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Regulatory reform will come, but don’t expect the world to change

Australian complementary health under the spotlight

Regulatory reform will come, but don’t expect the world to change

By RJ Whitehead

After years of calling for changes in Australia’s supremely tight regulatory framework, Australian complementary medicine manufacturers might just get some of the things they’ve been asking for, even if the process will only be a “quiet revolution”, according...

Complementary medicines could save A$3bn from healthcare bill

Australia

Complementary medicines could save A$3bn from healthcare bill

By RJ Whitehead

Speaking at the complementary medicines industry’s national conference Sydney, the chief executive of Complementary Medicines Australia welcomed a report by Frost & Sullivan to show a robust link between some complementary medicines with the reduced...

“Indonesia is very important, our most important Asian market after China.”

Tate & Lyle backs fibre to battle Asian bulge

Tate & Lyle used the recent Food Ingredients-Asia trade event in Jakarta as a springboard for its mounting ambitions in the country of 250 million people as well as other parts of Asia. Fibre and low-calorie sweeteners for weight control were a big...

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

By Shane STARLING

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

New class of ‘good’ fat could aid diabetes prevention

By Nathan Gray

The ‘surprising’ discovery of a previously unidentified class of lipid molecules that enhance insulin sensitivity and blood sugar control could offer a route to the prevention of type 2 diabetes, say researchers.

Probiotic yoghurt shows toxin reducing potential in study but would they be marketed in this way?

Tackling toxins: Probiotic yoghurt provides mercury detox

By Lynda Searby

Governments might not want to admit it, but according to a leading academic in microbiology and probiotics, there is demand for probiotic products with detoxification properties that can help protect against uptake of toxic metals such as mercury and...

Chr Hansen says its 2-year shelf life probiotic soft gel is a

Probiotics giant debuts soft gel with 2-year shelf life

By Lynda Searby

Danish probiotics player Chr Hansen has launched a patent-pending soft gel that can deliver live probiotics with a two-year shelf life and matched it with a probiotic-omega-3 supplement targeting pregnant women.

Firms like Nexira promote nutrient-health links at shows like HI-Japan, but they do not always make it onto products as claims

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

By RJ Whitehead & Shane Starling at Health Ingredients-Japan in Tokyo

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will it take and will it meet its deadline?

TNO is looking closely at algae extraction

Algal futures

VALORIE: TNO invests in high-value algae refining

By Paul Gander

Dutch research organisation TNO is working with industry partners on a pilot scale algae refining plant with potential in omega-3s, proteins and antioxidants.

The power of babble: Communication, globalisation and consumer connection

By By James C Griffiths, PhD

In today’s complex global marketplace, the patchwork of regulatory standards, cultural variations and logistical realities of time and space create an environment in which harmonisation may seem impossible. Not so, argues James C Griffiths, PhD, VP of...

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

Australia

Researchers developing nutrient super pill to combat depression

By RJ Whitehead

Scientists taking part in a joint study by two Australian universities say they hope their research will help people suffering from clinical depression by offering them new combination of nutrient-based medications to enhance mood.

Industry body slams watchdog for reinventing the claims wheel

Australia

Industry body slams watchdog for reinventing the claims wheel

By RJ Whitehead

Australia’s complementary medicines chief has hit out at an an inquiry into “the promotion of false or misleading health-related information or practices” by the New South Wales committee of the Healthcare Complaints Commission (HCCC).

DSM:

DSM and Merck form high-end folate alliance

By Shane STARLING

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) is not abandoning its folic acid (vitamin B9) offering but has added a high-end, folate form aimed at global supplement and food makers in a deal with Merck in Switzerland.

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

DSM Q2 nutrition profits slip 11% as key markets struggle

By Shane STARLING

Sales slipped 6% and net profits 11% in Q2 for DSM’s human and animal nutrition arm as adverse currency movements, a slow US vitamins and omega-3 food supplements market and the Asian botulism infant formula scare affected earnings.

Breast is best: Punjab gov sets new infant formula labelling rules

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Labelling of infant formula sold in the Pakistani department of Punjab must now include the warning “mother’s milk is the best food for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhoea and other illnesses,” according to new prohibition and guidance rules released...

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

China

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

By RJ Whitehead

The US-China Health Products Association has once again urged regulators to replace the term “health food” with “dietary supplement” in a submission to food authorities concerning the recent draft reform of China’s food safety law.

New Naturex CEO Olivier Rigaud:

Naturex appoints Olivier Rigaud as CEO

By Shane STARLING

26-year food ingredients veteran Olivier Rigaud is the new CEO of French herbal extracts leader Naturex, moving from tate & Lyle, where he has been the chair of Specialty Food Ingredients since 2010.

Mary Ellen Sanders:

Japanese dairy backs bifidobacteria

By Anne Bruce

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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