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BASF-Stepan CLA claim rejection fall-out

EFSA: Only national bodies can withdraw health claim applications

The EU’s central science agency has clarified health claim procedures after a furore over a CLA weight management submission BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the...

Which supplements were rejected at the EU border this month?

Adulteration, mislabelling and heavy metal contents. We trawled the EU’s alert database to find out which supplements had been blocked at the border this month.

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

Monacolin K health claims could carry safety warnings

Accompanying warnings are being considered for monacolin K health claims after a number of EU member states raised safety concerns.

UK police warn on DNP slimming tablets after woman’s death

Police in the UK have warned against buying diet pills containing the toxic fat-burner DNP following the death of a 21-year-old woman.

What did we learn from Décathlon’s carb claim success?

The approval of a health claim on carbohydrates and muscle function has shown that a successful dossier does not have to contain proprietary data.

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

One protein quality method needed in law, says dairy

A study comparing two methods of measuring protein quality has highlighted the need for one to be chosen and made EU law, says dairy player Volac.

EU companies must get ready for ‘bio-piracy’ law now

Global and EU regulation aims to stop companies using indigenous bio knowledge and material to make profits without filtering any of the benefits back.

Whose job is it to police illegal health claims?

With different bodies referring illegal health claims to one another for policing, NutraIngredients asks:  Whose responsibility is it to ensure health claim compliance – and does it matter as long...

ESSNA kicks out Protein World as compliance campaign cranked up

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has kicked out Protein World just one week after the UK retailer was busted by the UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

Belgium writes BELFRIT botanical list into law

Belgium has notified the European Commission of a draft decree replacing its current lists of botanicals with those approved under BELFRIT – bringing the number of plants from about 645...

UK blows whistle on sports supplement claims

The UK advertising watchdog has muzzled meal replacement, muscle building, metabolism, L-carnitine, CLA (conjugated linoleic acid) and other claims being made by a UK based online manufacturer-retailer as it continues...

NZ Commerce Commission grants INC power to restrict infant formula marketing

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has granted infant formula industry association, the Infant Nutrition Council (INC), the power to restrict the marketing practices of its members.

Do single-ingredient groups help convey industry's message, or contribute to the cacophony?

Single ingredient trade groups are becoming an increasingly common feature of the dietary supplement industry.  Whether they burnish the overall image of the sector or serve to further Balkanize the...

EFSA’s pledge: ‘More robust, open and transparent processes’

Greater transparency, more robust scientific assessments and wider participation are at the heart of EFSA's two-year Prometheus project.

‘Dull’ health claims lead many to miss £27bn market

Thousands of European food and drink firms are missing out on the £27bn global functional food market because of restrictive health claims wording, leading nutritionists have complained.

Raspberry ketone and its little extract that could cause big confusion

Weight-loss ingredient raspberry ketone is an unauthorised novel food for all but one very particular extract – something one manufacturer using the legal extract says could cause confusion.  

EU glucose claims battle

Dextro Energy takes Commision to EU courts over banned glucose claims

The German nutrition company Dextro Energy is to take the European Commission to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg over five banned glucose health claims. 

Belgian court rules against 'misleading' Alpro soy product

Alpro’s use of the term ‘yoghurt variant’ for its soy- and plant-based products is misleading and must be removed, a Belgian court has ruled.

Euro sports nutrition sector backs UK food crime move

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says the appointment of Andy Morling as the new head of the Food Crime Unit at the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is...

Firm goes to ground; nature of poisoning unknown

Police investigating arsenic poisoning in UK herbal supplement case

The UK medicines agency has joined West Yorkshire police in investigating an arsenic poisoning case that has been linked to an impotence herbal supplement sold via the UK arm of...

Goal for IPA to become more agile, vocal in promoting probiotics, new director says

After a months-long interregnum, George Paraskevakos, the new executive director of the International Probiotics Association, formally takes up the reins pledging that the organization will become more agile and vocal in...