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Temporary workers and corporate responsibility

As ever more food companies find themselves in the position of having employed migrants who were mistreated by illegal labour providers, it may be time for firms to start taking...

Japanese CoQ10 receives GRAS

Asahi Kasei Pharma Corporation will start supplying its CoQ10 as an ingredient for use in foods and beverages in the US market, following its certification as GRAS (Generally Recognized as...

ALA can benefit dry eye syndrome

Topically applying alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) can ease the symptoms of dry-eye syndrome, according to American researchers.

Fruit could be key to natural sports recovery products

Fruit extracts could soon be used to develop novel ingredients for sports recovery products following a first round of positive scientific findings, say researchers in New Zealand.

Vitamin A may suppress type 1 diabetes

High levels of vitamin A may curb the onset of type 1 diabetes by protecting against the attack of insulin-producing beta cells, according to an animal study by American scientists.

International probiotic group establishes quality seal standards

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) has set criteria for a mooted labeling scheme that will allow probiotics products to bear a quality seal.

EFSA nutrient profiling opinion gives no guidance, advisor

Companies need to keep a close eye on the next steps in the development of the European Commission's nutrient profiling system, says an advisor from EAS, since EFSA has failed...

New anti-aging beauty-from-within ingredient hits US market

US firm NutraGenesis has combined two of its ayurvedic extracts in a new 'beauty-from within' dietary supplement ingredient, which the company says can help rejuvenate the skin and reduce signs...

Apples may help ward off colon cancer

Apple pectin and polyphenol-rich apple juice have an anticarcinogenic effect on the colon, encouraging the production of suspected chemopreventative metabolite butyrate, say researchers.

Study backs satiety benefits of PinnoThin

A new study has shown that pine nut oil can help reduce food consumption, providing additional weight to the satiety benefits of Lipid Nutrition's PinnoThin ingredient.

Omega-3 carves way to mainstream, says major supplier

Omega-3 is becoming a household term and the category is fast moving into the mainstream, according to supplier Ocean Nutrition, which is seeing sales of the ingredient explode.

Mars: Sterol chocolate reduces cholesterol levels

An industry sponsored, peer reviewed study has found consuming chocolate containing plant sterols and cocoa flavanols can lower cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

Sensible luxury the key to new age of boomers

A new study of consumers approaching their 70s indicates that the spending habits of this powerful 'baby boom' consumer group are set to shift - once again.

Red wine antioxidant may kill cancer cells

The antioxidant resveratrol, found in grape skins and red wine, can cripple the function of pancreatic cancer cells while sensitising them to chemotherapy, says new research.

DSM introduces blood pressure ingredient to US

A new naturally-derived ingredient designed to help maintain healthy blood pressure has attracted significant attention on its first formal introduction to the US market, said manufacturer DSM.

TSI awarded US fenugreek patent

TSI Health Sciences has won a patent for its fenugreek seed extract-derived glucose/insulin management ingredient, Promilin.

Researchers to examine health benefits of olives

The potential health benefits of olives will be the focus of researchers at the first university-based olive research and education center in North America based at the University of California,...

The probiotic secrets to Yakult's success

Yakult, the leading global probiotic yogurt drink, puts its success down to three major factors: the scientific backing for its probiotic strain, the high quantities of live bacteria found in...

Fruit and veg linked to kids' school performance, study

Fruit and vegetable consumption and dietary fat intake were found to play an important role in children's academic performance, highlighting yet again the need for balanced diets at an early...

Vitamin K benefits hip fractures

New research has concluded vitamin K2 consumption can aid recovery from hip fractures as well as have potential osteoporosis benefits.

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Calm crucial for energy products

Energy drinks are a runaway success but extreme marketing and product formulation has the potential to cast a shadow over the multi-billion dollar global industry.

Triarco enters liquid glucosamine market

Triarco Industries has launched a water-soluble, high-concentration version of liquid glucosamine the company says is aimed at foods and beverages that appeal to the "older" glucosamine-buying demographic.

Martek launches allergen-free DHA

Martek BioSciences has launched a new protein-free version of its flagship DHA ingredient, which the firm is positioning for use in foods and supplements that contain no allergens.

Fish oil could reduce inflammation, finds study

Daily intake of essential fatty acids could help reduce the need for painkillers in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA), according to a new study.

Dietary guidelines play role in disease risk reduction

Consumers adhering to healthy diets similar to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGAs) are less likely to suffer from metabolic syndrome, say researchers.

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