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FoodDrinkEurope calls for industry action on better nutrition

Industry association FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) is launching a call for action to improve diets and promote nutrition and health across the continent, saying there is no "silver bullet" for obesity....


EU botanical health claims: Plant-based dialogue finally blossoming?

European Commission work to achieve botanical health claim clarity may finally be on track after a seven-year delay, with a number of public and industry consultations reaching conclusion.

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UPDATE: EFSA maintains guidance on vitamin K

A new scientific opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has maintained existing guidance on adequate intake levels for vitamin K.

Belgium drafts supplement guidance for four nutrients … but is it right?

Industry should fight amendments to a Belgian decree setting out minimum and maximum levels for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice, because some proposed levels fall well below established...


Responsible fishing: Sustainably sourcing the marine’s treasure trove

A growing demand for fully traceable sea-based products has placed the spotlight on the marine supply chain, encouraging retailers and manufacturers to further disclose their sourcing methods.

Mutual recognition: Italy increases maximum vitamin levels in line with EFSA

Italian authorities have increased maximum levels for vitamin D, vitamin B12 and vitamin K to levels in line with opinions set out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Thumbs down: EFSA panel rejects claims for joint functioning and sperm DNA damage

EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has rejected two health claims dossiers claiming a link between curcumin and joint function and an extract for sperm DNA damage....

One in three adolescents is obese, say WHO

Health promotion campaigns are failing to reduce obesity in adolescents, according to a report published by World Health Organization (WHO) today.

ECJ rules against countries setting maximum levels for vitamins and minerals

European Member States cannot set individual maximum levels for vitamins and minerals unless they are based on international safety data and risk assessments, according to a new ruling from the...

Open letter demands EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims

An open letter penned by three leading health and consumer organisations - together with five food companies - calls for the ‘urgent adoption’ of nutrient profiles in the context of...

Phytosterols could save Europe €26 billion in heart disease healthcare costs

Daily consumption of 1.7g of phytosterols by the millions of adults aged 55 and over in the EU with severe hypercholesterolemia could provide healthcare savings of €5.3 billion per year...

Mars joins Nestlé, Lindt and Ferrero in calorie reduction goal

Mars-Wrigley, Nestlé USA, Ferrero, Lindt, and Ferrara Candy say half of their individually wrapped products will be 200 calories or less by 2022.

Australian budget "missed opportunity" for preventive health

This week's Australian budget has been described as a missed opportunity for strengthening the focus on preventive health.

Act now to ensure food security in the face of climate change, Obama tells entrepreneurs

Climate change represents a major threat to food security throughout the world, according to former US President Barack Obama, and entrepreneurs, scientists and the food industry must act to mitigate...

EU fairy tales: Is botanical harmonisation ‘a waste of time’?

The European Commission is 'wasting the time' of the botanical industry by trying to fix a 'fairy tale' problem of harmonising European rules, according to the author of a book...

China summit brings together top level experts to discuss latest nutrition regulations and trends

A raft of high-level speakers will be taking to the stage at the second annual China International Nutrition and Health Industry Summit, with the latest regulatory issues, trends, and omega-3...

What's on the label isn't always what's in the product

Do commercial probiotics need better quality controls?

Probiotic products should have a more stringent quality control process with processes that ensure contents match what is on the label, warns a new position paper.

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document...

Strain-level specificity critical for full compliance, NSF probiotics labeling expert says

Labeling probiotics to the strain level is becoming an increasing focus in NSF’s certification process, an expert told NutraIngredinets-USA.

OPINION: Why positive biology is crucial to understand how we can achieve healthy ageing

Queen Elizabeth was reported to have sent out 300 birthday wishes to British centenarians in 1955, 1200 in 1970, and 7500 in 2014. Now it is estimated that there is somewhere...

Hemp for human food consumption finally gets the green light in Australia and New Zealand

Hemp foods are finally set to hit Australian plates after regulators approved legislation legalising low-THC hemp for human consumption as a food.


From functional products to fortification: How the UN's Sustainable Development Goals can boost business outcomes

Tapping in to the UN’s Sustainable Development goals (SDGs) through fortification, functional products and reformulation can offer the food industry substantial growth opportunities – but more needs to be done...

EU low-cal diet industry "could fold" if rules rubber stamped, warns trade body

New rules on low calorie diets could wipe out manufacturers and distributors of weight loss programmes in Europe, according to an industry trade body which is urging regulators to seek...

Do we need weight-related guidelines for omega-3, or just to get more in general?

Body size and weight plays an important role in the benefits that can be gained from omega-3 supplements, according to a new RCT that suggests age-related guidelines for children may...

Belgium proposes legal changes on self-checking and food supplements

Legislative changes in Belgium's General Food Law Act could see changes to existing rules on the maximum levels for various nutrients, while for some nutrients the maximum levels could be removed...

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