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Yakult prepares for major US probiotics education

Probiotic firm Yakult is preparing a major new education campaign in the US, which it hopes will help raise consumer awareness of the benefits of probiotics.

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Valensa and Parry team up for plant-derived health products

Valensa International and Parry Nutraceuticals have joined forces in a new agreement that will focus on developing new plant-derived nutritional products for foods and supplements.

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SunOpta board shake-up after resignation

SunOpta Inc has announced that Robert Fetherstonhaugh has resigned from his post as a director of the company.

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Fat loss capsules found to contain drugs

Capsules sold for fat loss have been recalled from the US market after an FDA analysis discovered they contained an undeclared weight loss drug.

Prebiotic-fortified fruit juice passes formulation test: Study

Fructooligosaccharides (FOS) can be used to partially replace sucrose in fruit juices without detrimentally affecting physical characteristics of the juice, says new research from India.

Selenium supplements may boost heart health: Study

Supplements of selenium may increase levels of an antioxidant enzyme with a reported role in cardiovascular prevention, according to a new study.

BMJ editorial says only drugs help weight loss

An article appearing in the British Medical Journal says that food and supplement products targeting weight loss are ineffective and misleading for consumers.

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New food safety initiative in Asia welcomed

The US Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has welcomed moves to improve food safety in Asia Pacific with the launch of the APEC Partnership Training Institute Network.

Garlic and onions may reduce cholesterol gallstones: Study

Consumption of garlic and onions may reduce the incidence of cholesterol gallstone formation by as much as 40 per cent, says a new study from India.

Vitamin K may have anti-diabetes benefits: Study

Supplements of vitamin K1 may reduce the development of insulin resistance in older men, and thereby offer protection against diabetes, suggests a new study.

Omega-3 and the need for an RDI

Omega-3 is arguably one of the ingredients most essential to people’s overall health, but consumption still falls massively short. In this roundtable discussion, Lorraine Heller speaks to experts in the...

Report uncovers melamine in US infant formula

Some leading brands of infant formula manufactured and sold in the US have been found to contain traces of the industrial chemical melamine, albeit it at small amounts, news reports...

Section 912 harms probiotics, fish oil, vitamins: Comments filed

The US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) revision of its Amendments Act (FDAAA) could discourage clinical research and wipe out whole categories of functional foods and dietary supplements, say industry...

Grape seed extract may boost oral health: Study

Extracts from grape seeds may exert an antimicrobial effect and reduce levels of bad-breath and periodontitis-causing bacteria, according to a new study.

Early promise for almond’s prebiotic potential

Preliminary reports of a prebiotic potential of almonds are promising and intriguing, and impending human trials may reveal if the benefits can be translated from the lab to the layperson.

Brand America boosted by Obama and melamine scare

The Obama effect and concerns about food safety could help boost US brands overseas which appear to be falling out of favor, according to a new report from Euromonitor International.

Whole grain health claims restricted, finds Kellogg-funded review

A study commissioned by the Kellogg Company has found that FDA’s definition of whole grains is restricting the use of health claims linking the grains to heart health and diabetes...

Herbs, spices, and whole grains, get Oldways nod

Grains, ‘mostly whole’, and herbs and spices have been added to Oldways’ Mediterranean nutritional pyramid, as the diet gets an update based on the science.

The context of bad press for supplements

Yesterday, reported on the latest hit to dietary supplements from mainstream press. Today, we look at the background of negative media attention surrounding the category.

Study backs oral HA for joint and skin health

High molecular weight hyaluronan from oral supplements does reach skin and joint tissues, supporting a role for the compound in such products, says a new study.

Amino acid may ease symptoms of fatigue: Study

Daily supplements of the amino acid l-ornithine, found in foods such as meat, fish, dairy and eggs, may have anti-fatigue effects, says new research.

Mainstream media highlights harm from vitamins

Dietary supplements have received their latest dose of negative media attention, after The New York Times last week published an article on vitamins harming health.

Parry’s organic spirulina goes GRAS

Parry Nutraceuticals has said its organic spirulina product has been certified as GRAS, meaning it can be used to enhance the nutritional value of foods ranging from cereals and snacks...

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Funding to investigate probiotics

The Global Probiotics Council (GPC), a committee formed by Groupe DANONE and Yakult Honsha Co, is to award two grants for research into the role of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota...

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