Fortification

Crackdown on Chinese functional food sector

China tightens up on fortified foods regulation

By Ankush Chibber

China has announced new regulations and a renewed focus on the quality and safety of functional foods being sold in the country, as part of a series of crackdowns meant to reinforce food safety in the country.

Awaiting approval for infant formula

Dispatches from FI India

Beneo still has a hurdle with oligofructose in India

By Ankush Chibber

Beneo is still waiting for an approval from the Indian authorities for the use of its prebiotic fibre, oligofructose, in infant milk powder products in the country.

Galactofructose supplier forms Indian partnership

Galactofructose supplier forms Indian partnership

By Shane Starling

Galactofructose specialist Solvay has inked a deal with 20-year-old Indian company, Lactose India, to take the Belgian firm’s digestive health ingredient into the Indian market for the first time.

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

By Shane Starling

Danish probiotics giant Chr Hansen says its just-announced alliance with a Japanese botanical supplement maker will yield plant-probiotic combination food supplement products on European and global markets kicking off in Q1 2012.

Lonza to expand vitamin B3 production in China

Lonza to expand vitamin B3 production in China

By Shane Starling

Swiss supplier Lonza will open a new vitamin B3 manufacturing facility in China in 2012 that will significantly lower production costs for the vitamin and boost output by 40%.

Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)

Dispatches from Vitafoods Asia 2011

Vitamin D deficiency is an Asian problem too (despite the sun)

By Shane Starling

Campaigns against vitamin D deficiency have gained prominence in the western world but the dietary issue is just as relevant in Asia, according to supplier DSM, even if sunlight hours are greater than most regions.

Japanese scientists to breed rice resilient to radioactive cesium

Japanese scientists to breed rice resilient to radioactive cesium

By Kacey Culliney

In the wake of the Fukushima nuclear disaster, Japanese scientists from the Fukushima Agricultural Technology Centre are working towards a potential solution for the future of Japanese rice farmers – a strain of rice resilient to cesium absorption.

Omega-3 market set to boom on demand from food sector

Omega-3 market set to boom on demand from food sector

By Ankush Chibber

Demand from the food industry will see the market for Omega-3 ingredients rise substantially over the next few years, a report from the market research and consulting firm MarketsandMarkets said.

Health claim substantiation rules are tightening in China

China set to slash approved health claims by a third

By Shane Starling

Amendments to 2009 laws that saw 27 health and nutrition claims approved in China will see the number reduced to 18, as momentum grows toward a European Union-style emphasis on human clinical data.

Australian government backs infant formula research

Australian government backs infant formula research

By Shane Starling

The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) will continue a 15-year collaborative period with Australian food company Clover Corporation, by engaging in a new initiative to develop encapsulation techniques for infant and medical...

Asian market for immune health ingredients to surge

Asian market for immune health ingredients to surge

By Ankush Chibber

Demand for immune health ingredients in Asia is growing at an annual rate of 6.2 per cent, with revenues expected to reach US$1.46bn in 2016 from US$958.6m in 2009, a research report from consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan predicted.

Wrigley targets calcium deficiency with gum launch down under

Wrigley targets calcium deficiency with gum launch down under

By Jane Byrne and Helen Glaberson

The Wrigley Company is launching a new calcium enriched gum in Australia and New Zealand, claiming its ‘on-the-go’ delivery system can help address the reported calcium intake deficiency among 90 per cent of the Australian population.

Zinc  battling childhood diarrhoea in Nepal

Zinc battling childhood diarrhoea in Nepal

By Shane Starling

The United Nations is promoting the use of zinc supplements in Nepal to battle acute infant diarrhoea that kills 15,000 under-5s per year in the Himalayan state.

Bread: To fortify or not to fortify? That is the folic acid question concerning some New Zealand parliamentarians

Calls for voluntary folic acid fortification in NZ grow

By Shane Starling

New Zealand opposition party members are calling on the government to fortify the country’s flour supply and bread output with folic acid, following reports of the success of a similar program across the Tasman Sea in Australia.

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