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Are total diet replacements over? MEPs looking to block changes to law

Members of European Parliament will attempt to reverse last week’s vote decision on total diet replacements, which could see low calorie diet products wiped from the market.

Supplements seized: UK and Dutch authorities capture DNP and steroid supplements

Food safety agencies in the UK have seized large quantities of DNP following a multi-agency effort, while Dutch authorities captured anabolic-androgenic steroids intended for use in sports nutrition supplements.

Special Edition: Personalized Nutrition

Push toward personalization will create new legal risks to manage, experts say

Offering personalized dietary supplements could open manufacturers up to legal risks, some of which go beyond those they are already subject to, experts say.

German test suggests ‘many’ vitamin supplements exceed safe dose limits

A majority of commercially available vitamin supplements in German market significantly exceed daily recommended doses recommended by the Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR), new tests suggest.

Defining ‘nutritious’: Study compares expert and consumer assessments of healthy snacks

The term ‘nutritious’ is regularly used in product marketing, but the way in which consumers and ‘experts’ view the word may be different, say researchers calling for an agreed definition.

The death of diet foods? EU Parliament approve laws that could 'wipe out' very low calorie diet products

Manufacturers and distributors of very low calorie diet (VLCD) programmes and products could be effectively wiped out by new rules passed by European lawmakers last week, warn industry leaders.

New Australia supplement laws edge closer with publication of draft bill

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released a draft bill covering new supplement laws, including a third approval pathway for higher-level health claims.

Diet guidelines should push raw veg over cooked, say researchers

An apple a day keeps the doctor away, but the sweet spot for long-term health is “three to four portions” of fruit and veg a day, according to new research.


Cheap food has expensive consequences but how can we make 'better' food?

Cheap food has expensive consequences for people and the planet's health but how can we make healthier and more sustainable food a reality for a global population? Grass-root movements will...

Trimming the fat off dietary guidelines: Study links high carb intake to mortality risk

Global dietary guidelines should be revisited, according to a Lancet study, which found reducing fat intake and replacing it with a high carbohydrate intake may be linked to worse health outcomes....

Rimfrost says review of two of Aker's US patents gives it leverage

A ruling by the US Patent and Trademark Office has reignited the krill wars, with Norwegian company Rimfrost AS claiming the ruling could invalidate all of the claims relating to...

ESSNA expands: Sports nutrition association gains five new members

Five new international sports industry players have joined the European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA).

Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life...

Regular breakfasts help children meet key nutrient intake targets: Study

Children who regularly eat breakfast are more likely to meet recommended nutrient intake (RNI) and lower RNI levels of key nutrients, reports a study in the British Journal of Nutrition....

News in brief

Hungarian authorities pull more supplements due to banned substances

Two brands of dietary supplements imported from China have been withdrawn from sale in Hungary after banned pharmaceutical substances were found.

UK advertising standards rule against Bio-fiful ‘secret to better digestion’

Complaints against claims made by a poster ad for Bio-tiful Dairy’s Kefir drink have been upheld by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

ORAC values might be passé, but antioxidant activity still demands research, experts say

Quoting ORAC values as a marketing tool has gone the way of the dinosaurs. But the measure of antioxidant activity still points to potentially important beneficial properties of ingredients, experts...

Supplement recalls: Polish, Czech and Hungarian authorities report cases of banned substances

European authorities have notified the EU of several incidents of food supplements containing banned substances this week.

New ‘traditional use’ system could be source of new 13.1 claims

Change to novel foods rules may open door for raft of new fruits … and health claims

Simplification and centralisation of the European novel foods process means applications based on traditional use will soon be allowed – Resulting in shorter and cheaper routes to market, and the...

Drink contained almost double EFSA limit

French authorities recall Muscle Moose drink over vitamin B6 levels

A drink containing almost double EFSAs vitamin B6 safe intake limit for adults has been recalled by French authorities.

CRN official finds common ground with author of series of articles attacking industry

When looking at a potentially damaging series of journal articles about supplements being penned by a professor at Clemson University, an official at CRN prefers to look at the common...

DSM gains EU approval for enzyme that could relieve symptoms of gluten sensitivity

The first enzyme aimed at the relief of symptoms of gluten intolerance has been granted novel food approval by EFSA and can now be used in the European Union, says...

Don’t confuse drugs and supplements: French authorities warn

The French national agency ANSES has warned consumers about potential confusion between the drug Lytos and the food supplement Lithos.

Food supplements and tea subject of EFSA warning on pyrrolizidine alkaloid consumption

High consumption of tea infusions is a possible long-term concern for human health due to their carcinogenic properties, the European Food and Safety Authority rules. 

EU will draft guidance to end 'totally unacceptable' dual quality discrimination

The European Commission is preparing guidelines to help national authorities identify and put an end to the "totally unacceptable" and discriminatory practice of dual quality foods, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday....