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DSM begins Martek integration

Royal DSM has kicked the integration of its new €800m wholly-owned subsidiary, Martek Biosciences Corporation, into life by establishing a special integration unit to manage the US-Dutch-Swiss deal.

Ullman on homotaurine: “I do not see any basis in law for what FDA is doing”

Last week the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) denied a petition that sought to have a synthetically manufactured algae extract called homotaurine classified as a new dietary ingredient (NDI).

Microencapsulated bioactive compounds may boost availability: Rat study

Omega-3 fish oils, resveratrol, and tributyrin may have greater bioavailability when delivered in a in a microencapsulated emulsion form, according to new research.

Pecan antioxidants may aid heart health: Study

Antioxidants in pecans may help contribute to heart health and disease prevention, according to new research.

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Many Americans mistaken about fiber sources, finds Kellogg’s

 Many Americans may be looking to the wrong foods to boost fiber intake, according to new research from the Kellogg Company.

Low vitamin D status could boost children’s allergy risk

Low vitamin D levels could increase the likelihood of children developing allergies, researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University, New York City, concluded after studying the blood tests...

FDA rejects homotaurine NDI bid; finds it is not an amino acid

The Food and Drug Administration has rejected Canadian biotech firm Ovos’s bid to win NDI status for its homotaurine brain health ingredient because the agency says the nutrient found in...

Antioxidants could combat mesothelioma cancer: Study

Antioxidants could prove a powerful new weapon in the fight against the rare form of cancer malignant mesothelioma, according to new research from the Thomas Jefferson Hospital’s Kimmel Cancer Center...

Probiotic product pipeline looks unaffected by claims furore

The market for probiotic-containing products looks to be uncowed by the recent crackdown on claims by the Federal Trade Commission, with a new Ganeden product launching in Walmart stores.

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Green coffee bean extract gains GRAS

Texas-based Applied Food Sciences has obtained self-affirmed GRAS (Generally Recognized As Safe) status for its GCA-branded green coffee bean extract ingredient.

GOED names expanded board of directors

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) has announced its second board expansion within a year with EPAX’s Baldur Hjaltason (pictured) moving from vice-chair to chair to replace Croda’s...

Vegan diet requires omega-3 and B12 boost: Study

People following a vegan diet may require additional omega-3 and vitamin B12 supplementation to reduce an excess risk of heart disease, according to a new review.

Welch’s to pay $30m over misleading juice claims

Welch’s will pay $30m to consumers misled by labeling for its ‘100% Juice White Grape Pomegranate’ after settling class actions in a California court this month. Welch’s has responded to...

Codex fish oil standard must be flexible: GOED

Plans to develop a Codex Alimentarius standard for fish oil should be flexible enough to protect human health and to promote international trade, warns the omega-3 trade association Global Organization...

Creatine may not aid insulin sensitivity: Rat study

Dietary supplementation with creatine ‘is not effective’ as an intervention to help muscle insulin sensitivity, suggests new research in rats.

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NPA names new scientific and regulatory affairs VP

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has promoted Dr Cara Welch to vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs, in the wake of the departure to the FDA of Daniel Fabricant,...

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NSF International opens Shanghai testing lab

 NSF International has opened a facility in Shanghai, China, that will provide testing services for dietary supplements and ingredients, food equipment and consumer products.

‘New era’ coming for functional foods, says market researcher

The functional foods industry is ready to enter a new era, in which manufacturers increasingly partner on science and consumer education, according to a co-founder of Integrated Marketing Group.

Selenium may reduce prostate cancer markers: Study

Supplementation with selenium glycinate may increase the activities of related plasma enzymes, and reduce the levels of an important marker for the risk of prostate cancer, according to a new...

Iron storage status not linked to mortality: Study

High levels of iron storage markers – previously linked to roles in several disease states – are not associated with an increased risk of mortality, according to new research.

Dannon probiotic yogurt sales up 16% despite claims crackdown

US probiotics leader Dannon appears to have weathered recent class action and Federal Trade Commission (FTC)-led storms that forced it to alter gut health claims for its spoonable and drinkable...

Vitamin D2-rich yeast effective for fortifying bread

Consuming bread formulated with vitamin D2-rich yeast is equally effective at boosting bone health measures as vitamin D3, suggests new data from an animal study.

Synthetic geranium still raising industry red flags

An unauthorized synthetic form of geranium oil – known as 1.3-dimethylpentylamine – remains on-market in major-label dietary supplements, although a retailer crackdown has some “fringe” supplement manufacturers looking for other...

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Aker Biomarine hosts WWF experts on its krill trawler

Krill player Aker Biomarine will donate the use of its trawler the Saga Sea for use in an acoustic survey near the South Orkney Islands off the north-eastern tip of...

Fat tissue may mediate omega-3 response to metabolic syndrome: Review

Fat cells may play an important role in mediating the anti-obesity effects of omega-3 rich fish oils, according to a new review.

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