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IPA co-founder: EU probiotic approach is “dirty pool”

Jarrow Rogovin, never a man to mince his words, says it is high time the IPA and other trade groups stepped up to the plate to defend a sector that...

From Penthouse shots to sports gum: The solution to pill fatigue is at hand

While tablets and capsules still dominate the market, more imaginative delivery formats are starting to gain traction, from calcium chews and probiotic straws to omega-3 gummies. Our gallery gives you...

2011 IN PICTURES: DMAA, NDI draft guidance, 'killer' vitamins and SPACE (food), the final frontier

Krill wars, vitamins to send you to an early grave (well who reads beyond the headline, right?), DMAA, microalgae and space food. 2011 was an action-packed year, and with the...

From calcium to cocoa: A year in nutrition research

Does hoodia work? Could multivitamins do more harm than good? What role does calcium really play in weight management? Find out in our review of the year in nutrition research.

FDA will 'consider whether regulatory action is warranted on DMAA'

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has weighed into the debate over the stimulant DMAA (1,3-Dimethylamylamine, also known as methylhexaneamine or MHA), which has garnered more bad press in recent...

US patent office grants Aker request to re-examine Neptune's patent; Neptune accuses Aker of 'misleading characterization' of prior art

The US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Aker BioMarine's request to re-examine a krill oil patent just awarded to arch rival Neptune Technologies & Bioressources.

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NPA seeks new boss following departure of John Gay

John Gay has left the Natural Products Association (NPA) after two years at the helm as executive director and chief executive.

Fabricant on NDI draft guidance: Thanks for your 146,000 pages of comments. We’ll get back to you…

Those hoping the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is preparing for a major climb down on its draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) will draw little comfort from comments...

Vitamin K2 expert NattoPharma boosts IP platform with Canadian patent

NattoPharma has been awarded a Canadian patent covering the use of menaquinone (vitamin K2) in foods and supplements for maintaining, optimizing, strengthening or promoting cardiovascular health.

Researchers argue vitamin therapy can still reduce stroke

Reducing levels of the amino acid homocysteine through vitamin therapy still has a role to play in reducing stroke, argue researchers.

Plant proteins, ‘pill fatigue’ and ‘abominable’ weight loss ads: A year in supplements…

Could 2012 be the year for canola protein to shine? Will a dietary solution to the ticking time bomb of type 2 diabetes finally make it big in the supplement...

ABC: Solvents white paper could help inform NDI debate

An authoritative new guide to 23+solvents used in the production of botanical extracts for dietary ingredients could help inform the debate on ‘chemical alteration’ at the heart of the FDA’s...

Inaccurate media coverage and misguided attempts at regulation? A year in consumer health advocacy …

We’ve spoken to the industry trade associations, but what are the priorities for health advocacy groups claiming to represent consumers’ interests when it comes to dietary supplements?

Soy compounds may boost cancer treatment effectiveness: Mouse study

Oral supplementation with soy isoflavones could help to make radiation treatment of lung cancer tumours more effective while helping to preserve normal tissue, according to new research.

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Researchers discover ‘normal’ function of vitamin E

Scientists claim to have uncovered the first evidence for one of vitamin E's normal bodily functions.

The agony and the ecstasy: A year in the life of the trade association…

Not surprisingly, the FDA's draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs) is top of the list for most trade associations when asked what is keeping them awake at night as...

Frito-Lay hit with lawsuit on all-natural claims

PepsiCo’s snacks business Frito-Lay has been accused of misleading consumers by making all-natural claims on its products which also contain genetically modified corn and vegetable oils.

USPLabs hit with class action over DMAA in Jack3d and OxyELITE

The regulatory status and safety of DMAA, a stimulant used in sports and weight loss supplements and reported by some to be a natural constituent of geranium oil, has been...

Gut microbe diversity is key in fight against allergies, study suggests

Children with a diverse variety of bacteria in their gut may have better protection against allergies, according to new research.

Folic acid plus B12 shows brain function benefits in older people

Long term supplementation of folic acid and vitamin B12 may promote improvements in brain functioning in older people, according to new research.

Abbott explores brain food with the University of Illinois

Healthcare giant Abbott has announced a tie up with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to establish a multi-disciplinary research center exploring the relationship between diet and cognition.

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Ullman: NDI draft guidance withdrawal unlikely, but industry deserves timely response

While it is possible that the FDA could withdraw its draft guidance on new dietary ingredients (NDIs), such a move would be “highly unusual”, according to one leading food law...

To boldly go: Is microalgae the next big thing in functional ingredients?

Martek’s been doing it for years, right? Well it’s about to get some competition. Because 2012 looks to be the year when microalgae finally hits the big time as a...

Kalahari tribe throws weight at Unilever over hoodia rejection

South Africa’s San people say food giant Unilever was working off inaccurate research data when it decided to bin a €20m investment in hoodia gordonii, the Kalahari cactus the San...

NBTY: Ester-C sales are going from strength to strength

Sales of NBTY’s Ester-C vitamin C supplements surged 18% in the 13 weeks to October 29 within a category that was otherwise pretty flat, bosses have revealed.

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