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Finland considers investigation into pharma-containing libido supplements

The Finnish food safety authority (ENVIRA) has recalled a libido-boosting dietary supplement after it discovered it contained an undeclared drug similar to Viagra.

All eyes on supplement sold with 77 x safe vitamin E levels

Luxembourg’s ministry of health has warned consumers not to buy a product containing 77 times the recommended safe daily dose of vitamin E.

ABC lab document to help industry stem tide of bilberry adulteration

The American Botanical Council has taken another major step in its Botanical Adulterants Program with the release of a Laboratory Guidance Document on bilberry.

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

Guest article

What degree of evidence is required to make an EU health claim?

Eight years after the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) came into force the question of how to win a health claim is still not satisfactorily answered in the eyes...

Guest article

Cholesterolimbroglio: Inside an EU claims mess

On September 1 a Hamburg court will on the case brought by FoodWatch against Unilever over marketing for its cholesterol-lowering margarine Becel pro.activ.

13% in some countries compared to 43% in SE Asia

Europe has world's lowest breastfeeding rates: WHO

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says rising obesity rates among mothers and ready availability and attractiveness of formula has left Europe with the world’s lowest breastfeeding rates.

EFSA loses right to keep experts secret

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has lost its right to keep the names of contributing expert commentators a secret – a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that could...

“We see opportunities for scientifically justified nutritional products…”

EFSA issues medical foods guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued guidance on how firms can compile “well-structured dossiers” for medical foods that may be permitted in the EU’s 28 nations as momentum to update...

CODEX approves zinc citrate for use in infant and follow-on formula

Codex Alimentarius (Codex) has approved zinc citrate for use in foods for infants and young children - opening the door for it to become an "important zinc source" in infant formula....

July: Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

Emu oil, impotence drugs and illegal oranges. Click on to find out which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month. 

News in brief

Canadian Chia player seeks EU novel foods approval

Canadian food supplements firm Advantage Health Matters has applied for EU novel foods approval for its chia seed products under European Union substantial equivalence rules via UK authorities.

Global ‘graded’ nutrition & health claim system needed: Review of 28 jurisdictions

A harmonised system of graded nutrition and health claims depending on the product and consumer impact would be ‘preferable’ to current global disparity, say researchers behind an international review of...

News in brief

EFSA sets adequate intakes for magnesium and phosphorus

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set adequate intakes (AIs) for magnesium and phosphorus.

Could and should DNP be a classified substance?

Tackling the problem of toxic fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) isn’t just about classifying it as an illegal drug, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

US firm wins EU novel foods approval for vitamin K2

Indiana firm Vesta Ingredients has won EU novel foods approval for its vitamin K2 form as it has been determined to be equivalent to a form already on-market and proven...

Senior coroner to write to MPs to ask if DNP should be classified substance

DNP toxicity caused death of young UK woman: Coroner

Highly toxic 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) diet pills were behind the death of 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry, a coroner's inquest found.

Austria could face EU court action for direct selling ban

Austria could be taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its ban on doorstep sales of products like food supplements, the European Commission says. 

EFSA publishes health claims guidance; calls for input until September 11

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a 29-page health claims guidance to clarify its health claims scientific criteria and is calling for stakeholder input until September 11.

UK ad body warns firm to CEASE misleading autism cure claims for homeopathy

Teddington Homeopathy mislead parents of children with autism with claims that the condition could be cured with nutritional supplements, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

EFSA confirms safety of synthetic oligosaccharides in infant, follow-on formula

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the safety of two synthetic oligosaccharides - opening the door for their use in infant and follow-on formula.

EC supplements report: Need greater harmony in internet age

A European Commission report has concluded the EU food supplements market remains fragmented but member state actions in areas like botanicals and maximum levels for some vitamins and minerals were...

Child’s play: EFSA approves immune and metabolism health claims, rejects colic discomfort

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three children’s health claims for immune health and energy-yielding metabolism but rejected a fourth infant claim for the reduction of gastrointestinal discomfort....

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

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