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Health claims

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.

Special edition: Outsourcing

CROs (slowly) piece together EFSA's health claim science puzzle

In the second part of this special series on global outsourcing trends NutraIngredients explores how the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is impacting activity in the contract...

EC dithers over nutrient profiles as timetable slips two years

The European Commission is still unable to say when the controversial nutrient profiling model in the EU health claims Regulation will be finalised, two years after food manufacturers were told...

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...

Synbiotics may protect kids from asthma: Danone study

Supplements containing a mix of probiotic bacteria and prebiotic fibers reduced the prevalence of asthma-like symptoms in children at risk of the condition, says a new study from the Netherlands.

Probiotic researcher hits back at EFSA criticism of Yakult study

The author of a high-profile study suggesting that a daily Yakult dose could reduce the incidence and severity of upper respiratory tract infection (URTI) has hit back at criticism of...

Probiotic academics demand EU health claim reform

Leading European prebiotic and probiotic researchers have begun a campaign to change the EU’s health claims system that has so far unanimously rejected its science.

EC hands omega-3 mixed results

An article 14 children’s development health claim submitted to the European Union by drug giant Merck linking omega-3 form DHA with infant visual development has been approved at committee level...

Comment

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...

UK watchdog targets unauthorised supplement claims

UK watchdog Which? says a product survey found many food supplements were making health claims not authorised by the European Food Safety Authority.

EFSA explains soy protein claim rejection

The European Food Safety Authority health claims panel has defended its controversial rejection of a soy protein-cholesterol lowering submission in July this year by highlighting the fact the industry agreed...

Sales are niche, but “omega-3 craze” is not over, says industry

High-profile omega-3 product withdrawals or underperforming products do not signal a crisis in the category, rather an acknowledgement of its nascent status, industry figures have said.

Exclusive interview

The opportunities and obstacles for gut health science

It’s been a bad year for good bacteria: A raft of negative health claims opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has left many in the industry predicting trouble...

EFSA health claim opinion

GSK ‘toothkind’ drinks win positive EFSA health claim opinion

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is celebrating a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a health claim related to its ‘toothkind’ drinks that moves into comparative territory.

EFSA Board: No resources for pre-submission claim meetings

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) confirmed at its Board Management meeting last week that the resources do not exist to accommodate meetings between its health claims panel and parties...

Probiotics industry unites over EFSA claims treatment

Four groups with an interest in pre- and probiotics will today send a letter to the European Commission and European Food Safety Authority spelling out their ongoing concerns with the...

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

ERNA: EFSA must clarify ‘boundaries of immune normality’

The high rate of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) immune health health claim rejections is likely to continue unless parameters of a well-functioning immune system can be defined, according to...

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Health claims: Is the idea of disease risk factors, itself diseased?

Differentiating between disease risk factors and disease reduction in the way that the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation does is too arbitrary and needs revision, according to a German...

DSM submits vitamin D health claim for “falling”

DSM Nutritional Products has submitted an article 14 disease risk reduction health claim linking consumption of a proprietary blend of vitamin D2 and D3 and reduced risk of falling over...

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...

Yakult: EFSA must recognise cold symptoms

Japanese probiotics giant Yakult says its recent EFSA probiotic health claim rejection discounted peer-review validated respiratory tract health measures, and called on the European Commission to facilitate a discussion...

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...

EFSA health claim opinion

Danone: EFSA Actimel diarrhoea claim rejection is "incomprehensible"

Danone will contest the diarrhoea health claim rejection for its Actimel drinking yoghurt handed to it by the European Food Safety Authority this week.

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA panelist offers restored immune system claims hope

Restoring a suppressed immune system to full-function could win a health claim, EFSA health claim panelist, Henk van Loveren said at last week’s gut/immune health meeting in Amsterdam.

How health claims could impact marketing ethics

The tough health claims environment in Europe could turn manufacturers towards more subtle – and maybe less ethical – marketing approaches, believes Henry Dixon of PR firm BDB.