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Insignia Technologies hits $1m for global trials

Insignia Technologies will go ahead with trials in the US, UK and Europe after renewed interest with a sizeable cash investment.

Probiotic cheese + low calorie diet shows weight and heart health benefits for obese

A low calorie diet plus daily consumption of a probiotic cheese may improve blood pressure and body mass index measures in obese adults with hypertension, says a new study.

Major breakthrough in recycling sorting systems

Axion Consulting has seen a major breakthrough in sorting technologies which could increase the recycling of an estimated 180,000 tonnes of waste polypropylene (PP) pots, tubs and trays every year...

Australian complementary healthcare body slams NZ vitamin D findings

A meta-analysis that found that vitamin D supplements have no beneficial effect on bone density has drawn intense criticism from Australian experts, who say the study’s conclusions could have “dire...

Portion size science: There is still a lot we do not know, says review

Simply reducing portion sizes is not an easy solution to reducing energy intakes as results from laboratory based experiments do not necessarily reflect what happens in the real world, according...

Insufficient evidence for Lactobacillus reuteri and colic, say researchers

There is not enough evidence to support use of the probiotic Lactobacillus reuteri to manage colic or prevent crying infants, according to a new analysis.

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‘100 milking robots’ in Ireland by December, says top scientist

Irish scientists developing automated $177,000 milking machines claim to have cracked the problem of pasture-based farms – a breakthrough that could free up farm labour and allow greater production of grass-fed milk.

Raw milk consumption a ‘realistic and unnecessary health threat’

The “only substantial disadvantage” of milk pasteurization is the change in the liquid’s organoleptic profile, Belgian researchers have claimed – rubbishing a range of arguments offered up by raw milk advocates....

Nestlé lodges patent for lactoferrin diarrhoea supplement

Diarrhoea can be reduced via supplementation with milk protein, lactoferrin, according to a Nestlé patent published this month by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO).


'Dairy pro- and prebiotics can boost brain, liver and infant health'

Irish scientists working with gut bacteria – microbiota – have found 'exciting opportunities' for value-added dairy products, according to the head of biotechnology at Ireland’s largest food research center.

Meta-analysis: Probiotic reduces infant skin disorders (but not asthma/wheezing)

The probiotic strain Lactobacillus acidophilus decreases skin sensitivity in children that can reduce disorders like eczema, researchers have found after a scan of published studies – but other allergic ailments like asthma...

What is a health benefit? Researchers issue probiotic guidance for EFSA applications

An evaluation of all EFSA opinions relating to probiotics will help industry players better understand what sort of claims are accepted as a health benefit and which claims are not,...

WhiteWave seeks to patent ‘light milk’

WhiteWave Services Inc. has filed a patent application for ‘light milk,’ a lower-calorie alternative to skim milk without a watered-down flavor and mouthfeel.

How does taste work? How our evolving understanding could lead to better food

Our understanding of how we taste is evolving, and with it, the opportunities to create foods that are tastier – and healthier.

Breastmilk gut bacteria discovery could boost infant formula development

‘Good’ gut bacteria may arrive in a baby’s digestive system direct from its mother’s gut via breast milk, Swiss researchers have found – a discovery they claim could lead to...

High intakes of dairy are associated with a significant decrease in the risk of type 2 diabetes, says meta-analysis

Can consuming dairy products reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes? The answer, according to a systematic review published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition last week, is...

Higher dairy intake in elderly women linked to greater strength, less falls

Elderly women that consume “higher” levels of milk, yogurt and cheese are at less risk of a fall, new research findings have suggested.

Omega-3 rich infant formula may boost later intelligence: Study

Consumption of a DHA-enriched formula in infancy may be linked to positive cognitive outcomes in childhood, according to new research data.

Pasteurisation rival given green light for Indian milk

India’s food standards regulator has approved the use of SurePure’s proprietary liquid photopurification technology as an alternative process to thermal pasteurisation for milk and other dairy products. 

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Fonterra and IOF fund Indonesian female osteoporosis research

Fonterra has teamed up with the International Osteoporosis Foundation (IOF) to fund research to examine the prevalence of low bone mineral density (BMD) among young women in Indonesia.


Is the clamour for publicity making a mockery of real scientific progress?

The need for scientific celebrity seems to have spread like wildfire in recent years, and it’s making a mockery of real scientific progress.

Habits, not cravings, drive food choice during times of stress

People who eat during times of stress seek out food they consume through habit - regardless of how healthy or unhealthy that food may be, say researchers.

Mooofins & DayBreakers: Student concepts give ‘excellent thought starters’ for innovative dairy-based breakfast products

Dairy-based, quiche-like muffins and an American twist on gulabjamun took the top two spots on the Dairy Research Institute’s New Product Competition podium, as the product developers of tomorrow provided...

Iodine and essential element levels lower in organic milk, says study

Levels of iodine and other essential trace elements, including zinc and selenium, are lower in organic milk than in conventionally-produced milk, a team of Spanish researchers has discovered. 

Sweetened milk consumption 'undermines' child diet quality, says Havard expert

The industry-encouraged consumption of sweetened, reduced-fat, flavored milk by children as an alternative to plain whole milk “undermines diet quality,” a Harvard pediatric health expert has claimed.

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