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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.

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.

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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...

Indian middle class seeks combo of Ayurvedic and modern supplements

The Indian supplements market is ‘ripe’, according to Jeff Hilton of Integrated Marketing Group, who has been conducting research in advance of a new launch later this year of a...

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

High prices unlikely to dull global thirst for coffee

Coffee prices may have reached record highs but they are unlikely to derail the hot drink from its high growth path, according to the head of beverage research at Euromonitor.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government...

Gencor rejected weight management claims now EU law

Hong Kong-based Gencor Pacific has failed to convince the European Commission and EU member states to alter the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of weight management claims for its extract,...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

BASF-Cognis acquisition delivering customer benefits

Integration is fully underway after the merger last year between the two German ingredient giants, Cognis and BASF, with projects developing under the newly formed Human Nutrition unit in the...

UK herbal veteran Professor Edzard Ernst retires

Professor Edzard Ernst, who once had a famous spat with Prince Charles after criticising claims being made by the Prince’s now defunct Foundation for Integrated Health , has announced his has...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Vitafoods 2011 roundup: Industry finds new strength post-recession and EFSA

Vitafoods Europe 2011 revealed upbeat ingredients, supplements and functional food players forging ahead after the recent recession years and rapidly adapting to life under strict European Union health claim regulations.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

Ocean Spray’s Ingredients Technology Group has forged a new partnership with Artemis International to help it extend the use of its cranberry extracts in nutraceuticals and gather market intelligence.

Potato protein targets sports nutrition market

Dutch start-up Solanic is promoting the bioavailability and sustainability of its potato-derived protein isolates, ahead of a global launch at the Vitafoods Europe trade fair next week in Geneva.

THMPD Implementation

UK herbal industry concerns raised by THMPD deadline

The completion this week of the seven-year window for over-the-counter botanical products to comply with the 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) has only raised anxiety in the UK...

Lallemand launches immunity blend

Lallemand Health Ingredients is promoting a selenium, vitamin D and yeast beta-glucan immunity blend with the intention of using European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved health claim opinions.

THMPD Implementation

Germany and France: EU Herbal Directive won’t damage us

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) – fully implemented across the bloc after a seven-year transition period over the weekend – has been welcomed by German and...

Cayenne pepper consumption could help curb appetite, study suggests

Hot cayenne pepper could help burn calories and curb appetite, particularly for people who do not regularly eat spicy food, suggests a new study from Purdue University.

Danisco pushing for phytosterol debut in 12 months

Danish giant Danisco hopes to have products on shelves “within 12 months” for a new pine-sourced free and esterified phytosterol offering targeting heart health it has branded PinVita.

Special edition: Inflammation

Inflammation: The expression of a very modern malady

Extra-curricular inflammation of the human body is very real and costing healthcare providers billions globally. But where did it come from and are current efforts helping it go away?

Asia continues to dominate soy milk consumption

Eight of the top 12 soy drink consuming countries are Asian with Hong Kong residents consuming the most at 17 litres per year each, according to TetraPak data.

Australian state backs antioxidants in foods (if not supplements)

The Victorian Department of Health has posted information on its website backing the ability of antioxidants to battle free radicals.

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