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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.

Chocolate is the new super fruit, claim Hershey scientists

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate has equivalent polyphenol content and greater antioxidant and flavanol content than various super fruits, claims a new study by research scientists based at the Hershey...

Nestlé Health Science makes first venture into medical foods

Nestlé Health Science, the division the food giant created in September last year to research and develop medical and functional foods, has bought UK medical foods start-up CM&D Pharma Limited,...

EFSA to publish remaining article 13.1 opinions in three 2011 batches

The European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel will complete its exhaustive article 13.1 generic health claims task by publishing three batches this year, with the first due at the...

UK warns against herbal weight loss supplement

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning against a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) after adverse reactions indicated it contained an unauthorised, unspecified pharma ingredient.

Biotivia launches first UK resveratrol supplement

Herbal supplement producer Biotivia has launched a resveratrol supplement onto the UK high street for the first time, but has expressed frustration at the EU regulatory climate.

Denmark commits €2.47m to longest ever resveratrol research

A Danish government agency has committed €2.47m to a resveratrol study that will investigate multiple metabolic syndrome endpoints for the antioxidant including obesity, type-2 diabetes and osteoporosis.

EU herbal directive will close health food stores, say owners

Health food store owners are warning they will be forced to close down after April 30 this year, when the European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) kicks in.

Vitamin-herb brain claims are ok, finds UK authority

The UK branch of German pharma player Boehringer Ingelheim has had brain health adverts for a vitamin-based medicine backed by local watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

UK ASA rules against botanical marketing

UK firm Healthspan has been told to amend marketing materials for herbal-based blends after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found advertorial materials in breach of its fair marketing code for...

Curcumin may relieve pain for osteoarthritis patients

Daily supplements containing a mixture of curcumin with soy phospholipids may relieve pain and increase mobility in patients with osteoarthritis, according to a new study from Italy.

DuPont plans to tap synergies between Danisco and Solae

DuPont expects to become a ‘premier specialty food ingredients provider’ as a result of acquiring Danisco, and expects it to be particularly complementary to its Solae soy protein business.

PhytoTrade predicts Baobab EU lift-off in 2011 after multiple launches last year

2011 could finally be baobab’s year, according to the trade association responsible for the fruit pulp’s market development within the EU.

Legal bid to save 1000s of traditional medicines under EU threat

The UK-based Alliance for Natural Health (ANH) is preparing legal action against a new EU law due to take effect on May 1 2011 which could ban thousands of traditional...

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Are health claims making your business sick?

2010 has been another tough year for the European functional food and supplements industries as health claim rejections have continued to flood in, leaving some in a state of high...

How to build an article 13.5 dossier

The rejection of so many health claim submissions by the European Food Safety Authority is creating a major headache for the EU functional foods and food supplements industries, with many...

NHCR botanicals removal provides a longevity loophole?

The European Commission decision to remove around 2000 submissions for botanical extracts from the 2006 nutrition and health claims process will allow substances to remain on-market, and may provide a...

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINION

“EFSA was very constructive” says oat beta glucan health claim winner

CreaNutrition has praised European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) feedback it received over 2.5 years that helped the Swiss supplier achieve a positive article 14 health claim opinion linking oat beta-glucans...

Europeans and Chinese unite over liquorice extracts

Beijing Gingko Group (BGG) has signed an agreement that will see the European branch of Premium Ingredients International (PII) become the exclusive distributor of BGG’s liquorice extracts.

German court rejects use of negative EFSA cranberry opinions

Negative European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions cannot be used to block claims, a German court has determined.

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Cognis focuses on soft health claims for plant extracts

Cognis says it is following a “dual pillar” approach to product marketing that involves stressing market awareness of health benefits for some ingredients such as plant extracts, rather than investing...

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The sweet and sour of cranberry testing methods

As Thanksgiving approaches and minds turn to turkey and the trimmings, what better time for the cranberry industry’s main players to agree on a unified method of analysis?

Tomato juice can reduce osteoporosis, claims study

Tomato juice can significantly increase the presence of cell-protecting antioxidants that help to fight against osteoporosis, according to new research.

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

The world’s two biggest herbal extract suppliers respond to the recent European Commission decision to temporarily remove botanicals from the European Union health claims process.

Naturex reaps Natraceutical buy-out benefits to turn record profit

French supplier Naturex is reaping the benefits of its December buy-out of the ingredients division of Spanish supplier Natraceutical with a record quarter net profit of €3.2m and €10.8m for...

Positive iodine and iron children's claims enter EU law books

Positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims linking iodine, iron and children’s development have been adopted and written into the EU legislature.

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