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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.

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

The three groups behind the soy protein-cholesterol lowering health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in late July, say EFSA’s tight definition of soy protein denies real world...

EC: Adequate nutrient intake no grounds for health claim rejection

The fact that a particular nutrient deficiency is not demonstrated in a general population should not justify the rejection of a health claim, the European Commission has said at a...

UK OK’s valerian sleep aids

Relaxation botanical, valerian, has won UK registrations under the European Union 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), as the registration window moves closer to slamming shut.

FDA should copy EFSA for health claims, says Scientific American

The FDA is too lenient regarding health claims and should follow EFSA’s lead and hold foods “to the same scientific standards as those for drugs”, according to the editors of...

Provexis commits to CV and immunity research

Biotech start-up Provexis says it will commence two clinical trials in 2011 – one in the area of cardiovascular inflammation, the other in treatment of “hospital superbug” c.difficile.

Europe still leads the way for digestive health

European supermarket shelves are still far ahead of their American equivalents with the range of products for digestive health, but the US is catching up fast says a new report.

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EFSA rejects claim linking grape OPCs with vein benefits

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has turned down a health claim application linking an extract from grape seeds to a reduced risk of chronic venous insufficiency (CVI).

“Fingers crossed” for article 13.5 acai antioxidants dossier

German fruit extract supplier TropExtract GMBH has submitted an article 13.5 proprietary and emerging science dossier linking Amazonian superfruit extract acai and antioxidant activity to the European Union health claims process.

Lesaffre launches IBS probiotic yeast

The human nutrition division of French yeast specialist Lesaffre has launched what it says is only the second known probiotic yeast, and the first to directly target Irritable Bowel Syndrome...

Web health claims likely target in UK online crackdown

New Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) powers to monitor and adjudicate on online marketing materials will place web-based messaging for healthy foods under serious scrutiny for the first time, with many...

Botanical groups gather in Brussels to challenge EU herb laws

The European Benefyt Foundation and the Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-Intl) are set to mount a legal challenge in the European Court of Justice against EU herb laws, after...

EFSA set to mass reject 100s of herbal health claims

Hundreds of proposed botanical-health relationships ranging from antioxidant activity to skin health to immunity to gut health will almost certainly be rejected if the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) holds...

Special edition: Beauty from within

Regulation: Cosmeceutical confusion continues

In the fourth part of our special beauty from within series, we take a look at the regulations governing what you can say about nutriscosmetics products – which, in most...

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Negative antioxidant health claims not short-term barrier

The science of antioxidants will eventually convince regulatory bodies around the world of their benefits, and there are existing options to communicate the benefits of the compounds, according to industry...

Tooth-friendly probiotic products are on horizon, BASF

Consumer products containing a patented ingredient that binds bacteria in the mouth responsible for tooth caries and stops them sticking to teeth could reach the market this year, according to...

Probiotics group to target consumers in 2011

The International Probiotics Association (IPA) is set to launch a new website early next year that will aim to deliver information about the microorganisms to consumers.

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Health claims legal challenge remains a possibility

In the fourth excerpt from a NutraIngredients health claims roundtable, our experts discuss the possibility that the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation may end up being challenged in an...

EFSA dismisses omega-3 cognitive claim appeal

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says there are no grounds for amending the omega-3 cognitive function health claim rejection it issued to UK omega-3 supplements brand, Equazen Eye Q,...

James White secures new listings for beetroot shots

The firm behind heart-friendly beetroot juice Beet It has secured new retail listings for its ‘one-shot’ 70ml packs after a successful launch in Holland & Barrett.

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Time for a ‘Probiotics for Life’ industry website?

In the third excerpt from a NutraIngredients health claims roundtable, our experts wonder whether industry is being creative enough with the new European Union regulations.

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Proving health claims with healthy populations proves tough

In the second excerpt from a NutraIngredients health claims roundtable, our experts discuss some of the controversy that surrounds health claim validation in healthy populations.

EFSA sets health claim workshop timetable

The European Food Safety Authority has published dates for a series of area-specific health claim workshops beginning with gut health and immunity in Amsterdam on December 2.

Yakult confident about probiotic dossier

Probiotics player Yakult is confident the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will hand its probiotic-immunity health claim dossier a positive opinion, despite the agency contacting it with further questions.

Solae: EFSA soy-cholesterol opinion is “disconcerting”

Leading soy supplier Solae has criticised the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a selective approach that saw the agency’s health claims panel dismiss upward of 30 human intervention studies...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects soy protein-cholesterol health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a negative opinion to a health claim submission linking soy protein and reduced LDL cholesterol.

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