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NutraCea prepares to exit bankruptcy

Rice bran ingredient supplier NutraCea has said it expects to exit bankruptcy later this year after having filed for Chapter 11 protection in November to allow the company to restructure,...

Olive oil’s anti-inflammatory benefits linked to gene expression

Phenolic compounds in olive oil could help repress genes linked to inflammation, thereby providing a molecular basis for the reduction of heart disease risk already linked to the consumption of...

Bio Serae communicates findings in algae extract weight loss study

Bio-Serae has completed a in vivo study into its ID-alG brown seaweed extract’s effect on weight management.

Food safety metrics and partnerships are key, say US agencies

Federal bodies in the United States are to hold public meetings to outline new proposals on how to measure food safety, with one senior figure warning that if initiatives weren’t...

Inulin plus resistant starch could be super-prebiotic

Combining fructooligosaccharides with resistant starch could produce gut health benefits beyond the mere sum of the parts, suggests a new study from Spain.

Consumers associate ‘organic’ with low-calorie, finds study

Organic claims on food packaging could lead consumers to overeat or even exercise less, according to a new study published in the journal Judgment and Decision Making.

Choc-blood pressure meta-analysis sees need for dietary habit studies

A new meta-analysis of studies investigating the effect of dark chocolate and flavanols on hypertension has drawn mixed conclusion and suggest more studies be done on dietary habits and genetic...

Tocotrienols in spotlight for chronic disease benefits

The health benefits of tocotrienols from palm oil in reducing the risk of chronic disease will be the focus of a two-day conference to be held in Las Vegas next...


Where next for ingredients since Cognis and National Starch?

‘Billion dollar deal’ was not a phrase bandied about the food ingredients industry much last year. With BASF buying Cognis for €3.1bn and Corn Products International paying $1.3bn for National...

British invasion: Glaxo seeks share of US sports drinks market

GlaxoSmithKline is taking on the might of Pepsi’s Gatorade in the US sport beverages market by announcing its intention to launch Lucozade as part of a strategy to take the...

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FDA warns against Magic Power Coffee

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning to consumers that Magic Power Coffee – a dietary supplement marketed for sexual enhancement - is contaminated.

Antioxidants fail to reduce pregnancy complications for diabetics

Daily supplements of the antioxidant vitamins C and E may not reduce the risk of pre-eclampsia in women with type-1 diabetes, says a new study.

Resveratrol may boost eye health: Study

The vascular benefits of resveratrol – a compound found in red wine, blueberries and peanuts – may extend to reducing the risk of blindness for diabetics and seniors, says a new study.

Sea buckthorn oil may ease dry eye symptoms

An oil rich in omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from sea buckthorn may reduce symptoms of dry eye syndrome, says a new study from the University of Turku.

FTC denied expansion of powers

The Federal Trade Commission will not be granted extra authority to police healthy foods and supplements marketing – among other powers – after a provision that would have done just...

Gene profile breakthrough could unravel probiotic benefits

Dutch researchers have shown that probiotic bacteria adapt to our intestines, results that will deepen our understanding of how probiotics impact health.

GMP implementation: over to you FDA, says CRN

The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) is calling on the FDA to step up to the plate and carry out the inspections necessary to ensure GMP rules are followed.

Pine bark extract may ease hayfever symptoms: Study

Daily supplements of an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine may ease symptoms of hay fever, says a new study.

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Omega-3 group expands board of directors

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) has expanded its board of directors from eight to 14 to represent growth in the association’s recent membership.

Full GMP compliance arrives – but are SMEs ready?

Small to medium enterprises (SMEs – less than 20 staff) were given two years longer to comply with GMPs than the biggest dietary supplements manufacturers, but it is feared many...

Satiety and oral health demands drive Asia-Pacific confectionery market

Chocolate that suppresses appetite and delivers oral health benefits has been highlighted in a new survey of confectionery product launches in the Asia-Pacific region conducted by Datamonitor’s Product Launch Analytics....

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General Mills adds omega-3 to cereal

 General Mills’ Total cereal line has been fortified with vegetarian omega-3s.

AHPA welcomes “openness” of USADA

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has welcomed a newfound willingness on the part of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) to engage openly with the dietary supplements industry.

Support satiety as health benefit, says Unilever scientist

The food and nutrition industry should rally together to defend the validity of satiety as a health benefit, says a weight management leader at Unilever.

Not enough folate may quicken hearing loss: Study

Low blood levels of folate are associated with a 35 per cent increased risk of hearing loss, says a new study from Australia that strengthens the link between B vitamins...

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