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Functional Foods Weekly Vol 5 No 03

  1. 1. Volume 5, Issue 03 Monday, 08 March 2010 ISSN 1837-7971 Market intelligence and innovations in functional foods & nutraceuticals Compiled from analysis of over 500 resources every week including media releases, Internet searches, news wires, RSS feeds, magazines, research journals, patent sites etc. Join us on Web site: Table of Contents Business & Market Intelligence ............................................................................................................... 2 Consumer & market Trends and Market Size ......................................................................................... 5 Latest Market research Reports .............................................................................................................. 7 Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News...................................................................................... 8 Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Related News ......................................................................... 13 Nutrition, Health Benefits & Related Research ..................................................................................... 15 Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications .................................................................... 19 Webinars Worldwide............................................................................................................................. 22 Conferences & Meetings Worldwide .................................................................................................... 22 Disclaimer .............................................................................................................................................. 24 Subscription conditions ......................................................................................................................... 24 Subscription Information Functional Foods Weekly (46 electronic Issues/year) subscription is available as single, multiple, library, academic, site and corporate licenses. It is targeted at food industry CEOs, Marketing and R&D executives and their teams. For current subscription rates, please contact: ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 1
  2. 2. Business & Market Intelligence Arla Foods reports mixed results for 2009 To large extent, 2009 was characterised by the economic downturn which followed in the wake of the financial crisis of the autumn 2008. Earnings for the Arla Foods Group came under severe pressure as a consequence of lower prices for dairy products, low levels for the Group’s primary export currencies and increased sourcing of raw milk without a corresponding rise in demand for added value dairy products. Arla’s biggest single market continues to be the UK, which made up 26,2% of the company’s total turnover in 2009. Arla’s key brands in the UK - Lurpak, Cravendale and Anchor - continued to perform well despite the recession and the Lactofree brand grew by 41 per cent. Arla’s turnover in Sweden represents 20 per cent of the company’s total turnover. Adjusted for the restructuring of the Swedish juice business, Arla in Sweden is experiencing increasing sales, but a weaker currency during 2009 had a negative impact on turnover. 18.6% of Arla Foods’ total turnover in 2009 was generated in the Danish market. Here, the year was characterised by the global recession, which caused many consumers to opt for discount products instead of brands. The global economic crisis and the decline in consumer spending also impacted on Arla Ingman’s sales. Domestic cheese and yoghurt saw the strongest falls whereas sales of fresh milk increased. Despite the pressure on food prices, Arla Ingman’s sales volumes recorded a 12 per cent rise in 2009. Despite of a tough retail climate in Germany especially during the last half of the year, Arla succeeded in increasing its sales volumes on the German market in 2009. The market made up 6,5% of Arla’s total net turnover in 2009. Last year Arla acquired the dairy plant in Nijkerk from Friesland Campina with effect from early May. Since then, Arla’s business in the Netherlands grew to reach 3,2% of the company’s total net turnover...... pdf, 44 pages...... Read Murray Goulburn buys stake in WCB (Australia) Murray Goulburn has built a stake in local rival Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, which has twice rejected takeover bids from the Australian dairy co-op.WCB said on Friday that Murray Goulburn has snapped up “close to a 5% stake” in the business. The shares were bought for A$4.50 (US$4.01) a share, 15 cents higher than the second offer from Murray Goulburn that WCB rebuffed. WCB told its shareholders to “take no action” and insisted it would keep investors of “all material developments”. Murray Goulburn had its second bid dismissed by the WCB board last Friday. WCB claimed the latest offer did not reflect the company’s “unique geographic location” and “strategic position in the Australian dairy industry”........ Read Kraft plans up to 150 Cadbury job cuts in UK Cadbury workers have been warned of up to 150 redundancies, following the takeover by US firm Kraft. The job cuts will mainly affect the head office in Uxbridge, west London, although some jobs in Bournville, Birmingham, may go too. A company spokesman said the cuts were "as a result of the Kraft acquisition" and Cadbury being delisted from the stock exchange next Monday. Unite union said a 90-day redundancy consultation started on Monday. A spokesman for Cadbury said: "It could be up to 150, it could be less as Kraft has said it wants to identify opportunities to retain skilled Cadbury people." The confectioner's shareholders voted to accept the £11.5bn ($18.9bn) Kraft takeover bid on 2 February. Cadbury employs 4,500 people in the UK, of whom 2,500 are based at the factory in Bournville....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 2
  3. 3. Martek Extends Multi-Year Sole-Source License and Supply Agreement with Danone Martek Biosciences Corporation has announced that it has extended its multi-year sole- source license and supply agreement with Danone, a leading worldwide producer of infant nutrition products. Under the terms of the amended agreement, Martek will be Danone's exclusive supplier of ARA for all of its infant formula and growing-up milk products through at least December 31, 2014, which is an extension of Martek's current exclusive ARA supply position with Danone by three years. As with the current agreement, Danone may continue to use non-microbial DHA sources. In most cases, Martek will continue to serve as Danone's global supplier for its microbially-derived DHA needs for infant formula. This is an amendment to the 2007 agreement between Martek and Numico and contains certain limited termination rights. Martek has supplied DHA and ARA to Numico, which was acquired by Danone in 2008, for infant formula products since 1994. With presence in all five continents and over 120 countries, Danone is a Fortune 500 company that holds a leading global position in infant nutrition. The Danone Baby Nutrition division specializes in food for the healthy growth and development of infants and toddlers (0-3 years old) through an extensive range of safe, nutritionally superior and convenient products....... Read TreeHouse Buys Sturm Foods TreeHouse Foods has completed the $660m acquisition of Sturm Foods, a private label manufacturer of hot cereal and powdered soft drink mixes. The acquisition price excludes adjustments for working capital and other items. Earlier in December last year, the company had signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sturm from HM Capital Partners. TreeHouse financed the acquisition through offerings of $400m in aggregate principal amount of 7.75% senior notes due 2018 and 2.7 million shares of common stock at a price of $43 per share. TreeHouse financed the remainder of the purchase price under its existing revolving credit facility. TreeHouse said that the acquisition of Sturm will strengthen its presence in private label dry grocery, expand EBITDA margins and enhance cash flows, as well as improve the company's R&D, packaging, mixing and flavoring capabilities....... Read Symrise outperforms in emerging markets in 2009 Symrise AG enjoyed a ‘robust increase in business’ in 2009, increasing sales by 3.2% at actual rates and by 2.7% at local currency against the trend of the flavour and fragrances market, which stagnated in 2009. Ebitda, adjusted for restructuring expenses, was slightly higher than in 2008. Symrise benefited from an increase in business during the second half of the year and the positive effects of the restructuring measures implemented over the course of the year. Dr Heinz-Jürgen Bertram, CEO of Symrise AG, said: “Symrise has demonstrated its resilience during the deepest recession in decades. We managed to maintain our above- average growth rate despite the difficult environment. Our strategic focus on large global customers, emerging markets and innovative products has paid off. At the same time, we consequently adjusted to changing market conditions and made our operations leaner and more efficient....... Read China's Bright Food to Sweeten its Offer for CSR (Australia) China's Bright Food Group will sweeten its offer to buy Australian CSR Ltd's sugar business and hopes to complete the deal by the end of the year, the China Daily reported on Thursday, citing a top company official. In January, the Australian company rejected a $1.4 billion offer from Bright Food for its 150-year-old sugar business, and said it would continue to pursue the separation of its sugar and building products business. "Bright Food is in touch with CSR, and it is likely that the deal could be finalized this year, as our offer is still ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 3
