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From industry to authority: Abbott Nutrition regulation director new FSAI chief

Dr Pamela Byrne, currently director of regulatory policy and intelligence for firm Abbott Nutrition, is to become the new chief executive for the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI).

SPECIAL EDITION: INFANT NUTRITION

Infant formula industry has 'responsibility to adhere' to WHO Code principles

The infant formula industry has a "responsibility to adhere" to the principles of the WHO Code, manufacturer representatives from all corners of the globe agree.

Special edition: Infant Nutrition

Engaging NGOs critical to infant formula’s future

The infant formula industry must engage NGOs on the benefits of their products, according to scientists at DSM and Dupont.

SPECIAL EDITION: INFANT NUTRITION

Cognitive health and immunity tough for infant formula claims, warns consultant

Infant formula makers are focused on immunity and cognitive health but should turn to essential vitamins and minerals where they could make easier progress with claims, says a consultant.

Investigation

‘Fatally flawed’ review puts Aus research council’s methods in doubt

The methods of Australia’s National Health and Medical Research Council have been panned after expert opinion branded its review of evidence on the effectiveness of homeopathy as “shoddy” and “fatally...

"I think everybody would love to see at least one approved health claim in these areas at some point in time”

EFSA claim for pro- and prebiotics getting closer, but industry is wary of rushing

There is a general feeling that probiotic and prebiotic producers are getting closer to receiving their categories' first ever health claim; however many big companies are wary of rushing applications...

Norway issues warning on DNP in slimming products after man dies

Norwegian Food Safety Authority issues warning on DNP in slimming products after medical agency confirms the substance was the behind the death of a man. 

Big data: ‘Exhaustive review’ pulls together evidence on food groups and diet-related disease

A new and extensive review of the associations between food and drink groups and major diet-related diseases will guide the way for future research and policy interventions, say researchers.

'Springtime sneezes are diseases,' ASA tells hay fever botanical

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told a hay fever botanical its mention of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose amounted to an unauthorised disease prevention claim.

Swedish agency comes down hard on unlisted pharmas in libido-boosting supplements

The Swedish Medical Products Agency (MPA) says nearly 70% of ‘sexual potency’ food supplements it tested contained unlisted pharmaceutical ingredients.

Dispatches from Hi Europe

EFSA panel member spells out lessons for health claim applications

Good science and trial design must be a focus for companies putting together new health claims dossiers, but that may not mean what you think it does, says NDA Panel...

‘Palm oil free’ products could face legal challenge, say lawyers

Food manufacturers and palm oil producers could have a legal case against companies labelling products ‘palm oil free’, according to Paris-based lawyer Anne Bourdu.

Commission defines food research priorities to 2050

Tailored diets, sustainability, integrated policy-making and consumer awareness of the link between food and health are the four research priority ideas identified in the European Commission’s (EC) foresight report.

Finland to provide specific dietary fibre information

The Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira has introduced a method to better define the constituent parts of dietary fibre in foods.

Health and sustainability goals entail trade-offs

Pursuing health and environmental sustainability goals at the same time requires trade-offs, argues an Aarhus University associate professor in Current Opinion in Food Science.

Ingredia chia oil approved in EU

Benexia chia oil, an Ingredia Nutritional product, gained novel food approval in the EU last week.

Benexia chia oil wins EU novel foods approval

The European Commission has approved Benexia chia oil as a novel food for use in food supplements and in place of other plant fats and oils in foods and drink...

EFSA backs vitamin D for reduced risk of falling in elderly

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive opinion on vitamin D based on its ability to lower the risk of falling associated with muscle weakness and postural...

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and...

FAO: "All of us are responsible for transforming the #ICN2 outcome documents into improved nutrition results."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 3

It’s the last the day of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in Rome. The Pope and the Queen of Spain were among global leaders to address the congress yesterday, urging...

European sports nutrition sector intensifies lobbying ahead of 2015 report

The European sports nutrition sector will promote dialogue with regulators at European level ahead of a Commission report due in mid-2015 that could alter the way the multi-billion euro sector...

Blue spoon of hope: UN Zero Hunger Challenge meets Milan

A gigantic blue spoon has been unveiled at the International Conference on Nutrition in Rome this week that will be the symbol of the United Nations at the Expo 2015...

Pope Francis: "The earth doesn’t forgive anything, so take care of Mother Earth, so it does not respond with destruction.”

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event...

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Special edition: functional foods

‘The trick is to come up with something that actually works’: The elephant in the weight management room

Two years on from revised European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidelines on weight management, the industry is still struggling to produce sufficient evidence to back claims.