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Loders Croklaan changes hands

Anglo-Dutch consumer products group Unilever said today it would sell its edible oils unit Loders Croklaan Group to Malaysia's IOI Corporation for €217 million in...

High-fibre diet has no effect on prostate cancer incidence

A low-fat, high-fibre diet heavy in fruits and vegetables has no impact on PSA levels in men over a four-year period, and does not affect...

Forbes Medi-Tech reports 2Q profits

Canadian biopharmaceutical company Forbes Medi -Tech yesterday reported profitable second quarter and first half results, a significant improvement on losses reported in the same periods...

Aarhus first half stable

Danish oils and fats company Aarhus Oliefabrik on Thursday reported a drop in operating income to DKK93m (€12.5m) for the first six months of 2002,...

Britain issues report on vitamin upper levels

An independent committee of experts set up to advise Britain's Food Standards Agency (FSA) yesterday issued a consultation document on the maximum levels of vitamins...

Nutraceutical compound kills brain cancer cells

A chemical isolated from a weed that grows in mountain meadows in the western United States kills the cells of an aggressive brain cancer that...

EU - next step towards food supplement directive

In anticipation of final approval by the European Parliament of the proposed Directive relating to food supplements, the European Union Scientific Committee on Food (SCF)...

Mothers' vitamin intake could prevent risk of cancer

Mothers who take vitamin supplements before and during pregnancy may reduce the risk of their baby developing neuroblastoma, a type of cancer which affects the...

Early consumption of soy brings most benefits

Eating soy foods on a regular basis - especially during adolescence - might lower the risk of breast cancer, according to preventive medicine researchers at...

Hauser sells contract research division

California-based nutritional supplements supplier Hauser has sold its Shuster Laboratories division to Specialized Technology Resources, a private company, for around $7.7 million in cash. Hauser...

Degussa BioActives sues creatine competitor

A US subsidiary of German health ingredients business Degussa BioActives said it has filed an order for prompt action on a case it brought earlier...

Japan cracks down on import of Chinese supplements

Japanese health ministry officials are launching a series of measures to prevent further health scares after the problems caused by dieting aids imported from China,...

Studying the Chinese health market

Three out of four Chinese shoppers select foods in the supermarket for health reasons, according to a new report examining the health food sector in...

Vitamin combo helps prevent further heart problems

Taking a combination of folic acid, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6 over a six-month period can help prevent the recurrence of blocked arteries in patients...

Echinacea study receives major US funding

A three-year clinical trial on the popular herbal supplement echinacea has received $2.2 million in funding from the US National Institutes of Health. Said to...

4Q revenue falls for Nutrition 21

Chromium-based supplement maker Nutrition 21 reported revenues of $3.8 million (€3.87m) for the fourth quarter and fiscal year ended 30 June 2002 compared to $5.3...

Wessanen European business stronger than US

Dutch food company Wessanen reported sales of €1,449.5 million for the first half of 2002. Net sales remained close to figures for last year's first...

Nutritional supplements may combat muscle loss

Early indications show that nutritional supplements may lessen muscle atrophy brought on by space travel, prolonged bed confinement or immobility. In a study designed to...

Acrylamide found in coffee

After several studies highlighting the benefits of coffee on health, German researchers say they have found traces of a possible cancer-causing chemical, acrylamide, in coffee....

Vitamins and alternative medicine have negative impact on HIV patients

Two thirds of HIV patients are using therapies such as multivitamins and Chinese herbs which could have serious negative consequences, according to research from the...

NCLII divests AMS interest

Nutraceutical Clinical Laboratories International said it has sold its majority interest ownership in American Medical Specialties, effective from 1 August 2002. Details of the transaction...

Schiff updates sleeping supplement

American natural supplement brand Schiff is introducing a revised formulation of its Knock-Out product. The new formulation contains valerian, melatonin and L-theanine to promote relaxation...

Caffeine could be potential cancer cure

Caffeine could one day be used to cure skin cancer, according to US scientists who have found that the stimulant combined with an extract from...

Industry reacts to Canada's kava ban

Canada's Health Food Association (CHFA) has called the national ban on the sale of kava products 'completely unacceptable', and urged the health department to follow...

Beer beats white wine for antioxidants

Researchers in Australia claim that drinking beer can be just as good for your health as red wine, reports Ananova.com. A study was carried out...

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