  4. 4. attractive," said Ge Junjie, deputy general manager of Bright Food Group, according to the paper. The paper cited him as saying the company planned to raise its offer but did not say by how much. Bright Food will send a team of officials to Australia later this month for consultations with CSR, Ge told the paper. CSR and Bright Food representatives in Sydney said they were not aware of any new offer. The Chinese firm would need to raise its offer by up to 20 percent to win over the CSR board, analysts have said.......... Read Danone Organic Unit Woos French Dairy Farmers Danone's organic yoghurt unit in France aims to be supplied entirely by local dairy farmers within five years, its General Manager Daniel Tirat said on Wednesday. Tirat told Reuters in an interview at the Paris farm show a crisis in the dairy sector and the phasing out of European quotas was encouraging more farmers to consider going organic. Stonyfield France, set up three years ago in an international push by Stonyfield Farm after the U.S. organic yoghurt maker's takeover by Danone in 2001, is seeking to claim market leadership in organic yoghurt in France after already reaching the No. 2 position with its "Les 2 Vaches" brand. The organic yoghurt category in French supermarkets is worth about 80 million euros ($109.2 million) and grew by about 20 percent last year during the economic downturn, even if this was below the pace of previous years, he said. Stonyfield's push to draw all of its milk supply from farmers in the production zone around its plant at Le Molay-Littry in Normandy, northwest France, represented both a way of securing its raw material as it expands and of fulfilling a commitment to promoting an organic supply chain, Tirat said. French dairy farmers remained cautious about converting to organic output but last year's slump in milk prices had contributed to interest, he said. "There are a lot more (people interested) but it's not overwhelming. We are talking about people who are cautious and who remember that three years ago there was too much (organic milk)," Tirat said in reference to oversupply in 2005/06. Organic farming remains marginal in Europe's biggest agricultural economy but the agency in charge of promoting it says the number of organic farms rose by 23 percent last year, raising their share in the total number of farms to 3.2 percent.......... Read Humana goes GM-free in schools The third largest milk processor in Germany, Humana Milchunion, is aiming to ensure that all milk delivered to German schools will be guaranteed GM-free by the end of this year. The company, which has a €2.2 billion annual turnover, will also guarantee that milk powders for baby food are GM-free. In doing so, Humana is joining market leaders in the Austrian, Swiss and Greek dairy sector. The dairy that pioneered high-quality mothers’ milk substitute in Germany 60 years ago is not planning a full-range change to GM-free milk......... Read McDonald’s teams up with Weight Waters offering healthy option in New Zealand McDonald’s has fluttered its golden arches and seduced a highly unlikely partner: Weight Watchers. Yes, that’s right – the nutrition plan for people who simply can’t drop the pounds on their own. Customers in New Zealand will see the Weight Watchers stamp of approval on some fast-food meals and, in return, Weight Watchers will promote them to its users. Cute deal, right? It’s hard to be anything but cynical about why this has happened: McDonald’s food is addictive and – unless eaten as part of a balanced diet – famously unhealthy. The sugar, salt and fat content in a McDonald’s meal is a delirious combination which has led some scientists to believe that fast food could be “as addictive as heroin”........ Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 4
  5. 5. Back to the Table of Contents To help maintain the low subscription price, please recommend the Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers or customers Consumer & market Trends and Market Size 2009 Was the Year of Personalized Shopping Strategies, According to IRI Study IRI Reviews 2009 CPG Industry and Highlights Key Trends That Will Continue in 2010 Though the economy has taken some steps toward recovery, 2009 was a difficult year for U.S. consumers. Financial, housing and employment markets are in less-than-favorable condition, and consumers are justifiably concerned. IRI has been analyzing the economic downturn and its effects on consumer shopping and consumption behavior during the last two years and identifies significant and long-lasting trends in its latest report, “Times & Trends: 2009 CPG Year in Review.” IRI research notes the following five trends that will continue to impact the consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry moving forward: * Consumers were jolted by the speed and severity with which the recession struck. They overcompensated with draconian strategies to cut CPG spending to the bone—even to the point of planting gardens to grow their own food. * The return of energy prices, including gasoline, to more normal levels enabled shoppers to recover sufficient income to travel within a wider geographic area to find the best deals * More than 40 of the top 100 CPG categories experienced significant price increases in 2009, a trend that may continue in 2010. * The recession saw a return to “self help.” From more meals prepared at home to more beauty treatments and home health care, consumers took into their own hands a wide range of services they previously purchased. * The share gains of private brand products have become too significant to ignore. “The year 2010 is one of opportunity,” says IRI Shopper Marketing and Innovation President Thom Blischok............. Read Report says Australia is coping well with the global recession. Latest research from Leatherhead’s Global Food Markets database suggests that the key food sectors in Australia are weathering the global recession well. Although there are signs that consumers have begun to economize during the slowdown, many sectors have shown strong growth in 2008, with positive 2009 sales estimates. This is partly because the total consumer expenditure in Australia has not dropped at the same levels as other major economies. Real private consumption expenditure in Australia grew 2.2% in 2008, with an Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) forecast of 1.3% in 2009 and 1.5% in 2010 (compared with +0.3%, -1.3% and -0.2% for the European region respectively). Baby food sales rose 8.8% in 2008 with 2.8% growth forecast for 2009, reflecting a trend towards higher quality and more expensive products, as well as increased costs of raw materials being passed on by manufacturers. Chocolate sales were up 6.1% in 2008 with 3.9% growth forecast for 2009. Much of the recent market growth can be attributed to the growing popularity of premium chocolate, especially in sectors such as boxed and bite-sized chocolate assortments. Sales of everyday blocks and countline products have also held firm. Sugar confectionery has been a buoyant sector up 5.8% in 2008 with an anticipated 3.7% in 2009. Much of the recent growth can be attributed to growing consumer ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 5
  6. 6. interest in healthier varieties of sweets and the strong sales of sugar-free products. Medicated confectionery has also performed well......... Read US demand for F&B additives to reach $8.5bn in 2014 US demand for food and beverage additives is forecast to expand 3.5% annually to $8.5bn in 2014, according to a new report from The Freedonia Group. Advances will be driven by increasing consumer interest in nutritionally enriched products and all-natural foods, which promotes demand for high-value premium and natural additives. As consumers are wary of foods with artificial-sounding ingredients, processors seeking to create ‘clean’ ingredient labels are increasingly favouring natural additives. Consumer desire for functional products that provide health benefits will support demand for additives such as probiotics and other nutraceuticals. These and other trends are presented in Food & Beverage Additives, a new study from The Freedonia Group Inc, a Cleveland-based industry market research firm............. Read British attitudes to new food technologies The Food Standards Agency has published new research looking at people’s attitudes to emerging food technologies, including genetically modified (GM) food, high pressure treatment, gas filled packaging and hypothetical foods that have health benefits. The research found that people’s knowledge of, and attitudes to, food technologies vary considerably. Certain characteristics were found to be in common with people who are more concerned about food technologies, including being older, female, having a low income or generally having a high level of concern about food safety. The more familiar people are with the names of food technologies the less concerned they are about them. For example, 31% of people were concerned about eating food cooked in a microwave, whereas 57% were concerned about eating food from a magnetron (another