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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: joint health

Regulation: Joint sales not hurt by health claim hole

The joint health space is in good shape in most markets globally with (mostly supplement) sales sitting at about $2bn.

Nestle challenged on baby milk health claims

Food giant Nestle was once more challenged at its AGM in Lausanne last week, as activists again raised the red flag that has been fluttering since the first boycott the...

Enforcement officers told to adopt ‘pragmatic approach’ on nutrition and health claims

UK trading standards officers have been advised to adopt a “pragmatic approach” to the use of nutrition claims on food and drink packaging that are not currently in the official...

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Groundhog Day for European health claims?

“Many in industry are pinning their hopes on EFSA showing them the light at the meeting, including the likes of Danone, which withdrew three probiotic immunity/digestive health article 13.5 claims...

Danone withdraws marquee probiotic health claims (again)

Almost a year to the day after Danone first withdrew submissions for its best-selling probiotic yoghurts from the European Union health claims system, the French dairy giant has pulled its...

EHPM says nutrient profiling irrelevant for food supplements

Leading European food supplements trade group, the European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) says moves to delete nutrient profiling from health claims regulations would have little effect...

EFSA to host June health claims summit

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is inviting stakeholders to its Parma, Italy, base for an “open meeting” to discuss health claim developments in the European Union.

Aker inks first major EU krill supplements deal

Norwegian krill player Aker BioMarine is reaping the benefits of the European Union novel food approval it achieved in December 2009 by signing its first major food supplements deal in...

Australia may reclassify some weight loss drugs as foods

Mooted revisions to regulations governing drugs and supplements in Australia may see weight management products ruled by food regulations, where previously they may have been governed by drug law, TGA...

Special edition: vitamin D

Regulation: Time to catch up with the vitamin D science?

In the second part of our vitamin D special edition, we unpick some of the regulatory concerns surrounding the 'sunshine vitamin'.

Italy ponders mandatory supplement warning labels – and health claims?

Food supplement regulations being considered in Italy may force certain products to carry warning labels, and health indications may become mandatory too, a European Commission committee has heard.

Danone: EFSA is damaging reputation of scientific peer review process

The president of Danone Baby Nutrition (DBN) says European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim assessment methodologies are threatening the reputation of the scientific peer-review process and sections of the...

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have similar criteria in place when it comes to evaluating health claim-backing evidence – both prefer human intervention trials.

Martek reaps regulatory omega-3 benefits

DHA omega-3 is one of the few ingredients to benefit from the European Union nutrition and health claims process so far, and Martek's VP of regulatory affairs, Rodney Gray, looks...

Mathioudakis solves the case of the “missing claims”

Basil Mathioudakis, the Head of the European Commission unit on Food Law, Nutrition and Labelling tells Shane Starling how it came to be that a whole batch of European Union...

‘We’ve had enough of EFSA’, says fed-up global probiotics group

After months of silence the director general of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) has delivered a scathing attack on the European Food Safety Authority’s “flawed” health claim assessment methods.

EFSA health claim opinion

Meal replacements win first EFSA weight management claim approval

Significant effects, study products that matched those on-market and biologically plausible mechanisms were cited by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) as the major reasons why meal replacements won a...

Kemin and DSM commit to article 13.5 lutein submission

Leading lutein suppler Kemin Health will resubmit a lutein dossier under article 13.5 of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, after EFSA last week rejected an article 13.1...

EC can balance EFSA’s mass antioxidant rejection: ERNA

The European Food Safety Authority’s mass rejection of antioxidant foods and constituents including prunes, bananas, resveratrol, pomegranate and pine bark extract will provide an interesting test of the European Commission’s...

Low-GI health claims are ‘down, but not out’

While low-glycaemic index (low-GI) health claims have suffered a major setback following last week’s negative opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), it is “by no means the end...

Kellogg's seeks cereal weight claim approval under article 13.5

Kellogg’s has submitted an application to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for approval of a weight health relationship claim under the proprietary and emerging science article 13.5 for generic...

‘Huge discrepancies’ between herbal and vitamin health claim requirements: Consultant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is applying one standard of evidence for herbal products and another for vitamins and minerals in assessing health claim data, according to French consultancy,...

EU Commissioner urged to make claims regulation 'a win-win' for all

Using article 13.5, the proprietary and emerging science route, for article 13.1 claims revision would seem to fly in the face of the goal of EU health claims regulation, which...

Batch two fall-out: Goodbye article 13.1, hello article 13.5

Article 13.1 health claims are being rejigged and resubmitted under the proprietary and emerging science, article 13.5, after EFSA rejected all but a few submissions in its second batch of...

EFSA mass rejects probiotics and antioxidants as article 13.1 batch two published

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued negative opinions to ‘most’ of 416 health claim dossiers including submissions linking health benefits to vitamin D, probiotics, green tea, black tea,...

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