The cholesterol-reducing potential of phytosterols are well established, and a new meta-analysis now suggests the heart-friendly ingredients may also help manage blood pressure.
Plant sterol leader Unilever will soon be able to expand its plant sterol-fortified, cholesterol-lowering Pro.activ range into home cooking and baking oils, if a positive opinion is mandated across the EU.
Unilever has applied to UK authorities for EU novel foods approval for its cholesterol-lowering phytosterol esters in liquid vegetable fats used in home cooking and baking.
Study shows plant sterols don’t go ‘POP’ in fruit beverages
A new Spanish study suggests that fruit and milk-based fruit beverages are suitable vehicles for plant-based sterols, after detecting low sample levels of potentially harmful compounds called ‘POPs’.
Kraft Foods has urged Australasian authorities to remove restrictions on the package size of low-fat cheese enriched with phytosterol esters – less than two years after calling for their implementation.
Phytosterols stable in functional foods
The stability of plant sterols in functional foods for cholesterol reduction is high, says a new study from Spain which adds to the safety data surrounding phytosterols.
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Henry Hussell, the head of marketing, Europe at Cargill Health and Nutrition, acknowledges the development of its plant sterols and beta glucan has been slower than many expected – but that doesn’t mean the agrofood giant has lost faith in them.
Correction: Kraft moves closer to sterol approval down under
Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has recommended that Kraft be given approval for plans to use plant sterols in reduced fat cheese but no final permission has been given.
Kraft Foods is a step closer to becoming the first company to win approval to use plant sterols in reduced fat cheese in New Zealand and Australia after a positive regulatory assessment.
Plant sterols survive tight economy, says Cognis
Strong demand for plant sterols has helped support overall flagging sales over the past six months for the food ingredient firm Cognis.
Phytosterols for cholesterol cuts supported by review
Phytosterol-enriched foods are efficacious for reducing levels of LDL cholesterol, with no differences between stanols and sterols, or delivery in fat or non fat foods, says a new review.
Soy plant sterol wins European Novel Foods approval
The €400m European cholesterol-lowering, plant sterol market has a
new entrant after a non-GMO, soy-derived sterol ingredient was
yesterday approved for use within the European Union.
Naturis seeks phytosterol permission for dairy
Naturis has asked the Food Standards Agency to approve the use of
phytosterols - which have been linked to having a positive effect
on lowering cholesterol - from soya bean seeds.
Unilever deal aims at added-value future
Unilever revealed yesterday it will sell a stake in some of
its margarine brands in Brazil, as it moves to extend its focus on
Phyto-Sources builds capacity for functional food demand
Phyto-Source has announced a significant expansion of its pine tree
sterol production capacity for the second time in one year, due in
large part to EU demand for its product.
Functional foods need closer monitoring - experts
Functional foods need systematic monitoring because not enough is
known about their long-term safety and effectiveness, Dutch
scientists have stated.
Phyto-Source faces increased phytosterol demand
Demand for plant sterol ingredients continues to grown according to
manufacturer Phyto-Source, who has announced it is clearing up
production bottlenecks to make room for more supply.
Fenchem gets novel foods go-ahead for Cholevel
Chinese ingredients supplier Fenchem has received novel foods
notification for its Cholevel plant sterols in the EU, opening up
the way for the ingredient's direct use in foods.
Alltracel may team up with other ingredient suppliers
Alltracel has slashed its operating losses in first half 2006 and
continues to seek partners and acquisitions - a plan that may, at
some stage, involve teaming up with plant sterol or omega-3
Phytosterols market set to continue growth
Sales of phytosterols in Europe are predicted to more than double
by 2012, but companies need to turn consumer awareness into
understanding and acceptance, says a new report from Frost and
Forbes Medi-Tech completes sale of Phyto-Source share
Forbes Medi-Tech has completed the sale of its 50 percent share in
Phyto-Source, its sterol manufacturing joint venture with Chusei
(USA) to Chusei Oil Co for US$25 million, and plans to use the
proceeds to develop more nutraceutical...
Forbes renews major sterol deal with large customer
Canadian sterol maker Forbes Medi-Tech is seeing sustained demand
for its plant sterols, announcing today the renewal of a major
supply agreement with an unnamed multinational firm.
Wood sterols gaining interest in GM-sensitive markets
Companies extracting sterols from pine trees are looking for a
greater share of Europe's cholesterol-lowering foods market,
exploiting the challenges faced by producers of vegetable
Cognis ramps up plant sterol capacity
Specialty chemicals supplier Cognis said on Friday that it had
opened a €20 million facility for increased production of its plant
sterols and CLA, writes Dominique Patton.
IFST updates info on plant sterols
The UK's Institute of Food Science and Technology has updated its
information statement on plant sterol and stanol esters to include
recent European regulatory requirements.
Forbes signs sterol agreement
Canadian company Forbes Medi-Tech said yesterday that it had
secured a sterols sales agreement for $24.4 million over a
three-year period beginning in January 2005.
New phytosterol cleared for EU use
A new phytosterol ingredient, said by its Swedish manufacturer to
represent the 'second generation' of phytosterol ingredients, has
been given the go-ahead for use on the European market.
Forbes sees sterol demand rocketing
Canadian sterol manufacturer Forbes Medi-Tech has significantly cut
its losses after sales of the cholesterol-lowering ingredient shot
up more than 80 per cent during 2003.
Multiple benefits for novel sterol ingredient
A new plant sterol-based ingredient that has added minerals to
benefit bone health and reduce blood pressure has gained regulatory
approval for use on the European market.
Good news from Europe for Forbes Medi-Tech
Canadian firm Forbes Medi-Tech saw shares jump 10 per cent this
week following the announcement by the European Food Safety Agency
(EFSA) that its cholesterol-lowering ingredient Reducol is safe.
Phytosterol sales boost Forbes, but future looks difficult
A 50 per cent rise in monthly sales of phytosterols helped Canadian
firm Forbes-Medi-Tech register a strong end to its financial year.
But the coming year looks set to be difficult, with delays in the
approval procedure meaning that...