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FSSAI vows to ‘address any concerns’ regarding new Indian supplements and nutraceuticals regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has assured industry players that any concerns regarding the new standards for nutraceuticals and health supplementswill be addressed.

FoodPro / AIFST Convention 2017

‘The next big disruptor’: Personalised nutrition key to Aussie success amid intense global competition

Creating products based on personalised nutrition and sustainable functional foods from waste products, along with improving shelf life by using new technology, offer the biggest growth opportunities for Australian nutrition...

Probiotics' positive effect on infant diarrhoea risk may be due to SCFA response: Indian study

The beneficial effects of probiotics in reducing the risk of diarrhoea in children may in part be due to their impact on faecal short chain fatty acids (SCFAs) and branched chain...

Immunity boosting supplements: Why products for older adults have huge ‘untapped potential’ in APAC

Immunity-boosting health products for older adults have massive ‘untapped potential’ in Asia, and especially in China, with less than 1% of new launches in the past five years being specifically...

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Herbal supplements all too often ignore underlying principles, experts say

Fitting ingredients that come out of traditional medical systems into the modern marketplace can be a fraught exercise, experts say.

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.

Vitamin B1 deficiency linked to infertility and miscarriage: Japanese study

Vitamin B1 deficiency could be a factor in infertility and miscarriage by contributing to low-quality oocytes, a study from Japan has found.

Cuban sugarcane ingredient gaining traction in Korea for weight, heart and anti-ageing benefits

A series of South Korean studies have discovered the potential of a Cuban ingredient in helping to minimise the risk of a range of health concerns, including heart problems.

Higher dietary vitamin E intake can reduce lung cancer risk: Chinese meta-analysis

Increased dietary vitamin E intake could help to lower the risk of lung cancer, according to a Chinese meta-analysis, but the association appears more significant for Americans and Europeans than...

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.

Vitamin D supplementation 'essential' for Chinese osteoporosis patients in South East Asia: Study

One in four Chinese women with post-menopausal osteoporosis (PMO) living in the tropics are vitamin D-deficient, a Malaysian study has reported.

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...

Amway rolls-out e-commerce and artificial intelligence platforms in the Philippines

A new e-commerce platform and artificial intelligence (AI) have been identified as two of the key factors behind Amway’s hopes of achieving 15% of its sales online in the Philippines...

Increased supplementation critical to reducing low birth weights in Nepal

Better access to nutritious food and greater intake of vitamin and iron supplements during pregnancy are urgently needed to reduce low birth weight children in Nepal.

Inflammatory bowel disease: Manipulating the gut microbiome a promising future treatment option

There is considerable promise in manipulating the gut microbiome to treat the two main forms of inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s disease, according to a new review....

Higher GST for supplements in India will 'hit consumer health and market expansion'

Officials behind India's new goods and services tax (GST) have been accused of a major oversight for failing to set a dedicated rate for supplements, which means they are now...

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OPINION: China-Australia trade deal creates greater potential for supplement sales success

The Chinese health food and supplements market is valued at US$30 billion and projected to grow by 10% every year until 2025, creating extensive opportunities for Australian firms, writes Carl...

Vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy does not affect babies’ cognitive function: Indian study

No correlation has been found between expectant mothers’ vitamin D status during pregnancy and their babies’ cognitive function in childhood and adolescence, according to an Indian study.

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.

Amway unveils new distribution centre in major Thai market

Amway has opened a new distribution centre in Thailand – one the direct selling giant’s top 10 global markets.

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.

Barentz International and Indian pharma firm unite to drive South Asia fortification opportunities

Ingredient firm Barentz International is seeking to increase its nutrition and fortification opportunities in India by linking up with Noida-based pharma company Jubilant Life Sciences.

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...

'Insufficient evidence' of a link between omega-3’s vascular and cognitive benefits

There is insufficient evidence that the cognitive benefits of omega-3 fatty acids are directly linked to its separate ability to help lower blood pressure, according to a review from the...

Blackmores CEO Christine Holgate quits to run Australia Post

Blackmores CEO and MD Christine Holgate is leaving the supplements giant after nine years at the helm to take the top job at state-owned Australia Post.