a focus on drinks, smoothies and other products targeting diabetes...

2013: Big-hitting Nutra news review

2013: Big-hitting Nutra news review

New laws, NGO questions, booming sectors, booed players – there was plenty for the European and international healthy foods and supplements sectors to get on with in 2013. We take a quick look back to help you look forward in 2014...

FSE: “What we have not observed is how the NHCR is stimulating innovation in the sector...

“The impact of this longer-term erosion of the relationship with consumers will be profound.”

Appraised: 12 months in the life of the world’s toughest health claims regime

By Shane STARLING

Widely despised and foreseen as an innovation crusher and healthy foods/supplements market wet blanket, we asked how life under the controversial EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is panning out.

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