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Vitamin D recommendations increased, but report says most Americans already reach adequate levels

A new report from the Institute of Medicine has set out new, increased, dietary recommendations for calcium and vitamin D, but noted that that many Americans already achieve the RDI...

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Senate passes Food Safety Modernization Act

The Senate has passed the Food Safety Modernization Act with a bipartisan 73-25 vote on Tuesday after awaiting debate in the chamber for more than a year.

Food industry key to tackling iron deficiency: Review

The food industry holds a vital role in helping to improve iron intakes and iron status through fortification, says a new review.

Acai extracts show brain health potential

Extracts from acai, blueberries and strawberries may enhance the ‘neuronal housekeeping function’ and potentially protect the brain as we age, suggests new research.

American Academy of Pediatrics reviews ‘encouraging’ probiotics science

The science to support potential health benefits of probiotics is “encouraging” but the available evidence does not support their widespread use, says the American Academy of Pediatrics.

FTC to POM: Our claim standards are not new

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) says it has not set any new claim substantiation “rules” in a new court action against California-based pomegranate player, POM Wonderful.

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EU food safety left rudderless by Commission move on BPA

The hand on the tiller that is food safety in Europe has been left somewhat unsteady by the recent regulatory actions taken by the European Commission on BPA and food...

Magnesium reduces sudden heart failure risk for women: Harvard study

Increased intakes of magnesium-rich foods are associated with a reduced risk of sudden cardiac death, says new research from Brigham and Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School.

Omega-3 group appoints new chairman

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3 (GOED) has elected EPAX’s Baldur Hjaltason as its new chairman, replacing Croda’s David Shannon.

Smoothies may offer higher bioavailability and greater cancer protection: Study

Consumption of apple smoothies may increase the bioavailability of polyphenols in the colon, compared with juice, and possibly offer greater protection against chronic disease and cancer.

NutraJobs – People on the move

NutraIngredients-USA presents a round up of movements in the nutra sector, including appointments at Fluxome, Comax Flavors, and Sterling Technology.

German court rejects use of negative EFSA cranberry opinions

Negative European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions cannot be used to block claims, a German court has determined.

ConsumerLab hits back at AHPA valerian criticism

ConsumerLab, the controversial product testing service and market analyst, has defended the criteria it employed in a recent US market assessment that found seven of nine valerian products failed to...

Low vitamin D levels linked to increased depression risk

The likelihood of having depression is significantly increased in people with deficient level of vitamin D, compared with people with adequate levels of the sunshine vitamin, says a new study.

Levels of omega-3 in pills match stated levels: Study

Concentration of omega-3 in supplements generally match the levels stated on labels, says new research from Australia that supports the quality standards of supplement manufacturers.

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DSM joins New York Academy of Sciences nutrition council

DSM has joined the Leadership Council of the New York Academy of Sciences’ Global Nutrition Science Research Initiative as the company continues to tackle the problem of hidden hunger.

Prebiotic apple wedges may offer alternative for gut health boost

Applying prebiotic fibres to fresh-cut apple wedges may offer an alternative way for a daily boost to gut health, suggests new research from Ireland.

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Review highlights astaxanthin’s range of potential health benefits

The potential health benefits for astaxanthin, the pink pigment that gives salmon its color, range from possible risk reduction of metabolic syndrome to improved skin health, says a new review.

Cinnamon’s anti-diabetes benefits get clinical trial boost

A daily dose of two grams of cinnamon for 12 weeks may improve blood pressure measures and blood sugar levels in people with type-2 diabetes, says new research from Imperial...

AHPA: ConsumerLab valerian testing criteria are mismatched

The American Herbal Products Association (AHPA) has criticized a recent ConsumerLab report over inappropriate valerian compound testing measures.

Omega-3 SDA-rich ‘functional chicken’ shows development potential

Feeding chicken with soybean enriched with the omega-3 fatty acid stearidonic acid (SDA) may boost the omega-3 content of the resulting meat, says new research.

Glucose and caffeine blend may improve mental efficiency: Study

Combining the effects of caffeine and glucose can improve the efficiency of brain activity in memory and attention tasks, according to a new study.

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UAS Labs gets F&S “Probiotic Customer Value Enhancement” award

UAS Laboratories, Inc. has been awarded the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Award for Customer Value Enhancement of the Year by Frost & Sullivan.

General Mills most likely Yoplait winner, says analyst

Nestlé is unlikely to acquire Yoplait according to an industry analyst, who predicts that General Mills would be the eventual winner of the yoghurt business.

Health Canada criticized over health claim data

A former Health Canada official has criticized the agency for failing to publish health claim-backing data, after recently approving an oat fiber-cholesterol health claim.

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