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Dietary Carotenoids and Vitamin C Inversely Correlate to Lung Cancer Risk, Study Suggests

29 Jun 2017 --- A new study has revealed the protective effects of selected carotenoids and vitamin C against lung cancer risks and growth of a different type of carcinoma cells, with the results showing that when compared to low intake of beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, beta-cryptoxanthin, lycopene and vitamin C, subjects with highest intake of aforementioned carotenoids and vitamin C demonstrated reduced risk of lung cancer. 

Cheers to That: Researchers Create Gut-Friendly Probiotic Beer

29 Jun 2017 --- Beer lovers may soon have a gut-friendly drink to raise a toast to, thanks to the creation of a novel probiotic sour beer by a team of researchers from the National University of Singapore (NUS). This new specialty beer incorporates the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, which was first isolated from human intestines and can neutralize toxins and viruses, as well as regulate the immune system.

Lonza Receives Regulatory Approval for the Acquisition of Capsugel

29 Jun 2017 --- Lonza has received all regulatory approvals for the proposed acquisition of Capsugel S.A. by Lonza, the company has announced. With all final regulatory approvals in place, Lonza can now complete the transaction, which is expected to close in the next days subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions. 

FSAI Launches Consultation on Vitamin D Supplements for Infants in Ireland

29 Jun 2017 --- The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) today announced that it is holding a public consultation on the criteria for 5µg Vitamin D only supplements to be listed as suitable for infants in Ireland. The online consultation started yesterday and will be held until 11 August. FSAI invites caregivers, health professionals, food supplement manufacturers, food businesses and any other interested parties to take part. This consultation is in the form of a survey which can be found on the FSAI website.

More than Half of Foods Aimed at Children are Unhealthy, Australian Survey Shows

28 Jun 2017 --- New research by Australia’s Obesity Policy Coalition (OPC) has found that more than half of supermarket products marketed at kids are unhealthy. The OPC surveyed 186 packaged foods with cartoons or character promotions designed to attract children and found that 52 percent were classified as unhealthy by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Nutrient Profiling Scoring Criterion calculator, which looks at the amount of energy and certain nutrients (e.g. saturated fat, sugars, sodium) present in the food.

Chinese Genetic Engineering Tool Yields Antioxidant-Rich Purple Rice

28 Jun 2017 --- Researchers in China have developed a genetic engineering approach capable of delivering many genes at once and used it to make rice endosperm – seed tissue that provides nutrients to the developing plant embryo – produce high levels of antioxidant-boosting pigments called anthocyanins. The resulting purple endosperm rice holds potential for decreasing the risk of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic disorders, the researchers say. 

Chondroitin Sulfate CS b-Bioactive Delays the Progression of Knee Osteoarthritis, Study Finds

28 Jun 2017 --- Bioiberica’s Chondroitin sulfate CS b-Bioactive delays osteoarthritis progression and is as effective as the anti-inflammatory drug celecoxib at improving the disease’s symptoms. These are the main conclusions of a clinical essay presented by Professor Jean Pierre Pelletier at the Annual European Congress of Rheumatology, held in Madrid. Conducted by Bioiberica, the MOSAIC clinical essay (a 24-month study on structural changes in knee osteoarthritis assessed by MRI with Chondroitin sulfate) is a multicenter, randomized, double-blind, controlled and comparative study, carried out in five medical centers in Quebec (Canada). 

Colorcon Launches Formulated Film Coatings Targeting Enhanced Tablet Appearance

28 Jun 2017 --- Colorcon has launched Nutra Natural Advantage coatings, developed specifically to meet the needs of today’s global nutraceutical supplement manufacturers. The Nutra family of formulated film coatings include the brands Nutrafinish, Nutrapure and Nutrateric, with were each designed to provide enhanced tablet appearance and best-in-class coating productivity.

Food for Thought: UK Teenagers Losing Learning Time Due to Hunger

27 Jun 2017 --- Teenage pupils in high school can lose around 51 minutes’ worth of vital learning time a day because their concentration levels dip due to hunger. This is according to the results of a survey conducted in the UK by Kellogg’s. The survey results show that 82 percent of teachers in Britain have seen teens arriving at school hungry every day. And nearly four in 10 teachers believed one reason children in their class were hungry was due to their parents being unable to afford food for breakfast.

Key Interview: Algatech Targets Synergistic Effects to Advance Microalgae Industry

27 Jun 2017 --- Interest in microalgae has surged over the past decade, and as a result, a growing number of companies have sought to develop new products and technologies to harness the myriad health benefits these unicellular species provide. And according to Algatechnologies, we have only seen the tip of the iceberg in terms of microalgae’s potential benefits and applications. 