name for a microwave). Compared with 1999, when the same questions were asked, fewer people now said they have a strong attitude to GM food, and there has been a gradual increase in public support for GM food (from 10% in 1999 to 19% in 2008). These findings come from FSA-funded questions in the 2008 British Social Attitudes survey. The survey is designed to chart continuity and change in British social, economic, political and moral values and provides important data for many government departments.......... pdf, 89 pages...... Read Indians Willing to Pay Premium for Safe Food According to the most recent Nielsen Global Online Survey, 97 percent of consumers in India consider the safety of food an important factor when deciding where to buy their groceries, and 85 percent said that they were willing to pay a premium for food that is safe. Nearly nine in 10 Indians (86%) place ultimate responsibility for food safety on the food they consume at home on themselves. More than six in 10 think that the food manufacturer has the main responsibility for providing them with safe food while only 8 percent think the retailer has the main responsibility. The government is viewed as the most trusted entity when a food safety issue arises. Almost three-quarters (73%) believed that certain countries provide safer food than others, but most Indians agree that food grown in country is safer than imported food. More than four in ten (42%) said that they try to actively buy locally ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 6
  7. 7. made products to support the local farmer or producer, with 19 percent believing that local products are better for them and their family’s health........ Read Top 20 supplements According to Natural Foods Mechandiser, the top 20 supplements in the US are BRAIN HEALTH DIGESTION Omega-3 fatty acids Probiotics Bacopa Artichoke leaf extract Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) Deglycyrrhizinated licorice Phosphatidylserine Peppermint oil capsules IMMUNITY SLEEP Mushrooms Valerian Dried yeast fermentate 5-HTP Elderberry Melatonin Pelargonium sidoides Magnesium Vitamin D ALLERGIES Butterbur Astragalus Quercetin ................... Read Back to the Table of Contents Latest Market research Reports Title Price Publisher Probiotics Success Strategies in Food and Drinks USD2875 Business Novel applications, future R&D and consumer Insights engagement .............. Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 7
  8. 8. Innovations, IP, New Products & Related News Mars introduces high flavanol healthy chocolate snack Mars Chocolate has introduced its goodnessKnows snacksquares, a line of healthy chocolate snacks, to Boulder, Colorado market. The snacks come in three flavors such as Very Cranberry, Almonds & Berries, and Roasted Nuts & Grains. The company said that the snacks are initially launched in Colorado, and will be expanding to Denver in April 2010. The company claims that goodnessKnows snacksquares consists of roasted whole almonds, fruits and toasted whole grains, and does not contain artificial ingredients, colors or flavors. Each four-square serving has 150 calories and delivers 2-3 grams of fiber, 3 grams of protein, 200 mg of cocoa flavanols and only 20-35 mg of sodium. Each serving of goodnessKnows delivers 200 mg of bio-available cocoa flavanols, phytonutrients that have been shown to help support healthy circulation, which aids the free flow of nutrients and oxygen throughout the body, the company said. The snacks are available in single servings and multi-packs and sell for a suggested retail price of $1.59 and $4.99 respectively. These snacks will be available in the nut and fruit aisle or healthy bar aisle of select grocery stores, with single serving packets near the checkout counter in some stores........ Read HealthSpan Introduces New Adult Nutrition Drink HealthSpan Solutions, a Little Rock, Arkansas based healthcare company, has unveiled BeneVia Adult Drink. The beverage maker claims that BeneVia is fat free, has minimal carbohydrates and approximately half the calories of other beverages in the adult nutrition category. The company claims that the fruit based beverage targets and effectively manages four major health conditions with specific nutrient formulas. The products combine essential ingredients that are designed to help with strength, heart health, immunity and memory, and supplies essential nutrients that promote healthy aging, including vitamins, six to eight grams of protein and Omega 3............ Read Drinkable beauty (cosmeceutical supplement) Skin is the largest organ of the human body, yet people have a tendency to ignore it. That is until we notice a wrinkle or a blemish that seems to have appeared over night. At that point, we’re panicking to find any cure to our embarrassing dilemma no matter how obscure it sounds. Perhaps it is time to care for your skin before you react to it. How should you care for your skin you ask? It’s simple…from the inside. According to nutritionist and co-formulator of GliSODin Skin Nutrients, Paula Simpson, drinkable beauty is “a functional food defined as ‘those foods that encompass potentially healthful products including any modified food or ingredient that may provide a health benefit beyond the traditional nutrients it contains.’” In simpler terms, a food that may have extra health benefits in them other than their known nutrients. Simpson said that ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 8
  9. 9. the idea of beauty from the inside “stemmed from the Asian and European markets. These women look at total beauty from a holistic perspective; to protect their bodies from accelerated aging with antioxidant rich diets and effective topical skincare programs.”...... Read Frozen yogurt with omega 3 launched Ocean Nutrition Canada Limited (ONC), supplier of MEG-3® brand Omega-3 EPA/DHA food and dietary supplement ingredients, has announced that Turkey Hill Dairy has introduced Pomblueberry Chocolate Truffle Frozen Yogurt containing MEG-3® ingredients. Each half cup serving of the new product contains 32 mg of Omega-3 EPA and DHA, as well as a healthy portion of live and active cultures, calcium and vitamin D. Frozen desert fanatics will love this delicious new flavor of pomegranate blueberry with chocolate fudge truffles, while also benefiting from the nutritious advantages of the two most beneficial Omega 3’s. More than 14,000 studies have shown that Omega-3 EPA/DHA is important for overall good health, and for normal growth and development. The American Heart Association recommends consumption of a minimum of 500mg each of EPA and DHA per day. Fish oil is the best source of EPA and DHA. As a result, demand for fish oil has increased in the United States 30% annually over the last 5 years. With Americans averaging only 100mg per day there is a clear dietary deficiency of Omega-3 EPA and DHA in their diet. Including MEG-3® ingredients in products like Turkey Hill Frozen Yogurt helps consumers address this nutritional deficiency. Turkey Hill is a family owned dairy in eastern United States which manufactures and distributes milk, ice cream, frozen yogurt, frozen desserts, ice tea and fruit drinks. The native Pennsylvania company has been loved and enjoyed by dairy consumers of eastern and mid-United States for more than 75 years. Turkey Hill Pomblueberry Chocolate Truffle Frozen Yogurt with Meg-3® is available in major grocery stores in the north eastern United States........ Read Yoplait launches Greek Yogurt targeting women New Yoplait® Greek yogurt invites women to nourish their inner goddess with the delicious goodness found in every cup of the brand's newest offering, which debuts in the yogurt case this month. Packed with 12 grams of protein – twice that found in the leading yogurt – Yoplait Greek nourishes from the inside out. Available in four delicious flavors, Strawberry, Blueberry, Honey Vanilla and Plain, Yoplait Greek has a unique thick and creamy texture. The new yogurt is available nationwide for a suggested retail price of $1.19 per 6 oz. cup, an affordable price compared to other Greek yogurt products. To celebrate its new Greek yogurt and to empower women to discover their inner goddess, Yoplait has teamed up with Warner Bros.' and Legendary's new epic feature film, "Clash of the Titans," and actress Izabella Miko, who plays Athena. "I loved playing Greek Goddess Athena – it definitely brought me closer to my own inner goddess. I admired her strength and independence," said Miko, "and of course she was the goddess of wisdom, so something wise I do is take care of myself. That's why I love the new Yoplait Greek yogurt – it tastes great and it's so good for you – packed with protein, high in calcium and vitamin D."........ Read Sabinsa Introduces Boswellin PS® - Full Spectrum Bioactive Sabinsa introduces Boswellin® PS, a natural extract from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata (Indian frankincense), with enhanced water solubility and joint health support potential. Sabinsa will debut Boswellin PS at SupplyExpo booth # 313 at the Anaheim Convention Center, in Anaheim, California March 12 – 14, 2010. In addition to boswellic acids, (the active principles for which Boswellia extracts are conventionally standardized), the PS version ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 9
