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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.

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.

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.

EFSA health claim opinion

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...

Exclusive interview

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.

Exclusive interview

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,...