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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.

News in brief

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The European Food Safety Authority is calling for public comments on its draft guidance for the allergenicity assessment of genetically modified (GM) plants.

UK report calls for ban on energy drink sales to under 16s

A report authored by UK public health lobby group Action on Sugar has called on the UK government to curb energy drink consumption among young people – listing a ban...

Landmark law: Mozambique brings in mandatory food fortification

Mozambique is gearing up for the introduction of mandatory fortification of flour, corn meal, cooking oil, sugar and salt, following milestone legislation designed to combat malnutrition.

UK retailer files carb:protein ratio health claim

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has filed a health claim for a particular carbohydrate to protein ratio it says helps overweight individuals lose weight.

News in brief

What do YOU think about EFSA’s health claim guidance?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is asking for comments on its revised scientific and technical guidance for health claim applications.

Kellogg rapped for Special K health claims

Kellogg has been ordered to amend or pull a website and TV ad for Special K after the ads were found to breach standards on health claims.

legal uncertainty and B2B marketing rethink on the horizon?

B2B ads are not safe from health claim regulation: EU court confirms

The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that commercial communications addressed solely to health professionals must respect the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) like any other marketing...

EFSA potassium opinion up for debate

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public opinion on its draft dietary reference values for potassium.

Brexit briefings

Big Brexit headache for small business

With the pound on its knees, frozen yoghurt lolly maker Claudi and Fin is staring a 13% price rise in the face next month. “In the short-term we expect to shoulder...

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Consumer group calls on Monster Energy to stop using claims on its 'dangerous caffeine bombs'

The German arm of consumer group Foodwatch has called on Monster Energy to voluntarily stop using health claims on its drinks following clear recent political calls for change.

Industry split on Brexit business impact: Poll

Brexit is generally regarded as bad for business, NutraIngredients readers have said, but some see positives in the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.

Brexit may force EFSA to change its 'nationality balance' policy

In 2015 a total of 177 experts of UK nationality contributed to the work of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), leaving some to question what an impending Brexit will...

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Prebiotic & botanical health claims withdrawn from EFSA

One health claim application for a prebiotic fibre and a further two for the plant resin Chios mastiha have been withdrawn from the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) agenda....

The food supplement-pharma divide

Dutch court rules dosage can't turn a supplement into a drug

The Dutch supplements industry is celebrating a court ruling that sleep aid melatonin cannot be classed as a medicine if its dosage is above a certain threshold.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

strasbourg plenary vote

MEPs block 4 caffeine claims

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to veto four caffeine health claims following a lively debate on energy drinks in a Strasbourg plenary today. 

Italy ponders high-dose vitamin reclassification

Italy could ban high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements after a nutrition committee recommended vitamin B12 (cobalamin) above 500 micrograms (ug) was medicinal.

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