  10. 10. contains Polysal™, a natural polysaccharide from the gum resin of Boswellia serrata. Moreover, the PS version with a two stage active constituents release profile provides longer lasting benefits than conventional Boswellia serrata extracts that are based on boswellic acids alone. Both boswellic acids (more specifically Acetyl-11-keto-beta-boswellic acid, AKBBA, the most effective of the boswellic acids, present in enriched concentrations in Boswellin® PS) and Polysal™ are effective in reducing the markers of inflammation, with benefits in managing the symptoms of discomfort associated with conditions such as arthritis. Two stage action refers to the initial healthful effects of the water soluble Polysal™, that are later sustained by the more slowly absorbed lipophilic boswellic acids, AKBBA in particular......... Read Scientists close on Omega 3 'Holy Grail' Australian researchers believe they may have solved one of the most pressing food supply problems of the 21st century by breeding canola containing the same omega 3 oils found in fish. As genetic modification goes it is a simple marriage of oil-rich marine algae and the easily grown canola seed crop, but its implications for global aquaculture are immense. Most farmed fish species such as salmon, barramundi and kingfish need to eat fish to contain the sort of long-chain fatty acids which make them essential for a healthy human diet. Aquaculture is the fastest-growing protein production sector in the food industry and already accounts for half of the fish consumed globally. By 2050 an additional 70 million tonnes will be required at the same time as wild caught stocks are predicted to be in severe decline. The so-called Omega 3 Project is part of the CSIRO's Food Futures Flagship, which aims to add up to $3 billion to Australia's agrifood sector through frontier technology such as plant science. Team member James Petrie says the next phase of its work will be to replicate its success with canola in a large-scale on-farm trial.......... Read CNI launches new Fibregum™ Clear, for Fiber-Enriched Functional Beverages CNI, the world leader in Acacia gum, has launched its latest breakthrough: Fibregum™ Clear, a highly purified and clarified version of Fibregum™, especially developed for the fiber enrichment of beverages. Fibregum™ Clear is obtained through a very specific purification process and offers exactly the same benefits as conventional Fibregum™, for functional beverage applications. Developed by CNI (Colloides Naturels International), Fibregum™ is an all-natural Acacia gum particularly rich in soluble fiber (minimum 90%). Fibregum™ offers exceptional, scientifically proven nutritional properties, including a strong prebiotic effect. Fibregum™ helps balance the intestinal microflora and favors the growth of "good" bacterias (bifidobacteria, lactobacilli). The fermentation of Fibregum™ also induces the production of short chain fatty acids (SCFA), the potential health benefits of which are well known. Fibregum™ is very well tolerated, compared to other sources of soluble fibers: it does not cause any intestinal discomfort when consumed at levels below 50g/day. Fibregum™ Clear’ s low viscosity and excellent stability in acidic medium make it the #1 fiber choice to improve the nutritional profile of functional beverages and juices with no impact on their clarity, brightness and flavour....... Read Jamba Juice Unveils New Line Of Hot Beverages Jamba Juice has rolled out new Hot Blends beverages, which come in four flavors such as Original Spiced Chai Tea, Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea, Classic Hot Chocolate and Heavenly Green Tea. The company said Original Spiced Chai Tea is made with chai spices, organic black tea, milk and cane sugar. Perfectly Chocolate Chai Tea, made with organic cocoa, is also an organic chai tea latte but with an added dose of chocolate. Heavenly Green Tea is an organic ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 10
  11. 11. green tea latte made with stone ground, matcha green tea from Japan, organic cane sugar and organic vanilla. In addition, Classic Hot Chocolate is made with organic cocoa, natural cane sugar, organic vanilla and blended with choice of milk. The company will also offer a 'Kids Hot Chocolate' - made with the same flavors and ingredients of the Classic, but served at a lower temperature...... Read Valensa Introduces Deep Ocean Krill Ingredient for Nutritional Supplement Market Valensa International announced that it has launched a new premium krill oil ingredient that boosts natural astaxanthin levels found in krill oil in a product that offers a guaranteed shelf- life of two years. Called Deep Ocean Krill, the new ingredient employs Aker BioMarine's Superba Krill Oil as a base and is fortified with Valensa's ultra-stable Zanthin Natural Astaxanthin to increase astaxanthin levels to create a premium krill oil. Deep Ocean Krill will also feature Valensa's proprietary botanical O2B Peroxidation Blocker technology to provide the most shelf-stable krill-based ingredient on the market today. The new ingredient is targeted toward marketers of dietary supplements worldwide who want to offer consumers high-quality Omega-3 functionality in much smaller supplement size, without the drawbacks associated with fish oil supplements. Traditionally a company that specializes in botanical ingredients, Deep Ocean Krill is Valensa's first foray into non-plant ingredients while maintaining a position that emphasizes ecology and sustainability........ Read Fermented products containing dietary fibers and methods for preparing the same United States Patent Application 20100047390 (Danone) Acacia gum, in particular from Senegal acacia, is used in the preparation of a stable fermented product containing milk or soybean, wherein the gum is used in a concentration of approximately 3 to 10 wt % relative to the total weight of the fermented product containing the acacia gum, and is added after fermentation of the product.......... Read Method for the extraction of one or several proteins in milk United States Patent Application 20100047428 The invention is related to a process for extracting at least one protein present in milk, said protein exhibiting an affinity for the complexed or non-complexed calcium ions of said milk, comprising the following steps consisting of: a) releasing the protein by precipitation of calcium compounds obtained by contacting the milk with a soluble salt, the anion of which is selected for its capability to form said insoluble calcium compounds in such a medium, in order to obtain in this way a protein-enriched liquid phase, b) separating the protein- enriched liquid phase from the precipitate of calcium compounds, said liquid phase being, moreover, separated in a lipidic phase and in a non-lipidic aqueous phase comprising the protein, and c) recovering the non-lipidic aqueous phase comprising the protein......... Read Bioactive peptides identified in enzymatic hydrolyzates of milk caseins and method of obtaining same United States Patent Application 20100048464 The invention relates to the production of bioactive products that are derived from milk proteins for the production of bioactive milk products derived from milk proteins, particularly caseins. The 16 inventive peptides can be obtained chemically, biotechnologically or by means of enzymatic treatment from proteins containing same and give rise to peptides with an antimicrobial activity, an in vitro angiotensin converter inhibitor activity and/or antihypertensive activity and/or antioxidant activity. Said nutraceutical ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 11
  12. 12. products are suitable for use in the food and pharmaceutical industries, both in the form of a hydrolyzate or bioactive peptides.......... Read Method of treating a whey protein concentrate by microparticulation United States Patent Application 20100047423 The present invention relates to a method of treating a whey protein by microparticulation. The microparticulation comprises heat treatment and mechanical processing of the whey protein. The method comprises the steps that the protein concentrate is caused to pass a high pressure pump and that the protein concentrate, at elevated pressure, is thereafter heat treated. After the heat treatment, the protein concentrate undergoes a mechanical processing......... Read Reduced-salt dairy product with improved taste United States Patent Application 20100047391 The present invention relates to a method for preparing a dairy product with reduced sodium, wherein a yeast extract comprising at least 30% w/w 5'-ribonucleotides, on the basis of sodium chloride free dry matter, is added to a dairy composition used in the production of dairy product with reduced sodium. Preferably, a yeast extract is used wherein the total amount of 5'-GMP plus 5'-IMP is at least 15% w/w on the basis of sodium chloride free dry matter. The method of the invention may advantageously be used since off-tastes are masked and salt perception is enhanced.......... Read Method of obtaining plant protein fractions with a medium molecular weight, plant protein fraction, and its use United States Patent Application 20100048873 A method of preparing a coagulated plant protein fraction with a medium molecular weight of between 14 to 97, by providing fruit juice in aqueous solution; precipitating a high- molecular-weight plant protein fraction whose bulk has a molecular weight of from above 100 to 600, by adjusting an acidic pH and/or a temperature above room temperature, and mechanically separating the fraction precipitated thus; precipitating a medium-molecular- weight coagulated plant protein fraction under warm conditions by treating, at pH 2 to 7, and between 60 to C., the solution obtained after separation of the high- molecular-weight plant protein fraction and mechanically separating the medium-molecular- weight coagulated plant protein fraction with a molecular weight of between approximately 14 to 97, with the bulk of the molecular weight distribution being between 20 to 60. The plant protein fraction is usable as foodstuff, food additive, additive in pharmaceuticals, animal feed, in cosmetics, as industrial protein, as adhesive............ Read Wheat-germ oil concentrate, a method for the production thereof, a method for producing wheat-germ oil, and a medicinal and prophylactic composition based thereon for restoration of disorders in sexual functions United States Patent Application 20100047365 The invention relates to the field of biologically active compounds based on natural vegetable raw material, to methods for the production thereof and to the use thereof in a medical clinical and public health practice. The object of the invention is a method for producing a wheat germ oil concentrate wherein wheat germ oil is produced by cold pressing from wheat germs pre-dried to a moisture content of 6-8 percent, the oil is extracted twice with 92-93 vol. percent ethyl alcohol at a ratio of 1:3 and 1:2, respectively, the alcoholic extracts are combined, maintained, and after separation of the phases are ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 12
  13. 13. evaporated under vacuum at a temperature of C. until the alcohol is removed. The concentrate thus obtained is used as a component for a medicinal and prophylactic agent suitable for restoring disorders in sexual functions that also contains selenium and zinc at the defined ratios. The method ensures to obtain an oil enriched with phytosterols, different forms of tocopherols and carotenoids, which increases the nutritional and healing properties thereof........... Read Probiotic (infant) food United States Patent Application 20100047393 The invention relates to foods, such as infants and children's food and dietary supplements for infants and children. The invention provides a composition comprising a lipid source, a carbohydrate source and a protein source, characterized in that the composition further contains the B. lactis strain deposited under ATCC number 27536 and the L. casei strain deposited under ATCC number 55544. Such a composition contributes to the general resistance, in particular with respect to undesired passage of pathogens and the incidence of respiratory diseases in children........ Read Back to the Table of Contents Regulations, Labelling, Health Claims & Food Safety EFSA publishes second series of opinions on ‘general function’ health claims EFSA has published a second series of opinions on a list of ‘general function’ health claims compiled by Member States and the European Commission. Scientific experts on EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) assessed all available scientific data submitted to substantiate the 416 health claims. These opinions have been sent to the European Commission and to Member States which will ultimately decide whether to authorise these claims or not. The evaluations of the NDA Panel were positive when there was sufficient scientific evidence available to support the claim, such as those related to vitamins and minerals. Experts issued unfavourable opinions on most of the claims in the second series due to the poor quality of the information provided to EFSA including: * lack of information to identify the substance on which the claim is based, e.g. “probiotics”; * lack of evidence that the claimed effect is indeed beneficial to the maintenance or improvement of the functions of the body (e.g. food with “antioxidant properties”); * lack of human studies with reliable measures of the claimed health benefit. This is the second series of opinions on ‘general function’ health claims and the Panel is continuing its work on the remaining claims on the list. This phased approach has been adopted due to the very large number of claims received for evaluation and the requirement, for EFSA, to publish opinions soon after adoption in order to ensure transparency. In carrying out its work, EFSA combines similar claims (e.g. by substance and/or the benefit) in order to form coherent opinions......... Read Australia to overhaul its food labelling policy The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) has agreed that the Australia and New Zealand Food Regulation Ministerial Council (the Ministerial Council) undertake a ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 13
  14. 14. comprehensive review of food labelling law and policy using an evidence based approach and without compromising public health and safety. The Ministerial Council has agreed to the review being independent. In Australia, all three tiers of government have a role in the administration or enforcement of food labelling law. Food labelling policy and standards are also shared with New Zealand under Trans-Tasman treaty arrangements. Through COAG, all Australian governments have committed to regulatory reform to create a seamless national economy, reduce the regulatory burden without compromising public health and safety and maintain or increase the competitiveness of Australian businesses. As part of its prevention stream of work in the health policy arena COAG has also agreed to tackle the burden of chronic disease, which raises issues of relevance to the food regulatory system. For the purposes of this review, the term “food labelling” includes information, representations and claims about food that are, or could be, regulated under the Australia and New Zealand Food Standards Code or consumer protection laws. Laws with respect to food labelling serve a number of important policy purposes. There are a number of different policy drivers impacting on food labelling laws. Food labelling supports, among other things, the policy objectives of public health and safety and enabling consumers to make informed choices. Examples of labelling requirements aimed at safety include ‘use by’ dates and requirements for disclosure of allergens. Food labelling provides information designed to inform nutritional choices (nutrition information panels). In some cases, labelling has been used to provide information in response to consumer demand (e.g. labelling of genetically modified foods). Some labelling requirements have been imposed to enable product identification and facilitate traceability............ Read Lawsuit claims Omega-3 supplements contain industrial chemicals A California lawsuit aims to push companies that make and sell fish oil supplements to be more upfront about their ingredients, claiming testing showed some brands contain high levels of industrial chemicals. The lawsuit, filed in San Francisco Superior Court on Tuesday, alleges six U.S. manufacturers and two drugstore companies failed to warn the public that products made from fish or shark oil – long toted as a source of Omega-3 fatty acids – contained polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) compounds. “Consumers who want the health benefits of fish oil shouldn’t also have to take the health risks of an extremely toxic man- made chemical,” lawyer David Roe said in a statement. The lawsuit is based on California law that requires companies to warn consumers about exposure to chemicals that are known to cause cancer or reproductive harm. The Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, more commonly referred to as Proposition 65, sets limits for safe human consumption of PCB compounds...... Read (Download the lawsuit action .....pdf, 12 pages..... Read ) Omega-3 suppliers hit back at ‘misguided’ Proposition 65 attack Groups representing fish oil suppliers have defended the safety record of the multi-billion dollar omega-3 source in the face of legal action mounted in a San Francisco court. The action states a number of omega-3 products exceed limits for polychlorinated biphenyl (PCB) established under California’s Proposition 65 rules and demands compensation for consumers of $2500 per person exposed to the PCB-containing products. It also requests the companies cited, including Solgar, Pharmavite and Omega Protein, cease making the products in question. Dr Douglas MacKay, the vice president of scientific and regulatory affairs at the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), told that ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 14
