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Playing ball in China's health claims park

Dispatches from Supply Side East

Playing ball in China's health claims park

By Lorraine Heller

Lorraine Heller met with Randy Dennin, chairman of the Chinese branch of US trade group Natural Products Association (NPA), at Supply Side East and asked him about regulatory and other challenges on the Sino peninsula.

Supply Side East preview

Disptaches from Supply Side East

Supply Side East preview

By Lorraine Heller

Today is the first day of Supply Side East, one of the major east coast trade shows for the functional foods and supplements industries. Lorraine Heller takes a peek at the program and shares some thoughts about what to expect from the show.

Snack Size Science: Fishing for powdered omega-3 salts

Snack Size Science: Fishing for powdered omega-3 salts

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredients’ Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we explore the potential of powdered omega-3 salts as a way of taking this big fish of the nutrition world into yet more products.

Snack Size Science: The new kid in vitamin E town

Snack Size Science: The new kid in vitamin E town

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we consider the discovery of a new form of vitamin E in the peel of kiwifruit. Italian researchers reveal the furry little fruits secret nutrient content.

Yakult pushing probiotic science envelope

Yakult pushing probiotic science envelope

By Shane Starling

Probiotics are best known for their digestive health benefits, but research is pointing to benefits in unexpected areas. Shane Starling met with Yakult’s Netherlands-based science manager, Dr Jia Zhao, after she spoke at a recent conference on functional...

Why omega-3 nutrient claims are important, GOED

Why omega-3 nutrient claims are important, GOED

By Lorraine Heller

A proposed ruling to prohibit the use of omega-3 nutrient content claims would generate consumer confusion by limiting the ways in which manufacturers can communicate meaningful omega-3 references on their products, says the Global Organization for EPA...

ADM whistleblower pays heavy price for freedom

Mark Whitacre – The Informant

ADM whistleblower pays heavy price for freedom

By Shane Starling

Mark Whitacre was the US corporate world’s highest level executive whistleblower when he exposed a price fixing scheme at ADM in the mid-90s. Now the subject of a Hollywood film called The Informant starring Matt Damon, the selenium biochemist came clean...

Reading between the omega-3 aisles at Expo West

Dispatches from Expo West

Reading between the omega-3 aisles at Expo West

By Shane Starling

Shane Starling takes Michael Chubb, the sales director at Canadian fatty acid specialist, Bioriginal, into the organic and natural product extravaganza that is Expo West for a real-time spec of end-product omega-3 ingredient innovation and application.

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

Dispatches from Expo West

CRN: GMP blind spots remain

By Shane Starling

The staggered implementation of America’s controversial GMP rules is underway and due for completion in June, 2010. For the Council for Responsible Nutrition’s VP of regulatory and scientific affairs, Andrew Shao, PhD, the bill may be progressing but...

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

Dispatches from Expo West

Israelsen: 'You wouldn’t know there is a recession'

By Shane Starling

At Expo West recently, Shane Starling sat down with industry stalwart, Loren Israelsen, to discuss the Obama effect, Senator Richard Durbin of Illinois, the “flyspeck” that is the Dietary Supplements and Health Education Act (DSHEA), GMPs, oh, and the...

FDA: we will enforce GMPs

Dispatches from Expo West

FDA: we will enforce GMPs

By Shane Starling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has been criticized for not enforcing Good Manufacturing Practises, but according to the FDA’s Brad Williams, boosted funding means FDA inspectors may be about to “saturate the field”. He spoke with Shane Starling...

What NutraIngredients-USA took away from Expo West

Dispatches from Expo West

What NutraIngredients-USA took away from Expo West

Signs of the current economic recession were largely absent from the Expo West trade show in Anaheim, California, this year, with continued innovation in the field of functional foods and supplements.

GOED prepares petition for omega-3 RDA

Dispatches from Expo West

GOED prepares petition for omega-3 RDA

By Shane Starling

Omega-3 trade group Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) is preparing to petition the US Institute of Medicine (IOM) to establish a recommended daily allowance for the nutritional lipid. Shane Starling catches up with the organization’s executive...

