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UK FSA: "If you are interested in submitting a novel food dossier to the EU, we advise you to contact another EU member state..."

UK FSA closes door on novel food applications as austerity bites

The UK Food Standards Agency is no longer accepting novel food applications, a development one public policy expert says is “alarming”.

Lithuania bans 182 botanicals – or does it?

Lithuania has sent a list of 182 botanicals it intends to ban in food supplements to the European Commission in a move one major supplier called “a step back” for EU harmonisation...

Transparency in food science

New EFSA chief-designate: ‘Our first priority is to get the science right’

The European Union’s central science agency must become more transparent to meet rapid technological change in food and agriculture, its likely next chief told the European Parliament this week. And...

News in brief

Andean Grain Products seeks EU novel food approval for chia seeds

Andean Grain Products has requested an opinion from the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA) on novel foods equivalence for its chia seeds.

Whey forward? Milk fat tax, dodgy tests and EU bureaucratic blocks

There is light at the end of the tunnel for a European whey wholesaler, as a long-running dispute over EU import duties on milk fat in whey protein is finally...

Natural astaxanthin group’s questioning of synthetic astaxanthin quality met with strong DSM defense

The Natural Algae Astaxanthin Association (NAXA) has again questioned the quality and regulatory status of DSM’s synthetic astaxanthin ingredient, with new data reportedly showing ‘vastly inferior antioxidant potential’ compared with...

French watchdog: Over 50% of eye health supps contain illegal meso-zeaxanthin

Over half of eye health supplements on the French market fraudulently contained meso-zeaxanthin, a cheaper and unauthorised stereoisomer of regular zeaxanthin, according to a two-year investigation by a French watchdog.

UK ASA: "Court action is a last resort but we will issue such action if other measures fail"

Snubbed: Dutch firm smokes UK joint health claim ban

Joint health claims made by a Dutch-made collagen, glucosamine and omega-3 based food supplement, have been kyboshed by the UK advertising watchdog. But Finitri, the Dutch firm, has gone underground...

DAIRYREPORTER.COM INVESTIGATION

Nutricia India at ‘risk of non-compliance’ with IMS Act: Danone

The Danone Group has acknowledged that its Nutricia India business is still at “risk of non-compliance” with the Infant Milk Substitutes Act (IMS Act), DairyReporter.com can exclusively reveal....

Applicants right to challenge generic descriptor rejection, says EU law veteran

The European Commission over-stepped its jurisdiction with its guidance on generic descriptors, and applicants could challenge rejections, according to an EU food law expert.

Lost in translation: Parlez-vous health claims?

Cross-border communication must be provided to combat the confusion caused by the 24 subtly different language versions of EU-approved health claims, as well as countless other cultural nuances, according to...

BELFRIT leads Europe in botanicals harmonisation as Italy affirms 1000-strong list

Italy has legally adopted a harmonised list of about 1000 approved botanicals for use in food supplements, following a joint research effort with Belgium and France (BELFRIT).

EU Novel foods approval

Quatrefolic primed for EU commercialisation

The European Commission has finally given its approval to Quatrefolic as a food supplement within the EU following a positive ruling from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last October.

Food labelling is 'confusing' and redundant without education

Consumers are baffled by ambiguous messages about healthy eating and need help to unravel the labelling conundrum, warns the UK Chartered Institute of Marketing.

EFSA backs broad brush botanical safety assessment

Most preparations from the same botanical family can be presumed safe without individual assessments, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found.

LIVE FROM ZENITH INFANT NUTRITION CONFERENCE

Infant formula sector can 'communicate...sufficiently' under WHO Code

It is not in the interests of major infant manufacturers, such as Nestlé or Danone, to purposely violate breast-milk substitute marketing regulations, last week's Zenith International Infant Nutrition Conference heard.

Goats' milk infant formula 'not a solution' for cows' milk allergy kids: FSA

With the UK’s first goats’ milk infant formula set to hit shelves in coming weeks, the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is warning consumers that the products are not a suitable...

EU sports nutrition group challenges carbohydrate health claims

Europe’s largest sports nutrition group says EU-approved claims around glycaemic carbohydrates are constrained by burdensome conditions of use and should be modified to avoid consumer confusion.

UK ASA ruling

UK on diabetic supplement: Blood sugar link ok (but not diabetes)

The brand name of a food supplement aimed at diabetics called Diabetone is protected under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR), the UK advertising watchdog has found. But...

Special edition: Innovations in delivery systems

Keep a weather eye on regs when deciding on new delivery modes, experts say

Product developers are in constant search mode for ways to differentiate their products, and that search has always included delivery system innovation.  But without keeping a weather eye on US...

US FDA upholds approval of Lallemand vitamin D2 baker’s yeast

The US Food and Drug Administration has upheld its authorization of Lallemand’s enriched yeast after investigating objections from AB Mauri.

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

FSA invites comments on novel food application for cycloastragenol

The UK Food standards Agency (FSA) is asking for expert views on a novel foods application for the use of cycloastragenol in food supplements in the EU.

Sanofi to contest rebuffed sterol cholesterol claim, but it's no big deal

Sanofi-Aventis has said the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its application to broaden the already approved sterol-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to powdered supplements won’t affect the company commercially, but...

EFSA issues dietary reference value opinions for biotin and pantothenic acid

EFSA has issued new guidance on the adequate intake (AI) levels for the B vitamins biotin and pantothenic acid at 40 µg per day and 5 mg per day, respectively....

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