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Norway publishes 12/44 ‘other substance’ risk assessments

Norwegian authorities have published risk assessments for 12 so-called unregulated ‘other substances’ in food supplements and energy drinks, including caffeine, taurine and omega-3 forms EPA, DHA and EPA.

Extra security at FiE in wake of Paris terror attacks

Extra security measures will be taken at a major food ingredients trade show in Paris next week, as the city shows defiance in the wake of deadly terrorist attacks.

Nicotinamide could halve Australia’s healthcare costs for skin cancers

A new health economics analysis paper has been presented to Australian lawmakers at Parliament House to show how nicotinamide could double the cost benefits of its use.

Is 'robust and transparent' research possible when industry and scientists collaborate?

The European food industry has published voluntary research principles to ensure robust and transparent science – but questions remain over how they will be put in place and enforced.


Complementary health red tape review well received by industry

A final report by an independent review panel on how to streamline regulations in Australia’s complementary medicines sector has stressed the importance of cutting red tape.


Academic excitement about inflammation falls on consumer deaf ears: Consultant

There is only one approved health claim for inflammation in Europe and it is not being used because it means nothing to consumers, according to a health food consultant.

First ever micronutrient group to push supplement issues in UK parliament

The UK has launched an All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on micronutrients and health, something the Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) said would help bring nutrition to the forefront of discussions...

Two-year count down for insect novel food approval

Producers of food-grade insects will submit a novel food application as soon as the new regulation passes into force, the International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) has...

EFSA revaluates novel synthetic oligosaccharides: ‘May cause mild gastrointestinal symptoms’

Doses of lacto-N-neotetraose and 2'‑O-fucosyllactose in foods and supplements for children aged 1-10 years could mean intakes linked to mild gastrointestinal symptoms in adults, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) said...

EFSA health claim opinion

Vitamin C infant claim to drive consumer confidence: Nutritionist

An EFSA-approved health claim relating to infant immune system function will spread consumer confidence, a nutritionist says, although a pro-breast milk feeding group warns the claim could be abused.

“It is one of our goals to work more in the major regulatory decision-making centres."

Sterol & stanol giants join to boost cholesterol-lowering category

Six players – Danone, Raisio, Unilever, Cargill, BASF and Arboris – have formed a group to propel cholesterol-lowering plant stanols and sterols science into the media and policy spotlights to...

UK opens door to adverts targeting obese in wake of public health crisis

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has changed rules to allow firms to target obese adults for the first time with ‘responsible lifestyle weight loss programmes’. 

Novel food regulation to be written into EU law books

A vote this week from the Council of the EU means the updated novel food regulation will soon be written into EU law books.

The new DMAA: DMBA warnings spread to EU

The Swedish Food Safety Authority (NFA) has urged consumers not to buy products containing DMBA – a novel substance used to replace the banned stimulant DMAA.

Despite El Niño threat, Peru says new stock estimate allows for second anchovy fishing season

In a welcome bit of news for the omega-3s industry, the Peruvian government has opened a second fishing season for anchovies. The season had been under threat of closure because...

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

The member states were busy with some big cases this month, with the UK catching rogue DMAA shipments, Germany narrowly escaping a Salmonella outbreak and pretty much everyone chipping in...

The curious case of energy drinks & hypokalemia

The medical case study of a man rushed to intensive care with severe potassium deficiency has brought the issue of energy drinks and hypokalemia back into the spotlight.

EFSA hands over names attached to expert comments

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has handed over details of which working group members made what changes to a draft document on pesticides following a European Court of Justice...

Poland clamping down on misleading supplement ads

Polish health and competition authorities have sent warning letters to 315 supplement companies as a first step in a multi-agency crackdown on the misleading marketing of supplements. 

Codex standard could see whey permeate market ‘explode' in Asia

The market for dairy permeate powder will “explode into life”—especially in Asia—once a global Codex standard is set, which could be as early as next year. 

EU Parliament votes in new novel food rules – or did it?

New rules on novel food were finally voted in yesterday in a European Parliament plenary, while some confusion remains about the adoption of certain amendments.

Stimulants and side effects: UK MPs given supplement-drug use data

UK Members of Parliament have been given data on supplement and drug use among gym-goers to consider ahead of a new bill on psychoactive substances.

Permeate market will 'explode into life' once Codex standard set: Arla Foods Ingredients

The market for dairy permeate powder will “explode into life” once a Codex Alimenatarius standard is adopted, says Arla Foods Ingredients. 

UK ad authority hones in on Polish website

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against a UK food supplements retailer advertising on a Polish language website, which it said falls within its remit. ...

Botanical health claims & nutrient profiles make Commission’s list of 2016 priorities

Botanical health claims and nutrient profiles will be looked at as one of the European Commission’s key 23 initiatives next year.

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