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.
UGO (Unidentified Gene Organism) found in soybeans
Belgian scientists found alien gene fragments in soybeans grown
from seed developed by the American biotechnology giant Monsanto
Alternative oestrogen products - not always what it seems
On August 16, ConsumerLab.com, released the results of its
Phyto-oestrogen Product Review.
Q1 results for Galaxy Nutritional Foods
Galaxy Nutritional Foods announced results for its first quarter
ended June 30, 2001.
Fats are good for you
Despite a negative publicity, not all oils and fats are harmful. In
fact, oils and fats are basic elements of the human food supply.
Calcium fortification kills salmonella
Orange juice fortified with calcium lactate/tricalcium phosphate
may affect the survival rate of salmonella whereas calcium citrate
malate and calcium citrate fortifications have little effect.
Increasing use of unregulated supplements
Almost 60% of US college athletes use nutritional supplements that
are unregulated and may contain banned substances such as
ephedrine, survey reports.
Cornmeal violates JAS law
11 of 59 soybean and corn-processed products subject to a Japanese
government investigation were found to contain ingredients with
High fatty acid levels increase heart attack risk
Healthy middle-aged men with high blood levels of "free" fatty
acids may be 70 per cent more likely to experience sudden cardiac
death than their peers with lower levels of the compounds.
Higher vitamin-C RDA for women, study suggests
US government researchers suggest that the RDA of vitamin C for
healthy young women should be increased from 75 mg to 90 mg.
Exotics and health - new trends in NPD
According to Datamonitor, health angles and exotic flavours are
increasingly used by manufacturers to position new confectionery
and alcoholic products.
Sports drinks, the battle continues
Coca-Cola Co. said its relaunched Powerade sports drink was gaining
momentum and braced to better challenge Gatorade
Folate may alleviate drug side-effects
According to researchers, patients taking a drug usually prescribed
for rheumatoid arthritis can lower their risk for drug-related
liver damage by taking folate supplements.
Soy Symposium for November
The Fourth International Symposium on the Role of Soy in Preventing
and Treating Chronic Disease is to take place in San Diego on 4-7
Milk protein hope for PKU sufferers
A dairy scientist in the US has developed a milk protein powder
that aims to dramatically expand the food choices for people with
phenylketonuria - more commonly known as PKU - a genetic disorder.
Consumer ingredient branding - first Solae product out
The American science group DuPont unveiled a program to position
its healthy food ingredients under the brand Solae.
Eat soy, live longer - study suggests
According to a report in a Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions
publication, diets containing soyfoods have contributed to the
longevity of people of Okinawa.
EC clears acquisition in the dairy market
The EC has approved the proposed acquisition of Nutricia Dairy and
Drinks Group (NDDG) by Friesland Coberco Dairy Foods Holding N.V.
GM crop sites will be revealed
The location of GM crop trials in Australia will be published on
the Internet after a regulator on August 10 rejected applications
to keep the sites secret from anti-GM activists.
First GM cookbook out soon
The world's first cookbook featuring only GM ingredients will soon
be on the shelves.
Antioxidants may interfere with cholesterol drugs
According to researchers, supplementing the diet with antioxidant
vitamins and minerals appears to blunt the beneficial effects of
certain cholesterol-lowering drugs.
Organic trade fair for Japan
Nuremberg Trade Fairs organisation announced that it is to extend
its to the Far East.
Strong growth for nutraceuticals group
Australian manufacturer of pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals FH
Faulding announced this week a net profit of AU$ 106 million.
Functional drinks boost Hansen's results
Hansen Natural Corp. reported record sales for its second quarter
ended June 30, 2001, supported by strong growth in functional
drinks lines and new products.
Tesco into alternative remedies
Tesco announced it will bring alternative medicines to the masses
as it took a controlling stake in a specialist retailer of natural
Exercise and diet reduces diabetes risk, new evidence
Exercise and diet can dramatically lower the risk of developing
type 2 diabetes, scientists claim this week.
Summit on "blue fruit" health benefits
The 4th annual summit organised by the Wild Blueberry Association
of North America (WBANA) is being held in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Low-fat diets may not provide enough omega-3s
According to researchers, the US government-recommended diets for
preventing heart disease do not contain enough essential fats, the
kind of fatty acids found in vegetables, lean meats, fish, and
Degussa focusing strategy continues
German speciality chemical giant Degussa AG announced this week the
sale of its ASTA Medica Onkology business to Baxter Healthcare S.A.
Food agency reacts to UK organic report
According to a new report, organic food is healthier and safer for
Galaxy expands down under
Galaxy Nutritional Foods announced it would start shipping ten of
its healthy brand dairy alternative products to major supermarket
chains in Australia.
Standards for energy drinks, artifical sweeteners and icon foods in Australia
A new standard for energy drinks was just one measure among many
food issues agreed last week by ministers meeting for the first
time at the newly formed Australia New Zealand Food Standards
New gums for better oral care
Procter & Gamble Company and the US chewing gum company William
Wrigley Jr. Company announced on August 7 an agreement to bring
innovative chewing gums with dental benefits to the world's
More evidence of black tea benefits
According to a recent study, a cup of black tea, with an apple and
a chunk of chocolate may help protect against heart disease.
Western health supplements trendy in Asia
According to a recent survey, Asians are increasingly switching
from traditional medicine to Western health supplements.
Health-linked GMOs the way to acceptance
What's in it for me? Australian research is showing this may be the
key question in selling genetically modified (GM) foods to
DMV signs agreement with US meat packers
Lactoferrin ingredients giant DMV International announced this week
a joint venture agreement with US beef packing company Farmland
National Beef Packing Company L.P.
Food health claims nearing Code of Practice
The UK Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) is drawing closer to
its goal to establish a Code of Practice for health claims on food.
Benefits of low cholesterol in elderly questioned
It is the general belief today that low blood cholesterol is key in
reducing cardiovascular disease. This opinion has now been
challenged by data from the Honolulu Heart Program, a large
epidemiological study of cardiovascular disease.
ConAgra fights Danone over product name
ConAgra Foods Inc., the second-biggest U.S. food company, is to sue
French company, Groupe Danone SA's Dannon to block it from using
the name "Snack Pack" for its yoghurt containers.
Capsugel extends vegetable capsule line
US capsule manufacturer, Capsugel, has extended its line of liquid
filled vegetable capsules to include a lecithin filled capsule.
NZ Dairy Foods demands stronger competition measures
According to NZ Dairy Foods, additional measures are needed to
protect competition in the domestic New Zealand milk sector.
Low trans-fat margarines
Scientists at the Agricultural Research Service have developed a
new process to produce foods with lower content of trans-fat acids.