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Czech Republic confiscates 110kg of Indian botanicals

Czech Customs authorities recently seized a shipment of Indian botanicals and have initiated proceedings against the importer, Haveli Foods.

Kids’ cereal in New Zealand needs regulatory overhaul, say researchers

Policies governing nutrient and health claims, labeling and use of mascots on breakfast cereals in New Zealand need a serious re-think, researchers say.

Holland & Barrett 'qualified to advise' on nutrition? Yes says regulator after challenge

UK supplements and health food retailer Holland & Barrett (H&B) has had its staff training programmes vindicated after a customer challenged whether in-store workers were "Qualified to advise"....

UK group warns of supplement lobbying toward new MEPs

UK supplements group, Consumers for Health Choice (CHC), is targeting newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a campaign to raise awareness around still-up-for-grabs maximum permitted limits (MPLs)...

Russia removes dietary supplements from import ban list

Russia has amended its ‘total embargo’ on western food imports to exclude dietary supplements, vitamin and mineral mixes, protein concentrates and dietary fibers.

FTC's fines on weight loss claims total more than all other categories combined, CRN database shows

The Council for Responsible Nutrition has launched a new tool for members that puts together in one place data on recent enforcement actions by the Federal Trade Commission regardling claims...

Man jailed for peddling hyper-strength ‘herbal’ erection tablets

A man has been sentenced to 16 weeks in a UK prison for selling sham ‘Herbal Viagra’ tablets that contained dangerous levels of tadalafil and sibutramine, compounds that are banned...

If France moves towards US-style class actions, innovation will be stifled: Lawyer

Plans to expand the scope of class actions in France could be part of a wider trend towards group claims of damages to health as seen already in the US,...

Guest article

EU health claims – lining functional coffins or an unseen silver lining?

The EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) put many health-related product marketeers noses out of joint. But having survived two years since legislative enforcement, are we now witnessing a...

Breast is best: Punjab gov sets new infant formula labelling rules

Labelling of infant formula sold in the Pakistani department of Punjab must now include the warning “mother’s milk is the best food for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhoea and...

Busted! Tainted EU supplements exposed

Androgenic anabolic steroids, vinpocetine and sidenafil were among the illegal substances uncovered in supplements being imported into the EU or already on the European market, according to data from the...

‘Important changes’ as gluten-free label laws move under FIC

Rules on gluten-free labeling have been published under the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation, and there are some important changes for the future, says the Association of European...

“It was not our intention to make any unauthorised health claims in this mailing."

Not ‘normal’ enough, ASA tells ‘disappointed’ Danone Nutricia over infant formula claims

Danone’s Nutricia division has been rapped again for exaggerated infant follow-on formula claims, this time in conjunction with UK retailing giant Tesco.

China

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

The US-China Health Products Association has once again urged regulators to replace the term “health food” with “dietary supplement” in a submission to food authorities concerning the recent draft reform...

EFSA’s live culture: Help agency revise its gut and immune health claim guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for input from all stakeholders as it goes about revising its controversial gut and immune health claim guidance that dates back to 2011.

Guest article

EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) law changes: Impact on food supplement players

Food supplements are classified by EU law as foodstuffs and so the recently implemented Food Information to Consumers (FIC) regulation has the potential to impact food supplements. Is there much...

"The principle is to replace costly substance by less costly substance at the expense of the consumer": CAFIA

Czech authority ‘constantly’ detects ‘serious’ adulteration in food supps

The Czech Agriculture and Food Inspection Authority (CAFIA) says it, “repeatedly reveals serious forms of adulteration of food supplements” despite efforts through its Food Pillory system.

Japanese-Swedish supplier ‘disappointed’ by ‘unexpected’ EFSA astaxanthin verdict

Fuji Chemical-owned astaxanthin specialist AstaReal has emphasised differences in the types of the carotenoid not accounted for in a recent EFSA refusal to back intakes at 4 mg a day...

EFSA proposes cut in maximum infant, follow-on formula protein levels

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has recommended slashing maximum protein levels in infant and follow-on formula, citing a lack of evidence supporting the need for such high protein intake.

High astaxanthin intakes questioned in the EU

The European Union chief science agency has failed to back astaxanthin consumption at levels over 4 mg astaxanthin per day after responding to a novel foods application from Japanese player, Fuji...

EFSA accused of "maladministration"; Opinion is "flat out wrong", says ISSN

EFSA lambasted over beta-alanine rejection

EFSA’s rejection of a health claim linking beta-alanine to improved physical performance has provoked outrage, with UK food law consultancy Legal Foods accusing the risk assessment agency of, “maladministration of its role” and, “a...

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case

Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have...

New EFSA chief commits to, ‘opening up its scientific processes’

EFSA’s new chief Dr Bernhard Url said greater transparency at the Parma-based agency can boost trust and deliver better opinions.

Citicoline wins EU novel foods approval - in medical foods and food supplements

Citicoline has won EU novel foods approval for use in food supplements and medical foods after appeasing member state concerns about the phospholipid precursor being a medicine.

ASA: “Misleading and irresponsible"

UK stubs out nutrient cigarette health claims

NutriCigs UK must quit its nutrient-fortified electronic cigarette claims that included sleep, satiety and energy benefits, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

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