traceability

In technical and economic reports prepared for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) offered advice for improving product traceability.

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Los Angeles, CA—Optipure, based here, has released data on a new ingredient intended to target visceral fat. Visceral fat is stored near the body’s organs and when too much exists, one is at increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and other health problems.

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Rimouski, QC, Canada; Ankeny, IA—Industry now has additional data on branded ingredients for immune health.
First, a double-blind, human study conducted by Laval University found that a marine-based ingredient (PeptiBal from innoVactiv) helps increase IgA levels. IgA is an immunoglobulin that is transported to mucosal surfaces to protect them from infection; those with IgA deficiencies are prone to allergies and infections.

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Gainesville, FL—Researchers from the University of Florida believe they have created a better way to analyze carotenoid content in vegetables with a new analytical technique. This method could one day replace the expensive and time-consuming high-performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) analysis that is currently the mainstay approach for such investigations.

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Acquisitions, new launches, new partnerships, awards, new initiatives and more.

selenium

Coventry, U.K.—Taking too much selenium will negatively affect your cholesterol, say researchers from the University of Warwick. The group, led by Saverio Stranges, published data in the Journal of Nutrition indicating that those with higher levels of selenium in their blood (more than 1.20 µmol/L) had increased total and non-HDL cholesterol levels. The study included 1,042 individuals, 48% of whom took dietary supplements.

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Berlin, Germany—Many people turn to chocolate as a feel-good treat during stressful times. Well, the “Ahh…that’s better” effect of chocolate isn’t psychological; it’s biological, according to research published in the Journal of Proteome Research.

Bergen, Norway—The vitamin B complex is arguably one of the industry’s best-selling basic vitamins, particularly with many women of childbearing age taking folic acid. Results from a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, however, claims shoppers should be careful when taking this vitamin. But, should they?

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Local publicity sells, and now more than ever, it is extremely important to effectively market yourself and your products to local media. Building relationships with media in your region can help turn you into a local “media darling,” someone journalists can count on and consumers love.