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Formulation

The constant quest for innovation requires food technologists to be up-to-date with research. From hydrocolloids to oils and fats, flavours to flour what works well in which formulations, how does production method affect performance, and what are the sensory effects?

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EID Parry settles with LycoRed following patent infringement suit

LycoRed has now reached a settlement with Indian firm EID Parry after the carotenoids supplier filed for patent infringement in March last year over its tomato lycopene products and related...

Exclusive interview

Taste beyond flavour: How colour, texture and environment influence taste perception

The way we taste foods is actually far more complex than their flavour alone. Neuroscientist Professor Charles Spence discusses how the shape, smell and colour of a food, its packaging,...

Fonterra must show ‘willingness to learn’ from WPC botulism scare: Inquiry

Fonterra faces "serious global implications" unless it learns from the mistakes that led to the recent whey protein concentrate (WPC) botulism scare, the committee overseeing an independent investigation into the...

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S Korean police net ring smuggling diet pills containing human flesh

South Korean police have arrested two Chinese students for selling “diet” pills found to contain human flesh.

China concludes 'successful' tests on transgenic rice

Transgenic rice tests conducted by China’s Agricultural University have brought no abnormalities after 90 days of test according to researchers involved in the programme.

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

Australia and New Zealand have jointly issued a warning against pre-workout sports supplement OxyElite Pro following its links to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that killed one...

Fearing Western bans, TCM industry now seeking to align standards

In the wake of some Western countries like Britain capping sales of traditional medicine imports from China, the country is now ramping up efforts to standardise production in the segment.

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Benecol arrives in the Philippines

Raisio’s Benecol partner, Kalbe International, has launched Benecol smoothies on the Philippine market. 

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...

'China’s changing goalposts will cause multinational supplement drain'

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration is steering the dietary supplement industry towards a more restrictive environment by putting an end to importing such products as food.

Japanese supplier markets immune ingredient consisting of dead gut bacterial cells

A new Japanese product is capitalizing on recent research that shows that the dead cells of probiotic organisms can be effective in stimulating the immune system.  The company, House Wellness...

New deal will bring herring caviar omega 3 to Malaysia for first time

Omega 3 from herring caviar will find a new market in Southeast Asia following a deal inked last week between Norway’s Arctic Nutrition and Holista Colltech of Malaysia that will...

A masterstroke? Pepsi-flavored Cheetos could spell innovative salt reduction

Frito-Lay’s limited edition Pepsi-flavored Cheetos in Japan aren’t anything ground-breaking, but the new taste profile could be used as a platform to reduce salt levels, an innovation expert says....

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Barentz 'moving with customers' to Apac through new Manilla office

Having an office in the Philippines is a “logical step”, according to Barentz after the ingredients company opened the doors to its new Manilla base last weekend.

Case study

Malaysian Biotropics capitalises on US market opened up by TV doctor

Malaysian tongkat ali supplier Biotropics has found significant growth in the United States on the back of some savvy media marketing through celebrity health shows.

Interview

'Long and tortured' Asean harmonisation process making steady progress

This time last year, the Southeast Asian nations of Asean set out to create the single largest regulatory framework for dietary supplements in the world. We spoke to Dato' Dr...

Botanicals

Monteloeder launches drinkable skin protection ingredient

A new variant of Monteloeder’s NutroxSun cosmeceutical product has been launched and claims to protect the skin from the sun when taken in liquid form. 

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Wilmar honoured for omega-3 cooking oil

Asian agribusiness major Wilmar has received the first Vitafoods Asia Nutrition Innovation Award at a ceremony in Hong Kong in recognition of its efforts to address the health issues of Chinese...

Special report

Double-digit nutraceutical growth highlights India’s economy of scale

Indian nutraceutical companies have been watching a nascent industry mature over the last couple of years, and now recently released figures have backed up the boom.

False alarm is good news, but false positive must be investigated

The news that there was no botulism risk from Fonterra’s batches of whey will come as a huge relief to the company and consumers around world, according to New Zealand...

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Botulism scare was a false alarm, reveals NZ ministry

New Zealand’s Ministry of Primary Industries have confirmed the scare surrounding contaminated whey protein concentrate supplied by dairy giant Fonterra was a false alarm. 

FDA clearly ramping up scrutiny of Indian pharma businesses

With two more warning letters sent by the US drug regulator to Indian companies for violation of acceptable manufacturing practices, America has brought to six the number of India-based drugmaking...

One-third of Chinese faced with excess aluminium consumption

Alum-based baking ingredients are to blame for almost one-third of Chinese people consuming quantities of aluminium above the recommended maximum safe level in their diets, according to new research.

UK busts more contaminated Chinese herbal medicines; ‘We are fed up’ says industry

The UK has issued yet another contamination warning against Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCMs) claiming to treat conditions like menstrual pain and hair loss – leaving the local industry exasperated at...

Australian scientists serve cyclists healthier ‘hydrating’ beer

Australian scientists have created a healthier more hydrating beer by adding electrolytes and lowering the alcohol content to reduce the dangers of drinking.

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