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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.

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.

Omega-3 baby brain food ads pulled in UK

Magazine adverts for follow-on formula containing prebiotics and omega-3s have been rapped in the UK for making brain health claims unauthorised by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation...

Draft guidance spells out article 13.4 health claim potential

An EU document seen by NutraIngredients is offering practical advice on submitting claims under article 13.4 of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation.

Beauty from Within 2010 conference is Monday

The Beauty from Within conference, brought to you by and, is only a week away and will uncover how you can get the most out of this emerging...

Beneo Group says industry feels ‘trapped’ as new functional food science cannot be published

Ingredients giant the Beneo Group claims that the current EU Commission approach to functional food health claims risks leaving a scientific ‘vacuum’, as industry players delay publishing proprietary science regarding...

Health claim report finds EU supplements market will shrink 25%

An economic impact assessment (EIA) of the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation has found it will strip the non-vitamin and mineral supplement market of €1.031bn, or about 25...

Industry welcomes EC health claim pragmatism but disagreements remain

The European Commission this week pleased industry by announcing it would adopt all article 13.1 health claim opinions in one session and temporarily remove botanicals from the process.

Mathioudakis: EFSA opinions to be adopted by early 2012

Late 2011 or the beginning of 2012 is the new date when all non-botanical, European Food Safety Authority generic, article 13.1 opinions will be written into European Union law books,...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects milk thistle health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has turned down a health claim application linking a milk thistle extract to increased breast milk production after delivery.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected an article 13.5, gut health claim for a proprietary, two-strain, probiotic product manufactured by Italian firm, Synbiotec.

Innéov failed but Unilever hopes for skin health claim win

Unilever has submitted a health claim dossier to the European Food Safety Authority for a skin health food supplement composed of a similar formulation to the market leading Innéov product...

ASA backs Glaxo energy shot TV ad

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has OK’d a television advert for a GlaxoSmithKline energy drink that claimed to boost alertness.

Special edition: Asia

Japan: Functional foods, fads and food scares

In the first part of this Asia-focused special edition, we look to the innovation hotbed that is Japan. Japan is well known as the world’s functional foods birthplace when Yakult...

Gencor: EFSA misrepresented science in weight loss opinions

Gencor, the Hong Kong based weight loss ingredient supplier, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has failed to objectively represent the science in rejecting its weight loss claims and...

EFSA defends Gencor weight loss opinions

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has affirmed five weight loss opinions it handed to Gencor Pacific in April, refuting criticism its health claims panel had discounted certain surrogate trial...

Danone rejects high-dose bone yoghurt launch in France

Danone has decided not to roll out its high-dose, calcium-fortified bone health yoghurt Densia in France after a disappointing trial in a small French town.

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.

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