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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.

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...

EFSA set to mass reject 100s of herbal health claims

Hundreds of proposed botanical-health relationships ranging from antioxidant activity to skin health to immunity to gut health will almost certainly be rejected if the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) holds...

Special edition: Beauty from within

Regulation: Cosmeceutical confusion continues

In the fourth part of our special beauty from within series, we take a look at the regulations governing what you can say about nutriscosmetics products – which, in most...

‘Forbidden’ rice may rival blueberries as antioxidant source

The anthocyanin content of black rice may rival that of the blueberries and blackberries, and be available for a fraction of the cost, suggests new data from Louisiana.

Broccoli and banana fibers show Crohn’s potential: Study

Dietary supplementation with soluble plant fibers could reduce the effects of Crohn’s disease, whilst emulsifiers in processed foods could be exacerbating the problem, new research reports.

Nutrition worst performer in positive Cognis H1 results

German supplier Cognis improved EBITDA performance by 67.5 per cent in the first half of 2010- but its nutrition and health division lagged behind the performance of its household chemicals...

Danone jumps further into healthy juice

Danone has paid an undisclosed sum for fellow French smoothie maker Immedia in a move that bolsters its presence in the European juice market.

EU herbal product registrations “pretty poor”, says UK group

The chairman of the UK Herbal Forum has warned that the European Union may find its pharmacy store shelves filled with illegal herbal products if companies don’t register their products...

James White secures new listings for beetroot shots

The firm behind heart-friendly beetroot juice Beet It has secured new retail listings for its ‘one-shot’ 70ml packs after a successful launch in Holland & Barrett.

Counterfeit to blame for Danish black cohosh warning?

A recently issued consumer warning against menopausal herb, black cohosh, by the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) may be based on false pretences according to a US-based herbals expert.

Research links chili compound to lower blood pressure

A new study has linked frequent intake of capsaicin to a reduction in blood pressure, the first time that the effect has been observed for long-term use.

Solae: EFSA soy-cholesterol opinion is “disconcerting”

Leading soy supplier Solae has criticised the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a selective approach that saw the agency’s health claims panel dismiss upward of 30 human intervention studies...

Resveratrol’s anti-inflammatory power gets human data boost

New research has observed the suppressive effects of resveratrol on inflammation and oxidative stress in humans – the first time such effects have been observed.

Olive oil extract shows brain protecting benefits

An olive extract rich in hydroxytyrosol may protect neurons in the brain from the normal deterioration associated with aging, suggests a new study.

Study confirms rooibos antioxidant potential

Italian researchers have found that rooibos tea is able to boost plasma antioxidant defences in humans.

EFSA Health Claim Opinion

Provexis' tomato extract supplement use approved by EFSA

UK firm, Provexis, has won approval from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for use of its Fruitflow technology in dietary supplements.

ASA rules against constipation supplement adverts

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled against press adverts promoting the bowel health potential of probiotic and fibre-containing food supplements due to a lack of scientific backing.

Denmark warns consumers off black cohosh

The Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) has issued a consumer warning about food supplements containing black cohosh after becoming aware of several websites promoting the menopausal herb.

Special edition: Eye Health

Making claims on eye health

In the fourth and final part of this eye health series, NutraIngredients peers into an increasingly complex legislative scene.

Study: Danacol cholesterol claims encourage consumers to pay more

Researchers have found consumers will pay more for sterol-fortified yoghurt products making cholesterol-lowering claims, even those who don’t have cholesterol issues.

Exclusive interview

EFSA health claims chief: Our methods are misunderstood

In part two of this exclusive NutraIngredients podcast, Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) refutes criticism the agency...

Antioxidant testing: Combining assays points to ‘biological relevance’

Combining a series of chemical and cell-based antioxidant tests is the best way to understanding antioxidant effects and the biological relevance of the data, says a new study with acai.

EU amends sterol/stanol health claims

Amended European Union plant sterols/stanols health claims will permit products such as spreads and yoghurts to make claims with a lower content of the cholesterol-lowering ingredients.

Ephedra supplier jailed for six months

A UK man has been sentenced to six months in prison for illegally marketing ephedrine food supplements in the UK, reports the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA).

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