Nanoparticles as Food Additives due for Risk Reassessment: Researchers

27 Jun 2017 --- The anticaking agent E551 silicon dioxide, or silica, has been used widely in the food industry over the past 50 years, and was long thought to be quite safe. Now, however, researchers working on the National Research Programme “Opportunities and Risks of Nanomaterials” have discovered that these nanoparticles can affect the immune system of the digestive tract.

Buhler Awarded Contract to Support Food Fortification Program in Pakistan

26 Jun 2017 --- To support the fortification of staple foods in Pakistan, the UK-based Food Fortification Program has awarded Bühler a multi-million contract to supply more than 1000 micro feeders in 2017 and 2018. The program is funded with US$48 million from the UK’s Department for International Development. By directly supporting local mills and food factories, the program is aiming to have a substantial impact on the well-being of close to 100 million people.

Special Report: Not a Tough Pill to Swallow – Clean Label and Gummies Star in Supplement NPD

26 Jun 2017 --- The abundance of nutritional information currently available on the Internet is allowing people to educate themselves on all things health and food related, which in turn is boosting consumer interest in dietary supplementation. NutritionInsight speaks with a number of industry experts about some of the key trends and developments regarding dietary supplements.

Parry Nutraceuticals and Synthite Industries Partner up for Phycocyanin Extraction

26 Jun 2017 --- Parry Nutraceuticals, a division of E.I.D. Parry and part of the Murugappa Group, has forged a partnership with Synthite Industries to apply proprietary patented technologies for the extraction of Phycocyanin, a natural blue pigment found in Spirulina. Natural Blue is one of the primary colors, and is difficult to master as there are very limited sources that are acceptable by regulatory bodies. Phycocyanin, extracted from Spirulina, is approved by all major regulatory bodies in US, Europe, Japan and South Korea as food color or functional ingredient, as well as being GRAS. 

FMC Sells Omega 3 Business to Pelagia

26 Jun 2017 --- Pelagia has signed a definitive agreement with FMC to acquire its Epax omega 3 business. The transaction the terms and financial details of which have not been disclosed is expected to be finalized by the end of the third quarter. It is, however, subject to the customary regulatory approvals and closing conditions.

Steaming Fish Eliminates More Cyanotoxins Than Boiling

26 Jun 2017 --- Steaming freshwater fish for more than two minutes reduces the presence of cylindrospermopsin, a cyanotoxin, by up to 26%, while boiling leads to a smaller reduction (18%), with a corresponding increase in risk for the consumer, according to a globally pioneering study conducted by researchers from the University of Seville.

World Population Projected to Reach 9.8bn in 2050, Elderly Population to Double: UN

23 Jun 2017 --- The current world population of 7.6 billion is expected to reach 9.8 billion in 2050 and the number of persons aged 60 or above is expected to more than double during the same period, according to a new UN report launched this week. With roughly 83 million people being added to the world’s population every year, the upward trend in population size is expected to continue, even assuming that fertility levels will continue to decline.

Meat Bars, Protein Soda and RTD Meals Score at Sports & Active Nutrition Awards

23 Jun 2017 --- Carbonated protein soda, meat snack bars, ready to drink meals (RTD) and ingredients designed to mask the flavor of protein were the winners of Bridge2Food’s this year’s Sports & Active Nutrition Awards showcasing innovation, the use of natural, functional ingredients and the continued trend to adapt mainstream products for the active nutrition market. 

Regularly Consuming Fish Helps Ward off Rheumatoid Arthritis

23 Jun 2017 --- Those suffering from rheumatoid arthritis (RA) might want to consider upping their intake of fish, as researchers have recently discovered that individuals with RA who consumed fish more than twice a week had lower disease activity (swollen/tender joint counts along with other assessments) than those who never ate fish or just once a month. 

BioActor Clean Performance Ingredient Muscles its Way Into Sports Nutrition Market

22 Jun 2017 --- As sports nutrition has continued its move mainstream, one major feature has been the rising interest in active nutrition, which is giving a performance positioning to more food and beverage products. One highly innovative ingredient that could exploit this market trend toward natural sports nutrition is WATTS’UP, an innovative ingredient developed by BioActor that has just been adopted in GNC’s Beyond Raw Precision BCAA Anabolic Recovery & Power Output (end of 2016, US) and Born Watts & Minerals Electrolyte Drink (early 2017, The Netherlands). The performance ingredient can offer the typical clean and natural label of “orange flavonoid extract.”