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EFSA rejects Danone and Yakult probiotic appeals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel says there are no grounds for alteration of its rejection last year of probiotic health claim dossiers submitted by Danone and...

Omega-3 in food & drink set to ‘boom’, says Packaged Facts

US retail sales of food and drink products making omega-3 claims shot up 11 percent in 2010 to approach the $4bn mark and are predicted to be worth almost $7bn...

Probiotic start-ups pushing new research to please EFSA

Spanish and British probiotics companies are driving funds into strain and product-specific studies as they attempt to build scientific backing that will survive in the European Union health claims clampdown.

Danone debuts probiotic yoghurt Activia in 69th country: Australia

French dairy Danone has built on its 2010 joint venture with Australian co-op Murray Goulburn by belatedly launching its €4bn global selling probiotic yoghurt Activia on the market there.

Probiotic milk may alleviate fever: Yakult study

Milk fermented with Lactobacillus casei may help to alleviate fever caused by norovirus gastroenteritis by correcting imbalances of intestinal microflora, according to a new study.

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Danisco debuting kids’ probiotic blend at Vitafoods Europe

 The world’s largest probiotic supplier, Danisco, is expanding its demographic-focused custom probiotic blends with a children’s blend it will debut at next month’s Vitafoods Europe expo and convention in Geneva,...

Denmark backs vitamin D fortification

Major milk suppliers in Denmark are fortifying products with vitamin D after government advice urged them to do so.

MEP takes DHA omega-3 claim complaint back to the Commission

British Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Glenis Willmott, is writing to the European Commission to block a DHA eye development claim being used on infant follow-on formula products,...

Vitamin D supplements under threat from functional foods: Euromonitor

Functional foods, multivitamins and fish oil are an increasing threat to single vitamin D supplements, as consumers seek to understand the controversy in vitamin D recommendations, says an analyst from...

MEPs authorise omega-3 infant eye health claim

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have today narrowly rejected a motion to prohibit a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Commission (EC)-approved DHA omega-3 eye health claim on...

'Eye' or 'nay': For or against the DHA infant eye claim?

Just as with the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) itself, next week's European Parliament (EP) vote on whether to allow products aimed at 6-12 month old infants to...

Breast may be best but don’t block omega-3 infant formula claims, says practitioner

The late move by a European Parliament committee to block the addition of DHA omega-3 claims to baby milk products across the EU bloc, would be a triumph of politics...

China-Biotics expands probiotics deal with Bright Dairy

Leading Chinese probiotics supplier, China-Biotics, has pressed a deal with the country’s third biggest dairy to expand the number of probiotic strains it uses in yoghurt products.

EFSA health claims panellist edits probiotic claims book

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim panellist, professor Seppo Salminen, has co-edited a book investigating probiotic science and health claims, with a focus on regional differences.

Study nails best process for probiotic whey cheese – and when to eat it

Researchers from Portugal have developed an optimum process for obtaining whey cheese matrices via thermal processing and inoculating them with probiotic cultures.

Probiotic academics turn up political health claim heat

A recently established group of global gut health academics is sending letters to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as well as national government politicians as the group attempts to...

Dannon probiotic yogurt sales up 16% despite claims crackdown

US probiotics leader Dannon appears to have weathered recent class action and Federal Trade Commission (FTC)-led storms that forced it to alter gut health claims for its spoonable and drinkable...

Baby milk campaign group claims EFSA oversight in DHA approval

An approved EFSA claims that omega-3 form DHA contributes to the visual development of infants risks misleading consumers, due to a committee oversight in approving the relevant health claim, says...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects probiotic “heart cheese” health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected an article 13.5 claim that sought to link a probiotic cheese called Harmony with heart health benefits.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA approves vitamin B1-infant brain health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim linking thiamin (vitamin B1) and “normal neurological development and function” in infants and children up to three years of...

MEPs question omega-3 baby milk benefits

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are questioning whether omega-3 form DHA can benefit infant eye sight, despite the nutrient winning endorsement from one of the world’s toughest claims assessment...

Versatile vegetarian vitamin D targets global deficiencies

Lallemand Bio-Ingredients is promoting a new vegetarian form of vitamin D it says can make a considerable dent in global deficiencies in the ‘sun vitamin’ due its functional food flexibility.

Vitamin D, calcium-fortified dairy may boost bone health for women

Fortification of dairy products with vitamin D and calcium may boost bone health in post-menopausal women, a group at increased risk of osteoporosis, suggests a new study from Greece.

Probiotic drinks are still a category to watch

European launches of probiotic drinks may have declined in recent years but analysts remain confident that the category still has strong global potential.

Danone, Yakult roll out new probiotic grants for gut health

Danone and Yakult are handing out another $100,000 for research into the role of probiotics and gastrointestinal microbiota in health and wellness

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