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Dairy Health Check

In an increasingly health conscious age, dairy processors are looking to reduce the fat content of their products and make the most of the healthy components of milk. Adding further value to dairy products are functional ingredients like probiotics but health claim legislation is making it hard for companies to know how best to communicate health messages.

Omega-3, heart health evidence is strong, says review

Omega-3s from oily fish and supplements can reduce the risk of cardiac and sudden death, and possibly stroke, says a new review from the US.

JHCI review aims to inform EFSA on health claims

The UK's Joint Health Claims Initiative (JHCI) has conducted a review of its own guidance on health claims submissions, with the aim of helping the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

Low-fat dairy may cut diabetes risk for women

A diet rich in low fat dairy could cut the risk of type-2 diabetes for women by over 20 per cent, says a new study from Harvard.

Unilever's Flora health claims unproven

Unilever must change its British television advert for Flora pro.activ margarine as it contains unsubstantiated health claims, said the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Omega-3 milk ads dropped in health claims row

Dairy Crest has criticised Britain's advert watchdog for telling the company to drop claims that its omega-3 milk could improve children's ability to learn.

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Healthy food and the World Cup of missed opportunity

Beer, bakery, confectionery, sweet drinks, pizzas, snacks galore, and even dog food. The list of products with World Cup tie-ins is dominated by junk food, while healthy food makers seem...

Health, WTO dominate EU dairy talks

World trade discussions and communicating the health benefits of dairy were the two main topics for discussion in a meeting between the European Dairy Association and European Commission last week.

Campina, Fonterra cleared over lactose deal

Dutch dairy group Campina is free to form a joint venture with New Zealand dairy Fonterra to sell lactose for use in fine chemical production and pharmaceuticals, says the European...

FDA rejects Nestlé infant formula health claim

The US food regulatory agency last week rejected a proposed health claim submitted by Nestlé, which would have implied that its whey protein infant formulas reduced the risk of food...

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Vitafoods 2006: kids driving the health revolution

Healthy eating is no longer motivated simply by self-interest. Family welfare has become the overriding concern, and children have become the real driving force behind the health trend.

Formula milk firms slammed over health worker links

Britain's formula milk industry has faced down a new wave of criticism from senior paediatricians, who accused it of dodging a ban on direct advertising by snuggling up to doctors...

Sheep's milk holds health potential

Sheep's milk has a higher content of essential vitamins and minerals than cow's milk and could be used to cater to consumers' appetite for healthy products. But presently it seems...

Nestlé starts health food fund

Nestlé has finalised arrangements for a new fund that will invest in food companies producing for the health, well-being and nutrition sectors, as part of the group's drive to stay...

Omega-3s have no benefits for heart health, cancer - new review

Intake of omega-3 fatty acids from oily fish and fish oil supplements has no effect on mortality, heart disease or cancer, concludes a new review, but guidelines should continue for...

Danone Canada launches DHA yoghurt for brain health

Sales of a DHA-fortified children's yoghurt launched last month in Canada are already exceeding expectations, with parents keen to improve their children's brain development through nutrition, says manufacturer Danone Canada.

Gatorade challenges choc milk health claims

Gatorade has challenged a recent advertising campaign that claims that chocolate milk helps athletes to work out longer than conventional sports drinks.

UK milk campaign targets health workers

Britain's Milk Development Council said it plans to start a new health campaign for milk targeted at health professionals and the media as well as consumers.

Ink chemical does not pose a health risk, food regulator says

Scientific evidence indicates that the presence of the ink chemical isopropylthioxanthone (ITX) in packaged foods does not pose a health risk, an EU regulator said today.

Nutritional demand drives whey and lactose sales

Innovative dairy ingredients are increasingly being used in nutritional-focused applications and are showing significant growth rates according to a new study.

Healthy lifestyles drive Chr Hansen innovations

The firm will focus on new technologies for dairy, beverages and prepared food at the WWFE expo next month, showing exactly where the industry is targeting its resources.

Cow's diet makes milk healthier, says study

Cows on healthier diets produce milk that is healthier for humans, says new research, improving our understanding of how dairy processors could naturally increase the health positioning of their products.

Mega-trends: convenience food and health to double in ten years

Ten mega trends stretching from age to individualism will determine the success and shape of any new products to hit the market in the near future, claims market analysts Datamonitor.

Health trends drive soy milk craze

Soy milk has been Western Europe's fastest growing 'dairy' sector over the last six years, presenting new challenges to dairy firms via consumer health trends and new fears over lactose...

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Highway to health

Parked on the hot coals of public opinion, the food industry can lose no time in proving how healthy its products are.

Dairy-loving ancestors bring lactose tolerance to Europe

As the milk industry feels the impact of a supposed rise in lactose intolerance, a new study from the US confirms Europeans can drink milk because their ancestors flourished in...

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