  15. 15. the lawsuit was so much “misguided energy” given the nature of Proposition 65 and the complete absence of adverse events......... Read Health Canada proposing new labeling requirements for food colors Health Canada is launching a consultation with stakeholders and the Canadian public on proposed changes to improve the labeling requirements for food colors in Canada. The consultation, which will be posted on the Health Canada website and open for comments from February 18th until May 4th, is intended to seek input on several options for future labeling requirements. The Canadian Food and Drug Regulations currently allow manufacturers to use the general term "color" to specify one or more food colors. For the majority of prepackaged foods, manufacturers may voluntarily declare individual colors by name at their own discretion. However, there is some evidence suggesting a link between consumption of certain food colours and adverse reactions in sensitive individuals. More recently, certain food color mixtures have been associated with behavioral effects in children. For these reasons, Health Canada considers it prudent to improve labeling requirements for food colours. Health Canada's proposed changes would eliminate the option of using the general term "color" and require that individual colours be identified on food ingredient labels for many, if not all, colours. By improving food color labeling requirements, Health Canada's goal is to enable consumers to make more informed choices which could contribute to the reduction of adverse reactions........ Read FDA warns beverage firms on health claims In another sign that the regulatory environment has changed, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently sent letters to 16 firms – including five RTD beverage companies – citing ingredient and health claim violations. The agency’s letter to POM Wonderful said POMs expansive health claims – including boasts that it may help with blood pressure, prostate cancer and erectile function – elevate POM to the level of unapproved drug rather than a food product. The agency chastised the brand, a leader in the trend toward more- prevalent antioxidant claims, for using its web site to bring attention to scientific studies and customer testimonials that suggest the product can improve consumers’ health. POM’s label also improperly lists its nutrition content, the FDA said, by omitting the name of its antioxidant. The label also boasts a high level of “phytochemicals,” which are not eligible for a nutrition panel call-out because the FDA has not established a recommended daily intake for the substance......... Read Back to the Table of Contents Nutrition, Diets, Health Benefits & Related Research New Study Shows MicroActive® CoQ10 More Universally Bioavailable than Other Forms of CoQ10 BioActives LLC and Maypro Industries today announced the results of a new study on Micro- Active CoQ10, a patented, highly bioavailable, and universally absorbed form of Coenzyme Q10. Published in the journal Integrative Medicine, the study found that 100% of subjects taking Micro-Active CoQ10 hard gelatin capsules doubled their plasma CoQ10 levels after three weeks of supplementation, compared to just 44% of subjects taking oil-solubilized CoQ10 soft gels. The results confirmed that MicroActive CoQ10, which is manufactured by ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 15
  16. 16. BioActives and distributed by Maypro, is more universally bioavailable than other CoQ10 formulations on the market. Because of its fat-soluble nature and large molecular weight, CoQ10 is very difficult to absorb. Thus, numerous forms of CoQ10, such as oil dispersed, solubilized and micellized forms, have been introduced — all claiming to have higher bioavailability than regular crystalline CoQ10. “The problem with most increased bioavailability claims is that they don’t apply to everyone,” explained Dan Kagan, PhD, managing partner of BioActives and co-author of the study. The reason? They don’t take into account inter-subject variance — the difference in absorption rates among subjects. Because bioavailability is calculated as the average absorption rate of all subjects in a study, just one “super-absorber” can artificially inflate the bioavailability average......... Read Chocolate May Make Some Strokes Less Likely In news that's sure to delight chocolate lovers, a Harvard study finds that a couple of squares of dark chocolate a day might reduce the risk of a hemorrhagic stroke, by 52 percent. Unfortunately for chocolate fans, though, the same research also found that chocolate does not appear to have a protective benefit for the most common type of stroke. People who have a stroke have either an ischemic or a hemorrhagic stroke. An ischemic stroke occurs when a blood vessel that supplies blood to the brain becomes blocked, either partially or completely. This type of stroke accounts for about 80 percent of all strokes, according to the U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Hemorrhagic strokes, which occur when a blood vessel in the brain bursts and bleeds into the brain, make up about 20 percent of all strokes....... Read Study Shows Pine Bark Naturally Reduces Blood Pressure and Counteracts Kidney Damage Caused by Hypertension A study published in the March 2010 issue of the Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology and Therapeutics reveals Pycnogenol® (pic-noj-en-all), an antioxidant plant extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, counteracts kidney damage caused by hypertension, lowering urinary proteins and improving blood flow to the kidneys. “Kidney disease is a common problem for people with hypertension and is an equally ‘silent’ threat to the body. There are no warning signals and inefficient fluid removal may further increase the blood pressure, causing a vicious circle to set in,” said Dr. Gianni Belcaro, a lead researcher of the study. “The results of this study demonstrated Pycnogenol®’s ability not only to reduce blood pressure, but also to relieve the kidney damage caused by chronic hypertension.” The randomized, controlled study conducted by the G D’Annunzio University in Italy investigated 55 hypertensive patients who showed early signs of impaired kidney function, as judged by elevated amounts of proteins found in their urine. The patients were divided into two groups. Both groups were treated with anti-hypertensive medication Ramipril and one group of 29 patients took Pycnogenol in addition to the Ramipril. Urine was collected during a 24 hour period for quantification of protein (albumin) at baseline and again after six months of treatment...... Read Whole Grains Take a Bite Out of Type 2 Diabetes Risk Simply selecting brown rice over white also makes a difference, researchers say Brown rice is better than white rice at reducing the risk of type 2 diabetes, but whole grains are the most effective at lowering the risk, study findings show. U.S. researchers analyzed data from 39,765 men in the Health Professionals Follow-up Study and 157,463 women in the Nurses' Health Study I and II. None of the participants had diabetes, heart disease or ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 16
  17. 17. cancer at the start of the studies. Their consumption of brown and white rice, as well as other foods, was assessed every two to four years. During 3.3 million person-years of follow-up, there were 10,507 incidents of type 2 diabetes. After adjusting for a number of dietary and lifestyle risk factors, the researchers found that people who ate five or more servings per week of white rice were 17 percent more likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving of white rice per month. In contrast, people who ate two or more servings of brown rice per week were 11 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than those who ate less than one serving of brown rice per month, the study authors reported. "We estimated that replacing 50 grams/day intake of white rice with the same amount of brown rice was associated with a 16 percent lower risk of type 2 diabetes, whereas the same replacement with whole grains as a group was associated with a 36 percent lower diabetes risk," wrote Dr. Qi Sun, of Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, and colleagues......... Read Study Shows Soluble Fiber Boosts Immune System A new University of Illinois study touts the benefits of soluble fiber—found in oats, apples, and nuts, for starters—saying that it reduces the inflammation associated with obesity- related diseases and strengthens the immune system. "Soluble fiber changes the personality of immune cells—they go from being pro-inflammatory, angry cells to anti-inflammatory, healing cells that help us recover faster from infection," said Gregory Freund, a professor in the U of I's College of Medicine and a faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences' Division of Nutritional Sciences. This happens because soluble fiber causes increased production of an anti-inflammatory protein called interleukin-4, he said. In the experiment, laboratory mice consumed low-fat diets that were identical except that they contained either soluble or insoluble fiber. After six weeks on the diet, the animals had distinctly different responses when the scientists induced illness by introducing a substance (lipopolysaccharide) that causes the body to mimic a bacterial infection....... Read Vegetable Juice Aids Weight Loss Incorporating vegetable juice into your daily diet may not only increase the number of daily vegetable servings, data from a recent study also suggest the potential of using a low- sodium vegetable juice in conjunction with a calorie-restricted diet to aid in weight loss in overweight individuals with metabolic syndrome (Nutr J. 2010;9:8). Researchers evaluated the effects of a ready-to-serve vegetable juice as part of a calorie-appropriate Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) diet in an ethnically diverse population of people with metabolic syndrome, a constellation of metabolic risk factors for type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease (CVD), on weight loss and their ability to meet vegetable intake recommendations, as well as their clinical characteristics of metabolic syndrome (waist circumference, triglycerides, HDL, fasting blood glucose and blood pressure). A prospective 12-week, three-group (0, 8 or 16 fluid ounces/d of low-sodium vegetable juice) parallel arm randomized controlled trial requested 81 participants with metabolic syndrome (22 men, 59 women) to limit their calorie intake to 1,600 kcals for women and 1,800 kcals for men, and were educated on the DASH diet.......... Read Omega-3 DHA Kills Cancer Cells Omega-3 fatty acid DHA may help treat many types of childhood and adult cancers including neuroblastoma, medulloblastoma, colon, breast and prostate cancers, according to a new study published in the FASEB Journal. "We hope that this study can provide a deeper ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 17
