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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.

Dispatches from the CIAA Congress

Science needed to plug trust gap between traditional use and opinions

EFSA does not believe that a negative opinion is the end of the road for 13.1 health claims, but it expects some to be resubmitted with a new slate of...

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

The world’s two biggest herbal extract suppliers respond to the recent European Commission decision to temporarily remove botanicals from the European Union health claims process.

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Tate & Lyle pulls plug on prebiotic Stalactis Madrid launch

Tate & Lyle has postponed the launch of its new digestive health ingredient Stalactis due to the uncertain EU regulatory environment.

NI Health Claims 2010

NutraIngredients health claims conference is two days 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...

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Beneo queries the ins and outs of EFSA ‘active ingredient approach’

The European Food Safety Authority should be able to deliver health claim opinions based on products that have had ingredients like fermented carbohydrates removed from them, says Beneo.

Guest article

Health claims: Is expert certification the answer?

As all parties would probably admit in these stressful times for the European Union functional food industry, we are still some way away from resolving the core issues that resulted...

Roquette chews on positive EFSA gum opinions

French supplier Roquette is hailing the potential of polyols to boost dental health, following recent article 14 positive opinions for sugar-free gum from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

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.

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