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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.

ASA ruling

UK sensors homeopathic weight loss claims

The UK’s advertising watchdog has lambasted Slenderiiz UK for making insufficiently robust medicinal and weight loss claims on its website for its herbal homeopathic supplements - Slenderiix Drops and Xceler8...

Herb shows gastro benefits: Study

Supplementation with Vital Solutions’ proprietary Benegut perilla frutescens leaf extract offers substantial relief from gastrointestinal (GI) discomfort, say researchers.

New HFMA chair promises to battle ‘seemingly impossible amount’ of EU laws

Vitabiotics’ Robert Taylor will be the new chairman of the UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) succeeding Lynn Lord who has left after a year in the post. Ray Myers...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

French supplements market set for return to 10%+ growth after a ‘not very good’ year

The French food supplements market is set for double digit growth this year as the sector adapts to changing EU regulations around health claims, according to the chairman of the...

How can firms make claim research successes their own, not their competitors’?

Companies have to be clever about proprietary research, and plant extracts may hold unique opportunities in this respect, according to a food and nutrition industry consultant.

Knowledge base of herbal products sector is waning, pioneer fears

As the herbal products industry develops the question arises of whether some of the knowledge that drove the initial spate of creativity in the pre- and post-DSHEA period is being...

Malaysia

Evolva to open Apac centre to explore endangered agarwood production

Evolva Holding will collaborate with Universiti Malaysia Pahang to establish a scientific centre of excellence for natural products from Malaysia in Pahang state’s Flavour and Fragrance Cluster.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Keeping it clean: 3 botanical chiefs pull adulteration weeds

Botanical adulteration, like doping in sports, is a problem that can be controlled but never totally resolved, but what is being done about it? Here the world’s biggest botanical players...

Mulberry extract suggests antioxidant and anti-diabetic effect: Rat study

Mulberry leaves could modify glucose metabolism in diabetic rats, but such effects may depend on the extraction process used, say researchers.

Cocoa shown to have role in colorectal cancer reduction: Review

Cocoa polyphenols can suppress oxidative stress that provokes the proliferation of cancerous cells in the colon, according to a study published in the book Cancer: Oxidative Stress and Dietary Antioxidants....

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

EU supplements sector presses on for EU botanical acceptance

It has been a tumultuous few years for the European food supplements sector as it has had to learn to live under the world’s toughest health claims regime. Marketing strictures...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Sustainability is first and foremost about people, The Medicine Hunter says

There is much talk about sustainability in the dietary supplement ingredients marketplace, but what does it mean exactly? Consultant Chris Kilham, known as The Medicine Hunter, makes a strong case...

DSM enters olive polyphenol market; hard launches high-dose algae omega-3

Swiss-based DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has entered the olive-sourced hydroxytyrosol market that has been hot since the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued a rare plant polyphenol health claim approval...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2014

Emotional brain food for madam, and the caffeine source for you sir

When it comes to cognitive health products, women look for emotional ‘brain food’, while men look for caffeine sources, according to a survey of German students.

From the 2014 International PlantLIBRA Conference in Vienna, Austria

EC gives thumbs up to €6m PlantLIBRA botanicals project. But will there be more?

As the EU’s ambitious €6m PlantLIBRA project to further botancials science drew to a close this week at a congress in Vienna, we asked the European Commission about the project’s...

Industry review: Resveratrol enhances the effects of diabetic drug

Red wine-sourced antioxidant resveratrol – found in the skin of red grapes and wine – can amplify and extend the beneficial effects of anti-diabetic drug Metformin, says a new peer review study.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2014

Sustainability? Not so focal for supplements, says palm oil firm

Sustainability is not such an important issue for the supplements industry, because of the relatively low ingredient volumes involved and a difference in industry priorities, Malaysia-based Carotech has said.

The MHRA issues a stark warning about the dangers of buying unregulated herbal medicines

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a string of warnings against a number of herbal medicines sold online and containing ingredients not authorised for the sale...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Relaxation chocolate: ‘We’ve got to chill out!’

DSM has developed a stress-reducing chocolate that it says could allow manufacturers to take the relaxation category beyond drinks.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2014

Pharmachem: EFSA cranberry rejection doesn’t affect our European business

New Jersey supplier Pharmachem says a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of its ‘CranMax’ cranberry ingredient’s ability to prevent urinary tract infection (UTI) in women won’t change its European...

EFSA rejects Naturex and Pharmachem cranberry-UTI claims

Naturex and Pharmachem are the latest cranberry players to be rebuffed by the EU’s central science agency. In the first, it this week failed French botanical giant Naturex's urinary tract...

Gunter Haesaerts: “The party is over now.”

French cranberry medical device status stripped

French food supplements manufacturer Arkopharma has had its ‘EU medical device’ status revoked for a cranberry product that claimed to treat urinary tract infections (UTI) in women.

Flowens targets ‘huge category' of men with LUTS

French botanicals firm Naturex launched a cranberry powder extract aimed at older men with the lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS) often associated with benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH). 

EU-backed metabolic syndrome project has health claim wins in sight

Nick Henson is the Reading-based associate director at the International Food Network (IFN), a key player in the EU’s new multi-million euro, multi-partner Metabolic Syndrome-battling project, PATHWAY-27 , that has health claim victories...

'One and a half more cups of coffee for the non-diabetic road'

One and a half cups of coffee a day reduces the risk of getting Type 2 diabetes by 11% according to a new study from Harvard School of Public Health.