  18. 18. understanding of the actions of omega-3 fatty acids and their products in cancer cells, and why they can be of such high importance in treatment of the disease," said Helena Gleissman, PhD, co-author of the study from the Childhood Cancer Research Unit of the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. "Ultimately, we hope that we can be able to cure more children with neuroblastoma, and possibly other cancers."....... Read Study Finds Eliminating Junk Food At Schools Lowers Childhood Obesity A recent study finds that policies eliminating sugary beverages and junk foods from schools may help slow childhood obesity. Childhood obesity is increasingly prevalent in the United States, with obesity rates more than tripling during the last 30 years. "This is one of the very first comprehensive investigations that examined whether childhood obesity trends changed after new statewide policies were enacted in California," said Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, assistant professor of health education at San Francisco State University who was a lead author of the study. Today, one in three children are either overweight or obese. Between 2003 and 2005, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed three bills into law that were the first comprehensive set of statewide policies to eliminate sodas and other highly sweetened beverages and restrict the sale of junk foods in all of California's public schools. Other states have signed similar legislation, however the effects on childhood obesity were uncertain.......... Read "Constant Eating" Leads to Childhood Obesity According to a new study from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, American kids are developing a trend toward "constant eating". Most kids eat three snacks a day in addition to three meals a day. Researchers feel that this is a contributing factor for the increase in childhood obesity. The study includes surveys of food intake of over 31,000 American kids from 1977 to 2006. Since 1977 the percentage of kids who eat snacks between meals rose from 74 to 98 percent. A majority of kids snack on empty calories and junk foods such as salty, sugary, and fat-ridden foods. Candy consumption is also on the rise......... Read Milk’s fat content may influence tea’s antioxidants The choice of adding full-fat or skimmed milk to tea may influence the antioxidant capacity of the beverage, says new research from the UK which may have public health implications. According to findings published in Nutrition Research, addition of milk of any kind reduced the antioxidant potential of black tea by between 7 and 25 per cent than unmilked tea. However, addition of skimmed milk decreased the total antioxidant capacity of black tea much more than whole or semi-skimmed milk, report Lisa Ryan and Sébastien Petit from the Functional Food Center at Oxford Brookes University. The reduction in the antioxidant activity of tea, as measured by the FRAP assay, was reported to be a linked to the levels of theaflavins and thearubigins that will affect the total antioxidant capacity of black tea.......... Read Potassium-Rich Foods Do a Heart Good Eating plenty of potassium-rich foods such as leafy greens, potatoes and bananas may reduce the risk of stroke and coronary artery disease, according to Italian researchers. The new analysis was based on 10 studies published between 1966 and 2009 that included almost 280,000 adults. During follow-ups that ranged from five to 19 years, there were over 5,500 strokes and almost 3,100 coronary heart disease events, the investigators found. Higher potassium intake was associated with a 19 percent lower risk of stroke and an 8 ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 18
  19. 19. percent lower risk of coronary heart disease. The findings support global recommendations for people to increase their consumption of potassium-rich foods in order to prevent vascular disease, said Dr. Pasquale Strazzullo, of the University of Naples, and colleagues.......... Read Light helps keep spinach full of vitamins: study Supermarket lights help keep spinach fresh and producing new vitamins, U.S. government researchers reported on Wednesday. The surprising findings should apply to other fresh vegetables and may offer insights into how to keep produce fresher longer, the researchers reported in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. They may also suggest ways to boost nutrients in fresh foods, said Gene Lester of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service. He said the idea for the experiment came to him when he was shopping. Supermarkets often display fresh spinach in clear plastic containers at around 39 degrees Fahrenheit (4 degrees C) under fluorescent light 24 hours a day. Lester wondered if this was good or bad for the leaves.......... Read To help maintain the low subscription price, please recommend the Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers or customers Back to the Table of Contents Reviews, Comments, Opinions and Full-text Publications Saskatoon Colostrum Company – Growing beyond borders Mother Nature’s super food has created a very healthy niche market for a Saskatchewan company. Saskatoon Colostrum Company Ltd (SCCL) is the only company in Canada that manufactures dried bovine colostrum products for cattle, pets and humans. Established in 1994, SCCL has grown to an international level with worldwide markets. Colostrum is the first milk produced by all mammals after giving birth. Through this special milk, immunity is transferred from mother to baby – along with nutrients, cytokines (proteins released by cells that affect their behaviour and interactions between cells), and growth factors. In cattle, colostrum is essential for calf survival and long-term health. Using the heat-treated colostrum replacer reduces the incidence of Johne’s disease in newborn calves and improves the health of high-risk calves. Johne’s disease is a chronic disease that can cause significant losses in milk and beef production. Bovine colostrum has many of the same ingredients as the colostrum from other species, including humans and companion animals. Dr. Deborah Haines, Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs for SCCL, says Saskatoon’s life science infrastructure was essential to establishing the company. She credits three organizations for helping SCCL along its way from start-up to success. First, POS Pilot Plant, a confidential contract research, toll processing, and analytical services organization located in Saskatoon. “We would not have been able to start this company without access to POS Pilot Plant, so that was really key.”....... Read ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 19
  20. 20. Nanotechnology and Food: An IFT Perspective Nanotechnology is a rapidly growing field of research that is revolutionizing various sectors of the economy such as medicine, energy, electronic, and defense; and potentially the food and agriculture sector with on-going research in many areas of application. IFT recognizes the potential to positively impact the food industry as well as the possible environmental, health, and safety implications that may negatively impact the food supply chain. IFT thus supports objective and well-designed research and development efforts that address all aspects of the spectrum. To this end, IFT has taken on a leadership role as a catalyst for research, innovation, and communication, both domestically and internationally. Here are details on IFT activities. It is noteworthy that interest in nanotechnology and food has significantly increased in recent years in both the public and policy arenas. Particular interest has focused on research discoveries on applications in food, potential safety implications, and regulatory oversight. A new bill, Nanotechnology Safety Act 2010, introduced in the U.S. Senate by Senators Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Benjamin Cardin (D-MD) is seeking to create a new nanotechnology risk assessment program within the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The program will investigate the safety of nanoscale materials intended for use on FDA-regulated products. The bill is seeking an appropriation of $25 million annually between 2011 and 2015 to fund the FDA scheme............ Read New Beverage Products are Dashing to Dairy Beverages of all types are working in dairy products and less obvious dairy ingredients for health, satiety and just plain enjoyment. Beverages are taking on a milky white hue as dairy dresses up with omega oils, juices take on dairy proteins and non-milk "dairy' choices broaden their botanical horizons. But this isn't merely variety for its own sake; there's method behind the dash to dairy-based new products. For the beverage industry, this means coming up with drinks that can multitask as creatively as the consumers they're designed to satisfy. For proof of this, we need look no further than arguably the most fundamental beverage, next to water: milk. "An ongoing challenge for the dairy industry at large is to help Americans nine years of age and older consume three servings of nutrient-rich, low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products every day, as is recommended by the Dietary Guidelines and many other health authorities,' says Gregory Miller, executive vice president of research, regulatory and scientific affairs for Dairy Management Inc. and the National Dairy Council (, both in Rosemont, Ill.......... Read Foodborne Illness Costs US $152 Billion Annually! Acute foodborne illnesses cost the United States an estimated $152 billion per year in healthcare, workplace and other economic losses, according to a report published today by the Produce Safety Project (PSP). The study, Health- Related Costs from Foodborne Illness in the United States, was written by Dr. Robert L. Scharff, a former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) economist and current Ohio State University assistant professor in the department of consumer sciences. The study estimates ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 20
