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New blood: Soy bean extract wins EU approval

By Shane Starling

A Japanese firm has won EU novel foods approval for a blood clot-benefitting fermented soy bean extract for all groups except “pregnant and lactating women.”

Botanicals have been the subject of numerous studies, all eager to add scientific credence to their reported health benefits.  ©iStock/ChamilleWhite

Botanicals: Research round-up

By Will Chu

As part of our special edition on botanicals, NutraIngredients takes a look at recent research of some popular botanical ingredients.

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Soy isoflavones may aid with sleep, says study

By Adi Menayang

Can isoflavones found in soybeans help insomniacs get some sleep? Researchers in Japan, who studied more than a thousand participants from various walks of life, think so.

BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

BASF hikes vitamin B2 price 20%

By Shane STARLING

BASF tells us its 20% vitamin B2 (riboflavin) price hike is due to “rising demand” across human and animal nutrition, but gave no further data on the significant jump.

EU soy-cholesterol health claims after appeal fails

Doomed: EU soy-cholesterol health claims after appeal fails

By Shane STARLING

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) appears to have nailed shut the door for soy-cholesterol reducing health claims in the European Union, after dismissing a series of formal objections to its third rejection of the bean’s cholesterol-lowering capacity.

Beta glucan; Touchi win novel foods approval

Beta glucan; Touchi win novel foods approval

A yeast beta glucan ingredient called Wellmune WGP and a fermented black bean extract have won novel foods approval for use in foods, drinks and food supplements from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

By Shane Starling

The three groups behind the soy protein-cholesterol lowering health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in late July, say EFSA’s tight definition of soy protein denies real world use of the nutrient.

Soy firms coordinate Haiti donations

Soy firms coordinate Haiti donations

A multinational alliance called SoyFoods Haiti Alliance Relief Effort, or SHARE is coordinating donation and delivery of protein-rich foods to the Haiti earthquake relief effort.

Could soy isoflavones extend life?

Could soy isoflavones extend life?

By Stephen Daniells

Soy isoflavones may activate anti-ageing proteins and lead to an extension of life, suggests preliminary research from Newcastle University in the UK.

Could clones be hiding out in ice-cream?

Could clones be hiding out in ice-cream?

Ben & Jerry’s campaign to ensure produce from clones is detectable in the food chain shows that bundling biotech in with conventional produce remains unacceptable – but lessons from GM do not seem to have been learned.

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