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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.

Diuretic science not up to scratch, says consultancy

Mostly herbal based diuretic health claims submissions had little chance of winning positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), especially given a paucity of clinical studies in the...

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and...

EFSA health claim opinion

Soy industry seeks EC dialogue after EFSA rejection

Soy industry groups say they are actively lobbying the European Commission for dialogue after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week rejected a raft of soy-related health claims.

UK warns against drug-laced weight loss supplements

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued warnings against two pharmaceutical-laced, unlicensed herbal medicines.

Study supports OmniActive’s capsaicin’s weight loss effects

The potential weight management effects of a proprietary hot red pepper extract may be linked to its ability to promote the break down of fat (lipolysis), says a new study.

Herbalife: EU botanical solution “multiple years” away

The European Commission decision last week to remove botanicals from the nutrition and health claim process for further review has been welcomed by the botanicals and broader supplements sector.

Mathioudakis: EFSA opinions to be adopted by early 2012

Late 2011 or the beginning of 2012 is the new date when all non-botanical, European Food Safety Authority generic, article 13.1 opinions will be written into European Union law books,...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected an article 13.5, gut health claim for a proprietary, two-strain, probiotic product manufactured by Italian firm, Synbiotec.

Unilever breakthrough may open up tea compound’s brain potential

Scientists from Unilever R&D have modelled the absorption and breakdown of L-theanine in humans, with results that may cast more light on the potential brain benefits of the tea compound....

Innéov failed but Unilever hopes for skin health claim win

Unilever has submitted a health claim dossier to the European Food Safety Authority for a skin health food supplement composed of a similar formulation to the market leading Innéov product...

Lycopene-rich tomato paste helps skin from within: Study

Daily consumption of a lycopene-rich tomato paste reduced reddening of the skin after exposure to UV light, says a new study that supports the skin health potential of lycopene.

ASA backs Glaxo energy shot TV ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has OK’d a television advert for a GlaxoSmithKline energy drink that claimed to boost alertness.

Gencor: EFSA misrepresented science in weight loss opinions

Gencor, the Hong Kong based weight loss ingredient supplier, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has failed to objectively represent the science in rejecting its weight loss claims and...

Denmark targets fitness centres in illegal supplements crackdown

Danish authorities are mounting a campaign against fitness centres and bodybuilding clubs in a bid to stop trade in illegal sports supplements.

EFSA defends Gencor weight loss opinions

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has affirmed five weight loss opinions it handed to Gencor Pacific in April, refuting criticism its health claims panel had discounted certain surrogate trial...

Cranberry’s benefits extend to prostates: Study

The protective effects of cranberries toward urinary tract health may also extend to men’s prostates, according to a new study from the Czech Republic – the first of its kind...

Herbs, omega-3s can save millions in healthcare: Report

An Australian study has found herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression and could save the country more than...

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

The three groups behind the soy protein-cholesterol lowering health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in late July, say EFSA’s tight definition of soy protein denies real world...

Malaysia invests €2m in seaweed nutrient mining

The Malaysian Fisheries Department is backing local universities to mine the nutritive and other potential of local seaweeds to the tune of 8.1m Ringgit (€2.02m).

UK OK’s valerian sleep aids

Relaxation botanical, valerian, has won UK registrations under the European Union 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), as the registration window moves closer to slamming shut.

Provexis commits to CV and immunity research

Biotech start-up Provexis says it will commence two clinical trials in 2011 – one in the area of cardiovascular inflammation, the other in treatment of “hospital superbug” c.difficile.

“Fingers crossed” for article 13.5 acai antioxidants dossier

German fruit extract supplier TropExtract GMBH has submitted an article 13.5 proprietary and emerging science dossier linking Amazonian superfruit extract acai and antioxidant activity to the European Union health claims process.

Ajinomoto seeks chilli extract EU novel foods approval

Ajinomoto has filed a novel foods application with the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) for a synthetic chilli pepper extract the Japanese supplier says has weight management potential.

Botanical groups gather in Brussels to challenge EU herb laws

The European Benefyt Foundation and the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) are set to mount a legal challenge in the European Court of Justice against EU herb laws, after...

Spanish supermarkets and Panamanian dairy back prebiotics

The world’s biggest inulin and oligofructose supplier, Beneo Orafti has signed deals with two Spanish supermarkets and the biggest dairy in Panama to add its branded Beneo ingredients to their...

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