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UK police warn on DNP slimming tablets after woman’s death

Police in the UK have warned against buying diet pills containing the toxic fat-burner DNP following the death of a 21-year-old woman.

What did we learn from Décathlon’s carb claim success?

The approval of a health claim on carbohydrates and muscle function has shown that a successful dossier does not have to contain proprietary data.

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

One protein quality method needed in law, says dairy

A study comparing two methods of measuring protein quality has highlighted the need for one to be chosen and made EU law, says dairy player Volac.

EU companies must get ready for ‘bio-piracy’ law now

Global and EU regulation aims to stop companies using indigenous bio knowledge and material to make profits without filtering any of the benefits back.

Whose job is it to police illegal health claims?

With different bodies referring illegal health claims to one another for policing, NutraIngredients asks:  Whose responsibility is it to ensure health claim compliance – and does it matter as long...

ESSNA kicks out Protein World as compliance campaign cranked up

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has kicked out Protein World just one week after the UK retailer was busted by the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

Belgium writes BELFRIT botanical list into law

Belgium has notified the European Commission of a draft decree replacing its current lists of botanicals with those approved under BELFRIT – bringing the number of plants from about 645...

UK blows whistle on sports supplement claims

The UK advertising watchdog has muzzled meal replacement, muscle building, metabolism, L-carnitine, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and other claims being made by a UK based online manufacturer-retailer as it continues...

NZ Commerce Commission grants INC power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has granted infant formula industry association, the Infant Nutrition Council (INC), the power to restrict the marketing practices of its members.

Do single-ingredient groups help convey industry's message, or contribute to the cacophony?

Single ingredient trade groups are becoming an increasingly common feature of the dietary supplement industry.  Whether they burnish the overall image of the sector or serve to further Balkanize the...

EFSA’s pledge: ‘More robust, open and transparent processes’

Greater transparency, more robust scientific assessments and wider participation are at the heart of EFSA's two-year Prometheus project.

‘Dull’ health claims lead many to miss £27bn market

Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.

Raspberry ketone and its little extract that could cause big confusion

Weight-loss ingredient raspberry ketone is an unauthorised novel food for all but one very particular extract – something one manufacturer using the legal extract says could cause confusion.  

EU glucose claims battle

Dextro Energy takes Commision to EU courts over banned glucose claims

The German nutrition company Dextro Energy is to take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg over five banned glucose health claims. 

Belgian court rules against 'misleading' Alpro soy product

Alpro’s use of the term ‘yoghurt variant’ for its soy- and plant-based products is misleading and must be removed, a Belgian court has ruled.

Euro sports nutrition sector backs UK food crime move

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says the appointment of Andy Morling as the new head of the Food Crime Unit at the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is...

Firm goes to ground; nature of poisoning unknown

Police investigating arsenic poisoning in UK herbal supplement case

The UK medicines agency has joined West Yorkshire police in investigating an arsenic poisoning case that has been linked to an impotence herbal supplement sold via the UK arm of...

Goal for IPA to become more agile, vocal in promoting probiotics, new director says

After a months-long interregnum, George Paraskevakos, the new executive director of the International Probiotics Association, formally takes up the reins pledging that the organization will become more agile and vocal in...

News in brief

Danish supermarket pulls insects from shelves

Last week high-end supermarket, Irma, became the first retailer in Denmark to start selling insects – and also the first to stop.

FAO Bangalore Report 'very positive step' towards affirming DIAAS method: Volac

The Bangalore Report, the latest FAO assessment of the DIAAS protein quality measurement method, is a “very positive step” towards replacing PDCAAS, says Volac.

Fairtrade’s revised standard is ‘creative’ says industry

The inclusion of new voluntary best practices in the organisation’s revised trader standard is an “interesting” element, said a representative at Voice Network.

Nutrient profiling key to public health policies

The next UK government must do much more to tackle Britain’s poor dietary habits, according to the UK Coronary Prevention Group (UKCPG), a charity dedicated to preventing heart disease through...

UK budget largely positive, says food and drink industry

The drop in corporation tax, promise of increased investment funding and support for British farmers in the 2015 UK budget were largely supported by British food and drink manufacturers.