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Pro prebiotic profs (from left to right): Stephan Theis, Beneo-Institute; Jeyakumar Henry, Singapore Institute for Clinical Sciences; Raylene Reimar, University of Calgary; Rob Rastall, University of Reading

Live from the 20th International Congress of Nutrition

Prof: 'GI can be more powerful obesity-fighting tool in Asia than the west'

By Shane Starling in Granada, Spain

Prebiotics and other fibres have a big role to play in curbing spiraling obesity, diabetic and pre-diabetic rates in emerging economies like India and China, according to one respected nutrition academic here at the ICN in Granada.

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

Norwegians debut 'compressed' omega-3 tablets

By Shane STARLING

A Norwegian start-up says its patent pending compression technology has allowed it to commercialise omega-3 powder that can be formulated in hard tablets rather than capsules.

Japanese firm seeks EU probiotic approval

Japanese firm seeks EU probiotic approval

By Jane Joseph

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is calling for views on an application from Japan’s Miyarisan Pharmaceutical for European Union Novel Foods status for a probiotic strain.

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

Special edition: Omega-3 (Editor's blog)

How high can high-end omega-3 go?

By Shane STARLING

Just got off the phone to Ola Snove, the new(ish) CEO of Aker part-owned Norwegian omega-3 specialist Epax. Wanted to know his view on high-end omega-3 prospects that have attracted BASF and DSM to the sector. His word: “Stellar”.

Breast milk probiotic launched in Australia

World first: Breast milk probiotic launched in Australia

By Shane Starling

Spanish supplier Biosearch Life is finding success with its patented, immune system-boosting and mastitis battling probiotic isolated from human breast milk in a world-first product launched in Australia this year.

Traditional foods like labneh provide important markets for probiotics producers

Probiotics on course for profound growth in the UAE

By RJ Whitehead

Research by Euromonitor has revealed that pre- and probiotics have been continually attracting new consumers in the United Arab Emirates, with growth becoming consistently strong across the segment.

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Ingredia takes chia to natural-focused China

By Kacey Culliney from Geneva

China’s trend towards natural ingredients with health benefits should ensure the success of Ingredia’s chia product for bakery, the firm has said.

Folic acid fortification is a folie: NZ report

Folic acid fortification is a folie: NZ report

By Ankush Chibber

The question of whether to go ahead with folic acid fortification of bread in New Zealand continues to be a contentious one, with another report moving against it.

Listening to consumers: Coles removes added MSG and artificial colours from own brands

Coles ‘goes natural’ for consumers

By Kacey Culliney

Consumer concerns are proving increasingly powerful in influencing food and beverage formulation decisions, and Australian supermarket Coles is the latest to react and remove all added MSG and artificial colourings from its own brands.

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

WFP backs Cambodian and Bangladeshi fortified rice programmes

By Shane Starling

The World Food Programme (WFP) operates on many fronts, with many initiatives, but it’s core remains the same – to better the nutritional inputs of the world’s neediest people. Significant advances in fortified rice technology are set to see those goals...

TFA content of vanaspati oils set to drop in India, a government source has said

India to reduce trans fats in vanaspati oils

By Ankush Chibber

In an attempt to combat the sharp rise in obesity-related ailments in India, the national government is planning to reduce trans fatty acid (TFA) content in vanaspati oil over the next couple of years.

China has finally implemented national nutrition labelling laws, effective in 2013

China standardises nutrition labelling guidelines

By Jennifer Phang

In a bid to create unified standards and transparency across packaged products in China, the Ministry of Health has issued nutritional labelling standards, set to commence in January, 2013.

China's functional beverage market growing

Chinese functional beverage market growing by 29%

By Jennifer Phang

Impressive growth in the Chinese functional beverage market looks set to continue as some national experts predict China to become the largest functional beverage market in 2012.

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