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Need for regulation in nutrigenomics?

New research designed to help consumers create customised diets based on their genetic make-up will create ethical and legal challenges with serious implications for the...

Food industry unprepared for new FDA rules

The food industry is not ready for new rules on bioterrorism in the US rapidly created and cleared after the events of September 11, 2001,...

Chr Hansen expands in China

Western ingredients companies continue to make inroads into the massive Chinese food market with Danish company Chr Hansen cutting the ribbon yesterday on new facilities...

Chinese herb fights prostate tumors

The Chinese herb Scutellaria barbata has been found to slow progression of prostate tumors in mice, suggesting potential chemopreventive effects in humans. The herb, a...

Canadian minister welcomes US mad cow decision

At the end of last week the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a proposed rule aimed at ending the ban on imports of Canadian...

Profits plunge at Bunge's agribusiness

The rolling out of third quarter results today continues with a slip in earnings for US agri-giant Bunge on the back of weaker profits sorely...

US backs further research into alternative medicine

The American government is funding new initiatives to boost complementary medicine research, in the hope that ancient knowledge from other cultures may one day also...

The physician's guide to dietary supplements

The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) has released medical guidelines on the clinical use of dietary supplements and nutraceuticals with hormonal and metabolic effects,...

Gains in green tea research

New research provides more evidence to back green tea's anti-cancer effects in humans. The tea's active agent Epigallocatecin-3-gallate, already thought to lower cholesterol, prevent heart...

Lower margins eat into Burns Philp

Pricing pressure has hit another ingredients company with leading Australian yeast supplier Burns Philp reporting that low margins had cut into profits for the quarter....

Quest slices into ICI

Disappointing figures from flavours company Quest pulled an already less than dazzling set of third quarter results down further for UK chemical group ICI, hit...

Fruit extracts offer hope in skin cancer prevention

Common fruits not only contain a number of vitamins and minerals that help fight everyday illnesses but could also harbor agents that can reduce the...

Ginger shown to slow colorectal cancer

The substance that gives ginger its flavour appears to inhibit the growth of human colorectal cancer cells, according to research presented yesterday at a major...

Aloe industry applauds member contributions

Two awards presented at a recent seminar held by the International Aloe Science Council (IASC) highlighted the work of individuals who have contributed to the...

Eggs, a better lutein source?

Eggs are a highly bioavailable source of lutein, the carotenoid thought to help fight disease and eyesight degeneration, shows a small trial presented in the...

Standards needed in fruit extracts

Manufacturers of fruit and vegetable extracts, increasingly used to flavour natural and functional foods, need to better standardise their products to help customers compare brands,...

Gene the answer to common mould

An insidious fuzzy grey mould that often coats refrigerated strawberries and many other plants during growing and storage could be prevented by a gene identified...

Low-carbs to fight prostate cancer?

A low-carbohydrate diet may be more effective than reducing fat intake for prevention of prostate cancer, suggests a laboratory study by researchers in the US....

ODS presents best of 2002 supplement research

The Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has released a fourth issue of the Annual Bibliography of Significant Advances...

Mother's calcium intake may reduce offspring's blood pressure

Pregnant women who take calcium supplements could have a significant effect on their offspring's blood pressure, suggests a new study. Researchers investigating the effects of...

Biotech venture to build on food ingredients

ADM is taking on the contract services of a fermentation improvement technology company to work on 'opportunities and efficiencies' in the food ingredients arena. Bio-Technical...

Cerestar ups low-cal sugar alcohol production

The market for sugar-free confectionery can only gain pace, keeping in step with an increased consumer demand for 'guilt-free' products spurred on by burgeoning rates...

Cancer experts look to diet for prevention

Cancer experts meeting in the US this week are expected to highlight a number of new studies connecting diet to prevention of cancers. More than...

Adaptive mutation common in E.coli

The quickening of genetic mutation rates in bacteria may not only happen when the microorganisms find themselves in strange and stressful circumstances. A new study...

New year's gift for flu sufferers?

A microalgae-derived supplement, which could help boost the effectiveness of the influenza vaccine, may be released onto the market as early as the beginning of...

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