  21. 21. that more than a quarter of these costs, an estimated $39 billion, are attributable to foodborne illnesses associated with fresh, canned and processed produce. The FDA has announced that it will propose before the end of the year mandatory and enforceable safety standards for the growing, harvesting and packing of fresh produce. These will be the first nationwide safety standards for fresh fruits and vegetables. "An up-to-date cost analysis of foodborne illnesses is critical for FDA officials and lawmakers to craft the most effective and efficient reforms," said Jim O'Hara, PSP director. "A decade ago, we spent more than $1.3 billion annually to try to reduce the burden of foodborne illness and today we are spending even more. We need to make certain we are spending limited funds wisely and hitting our target of reducing sicknesses and deaths, and this study gives us a yardstick to measure our progress." Produce (fresh, canned and processed) accounts for roughly 19,700,000 of the reported illnesses documented, at a cost of approximately $1,960 per case and $39 billion annually in economic losses. California, Texas, New York, Florida, Illinois and Pennsylvania were the states most impacted by foodborne illness cases related to produce............. pdf, 28 pages......... Read Can a Caffeine-Packed guarana Give a Boost? A highly caffeinated South American plant is increasingly being used to provide the pep in energy drinks, dietary supplements, food products and candy. Marketers say guarana- containing products boost energy, mood and cognitive function—and may even help with weight loss. Scientists say some science does back up those claims, but they warn guarana can overstimulate the heart in rare cases. Guarana (pronounced gwa-rah-na) is a rain-forest vine with fruit that contains high levels of caffeine. Since 2008, nearly 500 products with guarana, including different sizes and flavors of the same product, have been introduced to U.S. stores, according to London market-research firm Datamonitor PLC. Products include energy drinks, beef jerky, chewing gum, mints and even lollipops. Guarana products often claim to simply boost energy, and some say they enhance mental performance. Some are marketed as weight-loss aids. Several studies do link guarana to weight loss, but they tend to be small, short term and often involve products with other ingredients—overall, not yet conclusive, scientists say........ Read What's Best for Kids: Bottled Water or Fountains? As the U.S. taste for bottled water grows, environmentalists have been trying to sell people on good old-fashioned—and free—tap water. But tap water's place in schools is thorny, since some experts say children should actually be drinking more bottled water to head off two stubborn health threats: obesity due to sugary drinks and lead poisoning. "If children go from sugary beverages to bottled water, you get a benefit to public health, but not so much the environment," said Kelly Brownell, director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity at Yale University. "If they go from sugar beverages to [clean] tap water, you get a public health home run and environmental home run." Bottled water is a drain on the environment: The U.S. public goes through about 50 billion water bottles a year, and most of those plastic containers are not recycled, according to Elizabeth Royte's 2008 book Bottlemania: How Water Went on Sale and Why We Bought It. Transporting the bottles and keeping them cold also burns fossil fuels, which give off greenhouse gases......... Read Back to the Table of Contents ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 21
  22. 22. Webinars Worldwide Webinars or Web seminars often provide a free or cost effect way of enhancing knowledge or help stay on top of market trends and opportunities. This Section is continuously updated. Please recommend a webinar to Functional Foods Weekly Date What Presenter Timing* Price Mar 18 The Power of Omega-3s............ Read NPI 2 PM EDT Free Mar 23 Gluten-free products: Market Trends and Prepared Foods 3 PM EDT Free Regulations........ Read Mar 24 Sustainability within the Confectionery Industry........ Cargill 2 PM EDTT Free Read Mar 24 From Babies to Baby Boomers – What You Should Know IFT 12:45PM CST USD 79 About DHA and Cognition.......... Read Apr 28 Consumers & Sodium: A Pinch of Understanding........ CCFN TBA Free Read * For your local time, please check the US Time Zones or US Live time (for US based seminars) and then use the Time Zone Converter Back to the Table of Contents To help maintain the low subscription price, please recommend the Functional Foods Weekly to your colleagues, suppliers or customers Conferences & Meetings Worldwide This Section is continuously updated. Please recommend a food-related conference to Functional Foods Weekly When What Where 2010 Mar 9 Food for Kids Conference........ hRead London, UK Mar 9-10 Grain Foods: Sustaining the Future, Sydney, Australia the Inaugural Go Grains Health & Nutrition Industry Conference............ Read Mar 9-11 InnoBev Global Soft Drinks Congress...... Read Istanbul, Turkey ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 22
  23. 23. Mar 9-11 US Ireland Functional Foods Conference 2010.............. Read Cork, Ireland Mar 10-11 Nutracon.......... Read Anaheim, US Mar 10-11 Soyfoods2010: Anticipating Potential for Growth........ Read Anaheim, US Mar 11-14 Natural Products Expo West........ Read Anaheim, US Mar 17-18 Food & Beverage Innotech Asia 2010............ Read Bangkok, Thailand th Mar 19-21 The 8 China Nutrient and Healthy Food & Organic Products.......... Read Guangzhou, China Mar 23-25 Food Ingredients China............ Read Shanghai, China Mar 29-30 Australian Obesity Summit......... Read Sydney, Australia Apr 16-17 IPA (International Probiotics Association) World Congress......... Read Miami, US Apr 20-21 Food Futures – An Australian Approach......... Read Canberra, Australia Apr 26 Antioxidants 2010 – Science, Testing and Regulations.......... Read Brussels, Belgium Apr 27-29 Fourth Global Dairy Congress........ Read Salzburg, Austria Apr 28-29 NutraFormulate............ Read Coventry, UK Apr 29-30 Natural Health Conference and Expo.......... Read Brisbane, Australia May 5-7 Health Grain Conference........... Read May 18-20 Vitafoods 2010.............. Read Geneva, Swiss May 25-26 Beverage Forum 2010.......... Read New York, US May 25-26 Functional and Bioactive Ingredients for Food Products and Specialty Ghent, Belgium Beverages....... Read May 25-27 Food Ingredients Central and East European....... Read Warsaw, Poland th May 27-29 Dietitians Association of Australia 28 National Conference.......... Read Melbourne, Australia May 30-Jun 2010 CIFST/AAFC Conference...... Read Winnipeg, Canada 01 Jun 1-10 3rd International Symposium on Propionibacteria and Bifidobacteria: Dairy and Oviedo, Spain Probiotic Applications.......... Read Jun 11 Probiotics: From Bench to Market....... Read New York, US Jun 15-17 International Scientific Conference on Probiotics and Prebiotics - IPC Kosice, Slovakia 2010............ Read Jun 17 Food security, innovation and research......... Read London, UK Jun 20-25 NanoAgro 2010........ Read São Carlos, SP, Brazil Jun 29 Food packaging and waste - innovation, anaerobic digestion and London, UK nanotechnology......... Read Jul 17-21 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo.......... Read Chicago, US Jul 25-27 AIFST Annual Conference – Creating the Future of Foods.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Aug 11-12 Dairy Microbiology - the good, the bad, the issues.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Aug 18-19 Higher Valued Foods – FIESTA 2010; 5th Innovative Foods Conference........ Melbourne, Australia Read Aug 22-26 IUFOST 2010 CONGRESS........ Read Cape Town, South Africa Sep 7-9 The 3rd Australian Food Safety Conference.......... Read Melbourne, Australia Sep 12-15 ABIC 2010: Bridging Biology and Business........ Read Saskatoon, Canada Sep 22-24 InterBev 2010............. Read Orlando, US Oct 17-20 Food Microbiology Symposium.......... Read Wisconsin, US Oct 28-29 6th International Symposium Probiotics and Health: Key Findings and New Montreal, Canada Directions........ Read Nov 8-11 IDF World Dairy Summit 2010 …….. Read Auckland, New Zealand Nov 16-18 Hi Europe……. Read Madrid, Spain Back to the Table of Contents ISSN 1837-7971 © 2004-2010 OzScientific® Pty Ltd 23
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