Health & Wellness

Four claims in one vegan capsule: Polaris to launch algal DHA omega 3 in softgel at FiE

21 Nov 2017 --- Polaris is launching its ultra-stable algal DHA omega 3 in vegan softgel format at Food Ingredients Europe, enabling it to offer four EFSA claims in one capsule, the company reports. Each capsule is said to deliver an optimal 250mg of DHA omega 3 from microalgae in a 100 percent plant-based shell, making it the ideal solution for consumers seeking a vegan or vegetarian alternative to gelatin capsules.

Aker BioMarine receives third straight “A” rating from Sustainable Fisheries Partnership

20 Nov 2017 --- Aker BioMarine’s krill fishery in the Antarctic has received an “A” rating from The Sustainable Fisheries Partnership (SFP) for the third year in a row. The Reduction Fisheries: SFP Fisheries Sustainability Overview 2017 analyzed 20 of the most significant fisheries used for the production of fishmeal or fish oil and assessed the sustainability of the current management regimes.

Nutrigold launches next-generation Non-GMO Project verified PlantGels with omega 3

20 Nov 2017 --- Organic supplement company NutriGold has launched its Non-GMO Project verified omega 3 fish oils in next-generation PlantGels – a plant-based vegan softgel made from tapioca. The company’s innovative PlantGels are said to represent a cleaner and healthier alternative to softgels made using carrageenan, bovine, porcine or fish gelatin.

BASF Newtrition Omega-3 launches Accelon absorption-accelerating technology

17 Nov 2017 --- Newtrition Omega-3 has announced the global launch of Accelon, an omega 3 absorption-accelerating technology that the company says has the potential to be the biggest category innovation since the introduction of high-concentrate omega 3s in the late 1980s.

Researchers highlight risks associated with energy drinks, call for policy changes

17 Nov 2017 --- The advertised short-term benefits of energy drinks can be outweighed by serious health risks – which include risk-seeking behavior, mental health problems, increased blood pressure, obesity and kidney damage. This is according to a new review of current scientific knowledge on energy drinks published in Frontiers in Public Health. To curb this growing public health issue, policymakers should regulate sales and marketing towards children and adolescents and set upper limits on caffeine, the researchers say.

Evolva to work with Northumbria University for studies on health benefits of resveratrol

17 Nov 2017 --- Evolva is entering a collaboration with Northumbria University’s Brain, Performance and Nutrition Research Centre in the UK for a series of studies on Veri-te resveratrol. The collaboration will include human intervention studies that will assess the inter-relationships between obesity, gut health (through microbiota populations), systemic inflammation, cognitive function, cerebral blood flow and peripheral blood flow and how all of these factors can be modulated by resveratrol dietary supplementation.

Effective risk communication needed to improve vegans' health, notes BfR research project

16 Nov 2017 --- The German Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has noted that the idea that effective risk communication needs to pick up on the existing convictions of vegans. This is one of its key takeaways from the findings of a research project on the individual and social influencing factors that motivate people to take up and maintain a vegan diet. 

Combined resistance to antibiotics a growing problem in EU, say top health officials

15 Nov 2017 --- Over the course of 2016, combined resistance to several antibiotic groups continued to increase for Escherichia coli (E. coli) and Acinetobacter species, which mainly cause healthcare-associated infections such as pneumonia and bloodstream infections. This is according to the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control’s (ECDC) latest EU-wide data on antibiotic resistance, as well as its guidance on prevention and control of carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE). 
 

Roadmap: Researchers publish recommendations for successful EU health food claims

14 Nov 2017 --- Researchers have developed recommendations to help food companies successfully substantiate new health claims in the EU. During this study, published in the highly regarded Trends in Food Science & Technology, researchers from the University of Surrey worked with investigators in Slovenia and Denmark as part of the REDICLAIM project. Together, they clarified the process of attaining approval for new health claims on food products.

