The Chinese authorities have proposed five changes to the country’s infant formula milk powder registration process, in a bid to boost the level of quality, scientific evidence, and safe consumption of the products.
Health ingredients firm Diana Foods has its eye on further expansion into the Chinese market, banking on a rapid shift towards consumer health awareness backed by governmental policies focusing on improving food safety and quality.
Kirin is seeking to secure new markets for its functional food brand “iMUSE”, which contains the lactic acid bacteria Lactococcus Plasma, with work also underway to include another strain, Lactobacillus KW.
Japanese males aged between 15 and 18 taking supplements most commonly seek sports benefits, while girls seek weight loss products, according to a nationwide survey conducted by researchers at the National Institute of Health and Nutrition.
A combination of omega-3 fatty acids and plant sterols dietary supplements was found to significantly reduce fasting blood glucose and insulin resistance in people with impaired glucose regulation (IGR) or pre-diabetes, Chinese researchers said.
Canadian company Harvest One is eyeing entry into key East Asian markets with its sleep aid supplement, Dream Water, and hopes to eventually reach the rest of the APAC region as well with a range of CBD products.
Four major trending issues are driving the health foods market in China today, with a combination of strong national pride and traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) influence having particular sway over the younger generation of local consumers.
Chinese parents and caregivers who buy dietary supplements for their children often lack the necessary knowledge to make informed choices, according to a cross-sectional study conducted in Hunan province.
China xylitol manufacturing firm Anyang Yuxin Xylitol Technology (Yuxin) is looking to extract xylose and xylitol from wood by-products as it seeks to ramp up the sustainability credentials of its products.
Read about the TGA's ongoing crackdown on unlicensed supplements, dangerous consumer trends around 'natural' product use, China's action plans for food safety, and infant formula proposals in India, Australia and New Zealand.