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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.

Valio set to take probiotic juice global

Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier Valio is planning to expand the reach of its probiotic juice Gefilus as interest in the sector intensifies.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA says no to vitamin E skin and hair health claims

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says that evidence supporting the dietary intake of vitamin E as a way of helping to maintain normal skin, hair and nails is not...

Special edition: Tocotrienols

Regulations: The regulatory landscape for vitamin E tocotrienol

In the final part of our series on vitamin E tocotrienols, we look at the regulations surrounding tocotrienols, both in the US and Europe.

Probiotic tea and a muffin anyone?

A probiotic strain that can survive being baked, boiled and frozen – opening up a raft of new opportunities in functional foods – is being launched on the UK market.

Whey protein industry to submit article 13.5 claims after EFSA rejections

The whey protein industry is gathering data to submit article 13.5 health claims after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last month rejected a slew of generic, article 13.1 protein...

Coke: Antioxidants will be replaced by 'polyphenols'

With antioxidants failing to impress European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientists and the term itself therefore likely to soon become an unauthorised health claim in the EU, antioxidant forms like...

Positive iodine and iron children's claims enter EU law books

Positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims linking iodine, iron and children’s development have been adopted and written into the EU legislature.

NI Health Claims 2010

NutraIngredients health claims conference is less than a month away

Crucial. Claims. Knowledge. With industry still reeling from the latest batch of article 13.1 opinions, NutraIngredients has been busy putting the final touches on its second health claims conference in...

Diuretic science not up to scratch, says consultancy

Mostly herbal based diuretic health claims submissions had little chance of winning positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), especially given a paucity of clinical studies in the...

The rise of passive health claims in the EU

Uncertainty created by the raft of health claim rejections emanating from the European Food Safety Authority’s Parma, Italy, headquarters is fostering a climate of soft claims, according to a market...

Kaneka sues CoQ10 rivals

Japanese CoEnzymeQ10 specialist Kaneka is suing Chinese-based rivals operating in Germany and France over patent infringements.

Specialty ingredients group ELC questions health claims criteria

The high rejection rate of proposed article 13.1 health claims calls into question the assessment criteria, according to the Federation of European Specialty Food Ingredients Industries (ELC), adding its voice...

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and...

Probi ‘not affected’ by EFSA rejection of health claim

Probi says its business will not be affected by a recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ruling that there is not enough evidence linking a proprietary probiotic strain to a...

EFSA health claim opinion

Soy industry seeks EC dialogue after EFSA rejection

Soy industry groups say they are actively lobbying the European Commission for dialogue after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week rejected a raft of soy-related health claims.

Winners and losers in the last batch of article 13.1 opinions before June

Amongst EFSA’s latest batch of 808 article 13.1 generic opinions, konjac wins the first ‘yes’ on weight loss and DHA gets a string of thumbs ups – but it’s hard...

Let’s talk, Yakult tells EFSA after negative opinion

Yakult Europe has signalled its desire to talk to EFSA about the evaluation process and scientific criteria that led to the negative outcome of its proposed health claim on upper...

ASA to host digital marketing seminar

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) will host a seminar next month to discuss its new remit to govern online marketing on corporate websites and social networking sites from March 1, 2011.

Danes hope EFSA likes the smell of breath claim

Danish firm Jemo-Pharm has lodged an article 13.5 health claim dossier linking a reduction in halitosis with consumption of a zinc iron-based supplement.


Regulatory clarity for nutricosmetics proves elusive

Somewhere, in some time, there exists a land of beauty and promise for nutricosmetics products, where beauty supplements, foods and drinks can frolic, happy in the knowledge of their justifiable...

Danisco launches vitamin K brand

Danish ingredients giant Danisco has entered the vitamin K space with a branded version of long chained menaquinone vitamin K2 called ActivK.

EFSA to webcast gut/immune function workshop

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced that its gut health and immunity workshop to be held in Amsterdam on December 2 will be webcast live.

ASA rules skin ads blemished by “spots” reference

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled against a UK start-up for making unauthorised medicinal claims about a lactoferrin-based skin health supplement.

UK health claims expert criticises EFSA methodologies

A UK-based health claims expert says the European Food Safety Authority’s interpretation of the European Union 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation is too narrow and straying from its intention.

Malta hosts second immunity ingredients conference

Malta will host the second World Congress on Immunity Ingredients on October 28 where a science-led programme focusing on antioxidants, prebiotics and probiotics will unfold.