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UN tightens regulation on lead in infant formula lead and arsenic in rice

The United Nation’s food standards body has adopted new maximum levels for lead in infant formula and arsenic in rice. 

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

Scientists have called new discoveries from leading Japanese dairy product company Morinaga Milk Industry on popular probiotic genus bifidobacteria, “an interesting first step”.

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Does Unilever’s Slim-Fast fail signal the end of weight management as we know it?

Fourteen years after Unilever spent $2.3bn (€1.7bn) to buy Slim-Fast, it has sold up for an undisclosed sum to a private equity player. Analyst and author Julian Mellentin tracks the...

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Unilever sells Slim Fast to private equity firm Kainos Capital for undisclosed sum

Unilever has sold its Slim Fast weight management brand to private equity firm Kainos Capital, but will retain a minority stake in the business. 

Smooth transition: Yogurt is doing fine without digestive health claims

Sales of yogurt in the UK have remained healthy, despite ditching digestive health positioning, according to Euromonitor. 

French agency bucks EU with plant sterol-stanol cholesterol rejection

France’s food safety agency (ANSES) has put itself at scientific odds with the EU’s central food science authority by concluding data is lacking to back plant sterols and stanols for...

EFSA adopts essential infant formula composition opinion

EFSA has adopted its opinion on the essential infant formula composition following a period of public consultation which saw nearly 400 comments stream in on the likes of omega-3 form...

Bürkert FloWave starts field tests in the dairy industry

Bürkert FloWave, which measures the flow of a liquid in a pipe, is being tested in the dairy industry and has requests from a chocolate manufacturer.

SNE chips in on EFSA’s infant formula draft opinion

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) said it was disappointed that certain nutrients were deemed "unnecessary" in the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) recent draft opinion on infant formula. ...

ISAPP consensus: Gut, yes. Immunity, no (for now)

Time to recognise ‘core benefits of certain probiotics’: ISAPP

The evidence has grown so strong for the best-documented probiotic strains that a generic digestive health claim should exist, according to a consensus statement from leading international researchers published this...

Underlying forces will continue to drive functional food growth, analyst says

The hot market for functional foods shows no signs of cooling off, according to longtime industry consultant Jeff Hilton.  In his view a number of factors will combine to drive...

Mongolian dairy probiotics may alleviate allergies: Mouse study

Probiotics isolated from Mongolian dairy products could alleviate allergy symptoms through intestinal immunity and helper cell balance, research using mice has suggested.

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Psychobiotics can feed gut-brain health axis: 'It’s really an exciting frontier,' says professor

Evidence is building that links the gut microbiome and brain function and ‘psychobiotics’ are at the heart of that, says a leading Irish researcher working in the field for more...

Not on our turf, says NHS, as boycott has Nestlé-sponsored event cancelled

A Scottish public health conference has been cancelled after senior NHS figures urged attendees to boycott the event in protest against its commercial sponsor, Nestlé.

Spanish probiotic to feature in 10 EU countries for mastitis

Spanish supplier Biosearch Life has signed a deal with an Austrian pharma firm to supply its breast milk probiotic-based strain to food supplements in 10 central and eastern European countries.

DuPont wins rare European probiotic gut health claims

DuPont-Danisco has won official approval for probiotic-based gut health claims based on its strains in Switzerland after working with a local retailer.

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

Game of spoons: France’s 144,000 tonne, €420 million probiotic yoghurt health claim hit

France’s formally buoyant multi-billion euro probiotic yoghurt market will shed €420m between now and 2018 directly because of tough EU health claim laws, according to new analysis that isolates ‘the health claims...

Global probiotics business is booming, while Europe focuses on blends and 'piggybacking'

Strong growth in the Americas and Asia is helping the probiotics industry to strong success, while the European market recovers from regulatory challenges by focusing on blends and 'piggybacking claims',...

Dispatches from the IPA World Congress in Athens, Greece

EFSA commits to fresh gut and immune health claim guidance

The EU’s central food science agency will next month open a consultation on immune and gut health that will inform a revised guidance that could come before year’s end and...

“This has to be one of the most stupid regulatory rulings that I have seen.”

Benecol blood boils after cholesterol ad lanced

Cholesterol-battling plant stanol-based Benecol has been busted in the UK for exaggerating TV advert claims even though they were based on UK National Health Service (NHS), British Heart Foundation (BHF)...

Danes back nutrient-rich African camel milk expansion

Danish supplier Chr Hansen has launched a forum to disseminate and share information on camel cheese and milk production to generate global support and potential revenue for small-scale camel owners...

Arla launches heat-sensitive whey

Arla Food Ingredients has launched a 100% whey protein concentrate it claims is less sensitive to heat in functional and clinical nutrition.

‘Cost savings and quality of life improvements’: Meta-analysis supports probiotics for common cold

Consuming probiotics may decrease the duration of common upper respiratory tract infections (URTI) by up to a day, compared to placebo, according to findings published in the British Journal of Nutrition ....

Functional foods resist recession but failure rate stays high: Analyst

Functional foods weathered the global economic recession better than most food categories despite a high product failure rate, according to a US-based branding and market expert.

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27 , that has health claim victories...

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