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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.

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...

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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.

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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.

Collagen beauty supplement advert is misleading, says ASA

Advertising for NeoCell’s collagen and vitamin C beauty supplement has been deemed misleading by the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) as it says the company cannot substantiate its claims....

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Nutrition professor backs EFSA health claim methods

“I think this field needs more serious mainstream science and less legalistic reasoning.”

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Danone tells EFSA: Health claims “learning experience” is too costly

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has repeatedly emphasised that the 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is a learning experience for everyone involved – from its health claims...

A transatlantic view of regulations and health claims

Should the FDA work to be more like EFSA? Speaking at the NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference Andrew Shao said the two organisations are already very similar in the way...

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

CIAA calls for drug-like health claim pre-submission advice

The CIAA says EFSA’s immunity/gut health workshop has revealed the lack of clarity that remains in the European Union health claims process and called for pre-submission meetings between applicants and...

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