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MEPs debate food health claims, vitamin additives

Members of the European Parliament are today debating and voting on proposals for two new controversial pieces of proposed legislation that will affect food processors - one toput restrictions on...

Upcoming EU ban fuels interest in probiotic feed market

With the upcoming EU ban on the use of antibiotic growth promoters in animal feed, companies such as Medipharm and Chr. Hansen are rushing to provide farmers with natural alternatives.

US consumers get to grips with probiotics

The message about the gut health benefit probiotics can deliver is finally getting through to US consumers, according to a new report on the state of the functional foods sub-category.

Probiotic reduces gastric infection

A combination of lactic acid bacteria and a probiotic can help prevent gastric infection, according to research by the Institut Rosell.

Probiotic bacteria helps irritable bowel syndrome

A drink containing a probiotic strain isolated from infants relieved symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome to the same extent as pharmaceutical treatments for the condition, report Irish researchers.

Probiotic study shows vulnerability in digestive conditions

Not all strains of bacteria used in probiotic products on the UK market survive through the entire digestive system, conclude study results published this week by the Food Standards Agency,...

Chr Hansen ups genomics capability for probiotics research

Danish ingredients company Chr Hansen has licensed the use of a genomics tool to improve knowledge of how probiotic bacteria work. It could help the firm develop new probiotic bacteria...

Bacteria offer novel approach to vitamin fortification

Emerging research on lactic acid bacteria is set to offer food companies a new method of vitamin enrichment that allows them to get around consumer concerns over added ingredients, writes...

Probiotic dairy products lack scientific support

The US probiotic industry needs to step up a gear and finance further research in order to win over consumer confidence by providing scientific proof of its health benefits, according...

Organic milk boasts higher vitamin E and carotenoid levels

Organic milk has significantly higher quantities of vitamin E - a key component in contributing to the shelf-life of milk - than its conventional equivalent, say Danish researchers, suggesting the...

Scientists call for calcium, vitamin D fortification

A US cancer prevention expert says that if government required calcium and vitamin D to be added to foods, it could achieve a 20 per cent reduction in colon cancer...

Sensus confirms prebiotic effect of low-dose inulin

Dutch ingredients firm Sensus has carried out new research to prove the prebiotic effect of native inulin at only 5 grams, allowing food manufacturers to make prebiotic claims on a...

Genomics could offer much-needed support for probiotic claims

New gene technology could provide further evidence to support probiotic bacteria, often criticised by the medical profession for having insufficient science behind the claims made about their health benefits.

Danisco steps up probiotics presence with European dairy launch

The first dairy food range in Europe containing Danisco's Howaru probiotics has been introduced in Slovenia by one of the region's top dairy product manufacturers Ljubljanske Mlekarne.

Probiotics targeted for growth under new Danisco cultures unit

The new cultures unit at Danisco looks set to become a powerful force in the probiotics sector, gaining additional strains and entrance to new markets with the acquisition of Rhodia...

New probiotic tablet from Chr. Hansen

Probiotics in capsule form have been around for a few years, as dietary supplement manufacturers seek to take advantage of the growing awareness of their beneficial effect on gut health....

Fresh milk with omega-3 makes debut in Ireland

Europe's first pasteurized milk enriched with omega-3 fatty acids has launched in Ireland, thanks to new technology that allows a fish oil emulsion to be added to milk just before...

Healthy Belgium proves good launchpad for new probiotic applications

Valio is to launch its probiotic cheese in Belgium, the first country outside its home market, where cheese is a fast-growing new application area for the health-promoting bacteria, writes Dominique...

Feed supplements boost omega-3 fats in milk

The omega-3 content of milk can be increased by feeding cows with fish oil, say Australian researchers reporting the results of a new study.

Probiotics, dead or alive, can relieve gut disease

Probiotics, the bacteria thought to help gut health disorders, allergies and even some forms of cancer, contain immune system-stimulating DNA, which makes them just as effective when inactivated as when...

Probiotic feeds down under

Australians could soon be eating 'healthier' chickens after the government approved BioPlus 2B, a natural alternative to antibiotic growth promoters for piglets and chickens. On...

Prebiotic pectin properties

The common food ingredient pectin may be more valuable than thought as it has significant prebiotic properties, claims a US scientist. Pectin, derived mainly from...

Danone invests in probiotics firm

French yoghurt manufacturer Danone has announced that it has raised its stake in Japanese probiotics maker Yakult to 19 per cent. The investment in Yakult...

US milk recall due to vitamin contamination

In the US, an Ohio dairy is recalling 150 half gallons of one of its products because it contains levels of vitamin A that could...

Probiotic foods cut the risk for UTIs

Probiotic dairy products could help prevent women from getting recurring urinary tract infections, says a team of Finnish researchers. The team from the University of...

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