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Sugarcane conditions kill: The deadly epidemic confectioners and soft drink makers ‘can’t walk away from’

Perilous working conditions for sugarcane growers in Central America have claimed around 20,000 lives in the past decade and supply chain advisor Solidaridad says the food and drink industry can no longer ignore the epidemic.

Demand for coffee hurts grower nations economically, researcher says

First-world coffee demand harms grower countries near the equator, according to a researcher from the University of Kansas.

Pre hypertension link to risk in young adults widens scope for grape seed extract, Polyphenolics says

High blood pressure has been called the silent killer, and a recent study indicates its effects may be more widespread than previously believed.  It creates a market opportunity for those few dietary supplement ingredients that have data backing their blood pressure benefits, said Anil Shirkhande, PhD, president of Polyphenolics.

Energy drinks up swimmer performance: Research

Moderate caffeine consumption may help athletes improve performance, finds research with swimmers.

Milk crisis nationalism is anti-EU, Dutch tell Commission

Calls from the French National Federation of Dairy Cooperatives (FNCL) to stop imports of foreign dairy products are contrary to EU single market principles, Dutch groups have complained to the European Commission.

More than 60% of Americans now avoid soda: Gallup

Nearly two-thirds of Americans avoid drinking either diet or regular soda, according to Gallup's annual Consumption Habits poll.

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition.

UK ketones firm contacted by pro cycling teams

Ketones get rough ride at Tour de France

The use of potentially performance enhancing ketones at the Tour de France cycling race has raised questions about their efficacy, legality and scale of usage.

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Are low-calorie sweeteners helpful for weight loss? The answer may depend on study design…

Lack of media differentiation between different study designs has helped warp public perception of low- and no-calorie sweeteners, according to registered dietitian and diabetes educator Hope Warshaw.

VitHit vitamin drink takes simple health message global

Simple health branding and attractive flavours are what will take vitamin drink VitHit global, its founder and director says.

EFSA triples approved stevia limit for hot drinks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved the use of stevia-derived sweeteners at up to 29 mg per litre in hot drinks, following a request from Tata Global Beverages GB Ltd.

“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent chlorella microalgae offerings.Fellow French firm Algama won an award for innovation at the SIAL event in Paris for a spirulina drink called Springwave from 1200 products, which piqued Roquette’s interest and set the collaboration wheels in motion.

Canadian firm to debut blended solution for vegetarian protein, fiber fortification

Canadian supplier Dealers Ingredients plans to debut its Profi one-stop solution for vegetarian protein and fiber fortification at the upcoming Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) trade show in Chicago.

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

Emerging markets drive global health & wellness growth (but one size does not fit all)

38 ‘developed’ nations delivered 54% of functional food and supplement and other health & wellness (HW) product sales in 2014, but these same nations will account for only 14% of growth between now and 2019.

News in brief

BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn.

ASA ruling

Healthy water slugged over claims abuse

Scotland-based supplement and infused water distributor Water for Health  (WFH) has been censored by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making non-authorised immunity and other claims for chlorella and other infusions in the European Union.

Wrong said reg: Claims too sexy for NHCR

‘Bloody marvellous?’ ASA pulls beetroot blood claims from Juice Garden

An online UK juice, smoothie and healthy food merchant has fallen foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over blood cleansing and other claims for some of its juices.

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