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EC urges Spain to remove ‘discriminatory’ practices for imported food supplements

The European Commission has threatened to take Spain to the European Court of Justice to ensure free movement of food supplements.

Special Edition: Sustainable Sourcing

IFFO RS looks to make new fishmeal and fish oil sourcing standard fit for purpose

The aim of the revised IFFO RS, version 2.0, launched today, is to ensure the relevancy and credibility of the marine raw material standard, which, up to now, has mainly...

Brexit could mean 'less safe and nutritious products,' report warns

Exiting the European Union presents serious risks to businesses and workers in the food sector, a briefing paper has stated as it warns of a future of “less safe and...

Broad support for new ‘third way’ supplements health claims in Australia: TGA

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says there is broad support for plans to introduce a ‘third level’ of health claims for supplements.

News in brief

EFSA consults on new ‘clarified’ antioxidant claims guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering stakeholders and industry a chance to comment on a draft of new guidance for health claims relating to antioxidants, oxidative damage and...

EFSA sets safe intake level for MSG and glutamate additives, urging new maximum levels

Europe’s Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set a safe level for glutamate food additives, but given many Europeans are over this level, it is urging the Commission to revise the...

EFSA rebuffs Heinz health claim complaint

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said comments from Heinz questioning its refusal of an Article 14 health claim relating to Nutrimune late last year does not change its opinion.

Italy set to put Belfrit into law with final botanicals list and degree

Italy has published a final decree which could bring a consolidated ‘Belfrit list’ into full European law as early as this autumn.

Australian regulator to take sole control of supplements advertising complaints regime

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will become the sole overseer of complaints about supplement advertising from next year.

EU Commission targets online supplement sales with new control plans

The European Commission (EC) has moved a step closer to establishing a Coordinated Control Plan on the internet sale of food (CCP-efood) within the European Union.

Time to change vitamin D guidelines?

New research suggesting vitamin D3 is twice as effective as vitamin should turn current guidance ‘on its head’, say those behind the study.

'Nano scare': Scientists blast Friends of the Earth for 'facile' infant formula claims

Reports that some infant formula products on sale in Australia and New Zealand contain potentially 'dangerous' nanoscale particles have been dismissed by regulators and scientists — with one branding it blatant 'scaremongering'....

Navigating disease claim currents especially tricky for probiotics, expert says

Regulatory hurdles must be kept in mind when designing studies to support products. This is especially true in research on probiotics, an expert says.

Sports nutrition growth spoiled by ‘wrong and immoral’ marketing

The global sports nutrition industry is forecast to leap in size from $28bn in 2016 to $45bn in 2022 but the industry believes its growth is being stymied in Europe...

Europol: False organic certification continues to be major problem for food industry

Counterfeit certification labels, such as fake organic or protected designation of origin (PDO) labels, continues to be a major problem for the European food industry, according to a report by Europol....

ISSN publishes position stand on protein and exercise

The International Society of Sports Nutrition ISSN has updated its position paper for the use of protein by physically active individuals.

GAO’s memory supplement review

‘Agencies need to do more around the most egregious memory claims’: CRN’s Mister

The majority of dietary supplements making memory claims adhere to the federal requirements but some still go too far with their claims, according to a new review from the US...

UPDATE

European Court of Justice says purely plant-based products can’t use dairy names

The Court of Justice of the European Union in Luxembourg today announced purely plant-based products cannot, in principle, be marketed with designations such as ‘milk’, ‘cream’, ‘butter’, ‘cheese’ or ‘yogurt’,...

EFSA defends independence as new data shows 46% of experts have conflicts of interest

The European Food Safety Authority has been urged to rethink its new independence rules after new research showed that more than one in four of its experts have direct financial...

EFSA rebuffs Marks & Spencer health claim on protein-carbohydrate ratios for weight loss

A health claim application by leading UK retailer Marks & Spencer suggesting that consumption of a fixed carbohydrate to protein ratio of less than 1.8 could help reduction of body...

Omega-3 supplement restrictions in Indonesia reversed after pressure from trade associations

Badan Pom (BPOM), The National Agency of Drug and Food Control of Indonesia, has revoked tough restrictions issued at the end of last year for omega-3 supplements.

OPINION: Why optimal omega-3 and omega-6 ratios in the diet could balance the scales

Today’s typical Western diet is well known for its imbalance between the intake of omega-6 to omega-3 oils. Not surprisingly, there is increasing interest in what this actually means for...

EFSA launches platform to help SMEs with novel food applications

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) preparing a novel food application can receive administrative help through a new support platform launched by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Stakeholder group seeks consensus on dietary supplement quality practices

A collaborative group that includes stakeholders from across the industry is moving forward in an effort to define what is meant by ‘quality’ when referring to a dietary supplement.

What is a probiotic? IPA releases guidance document on qualifying probiotics

The definition of probiotic varies by region, and an increasing number of products potentially mislabeled as “probiotic”. In response, the International Probiotics Association has released a guidance document.