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Mimicking human breast milk: Another novel synthetic formula ingredient on the horizon?

Danish biotech firm Glycom has filed another application for a synthetic version of a compound found in breast milk, a development one infant formula expert said was promising.

Could Brexit give a boost to the UK’s supplements industry?

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, supplement industry groups see opportunities for a more liberal UK regime outside the EU, but others question how much practical difference the UK’s split will...

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government....

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UK launches campaign against fake weight loss pills

The UK medicines agency is warning people – especially young women – off buying weight loss pills and supplements, most of which it says are unlicensed and potentially dangerous to health.

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EFSA publishes final choline opinion based on big EU data

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its opinion on how much choline is needed for different groups.

Don’t compare: UK watchdog cans ‘twice-as-fast’ electrolyte gel claims

Comparing one sports nutrition product to another is not permitted unless a specific EU-approved health claim exists to back the comparison, the UK advertising watchdog has said.

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

Cold War thaw? ASA upholds Taywell Ice Cream complaint from rival Perfect World

Ice cream maker Taywell breached health claim rules according to the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), in what was the conclusion of a dispute between Taywell and rival ice cream...

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69 sports nutrition products sold as illegal medicines: UK review

A UK medicines regulator review to coincide with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games has found 69 tainted products being sold on 16 online retail outlets, a much better figure than four years ago.

Update on ‘illegal’ Belgian tax row following flood of court cases

BASF joins multinationals challenging Commission's 'illegal' tax ruling

German chemical giant BASF has joined the seven companies and the Belgian government taking legal action against the European Commission for its ruling that a generous Belgian tax scheme was...

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EFSA rejects fish oil memory claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has thrown out a health claim for a ‘DHA-enriched fish oil’ and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Capsugel, BASF, Omega Pharma among firms to benefit from contested tax scheme

Capsugel takes Commission to EU court over ‘illegal’ tax scheme demands

Capsule manufacturer Capsugel and at least six other companies have taken the European Commission to EU court over the ruling that a Belgian ‘excess profit’ tax scheme was illegal.

Danish children hospitalized by super strength Inno Pharma vitamin D

Several children have been hospitalized by a vitamin D supplement made by Inno Pharma according to regulators in Denmark.

Organic change: 100% of milk in Sweden to be vitamin D fortified

100% of milk on the Swedish market will be mandatorily fortified with vitamin D following an intervention by the European Commission.

Study suggests milk better than electrolyte drinks post exercise

A metered intake of milk after exercise and thermal dehydration restores whole-body net fluid balance better than carbohydrate–electrolyte sports drinks or water, according to an Irish study.

When is it best to introduce complementary feeding for infants? Commission asks EFSA

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to update its scientific opinion on the appropriate age for introduction of complementary feeding for infants.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo...

Nutrition profiles of food with health claims only ‘marginally better,' study shows

Foods carrying health claims have only slightly better nutrition profiles than products without, according to an Oxford University study.

UK alters advice on vitamin D

The UK government has advised that adults and children over the age of one should get 10 micrograms (μg) of vitamin D every day.

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US firm hopes to bring novel nitric oxide booster to EU market

US firm Nutrition 21 has applied for EU novel food approval for its sports nutrition ingredient ‘Nitrosigine’, with a public consultation under way.

'We won’t take this as the final outcome. We spent too much time, too much money.'

310th probiotic claim rejection: EFSA throws out Probi claim for iron absorption

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to claim a probiotic can help boost iron absorption – but applicant Probi says it won’t take no for an...

Guest article

Can health pros be trusted with nutritional information?

If you can't trust 'health professionals' to sift nutrition data, who can you trust? argues EU food law critic Bert Schwitters after a recent ECJ ruling that potentially shifts the...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

EFSA launches public consultation on GM allergy assessment

The European Food Safety Authority is calling for public comments on its draft guidance for the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants.

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