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NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

VIDEO: Why New Zealand’s long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is needed now more than ever

Trade body Natural Products New Zealand is hoping new industry regulations – which it believes will help boost exports – can be passed before the nation’s elections in September.

NATURAL PRODUCTS NEW ZEALAND SUMMIT 2017

‘Clean and green’: Australian and New Zealand functional honey products continue to buzz in China

Natural products with functional claims such as honey continue to face a bright future as both a food and a therapeutic product, not least in China where demand is expected...

Asthma action: Fibre supplementation provides benefits by improving gut microbiota

Fibre supplementation can improve asthma symptoms by boosting gut microbiota, results from an Australian trial have revealed. 

Omega-3 canola oil supplier filing for regulatory approval in Australia, US and Canada

Omega-3 canola firm Nuseed has filed for regulatory approval in Australia, with submissions for Canada and the US set to be lodged later this month.

Time running out for Australian supplement firms to respond to raft of regulatory changes

Complementary medicine firms in Australia have just one week more to respond to a raft of proposed regulatory changes being considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

Vitamin D supplementation prevents autism traits being passed from mother to offspring: Mouse study

Giving vitamin D to pregnant mice prevented autism traits being passed on to their offspring, researchers in Australia have revealed.

Bioactive flavonoid from apple trees eases asthma symptoms: Taiwan study

Phloretin from apple trees helped ease asthma symptoms in a mouse study, pointing to the bioactive flavonoid’s therapeutic potential, according to researchers in Taiwan.

Fruit and veg consumption more likely to reduce psychological stress in women than men

Eating three to four servings of vegetables daily is associated with a lower incidence of psychological stress in women, but it has less of an impact on men, new research...

Omega-3 firm SeaDragon warns of $4.5m annual loss after fish oil supply struggles

Fish oil supplier SeaDragon has revealed it expects to report an annual loss of up to NZ$4.5m, due to a longer than expected transition time from its legacy Omega-2 business...

Kiwi supplement and health food firms targets for Chinese takeovers as dairy deals come under increased scrutiny

New Zealand supplement and health food manufacturers are likely targets for merger and acquisition activity over the next year, with private equity firms, notably from China, increasingly looking to splash...

Six measures to slash obesity among immigrant children in Australia: Academics call for action

A number public policy, health and community measures have been identified by researchers in Australia to help reduce rising obesity rates among child immigrants.

Vitamin D deficiency more likely a risk factor for TB than its consequence: Meta-analysis

New meta-analysis suggests that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for TB, not something that is caused by the condition, while the role played by ethnicity in this relationship...

EPA-dominant omega-3 and other nutraceuticals can boost effectiveness of anti-depressants

Nutraceuticals have the ability to boost the effectiveness of traditional anti-depressive medications, according a new review.

After Australia backs medical cannabis, is hemp about to approved as a nutrition and food source?

Industry and academic experts have been responding to Australia’s decision to establish a legal medicinal cannabis trade – with most welcoming it as a positive first step – while others are...

Medical cannabis trade given the go-ahead in Australia: Firms applying to supply products

Australia is to establish a legal medical cannabis trade in as little as eight weeks under plans announced by federal health minister Greg Hunt.

News in brief

New role for executive director at trade body Natural Products NZ

Two job role changes have been announced at Natural Products NZ (NPNZ), the industry body representing the country’s natural products, functional foods, complementary medicines, and nutraceuticals industries.

Boosting Singapore's brain health: ‘We’re trying to change the slope of cognitive decline’, says supplements boss

A new cognitive health supplement firm which recently opened a base in Singapore is targetting consumers in their 40s as it seeks to expand across the region. 

New Australian university centre eyes Asia opportunities for omega-3 and probiotics products

The University of Queensland (UQ) in Australia is opening a $1m new Food Science Innovation Precinct to drive new products and research in probiotics, omega-3, functional foods and dairy.

Vitamin vending machines: Is this the future for supplements retailing in APAC?

The man who has launched Australia’s first store selling vitamins solely via vending machines wants to launch hundreds more in locations across the country, while also expanding to overseas markets...

Australia ‘needs national obesity plan and soft drinks tax should fund it’: Health summit chief

The lack of a coordinated national approach to the Australian obesity epidemic is “unacceptable”, according to the Chair of the Council of Presidents of Medical Colleges, who is calling for...

Public health intervention needed to address 'poor' quality Australian diets

The overall diet quality of the Australian population is poor and targeted interventions for young-adults, males, the obese and those with lower socio-economic status are sorely needed.

Fibre supplement boosts weight loss and lowers blood sugar in obese adults: Study

Fibre supplementation helped to boost weight loss and lower blood sugar in overweight and obese adults, according to a new Australian study.

News in brief

Omega-3 finger-prick test now available in some Australian pharmacies

A new self-administered omega-3 finger-prick blood test is now available in some Australian community pharmacies. 

‘Toxic side effects’ and ‘weak regulation’? Not for supplements made in Australia insists trade body

Trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has insisted consumers can have full confidence in products purchased in Australia after a new review claimed it was a 'misperception' that herbal medicines are...

China private equity firm acquires 80% stake in Kiwi supplement manufacturer

New Zealand supplement firm Better Health Co, which owns the GO Healthy brand, has sold an 80% stake to an Asian private equity fund to help it tap into international markets.

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