Not so easy for Asian organic farmers
Given the growing list of food safety issues, Asian consumers are
joining the global trend towards organic produce. However, it is
American, European and Australian producers that are reaping the
Indonesia No.1 US soy customer
Indonesia looks like becoming the United States' largest soymeal
customer in 2001 as credit guarantees and supply problems from
other origins boost U.S. sales.
Coffee harms arteries, new study
According to new research, the first cup of coffee may damage
arteries, the European Society of Cardiology was told in Stockholm
on September 3.
Purple grape juice effective even at lower doses
According to researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of
Medicine, patients with narrowing of the coronary arteries who
drank purple grape juice daily for eight weeks showed significant
improvement in their arterial function.
Kraft seeks expansion into functional foods
The American food group Kraft is looking for acquisitions in
healthfoods, snacks and drinks, nine months after its $14.9bn
acquisition of Nabisco.
Nestlé India studies fruit-based milk drink market
Nestle India is eyeing the emerging market of fruit-based milk
drinks in India, reports The Financial Express this week.
New GM guidelines for UK food industry
This week, British food makers and retailers will be given
guidelines on how to avoid accidentally introducing genetically
modified ingredients into products.
GM tomatoes boosted for health
German scientists have engineered a genetically modified "healthy"
tomato that prevents its new genes from passing to other crops.
Flaxseed's role in breast cancer prevention suggested
Flaxseed may protect postmenopausal women against breast cancer.
Scientsits at the University of Minnesota believe this is the first
study to reveal the link.
Sports supplements survey - kids up intake
One million American young people have taken potentially harmful
sports supplements and drugs.
Ingredient X - Black Tea anti-cancer agent discovered
Many studies have implied that the regular consumption of black tea
can protect against human cancers - have scientists now found the
Aarhus releases Maritex capital
Danish food firm Aarhus Oliefabrik announced a new partnership with
Tine Biomarin AS to further develop Maritex,the DNA salts
Argentina to develop GM crops, despite criticism
There are no concerns that GM products have a negative impact on
health, a government offical was keen to stress this week.
Herbal Association refutes recent ginkgo study
American Herbal Products Association and the National Nutritional
Foods Association have heavily criticised the findings of a new
study that links colchicine to natural ginkgo.
Cola steps up functional drinks competition
Functional drinks battle continues between Cola and Pepsi as Cola
targets Ocean Spray/ Nantucket Allserve company.
Soy linked to kidney stones, new research
New research indicates that soybeans and soy-based foods may
promote kidney stones in those prone to the condition, recent
research in the US suggests.
Ginkgo compound may harm placenta
Harmful compound colchicine has been found in the placental blood
of women taking Gingko biloba.
GM fish labelling for S.Korea
South Korea will label genetically modified (GM) fish products from
September 1, the Ministry of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries said on
Numico denies selling out-of-date vitamins
Numico denied on Tuesday that its food supplement unit GNC
deliberately sold expired products in the United States
Iron supplements to help coughs
Iron supplements may be a simple remedy for the common dry cough
associated with ACE inhibitor drugs.
Nutrigenomics - the future of health
Our burgeoning knowledge of the interaction between genes and
nutrition has led to a greater understanding of diet on specific
health conditions, or to put it another way, nutrigenomics.
GRAS status for DMV Lactoferrin
DMV International announced this week that the American FDA has
given its milk derived Lactoferrin Generally Recognized as Safe
Australian organics aims for $1bln sales target
The Australian organic industry aims to quadruple production in the
next five years reaching $1 billion in domestic and export sales by
2006, reports IndustrySearch this week.
Hot lemon tea as skin cancer prevention
According to a new study by American scientists, drinking hot tea
with citrus peel could protect the body against skin cancer.
Quitting coffee improves heart conditions
A new study from Norway has found that coffee drinkers who quit
drinking caffeinated filtered coffee cut their blood levels of
cholesterol and the protein homocysteine, which are known risk
factors for heart disease.
Drink milk, not soft drink
According to a new study published in the American Journal of
Clinical Nutrition, women are drinking soft drinks in record
amounts and this daily habit may be wreaking havoc on their bones.
GM monitoring preferred - study suggests
According to a new Canadian federal study, a chief safety officer
should be appointed to oversee the safety of genetically modified
(GM) foods in Canada.
Find the antioxidants
The orange and red plant pigments beta-carotene and lycopene score
high as antioxidants in the test tube. But their antioxidant
capacity seemed to disappear in human blood.
Vit. B fortified foods improves public health
According to a new report, fortifying foods with B vitamins and
giving additional supplements to people with heart disease, and
those at risk, could save lives and money.
Take charge of your nutrition and include soy
According to a Cornell University medical director, it is essential
for people to be pro-active about nutrition and urges more soy in
diets to help prevent illness and disease.
NZ goes forward on GMOs
The New Zealand Royal Commission on Genetic Modification has
recommended that research on GM crops and animals proceed with
Nestlé reports H1 results
Nestlé delivers strong sales and earnings per share growthDuring
the first six months of 2001, the group continued last year's
Soy diet beneficial to healthy persons too
A new study in Australia has found that even healthy men can
benefit from increased amounts of soy foods in their diets.
Meeting over new Chinese GMO rules
Leaders of the American soybean industry will hold talks with
government officials in China this week to clear the air over
Beijing's new rules for GMOs.
Low dose of carotenoids has no effect on immune system
According to British researchers, people over 65 and taking
lycopene or beta-carotene supplements with the hope that they are
bolstering their immune systems may be wasting their time and
Metal-absorbing plants as source of new nutraceuticals
Metal-loving plants that store large amounts of micronutrients in
their tissues could be the source of new nutraceuticals.
GM soybean: no evidence of health risk
The EC said that it had no scientific evidence of health risks from
a brand of genetically modified soybeans that the environmental
group Greenpeace wants banned.
Vitamins to protect skin
Experts have now learned that other factors beyond genetics account
for aging discrepancies, and these may be diet and vitamin-related.
7-Eleven expand functional food line
A new line in own-brand nutritional bars is to hit 7-Eleven
supermarket stores in the US.
Supplements - a danger to sports?
Chicago Tribune journalists Julie Deardorff and Geoff Dougherty
this week questioned the flexible regulations surrounding the
dietary supplement trade and the potential danger posed to
Low dosage liquorice affects blood pressure
A few mouthfuls of liquorice may raise blood-pressure levels,
according to researchers from Iceland.
Halal certification board for Philippines
In a bid to improve the Philippine "halal" industry President
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has started steps to develop a local
"halal" food industry.
Trend in bottled water reduces fluoride consumption
US federal health officials warned last week that 100 million
Americans risk dental disease due to a lack of fluoride in their
Tomato growers fear 'FMD of horticulture'
Tomato growers fear the "foot and mouth of horticulture" will enter
New Zealand because of more imports from Australia.
Junk food and AMD link revealed
New research suggests that snack fats may damage the eyes but omega
3 can help beat blindness.
Pomegranate seed may cause breast cancer cells to self-destruct
Israeli researchers have found that pomegranates could have
important implications for breast cancer treatment and the safety
of oestrogen replacement therapy.
Tighter rules for health claims?
British food producers have serious reservations about any move by
Brussels to subject claims they make about their products to
H1 results for Degussa
Despite difficult economic conditions, Degussa stands firm and does
not forecast changes for the full year 2001.
Moderate consumption of alcohol may be good for health
According to a new study out of Spain, any form of alcohol can
bestow health benefits.
Lowest level of salmonella contamination
About one in two chickens in UK supermarkets were infected with
common form of food poisoning bacteria.