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FDA finds vitamin B6 form not legal in supplements

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that the vitamin B6 compound, pyridoxamine dihydrochloride, cannot be used in dietary supplements.

Pumpkin shows potential as fortifiable iron source

Flesh form pumpkin may provide an ideal matrix for iron fortification for functional food manufacturers, according to new research from Argentina.

Cognis says sale rumours taken out of context

Cognis has told the German ingredients giant will not be sold in the near-future despite suggestive statements emanating from the German press.

High purity chondroitin ‘can prevent joint degradation’: Study

Long term administration of high purity and concentrated chondroitin sulphate may prevent degradation in the joint structure of people suffering from osteoarthritis, says a new study.

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Review backs CoQ10 safety rep and levels

 Coenzyme Q10 is “highly safe for use as a dietary supplement”, and has an acceptable daily intake (ADI) of 12 mg per kg per day, says a new review from...

NY bill seeks extra labeling on supplements

The New York State Assembly is to amend its agriculture and markets law to require dietary and nutritional supplement manufacturers to label products as tested or untested by the...

RFI undergoes GMP audit in consumer confidence mission

A US-supplier of functional ingredients and supplements has successfully completed an audit of its manufacturing facilities as part of NSF International’s Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) Registration program.

Apple juice may offer Alzheimer’s protection: Study

Apple juice consumption may play some role in helping to prevent the onset of age-related cognitive decline such as Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new animal study.

Low-fat dairy linked to blood pressure improvements: Study

Consuming low-fat dairy-based products may improve blood pressure in older people at risk of heart disease, according to a new study from Spain.

Soy isoflavones heart benefits again under question: Study

Questions have again been raised concerning the consumption of soy isoflavones for improved blood flow and heart health, following publication of a joint Anglo-Australian study.

CHR Hansen spies collaboration in phytonutrient push

Cyvex Nutrition has teamed up with ingredients group CHR Hansen as part of a cooperation designed to extend both groups’ presence in the US market for phytonutrient supplements.

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NPA to stage 12th annual Washington DC rally

March 24 will see the National Products Association (NPA) and its supporters descend on Washington DC for the 12th consecutive year to drum up political support.

Weight loss partnership aims for mainstream

Minnesota-based ingredient supplier, Humanetics Corporation, has teamed up with major dietary supplements manufacturer, Chattem, to launch a weight loss formula the companies say can dramatically increase weight loss rates.

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NBJ awards researchers for stevia quality standard-setting

The Nutrition Business Journal has awarded a Scientific Achievement Award to the research organization ChromaDex for its role in developing quality standards for the individual sweet components of stevia.

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New president at Frutarom USA

Ingredients and flavors firm Frutarom has announced the appointment of Rafi Friedman as president of Frutarom USA.

Broccoli and cabbage’s anticancer benefits probed

Texan researchers have identified a pathway to explain how a compound in cruciferous vegetables like broccoli may protect against pancreatic cancer.

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FDA supplement warning letters: 2008 year in review

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued over 40 warning letters to supplement marketers last year. An analysis by FDA legal specialists Ivan Wasserman and Svetlana Walker reveals that...

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.

SunOpta takes on barley beta-glucan ingredient

SunOpta Ingredients Group has added a beta-glucan concentrate to its range of fiber ingredients, following an agreement with PolyCell Technologies.

US-Danish alliance in search of healthier foods

A new consortium of leading American and Danish food scientists has been established to develop new ingredients for tackling malnutrition and diet-related diseases.

Green tea may protect against breast cancer: Study

Regular consumption of green tea may reduce a woman’s risk of breast cancer by about 12 per cent, according to a new study from the US and China.

Omega-3 contamination study is misleading, says industry

A new study on pollutant levels in fish oil supplements has been criticized by industry as being misleading and sensationalist.

Enzyme player grows encapsulation capacity and speed

Enzyme supplier and contract manufacturer Deerland Enzymes has bucked the economic slowdown by expanding its Georgia facility and making its encapsulation processes fully automated in the process.


Time to quieten the nutrition label noise

Everyone from government to grocers seems to have their own idea of how best to inform consumers about foods’ nutritional content, but a labeling free-for-all has resulted in a clamor...

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Pycnogenol player picks up research prize

Pine bark specialist Horphag Research has won a gong from Frost & Sullivan for excellence in research for its proprietary ingredient, Pycnogenol.

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