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EFSA models transparency with open source ‘Knowledge Junction’

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made all its models from the last 15 years available on an open source platform called the Knowledge Junction, which also encourages external submissions of data, images and videos that could go on to be used...

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...

NutraIngredients 5: Top science stories of 2015

NutraIngredients 5: Top science stories of 2015

By Will Chu

As 2015 draws to an end, NutraIngredients takes the time to look back at the most read scientific research carried out throughout the 12 months. Did any of them have significance for you? The number 1 story is surprising... 

Biased by industry? Do academic and business collaborations work?

CULTURED VIEWS FROM PROBIOTA 2015 IN AMSTERDAM

Biased by industry? Do academic and business collaborations work?

By Nathan Gray

Like many areas of nutrition research, probiotic and prebiotic science relies on strong collaboration between academic experts and businesses. But there are some who say such links create biased science.

Olympic Seafood have teamed up with two universities to study the health benefits of krill oil.

Olympic Seafood set for krill oil research collaboration

By Nathan Gray

Norwegian firm Olympic Seafood AS has entered in to a research collaboration with two universities to use novel ‘omics’ technologies to investigate the potential health benefits of krill oil supplements.

Roquette backs chlorella for digestive health

Roquette backs chlorella for digestive health

By Shane Starling

Roquette will showcase chlorella at Vitafoods in Geneva this month with the French supplier pointing to an unpublished in vivo study demonstrating gut health benefits for the micro-algae.

New EU-backed project takes aim at diet and disease

New EU-backed project takes aim at diet and disease

By Nathan Gray

A new European Union backed project will to optimise research into diet and health by pulling together scientists and research tools in order to make realistic recommendations in the area.

'Science doesn't stand still'

EFSA seeks to strengthen risk assessment

By Caroline Scott-Thomas

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) tenth anniversary scientific conference on risk assessment concluded yesterday with a call for better communication and more ‘fit-for-purpose’ risk assessment tools.

Pepsi backs Dutch muscle function project

Pepsi backs Dutch muscle function project

By Shane Starling

Food giant PepsiCo has joined a private-public research project in the Netherlands that is investigating how nutrition affects muscle function in athletes and the elderly.

Bimuno: May be feeling financial discomfort after EFSA rejected its gastro discomfort health claim appeal

EFSA rebuffs prebiotic appeal hopes

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel has given short shrift to an appeal by a Malta-based start-up urging it to revise a 2009 rejection of the prebiotic potential of the company’s proprietary Bimuno formulation.

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).

The science behind food

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The science behind food

The words clinical trial or scientifically proven on a label carry huge cachet. But behind the claims of scientific evidence, consumers expect a base level of rigour in ensuring thatfood or personal care products actually deliver the benefits they claim.

The business of food safety

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The business of food safety

One cannot envy the chief executive faced with a scientific study
that casts doubt over the efficacy or safety of his core product.
But avoiding a sales slump, media vilification and even charges of
fraud means squaring up to such...

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