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Kyowa Hakko affirms GRAS for citicoline

Kyowa Hakko’s citicoline brain health ingredient, Cognizin, is set to make its first appearance in functional foods following self-affirmed GRAS designation.

Probiotic chocolate springboards off Activia success

Barry Callebaut has launched its ProBenefit probiotic chocolate for food manufacturers in the US, saying that Dannon’s Activia advertising has boosted consumer awareness of probiotics’ potential benefits.

Kellogg’s launches meal replacement protein shake

Kellogg’s has entered the weight management area with its first-ever protein shake under its female-focused Special K brand.

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Opportunities in Chinese healthy foods market

  Chinese supplier Fenchem has highlighted its local market as an area of new opportunity as the Chinese middle class grows and develops spending power.

Symposium details Calcium-Vitamin D fracture potential

As research continues into the role of calcium and vitamin D in maintaining bone health, a new study suggests a possible link between their combined supplementation and reduced hip fracture...

Ethical ingredients sourcing gets boost from grant money

Sustainable and ethical ingredient sourcing should become easier with grants awarded by the Union for Ethical BioTrade.

CRN welcomes FDA Commissioner Hamburg; backs education

  The Council for Responsible Nutrition has given the thumbs up to only the second woman to hold the prestigious post of Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, Marageret Hamburg.

No conclusive link between diet and ADHD

A Harvard Medical School review has concluded that there is still not enough evidence to link diet with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

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Chinese supplier quits vitamin A and E

  Chinese supplier, Zhejiang NHU Limited, has ceased production of vitamin A in response to wilting demand. 

Embria announces new GRAS level for EpiCor

Embria Health Sciences has announced GRAS designation for its EpiCor ingredient that gives new reassurance of its safety at intake levels 6 times higher than the previous GRAS designation.

Analyst spies global food process-functionality boost

Growing interest from food processors in providing healthier convenience products is driving a surge in global demand for functional ingredients, particularly in emerging markets like India, suggests recent market analysis.

Multivitamins linked to younger ‘biological age’: Study

The cells of multivitamin users may have a younger biological age than cells from non-users, according to new research from the US.

Niche markets and recession-busting strategies

Consumers express their own values when they shop, and the LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) market is no different. Jeff Hilton, the managing director of Utah-based Integrated Marketing Group,...

USP launches GRAS monograph service

Third party certifier, USP, has launched a monograph service for companies that have achieved self-affirmed GRAS (generally recognized as safe) status for food ingredients.

Maxx launches bitter-free green tea for bakery

Upstate New York-based Maxx Performance has introduced an encapsulated green tea extract allowing addition to bakery and other dried goods without compromising flavor.

Beer's functional potential: A fruity conundrum

With regulations prohibiting the use of health claims on alcoholic beverages, is there room for innovation in the use of fruit ingredients and extracts in beer?

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Moscow hosts global supplements meeting

Scientific and regulatory experts from Russia, the European Union, China and the US are set to meet in Moscow next month to discuss food supplements and the global regulatory systems...

D deficiency: Data denotes dementia danger?

Low blood levels of vitamin D may increase the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, says a new hypothesis based on existing risk factors.

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Hoodia product rapped for misleading advertising

A UK company has been told to amend advertising for a hoodia gordonii product for which claims were being made that it could reduce calorie intake, lose weight, boost mood,...

Prebiotic fibres may boost weight loss: Study

Daily consumption of prebiotic oligofructose may lead to weight loss by suppressing levels of hormones linked to hunger, says a new study from Canada.

Study strengthens Vitamin K1's heart benefits

Supplements of vitamin K1, also known as phylloquinone, may slow hardening of the arteries in people already suffering from the condition, says a new study from the US.

Round table: Nanotech and nutraceuticals

Food and nutrition is a 'hot spot' for nanotechnology, experts have said. Stephen Daniells talks to two such experts and asks where the developments are, is enhanced bioavailability a good...


Cheerios: Drugs for breakfast?

When is a breakfast cereal not a breakfast cereal? Well, when it’s a drug.

Prebiotics may boost teenage magnesium absorption

Daily supplements of prebiotic fructo-oligosaccharides (FOS) may enhance a teenage girl’s absorption of magnesium, according to a new study from Cargill and TNO Quality of LIfe.

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In defense of DSHEA: a call for calm

The recent Hydroxycut recall has caused a stir and the knives are out once again for the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act (DSHEA). But food lawyers Ivan Wasserman and...

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