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January 26, 2012
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), Washington, D.C., issued a response to the guest commentary, “Assessing Supplement Safety – The FDA’s Controversial Proposal,” by Pieter Cohen, MD, in the January 25 on-line edition of the New England Journal of Medicine.  Read More »
January 26, 2012
Health claims will be at the top of the business agenda for food companies this year as the European Union (EU) is soon expected to adopt a first list of generic health claims allowed for use, according to international food policy expert EAS.  Read More »
January 25, 2012
First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack have unveiled new standards for school meals they hope will result in healthier meals for kids across the nation.  Read More »
January 25, 2012
Rising interest in naturalness and a growing awareness of the potential health benefits of botanical ingredients have combined with the desire for something more unusual to develop the demand for floral ingredients and flavorings.   Read More »
January 24, 2012
Nielsen, a global provider of insights and analytics around what consumers watch and buy, released a new report indicating that 59% of consumers around the world have difficulty understanding nutritional labels on food packaging and more than half (53%) consider themselves overweight.  Read More »
January 23, 2012
Marc Ullman, Legal Advisory Council Chairman of the Natural Products Foundation (NPF), Washington, D.C., met with Richard Cleland of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on December 19, 2011, to present documentation regarding 22 non-compliant dietary supplement advertisers.   Read More »
January 19, 2012
European food and beverage manufacturers will soon be able to use a stronger health claim on products that contain Barliv barley betafiber (beta-glucan). In a summary scientific opinion by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in December 2011, the panel confirmed a cause-and-effect relationship between barley beta-glucans and lower/reduced blood cholesterol.  Read More »
January 19, 2012
Total retail sales of soymilk, almond milk, rice milk and other plant milks reached $1.3 billion in 2011, according to “Dairy Alternative Beverages in the U.S.,” a recently released report from market research firm Packaged Facts, Rockville, MD.  Read More »
January 17, 2012
African mango supplements are touted to help shed pounds, but do they really work? “Long-term weight loss with African mango has not been proven,” said Tod Cooperman, MD, president of ConsumerLab.com, White Plains, NY, which evaluated the…  Read More »
January 17, 2012
Three-quarters of Americans believe many consumer products are over-packaged and about one-quarter will look elsewhere, according to the Natural Marketing Institute’s (NMI), Harleysville, PA, annual U.S. LOHAS Consumer Trends Study.  Read More »
January 16, 2012
Dietary magnesium intake is inversely associated with risk of stroke, specifically ischemic stroke, according to research published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers conducted a dose-response meta-analysis to summarize the e…  Read More »
January 12, 2012
Sara Lee Corp., Downers Grove, IL, has acquired Tea Forté, Concord, MA-based leader in the ultra-premium tea category, for an undisclosed sum. With this acquisition Sara Lee strengthens its expertise and presence in the fast-growing segment of luxury teas.  Read More »
January 11, 2012
Switzerland-based Barry Callebaut has signed an agreement to acquire 100% of the privately owned Spanish nut manufacturer La Morella Nuts S.A. The company is known as a leading nut specialist producing a variety of nut-based ingredients for the food industry in Europe.   Read More »
January 10, 2012
Vitamin D may help prevent hormonal changes that can lead to bone loss among those being treated for HIV with the drug tenofovir, according to the results of a National Institutes of Health network study of adolescents with HIV.  Read More »
January 9, 2012
The FTC has announced that an operation that marketed acai berry supplements, "colon cleansers" and other products using allegedly fraudulent free trial offers and phony endorsements from Oprah Winfrey and Rachael Ray will pay $1.5 million as part of a settlement. The money will be made available for consumer refunds.  Read More »

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