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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.

Study questions herbal safety messaging for 75% of products

A UK study has found 75% of a sample of marquee herbal products in the UK do not contain safety information about documented side-effects – at least before May’s introduction...

Cranberry price fluctuates at 8th Ocean Spray auction

Ocean Spray saw price fluctuations compared to May auction levels as the cranberry leader sold 148,750 gallons of concentrate at its eighth auction since switching to the sales system in 2009.

CAM industry tension rises as UK advertising watchdog claims clampdown continues

The UK complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) sector that includes purveyors of botanical extracts has come away from a meeting with UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) officers with heightened concerns...

€6m EU project tackles herbal supplement issues

‘European Union project number 245199’ may provide some of the answers to the complex problem of regulating botanicals across the bloc with about 100 scientists, regulators and stakeholders working on...

Herbalife to expand manufacturing footprint

Direct selling supplements giant Herbalife aims to expand its manufacturing footprint dramatically over the next two-to-four years as it steps up plans to make more of its products in-house.

EFSA health claim opinions

Red yeast rice and creatine win positive health claim opinions (but…)

European health claim experts say the devil may be in the detail of two positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for red yeast rice and creatine that...

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINIONS - ARTICLE 13, BATCH 6

EFSA finishes 2758-strong, article 13 health claim job with soy isoflavone rejection

The European Food Safety Authority has completed the gargantuan task of assessing thousands of general function, article 13 health claims with a controversial soy isoflavone rejection featuring in its last...

Cautious Kaneka welcomes Novel Foods win for slimming liquorice extract

After several years and several “dialogues” with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Japanese supplier Kaneka has won a positive Novel Foods opinion for its weight management liquorice extract.

Spanish researchers discover powerful new antioxidant

A novel and powerful natural antioxidant, which is it is 4.5 times more potent than vitamin E and 10 times more potent than vitamin C, has been discovered in tomato plants.

Provexis and DSM forge peptide-diabetes partnership

Provexis and DSM Nutritional Products have teamed up for the second time to research, develop and bring to market a non-dairy protein peptide with glycaemic response potential.

Soy story 2: Rejected soy players resubmit cholesterol health claim

Just days after its soy protein-cholesterol reduction health claim was writ into the European Union register of rejected claims, the soy industry has re-entered the game with a fresh submission...

Natural colours drive Chr Hansen Q3 results; probiotic uncertainty continues

The newly renamed Natural Colors Division was the star performer in Danish ingredients supplier Chr Hansen’s Q3 results, showing 34% organic sales growth for the quarter, compared to 5% for...

EFSA health claim opinion

Astaxanthin health claim rejection “not a big surprise”

Astaxanthin suppliers have expressed disappointment at last week’s rejection of the carotenoid by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel, but said the rejection was not unexpected given...

EFSA health claim opinion

French cranberry claim winner says EFSA failed to evaluate submitted claim wording

French cranberry firm Pharmatoka says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to assess its submitted urinary tract infection (UTI) health claim wording, which was the very same as that...

Black raspberries: latest superfruit or super fad?

Black raspberry sales are set to soar, according to Tesco, which launched the latest so-called ‘superfruit’ exclusively within its UK stores yesterday.

Lest we forget: Bible inspires cinnamon extract Alzheimer’s study

A cinnamon bark extract called CEppt can slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, according to Israeli researchers who studied its effect in mice and fruit flies after taking inspiration from a...

Lipid Nutrition fire sale does not include infant formula offering

Dutch fats and oils specialist IOI-Loders Croklaan will integrate breast milk alternative Betapol into its product range to complete the break-up of its subsidiary Lipid Nutrition announced yesterday.

Exclusive interview

Departed Danisco CEO: “I am proud of my legacy”

If Tom Knutzen is reading this, he shouldn’t be.

ANH slams NHS supplements report

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe (ANH-EU) has slammed a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report which questioned the effectiveness of most food supplements as the statement of an...

Australian medicines agency advices against seeking herbal Nirvana

The Australian medicines regulator is warning people off a weight management herbal called St Nirvana, after product testing revealed illegal doses of the banned pharma ingredient, sibutramine.

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Heart health claims are boosting chocolate’s growth potential, report

There is growth potential for dark chocolate in the functional food sector, with the product carrying most of the heart health claims in the confectionery segment, says Leatherhead Food Research.

Comment

FDA's enforcement deserves loud applause

A flurry of seizures, criminal charges, and warning letters shows that FDA is increasing it enforcement of dietary supplement regulations. Good for FDA and good for industry!

“High-quality” protein demand set to boom: Report

The rise of protein as a nutrient that can assist weight management will drive the quality protein market to new heights, according to a new report.

Industry response - NHS report on food supplements

Supplements – Who needs them? Er, around 85% of working adults, say stats

The UK and European food supplements industry has hit back at a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report that largely cast supplements as being ineffective, and recommended ‘a balanced...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

EU regulatory experts debate herbs (don’t panic) and health claims (shout louder)

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is ultimately a force for good, although some “small guys” may disagree, says leading consultancy and contract research organisation, analyze&realize. The...