Thank God it’s Friday! Quick news from the food world (Week 45)

Here’s my article selection of the week:

EU

– Environment Committee backs flexibility for EU countries to ban GMO crops, from European Parliament ENVI Committee: long-awaited draft plans to allow EU member states to restrict, or ban, the cultivation of crops containing genetically modified organisms on their own territory even if it is allowed at EU level won the support of the Environment Committee on Tuesday. MEPs voted to remove the Council-backed idea of a phase of negotiations with the GMO company, and supported plans to allow member states to ban GMO crops on environmental grounds.

– Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers – fines could reach €5m, by Shane Starling+, on Nutraingredients: regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the wounds be deep enough to change the market?

 Fears that German avian flu outbreak could spread, by Ed Bedington, on Globalmeatnews.com: animal health experts are continuing to monitor the outbreak of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N8 in Germany as the yearly migration of wild birds continues to cause concerns the condition might spread.

CHINA

– China Health Food: New Regulations on Nutritional Supplements, by Rachel Shen, on Chemlinked.com: on Nov. 5, 2014, CFDA released the draft of Administrative Provisions on Nutritional Supplements and Requirements on Dossiers for Nutritional Supplements, which gives detailed instructions on regulatory requirements for nutritional supplements in China. The period for public consultation is until Nov. 30, 2014.

NUTRITION

– Mediterranean diet has ‘lasting’ health benefits, say researchers, by Nathan Gray+, on Nutraingredients.com: the health benefits of switching to a Mediterranean style diet and upping the amount of time spent exercising for a period of just eight weeks can still be seen a year after stopping the regime, according to a new study.

USA

– Food Fraud: Money Scam and Health Hazard, by Beth Krietsch, on Foodsafetynews: despite the common belief that food fraud in the United States is a rarity, the globalized nature of our food supply chain means many of our favorite foods and ingredients travel far and wide before they reach our plates, making adulteration and other types of food fraud a considerate problem here as well.

– New App Shows Health Inspection Records for Nearby Restaurants, by James Andrews, on Foodsafetynews.com.

– Revised FSMA Provisions Need More Tweaks, by Lydia Zuraw, on Foodsafetynews.com: the public is generally pleased with the revised provisions of four rules under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA), but the public comments at the Food and Drug Administration’s public meeting Thursday suggest that the agency may have more tweaking to do.

– Unilever: “Just Mayo” Misleads Consumers Because It’s Not “Mayo”, by David Ter Molen, on FoodIdentityblog.com: on October 31, 2014, Unilever filed suit in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey against Hampton Creek, Inc. for false advertising and unfair competition for selling an egg-free spread under the brand name “Just Mayo.” According to Unilever, the lack of any eggs in the product precludes it from being labeled as “mayonnaise” under federal regulations and consumers are further misled in this regard by the egg on the product label.

Anlit Launches Omega-3 Focus at Vitafoods – Geneva

Anlit Ltd., Israel, launches Omega-3 Focus, a high-EPA supplement for children, in Geneva at the Finished Products Europe exhibition, co-located with Vitafoods, May 6-8, booth no. 10030. This new, innovative, omega-3 supplement for children is designed specifically to taste great while addressing their insufficient consumption of omega-3.

Mrs. Sigal Tepper, Scientific Director of Anlit will conduct a seminar at Vitafoods titled “Putting it into Practice – Omega 3 in kids Nutrition” Thursday, 8th of May, 10:30AM at the Exhibitor Presentation Theatre. Stressing the importance of omega-3 consumption for children, Tepper will cover practical aspects of the latest child-related omega-3 research.

EPA & DHA (eicosapentaenoic acid and docosahexaenoic acid) omega-3 fatty acids are well known for their importance to the development, function and health of the brain and nervous system. Interventional studies and meta-analyses substantiate the benefits of high-EPA omega-3 for children with neurodevelopmental disorders, improving reading, spelling, and behavior. Moreover, numerous studies published in the last decade demonstrate a correlation between low blood levels of EPA and DHA in children and various neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD.

The consumption of fish—the main source of omega 3s—is declining among children, and the texture, taste and smell of omega-3 oil is often highly challenging.

Anlit’s Kidi Bites Technology overcomes challenges of unpleasant flavor and aroma, providing a tasty and healthy solution for kids. Anlit makes products targeting children’s taste and texture preferences, while providing essential health benefits. The delicious matrix, with a chocolate-like texture, overcomes children’s reluctance to taking nutritional supplements.

“Anlit is committed to providing healthy-yet-tasty supplement solutions, in a child-friendly format, to support optimal child growth,” says Shai Karlinski, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Anlit. “Kids are more sensitive than adults to the appearance and texture of food and supplements. While adults can rationalize the necessity of taking supplements that might be unappealing in appearance, taste or texture, children are not bound by such considerations—they like flavorsome products that are smooth, soft and easy to chew.”

A new High EPA supplement in Anlit’s unique Kidi Bites form provides children with a delicious way of including a significant amount of essential omega-3 fatty acids in their daily diet.

Anlit’s High EPA supplement for children contains:

  • Delicious, fun, fish-shaped serving
  • No preservatives and no artificial coloring
  • Trans fat-free
  • Units packed safely in individually sealed blister packs