Sugary beverage consumption on the wane in the US but still high among certain groups

14 Nov 2017 --- Consumption of sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) fell for both children and adults between 2003 and 2014, according to a new study led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Despite this trend, consumption remains high among adolescents and young adults, and is particularly high among black, Mexican American and non-Mexican Hispanic populations.

BASF plant fire: Force Majeure for vitamins and carotenoids at Citral plant

10 Nov 2017 --- BASF has announced that it has shut down its Citral plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany, and has had to declare Force Majeure for its Citral- and Isoprenol-based aroma ingredients following a fire on October 31 during the startup of the plant.

Glanbia seals US convenience store expansion with major Kum & Go deal

10 Nov 2017 --- Glanbia Performance Nutrition (GPN) has announced that beginning this week, 344 locations of the family-owned US convenience store Kum & Go will offer GNP's Cake Bites in the Chocolate Frosted Donut and Berry Cheesecake flavors. GPN’s Optimum Nutrition Cake Bites, described as “whipped, bite-sized cakes that satisfy snack cravings with high-quality dairy protein and much less sugar than most candy options.” 

Mushrooms packed full of antioxidants with anti-aging potential

10 Nov 2017 --- Mushrooms may contain unusually high amounts of two antioxidants that some scientists suggest could help fight aging and boost health, according to a team of researchers at Penn State University in the US.

Ajinomoto enters US medical foods market with Cambrooke Therapeutics acquisition

09 Nov 2017 --- Ajinomoto Co. Inc has acquired an equity position in US medical foods company Cambrooke Therapeutics, Inc through Ajinomoto North America, Inc. (Ajina) for approximately US$64 million and made it a wholly owned subsidiary. Founded in 2000, Cambrooke develops and manufactures medical foods for patients with amino acid metabolism disorders and other customers. 

Adolescents using dietary supplements while uninformed about potential negative effects: study

09 Nov 2017 --- A high percentage of adolescents decide on their own to use dietary supplements, according to a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior. The study suggests that adolescents in developed countries frequently use the supplements despite a lack of knowledge about possible harmful effects or drug interactions.

“Golden” potato delivers bounty of vitamins A and E to help combat micronutrient deficiencies

09 Nov 2017 --- An experimental “golden” potato could hold the power to prevent disease and death in developing countries where residents rely heavily upon the starchy food for sustenance, new research published in the journal PLOS ONE suggests. The involved researchers say this new potato may help combat “hidden hunger” – deficiencies in micronutrients – which has been a problem for decades in many developing countries because staple food crops were bred for high yield and pest resistance rather than nutritional quality.

Frutarom fortifies portfolio with acquisition of AB-Fortis activity

08 Nov 2017 --- Frutarom has signed an agreement with AB-Biotics S.A. of Spain for the acquisition of the activity of AB-Fortis. The patent-protected micro-encapsulation technology enables delivery of iron with increased biological absorption while avoiding the side effects of metallic taste and digestive problems in the applications of functional foods and dietary supplements.

Omega Protein employees and supporters urge Atlantic fisheries commission to protect menhaden jobs

08 Nov 2017 --- 457 Omega Protein employees and supporters have signed a petition urging the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) to protect the jobs created by the Atlantic menhaden fishery. 

Regulatory achievement: Gnosis’ Quatrefolic fortification substance authorized in China

08 Nov 2017 --- Biotechnology company Gnosis’ Quatrefolic compound has been publicly authorized in China as a Food Nutritional Fortification Substance. The compound now has a specific monograph that describes its quality (physical, chemical and microbiological) requirements.

Innophos acquires NutraGenesis to boost its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio

07 Nov 2017 --- Innophos Holdings has acquired NutraGenesis, a Vermont, US-based marketer of proprietary, branded and science-backed nutraceutical ingredients. This transaction builds on the momentum from its recent acquisition of Novel Ingredients and further advances Innophos’ Vision 2022 strategic priorities to grow its Food, Health and Nutrition portfolio, increase its presence in attractive nutrition end-markets and develop innovative solutions that better serve its customers.