Snack Size Science: The ABC - and D - of common cold control

Snack Size Science: The ABC - and D - of common cold control

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at the potential of vitamin D to prime the immune system and offer protection against colds and the flu: A ray of scientific sunshine on a dark winter day.

Approaching Expo West

Dispatches from Expo West

Approaching Expo West

As the doors open today on Expo West, the year’s major trade show for the natural, organic and functional food industries, Shane Starling shares his thoughts on what he expects to find – from 36,000 feet in the air.

Snack Size Science: Taking heart from phytosterol review

Snack Size Science: Taking heart from phytosterol review

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science. This week we look at a review of phytosterol science. Phytosterol-enriched margarines and other foods are spread thickly on supermarket shelves, and a new review says there is...

The depression diet

The depression diet

Experts predict that consumers will put on recession pounds by eating more unhealthy food to save money. But Dr Adam Drewnowski, director of the Center for Public Health Nutrition at the University of Washington, says nutrient-rich foods that were typically...

The short-sightedness of clinical trials

The short-sightedness of clinical trials

The results of randomized clinical trials to test nutrients continues to grab the headlines, and more often than not the titles are not positive. Is the emphasis on a trial model anchored in drug testing a good thing for nutrition? Stephen Daniells talked...

Omega-3 and the search for alternative sources

Omega-3 and the search for alternative sources

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the industry's star performers, being added to a wide variety of food types as well as supplement capsules. But searching for alternative sources continues behind the scenes. Stephen Daniells talks to Prof Ski Chilton...

Three parties, one project: the probiotic straw

Three parties, one project: the probiotic straw

A drinking straw innovator, a leading probiotics supplier and the world’s biggest aseptic beverage packager have teamed up to deliver a probiotic drink that has attracted the interest of the world’s biggest beverage companies. Shane Starling met with...

Petitions: The new tool to attack supplements

Petitions: The new tool to attack supplements

The petition filed earlier this year by GSK in an effort to wipe out the dietary supplement category for weight loss is unlikely to pass. But it highlights a major new threat to the industry: The use of petitions to discredit the supplements sector. Lorraine...

HIE round-up: quality, not quantity

Dispatches from Health Ingredients Europe

HIE round-up: quality, not quantity

As the stands came down on day three in Paris, NutraIngredients.com canvassed industry opinion about Europe's marquee healthy nutrients event, Health Ingredients Europe. Had it been affected by the financial crisis and impact of new EU regulations?

The pros and cons of antioxidant claims

The pros and cons of antioxidant claims

Stephen Daniells canvases views on the use of the term 'antioxidant' and whether the industry is storing up future problems by over-egging their potential.

The biggest challenges in making GMPs work

The biggest challenges in making GMPs work

Many medium and small dietary supplement companies are still not close to meeting new GMP requirements, despite the looming deadlines. Lorraine Heller speaks to industry members about the major challenges that remain, and the next steps that should be...

Exploring the sweet future for stevia

Exploring the sweet future for stevia

As regulatory approval for stevia and its extracts gathers pace in the US, Mark Blumenthal from the American Botanical Council gives his thoughts and inside knowledge on his nominee for ‘herb of the year’.

What is Section 912?

What is Section 912?

Stuart Craig, Danisco's director of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs, North America, explains why Section 912 could have a major impact on the way dietary supplements are regulated in the United States.

What NutraIngredients-USA took away from SSW

What NutraIngredients-USA took away from SSW

The curtains have closed on SupplySide West 2008. Our reporters Stephen Daniells and Lorraine Heller share their thoughts on the major take-aways from the ingredients, science and education on offer at the biggest annual event for the North American nutraceutical...

The coffee and energy drink caffeine divide

The coffee and energy drink caffeine divide

Coffee and tea-based products are free from the caffeine labelling requirements of energy drinks. But is this in consumers’ best interests? Neil Merrett reports.

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