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Functional foods and supplements are as successful as the claims they can make. But new health claim regulations in Europe, and a tightening regulatory environment in the US can make it hard to know how messages must be communicated without overstepping the line.

Attention deficit: EFSA rejects German caffeine juice claims

A German mineral water containing four juices, sugars and sweeteners and a high dose of caffeine has failed to impress EFSA scientists, despite a dossier containing 31 supporting studies.

Mud in your eye: EFSA rejects vision and stool claims

Replacing vegetable oils with an esterified vegetable oil in infant formulas will not soften infant stools, and a choline form will not boost vision, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects caffeine (alertness) and sterol (cholesterol) claims

Less than 75mg of caffeine per serving does not increase alertness, and the cholesterol-lowering ability of plant sterols cannot be communicated in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

Special edition: Pre and Probiotics

Probiotic call: Forget health claims (consumers have)

Probiotic players obsessed with winning health claims needn’t bother as consumers don’t value them anyway, a leading consultant says.

Unilever Pro.activ set for sterol expansion into home cooking

Plant sterol leader Unilever will soon be able to expand its plant sterol-fortified, cholesterol-lowering Pro.activ range into home cooking and baking oils, if a positive opinion is mandated across the...

EU’s new food labelling rules – what they say in quotes

As the clock counts down to the EU’s mandatory food labelling rule changes – due to be enforced on December 13 2014  – we chart reaction to the legislation in...

EC confirms plant sterol-stanol equality

Higher doses of plant stanols and sterols are equally effective at reducing cholesterol in susceptible individuals, a European Commission meeting has ruled despite stanols players claiming the scientific consensus shows...

UK herb player finds solace in National Rules Scheme after medicinal rejection

Nelsons Natural World has won certification for a sulphur-based homeopathic product that permits skin health claims in the UK, after its whole range of 38 Bach Flower remedies had their...

Show us the documents: NGO threatens EFSA with court action

Pesticide Action Network Europe (PAN) has said it will take the European Food Safety Authority to the European Court of Justice after the agency denied access to documents relating to...

Live from Probiota 2014

IPA calls for fresh global alliance in probiotics

The founder of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has called on the Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) to work with it to develop the science and dossiers that can win...

Can Weetabix-Weight Watchers tie-up help tough out difficult times?

Weetabix and Weight Watchers have joined forces to develop a high fiber cereal - a good example of how weight loss firms and breakfast brands can become more resilient in...

Live from Probiota 2014

Data eater: EU probiotic yoghurt market to drop 4.5% by 2018; supplements on the up

The market for probiotic yoghurt in 20 key European Union markets will fall 4.5% in the five years between now and 2018, but the overall sector trend remains positive, Euromonitor...

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EU health claim submissions

DSM applies for DHA omega-3 brain health claim

DSM Nutritional Products (DNP) has applied for an article 14 claim linking omega-3 and brain function under the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

News in brief

Fazer files health claim application for rye bread

Finnish food major Fazer Group has lodged a health claim application with EFSA for rye bread.

“It's time industry started legal challenges against rulings like this.”

Danone-Nutricia busted in UK over infant milk ads in ‘bizarre’ ruling

A Danone-Nutricia TV campaign for its Cow & Gate fortified follow-on milk formula has been banned in the UK in a ruling one EU food law expert called ‘bizarre’.

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

EFSA comment rebuttal shows product-specific claims are not the way to go, says expert

EFSAs rebuttal of claims that a recent positive scientific opinion should have related to a whole product rather than a single constituent reaffirm the belief that product-specific health claims are...

“I get personal because they [EFSA] get personal to me"

Fed up: Probiotic research veteran issues global call to action

Veteran probiotic researcher professor Gregor Reid is not a happy man. It’s time the probiotic community fought back against those forces that have for too long denied a perfectly valid...

Global probiotic market to add 50% to €33bn by 2018: Analyst

The term ‘probiotic’ may be banned in the European Union – along with its cousin ‘prebiotic’ – but sales remain steady, and the global picture is buoyant, says leading analyst, Euromonitor International.

EFSA was right to reject herb-joint health claim: Consultants

Europe’s central science agency was right to reject a recent joint health claim application for a herbal blend, consultants have said.

EU health claim for inulin has more immediate importance in the US: Beneo

Attaining a positive health claims opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may be of more importance immediately in the US than in the EU, says leading inulin supplier...

Aging Japanese bring tea polyphenol market to boil

Aging populations in Japan and Western Europe are expected to boost a world market for tea polyphenols dominated by functional drinks to $367.7m by 2020 says Grand View Research.

EFSA health claim opinion

Maltese firm to appeal “bully” EFSA over bone health claim rejection

EFSA is a scientific and irrational bully that is damaging the European nutrition sector and driving activity to more business-friendly regions like Asia and the US, says the chief a...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA approves iodine, iron, vitamin C infant health claims

The European Food Safety Authority has approved a raft of claims for under-3s including iodine and thyroid and cognitive function; vitamin C and iron absorption; and iron and haemoglobin formation....

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