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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.

Australian state warns against heart-toxic slimming herbs

The Australian state of New South Wales is warning consumers off weight loss herbal products after testing revealed they contained toxic botanical extracts.

Nestlé boosts Chinese food science activity

Food giant Nestlé has opened a new food science lab in mainland China as it extends the activity of its Beijing-based Nestlé Research Center (NRC).

ASA attacked over CAM health claim expertise

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) does not have the scientific know-how to deliver health claim marketing verdicts in the botanicals area, according to a natural health lobby group.

Provexis hopes new functional ingredients will rocket

Provexis is drawing closer to the commercialisation of many of its functional food ingredients, chief executive Stephen Moon told Food Manufacture.

UK man gets six months for selling illegal herbal supplements

A UK man has been handed a six months suspended prison sentence and 200 hours of community service for selling illegal herbal supplements.

Australia, Denmark issue warnings against tainted herbal supplements

Australians and Danes are being warned off contaminated, herbal food supplements with both countries highlighting grey or black market internet or overseas trade as the major source of the products.

UK watchdog rules against fermented soy-flax menopause supplement marketing

UK supplements manufacturer Passion for Life Healthcare has amended marketing materials for a menopausal fermented soy-flax supplement called Femarelle after the Advertising Standards Authority there upheld a complaint against them.

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UK man to be sentenced for selling illegal herbal supplements

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) reports a man will face sentencing this week for selling and supplying unauthorised herbal medicines.

Special edition: heart health

Regulation: Science-backed cardio claims quicken sector’s global pulse

In part four of this NutraIngredients heart health special we look at how regulators view those foods, drinks and supplements making cardiovascular claims

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March

Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March,...

Banned drug sibutramine found in weight loss pills

The banned pharma ingredient sibutramine has been found at dangerously high levels in a Taditional Chinese Medicine weight loss supplement, the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) said...

Do weight loss supplements work? No, says researcher

Slimming supplements are an ineffective weight loss method, a researcher has found after scanning the literature in the area.

Superfoods science and reporting slammed in NHS report

Much of what is written about superfoods is “inaccurate or unhelpful,” according to a new damning report from the UK National Health Service (NHS) website NHS Choices.

Raisio turns in healthy results and promises further acquisitions

Finnish ingredients and branded foods player Raisio – the owner of the stanol-cholesterol reduction brand Benecol, will continue seeking acquisitions, it announced in its 2010 financial statement that saw EBIT...

Bio-Health says herbal product firms have no excuses on EC regulation

UK herbal medicine and dietary supplement firm Bio-Health says that larger industry players in particular have no excuse for failing to register products under the new EC regulation governing herbal...

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.

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