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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.

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.

Special edition: Sports nutrition

Former steroids seller finds scant integrity in supplements marketplace

Kirk Radomski came through the fire of the performance enhancing drug scandal of Major League Baseball to a new life as the founder of a supplement company specializing in sports...

Special edition: Sports Nutrition

Ban yohimbe just like ephedra, says EU sports nutrition sector

EFSA last year concluded the safety profile of herbal stimulant yohimbe is inconclusive. Ban it anyway, says the chair of the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) in this guest...

Swiss supplier being very ‘Careless’ about anti-ageing

Mango extracts can ease the ageing process, says a Swiss firm, which is launching a patent pending version called, ‘Careless’.

Lithuania bans 182 botanicals – or does it?

Lithuania has sent a list of 182 botanicals it intends to ban in food supplements to the European Commission in a move one major supplier called “a step back” for EU harmonisation...

DEFRA gives GM camelina omega-3 project go-ahead

The UK government’s Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has granted permission for field trials of genetically modified (GM) camelina plants that accumulate omega-3s in their seeds....

Meso-zeaxanthin safety & QC debated

Neither illegal, unnatural nor unsafe, says meso-zeaxanthin defender

Meso-zeaxanthin (MZ) proponent says a French government report on the fraudulent use of meso-zeaxanthin in eye health supplements casts unnecessary doubt on a safe and viable compound. ...

Symrise wins battle for Diana Group with €1.3bn bid

German flavours and aromas specialist Symrise has won the battle for French flavour and ingredients producer Diana, after agreeing a deal that values the firm at €1.3bn.

French watchdog: Over 50% of eye health supps contain illegal meso-zeaxanthin

Over half of eye health supplements on the French market fraudulently contained meso-zeaxanthin, a cheaper and unauthorised stereoisomer of regular zeaxanthin, according to a two-year investigation by a French watchdog.

BELFRIT leads Europe in botanicals harmonisation as Italy affirms 1000-strong list

Italy has legally adopted a harmonised list of about 1000 approved botanicals for use in food supplements, following a joint research effort with Belgium and France (BELFRIT).

Eastern Europe to follow Italian botanical fate?

Eastern European countries hoping to join the European Union could find a threatened botanical industry in wait, according to an EU food law expert.

Waste date beans- from eco coffee alternative to beyond

An Israeli company that has released a range of coffee alternatives made from roasted date kernel, says the waste material has potential as a sustainable food and drink ingredient stretching far...

EFSA backs broad brush botanical safety assessment

Most preparations from the same botanical family can be presumed safe without individual assessments, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found.

Naturex battles botanical adulteration with supply chain security

High-priced botanicals like bilberry and saw palmetto continue to attract counterfeiters and adulterers, meaning supply chain integrity is more important than ever, the world’s biggest herbal extract player has said....

Ginkgo, evening primrose top massive EU-funded botanicals survey; 1-in-5 imbibe

Ginkgo, evening primrose, artichoke, aloe, fennel, valerian, soy, lemon balm, echinacea and blueberry are the most popular and 1-in-5 Europeans take plant food supplements (PFS), a 4-year study has concluded.

A strawberry a day keeps the oxidative stress away?

Regular strawberry consumption may help the body fight oxidative stress by increasing immune cell defences, according to research.

Go wild for Ethiopian antioxidant mushrooms, say researchers

Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, with wild mushrooms proving stronger than cultivated, according to the first research looking at country’s edible offerings.

Indena sees potential in Romania and Moldova

Romania and Moldova may still be small markets, but Indena says it sees in them what it saw in Poland 20 years ago.

Lingonberry moderates high-salt diet inflammation

Lingonberry juice slightly lowers low-grade inflammation in rats fed on a high-salt diet, according to scientists.

Sanofi to contest rebuffed sterol cholesterol claim, but it's no big deal

Sanofi-Aventis has said the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its application to broaden the already approved sterol-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to powdered supplements won’t affect the company commercially, but...

Tired of being tired? ASA rejects iron health claim complaint

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints that an advert for a liquid iron and vitamin formula purporting to “help reduce tiredness and fatigue" violates EU health claims regulation....

Attention deficit: EFSA rejects German caffeine juice claims

A German mineral water containing four juices, sugars and sweeteners and a high dose of caffeine has failed to impress EFSA scientists, despite a dossier containing 31 supporting studies.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects caffeine (alertness) and sterol (cholesterol) claims

Less than 75mg of caffeine per serving does not increase alertness, and the cholesterol-lowering ability of plant sterols cannot be communicated in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

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