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Kiwis disregarding the impact of diet choices on cholesterol

People in New Zealand need to be more aware of how increasing polyunsaturated fats, dietary fibre, and plant sterols in their diets can help cut cholesterol.

More nutrients, less energy needed to tackle childhood obesity: Australian analysis

Children and teenagers should consume more nutrient-rich core foods and less energy-rich products, argues a study led by the University of Newcastle in Australia, which also found that portion sizes...

New Australia supplement laws edge closer with publication of draft bill

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released a draft bill covering new supplement laws, including a third approval pathway for higher-level health claims.

Avocados could be good for gut health: New Zealand research

New research shows avocados may be good for gut health — a previously unknown benefit — by increasing short-chain fatty acid (SCFA) production.

Blackmores' full-year profits slump by 42%, but firm bullish over China recovery

Blackmores' net profits fell by 42% to A$58m for the last financial year and sales slipped by 3% to A$693m, amid a significant decline in sales to Chinese consumers through Australian...

Whey growth factor extract fails to increase muscle strength in experienced resistance trainers: RCT

Consumption of whey growth factor extract (WGFE) in addition to whey protein isolate offers few benefits to men who are not new to resistance exercise training, according to a study...

Cure for peanut allergy imminent thanks to Australian scientists

A treatment that offers a long-term cure for children with a fatal peanut allergy could soon be commercially available, thanks to scientists in Melbourne.

Australian study affirms vitamin D’s ability to lower type 2 diabetes risk

Vitamin D could be useful in preventing the development of type 2 diabetes, an Australian population-based study has found.

Regulator queries high level health claim for beta-glucan and cholesterol in Australia and New Zealand

Products containing oats, but not barley, should be permitted to make higher level health claims relating to blood cholesterol benefits, according to regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

Guest article

OPINION: “Once in a generation” chance to improve Australia’s supplement laws

There is a once in a generation opportunity to achieve a balance between pre and post market activities for supplements regulations in Australia, writes Emma Burchell, head of Regulatory Affairs for Complementary Medicines...

Artificial sweeteners combined with a low carb diet increases calories consumption: Australian academics

Artificial sweeteners combined with a low carbohydrate diet significantly increases the quantity of calories consumed, according to Australian researchers.

News in brief

Blackmores appoints former PepsiCo exec to new marketing and digital role

Vitamin firm Blackmores has appointed former PepsiCo exec Tami Cunningham as its marketing director.

Nutraceuticals boom in New Zealand: Government-backed report seeks to attract new investment

Nutraceuticals and infant formula are now New Zealand’s largest and fastest-growing food and beverage export sectors, with a new government-backed report tipping them for sustained growth and greater financial investment....

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

Food firms should stop ‘dawdling’ and address major public health problems with functional products

Health and wellness concerns will spur sales of naturally functional foods in Australia, but major food firms need to “stop dawdling” and maximize the opportunities.

Novel food status for isomalto-oligosaccharide granted in Australia and New Zealand

Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have permitted isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO) as a novel food for use in a range of food and beverages, including sports nutrition and meal replacement products. ...

Broad support for new ‘third way’ supplements health claims in Australia: TGA

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says there is broad support for plans to introduce a ‘third level’ of health claims for supplements.

NZ childcare services fall short of guidelines for child nutrition

A large number of childcare services in New Zealand that provide food to pre-schoolers aged three to four do not meet current nutrition guidelines, a recent study has found.

Enhanced vitamin A banana a 'world first': Australian academics

Australian researchers have created the world's first golden orange-fleshed banana, which is rich in pro-vitamin A and will help tackle micronutrient deficiency in Uganda.

Australian regulator to take sole control of supplements advertising complaints regime

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will become the sole overseer of complaints about supplement advertising from next year.

Eye health and vitamins: Supplement intake ‘can increase degeneration’, review reveals

Scientists have cautioned that antioxidant consumption in supplement form is not as effective as a nutrient-rich diet to improve eye diseases, with some evidence suggesting they can actually worsen existing...

Indigenous botanicals: $1.25 million project to study and commercialise Aboriginal plant-based products

The nutritional profile and bioactive compounds of Aboriginal food plants will be assessed as part of a major new research partnership to support the development of an Australian native food industry....

'Nano scare': Scientists blast Friends of the Earth for 'facile' infant formula claims

Reports that some infant formula products on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain potentially 'dangerous' nanoscale particles have been dismissed by regulators and scientists — with one branding it blatant 'scaremongering'....

Further setback to New Zealand's Natural Health Products Bill as parliamentary time dwindles

New Zealand's long-awaited Natural Health Products Bill is unlikley to be put before parliament before September's election, according to the Ministry of Health.

Australia moves to halt shipments of 'health risk' China supplement entering the country

A weight loss supplement has been branded "a serious health risk" after officials in Australia found it contained the prescription-only medication sibutramine.

Regulatory battle: New Zealand manufacturers hit out at health bill ‘detractors’

Five major New Zealand manufacturers – backed by trade body Natural Products New Zealand (NPNZ) – have hit out at a "small group of detractors” which they claim is creating "misinformation" about...