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The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is changing the face of the botanicals extracts and supplements sector – in the European Union at least. The requirement for herbals to demonstrate good science has never been more urgent as health claims scrutiny tightens and consumer interest heightens.

Guest article

Industry voice: In defense of nutritional medical devices in the EU

Since 2008 the severity of the EU’s health claim laws has seen many firms seek other routes to back claims – the EU’s medical devices legal avenue being one of...

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

News in brief

Euro group launches free QC tools for food supplement, botanical players

Food Supplements Europe (FSE) has added to its Good  Manufacturing Practices guide with a questionnaire to help firms meet GMP requirements and another for those in the botanicals sector.

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo...

Australia

Abbott government eyes complementary healthcare for deregulation

Tony Abbott’s crusade to cut Australian bureaucratic red tape will now target the complementary medicines industry by considering a greater acceptance of international standards.

Herbal amphetamine: Denmark takes heed of Swedish warning

The Danish food ministry has issued a warning on the weight loss product ‘7 Phenylstack’ following a risk assessment of a plant ingredient which contained amphetamine-like substances.

NPD category busters: From ‘Teagurt’ to coffee fruit energy to Milo expansion

From tea yoghurt to coffee fruit energy, portable water enhancement  to Milo’s brand expansions, Mintel shared category-busting innovation at Food Ingredients-Asia in Jakarta, Indonesia, this week.

HI-Japan show wrap: Ageing (& shrinking) population forces government-led nutrition rethink

Japan has always led the world in functional food experimentation even if the results of most of that have remained within the confines of the 127.3m-strong nation with the world's...

News in brief

Pine bark extract may support venous health post-pregnancy

Daily supplements of Pycnogenol, an extract from French maritime pine bark, may improve blood flow and reduce swelling, pain and the number of faulty veins post-pregnancy, says a new study...

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is...

Hot political potatoes: DG SANCO head talks suspended caffeine and bowel botanical claims

The pending health claims for caffeine and bowel-function botanical hydroxyanthracene are the "hot potatoes" being dealt with by EFSA and the European Commission, according to the head of the Commission's...

"We aren’t going to wake up one day and everything will be crystal clear; there’s going to be some trial and error going through it.”

Godsend or Godzilla? What will Japan’s new health claims system look like?

Japan will implement a new health claims system that is set to supersede its strict FOSHU regime in April 2015 – just six months away – but what form will...

STUDY COULD HELP IDENTIFY WHO SHOULD DRINK MORE OR LESS

Harvard study suggests we seek maximum caffeine bang from coffee buck

A high-profile US meta study suggests people naturally tailor their coffee intake to experience caffeine’s optimal effects, while genetic factors linked to higher consumption likely increase coffee metabolism.

Montmorency tart cherry shows gout potential: Study

Evidence that Montmorency tart cherry could be useful in managing gouty arthritis and other inflammatory conditions is mounting, as a new study shows that tart cherry concentrate lowers uric acid...

Honeysuckle tea to fight flu? Chinese claim ‘extremely novel finding’

Chinese scientists are claiming an ‘extremely novel finding’ after mice fought off several different types of flu when fed a honeysuckle tisane.

China

Forgotten for a millennium, beneficial Gobi herb is making a comeback

In the harsh landscape of China’s northwest in the Gobi, where temperatures can fluctuate by 90 degrees over the course of a year, a bush with striking beneficial properties has...

News in brief

Kemin launches polyphenol-rich spearmint extract for cognitive health

Kemin is launching a proprietary phenolic complex sourced from patent-pending, non-GMO lines of its own purpose-grown spearmint for use in dietary supplements.

Naturex seeks new sustainability pathways

A year after publishing its 'Sustainability Principles' Naturex reveals its targets for the coming years in the 'Pathfinder', the company’s sustainability report.

Beetroot shows heart health benefits for overweight older people: Study

Daily consumption of beetroot juice may significantly reduce systolic blood pressure in overweight older people, says a new study from England.

Dutch authority detects pharma ingredients in herbal weight loss supps

Herbal food supplements purporting to reduce weight may contain unlabelled pharma ingredients, according to a report from Dutch food safety experts.

Cinnamon extract may prevent metabolic disorders: Researchers

Ceylon cinnamon extract may help reduce the risk of developing metabolic disorders, a French study has found.

DSM backs natural zeaxanthin with exclusive deal

DSM, previously focused on synthetic zeaxanthin, has launched a natural version sourced from longtime carotenoid partner Kemin.

Papaya liar? Italy issues €250,000 fine over ‘distorted’ health claims

An Italian botanical supplements manufacturer has been given 30 days to pay a €250,000 fine after local authorities busted it for grossly exaggerated and unsubstantiated web-based health claims around immunity,...

Low quality aloe vera beverage brands threaten UK market, distributor warns

A UK distributor of premium aloe vera drinks claims that low quality rivals risk ruining the nascent category – since many don’t use natural aloe vera pulp and are laden...