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Glucosamine-chondroitin trial results meaningless, says industry

  Industry has thrown scorn on a study that questioned the ability of glucosamine and chondroitin to relieve the symptoms of osteoarthritis.

Antares steps in to fill vitamin E gap

US firm Antares Health Products (AHP) has started commercial production of a soluble form of vitamin E, which it said will help plug a gap in the market left...

Baobab goes for GRAS ahead of 2010 World Cup

A trade association has prepared a GRAS notification dossier for its baobab fruit pulp powder in the hope that products could become available in time for the 2010 soccer World...

Guest article

EFSA’s harsh health claim regime

The European Food Safety Authority recently turned in its first health claim verdicts, rejecting eight of nine. European food regulations expert Lorène Courrège explains why EFSA’s tough health claim approach...

Glucosamine-chondroitin ineffective for osteoarthritis: study

Supplements of chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine, alone or in combination, may not positively affect joint health, according to a new study from the US.

Vitamin D added to calcium osteoporosis health claim

The US calcium osteoporosis health claim will include vitamin D and be simplified in a number of other ways from January 1, 2010, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Feds probe $30 million alternative medicine trial

The US’ largest ever trial of alternative medicine has been put on hold while federal authorities probe reports of inadequate risk information to participants.

Demand for cranberries close to outstripping supply

Ocean Spray has opened what it describes as the largest cranberry processing facility in the world but it said that it could be expanded further, if only there was enough...

Comment

What to do when safety studies smell a rat

Using animals, and specifically rats, to build the science behind ingredients is vital, but dismissing conflicting studies just because a rat is not a human is not acceptable.

Ethical claims appeal to kids growing older younger

Children are becoming more aware of environmental issues from an earlier age, offering food and drinks manufacturers a chance to directly target them with ethical products, according to a new...

Natreon takes functional ingredients to Asia Pacific

Natreon continues its expansion in the global market, this week announcing a new partnership that will take its nutraceutical ingredients to Australia and New Zealand.

Vitamin D again linked to breast cancer protection

Increased intake of vitamin D from the diet and from sunlight may reduce the risk fo breast cancer by over 20 per cent, says a new study.

Hot Topic

Industry after Smiling Bob: Your views

At the end of last month, the founder of US supplements firm Berkeley Premium Nutraceuticals received the most severe punishment yet to be handed out for fraud in the industry:...

Fish may reduce eczema risk in children: Study

Including fish in the diet of an infant before nine months of age may reduce the risk of developing eczema by 25 per cent, suggests new research from Sweden.

FDA makes health claim notification estimates

The US Food and Drug Administration estimates that it will receive only one nutrient content claim notification and two health claim notifications per year, according to a notice to...

Task force aims to battle ‘restrictive’ supplement rules

International health product advocates have joined forces to fight against new regulations in North America and Europe that they claim “severely restrict” the supplements and natural product industries.

Omega-3 takes the spotlight for September’s science

Higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids may decrease the risk of dementia, improve survival in older people, and protect against the damage from pollution.

Dispatches from China: Food Safety

New venture aims to ensure safety of Chinese exports

A new food testing centre in southern China is aiming to smooth the way for Chinese food exports to the US and other markets.

Dark chocolate linked to lower risk of heart disease

Moderate consumption of dark chocolate can help to decrease the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to an Italian study published this week.

RFI gets organic certification, expands botanical extract business

Functional ingredient supplier RFI has received organic certification for its New York powder blend facility, and has also announced the acquisition of a botanical extract plant in Colorado.

Overdoing health claims can put consumers off

The health and wellness trend in food is expected to endure tough economic times but there is a danger that food manufacturers could over medicalize their products, according to...

September new ingredient round-up

The ingredient launches are coming thick and fast. NutraIngredients presents a selection of this month’s most innovative debuts.

Brown rice bioactives identified by researchers

A joint US-Japanese study has identified the compounds in pre-germinated brown rice responsible for the potential health benefits of this emerging health food.

Isoflavone-rich supplement boosts artery health: Study

A dietary supplement rich in isoflavones may improve the function of arteries in stroke patients, according to new research from Hong Kong.

AERs: supplements 604 – drugs 450,000

There have been 604 adverse event reports (AERs) – including five deaths – in six months, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which implemented the system last year.

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