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Chaotic show of hands: Parliament JURI committee voted to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted to scrap nutrient profiles last month – contrary to what media and industry understood at the time.

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

Salmonella in your infant nutrition, hormones in your supplements and lead in your detox. These were just some of the nasties included in this month’s round up of supplements blocked at...

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Oceania ADO warns athletes off food supplements

As the Pacific Games approaches in July the Oceania Regional Anti-Doping Organisation (ORADO) has warned athletes not to take food supplements.

“The criminal networks behind many of the illicit websites are passing themselves off as legitimate pharmacies.”

Irish police seize DNP products

Irish police have seized products containing the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

Irish man dies after taking toxic DNP slimming tablets

A young Irish man has died after apparently taking slimming tablets bought online that contained the toxic fat burner dinitrophenol (DNP), the Irish Health Products Regulatory Authority (HPRA) has said.

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Tereos Syral applies for sucrose fibre and intestinal regularity claim

Tereos Syral has applied for a health claim for short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides from sucrose and ‘normal intestinal regularity’.

Meal replacement regulation should consider consumers not just science: SNE

Any new regulation on total meal replacements should consider consumer expectations of taste and cost, not just science, says trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE).

Ex-education director takes DG SANTE top spot

Xavier Prats Monne is to become the new general director of the European Commission’s health and food safety unit, DG SANTE, a position he takes on after the resignation of Paola Testori...

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

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Salmonella in Nanox Nutriceuticals supplement

Salmonella has been found in a dietary supplement according to the Environmental Health Directorate of Malta.

France investigates pregnancy supplement safety following abortions

The French food safety agency is investigating risks associated with the intake of vitamins and minerals from food supplements during pregnancy after it received two reports of termination on medical grounds....

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

European court throws out botanicals complaint

Trade groups lose EU court battle against health claim regulation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected a joint plea from the UK Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA) and the Dutch NPN for the permitted health claims list regulation to...

Council approves final compromise text on novel foods

A European Council committee has rejected a proposal that would have allowed the European Parliament the right to veto novel foods approvals – saying this would contradict the law’s purpose...

ANSES investigates glucosamine and chondroitin supplements

The French food safety agency is investigating the safety of joint heath supplements containing glucosamine and/or chondroitin.

Fat-burning supplement death is tragic but don’t blame the supplement industry, says supplemements industry

The death of a 45-year-old British man who overdosed on ‘T5’ fat burning food supplements is tragic but not indicative of an under-regulated supplements industry, say trade groups.

India

Minister proposes bar on all non-pharmaceuticals in Indian chemists

Indian authorities are considering whether to ban the sale of baby food and other supplements at pharmacies as retailers look on in horror.

EU nutrient profiles: The 9-year saga

EU Parliament could ask Commission to ditch nutrient profiles for health claims

Key European Parliament committee votes could push the European Commission to “eliminate” nutrient profiles from the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

Guest article

It's time to end EU’s botanical Babel, says expert

The EU is old enough and ugly enough to get itself out of its botanical rut, so what's the hold up? Dr Luca Bucchini, managing director of Hylobates Consulting, asks.

Commission, UK and Gates Foundation put big nutrition cash on table

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has pledged €689m to help tackle malnutrition as the European Commission announced €23.5m for a new nutrition initiative and €3.5bn by 2020.

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

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Ukraine basing nutrition plan on EU platform

The Ukraine government is assessing a draft resolution to improve the country’s nutrition based on EU actions.

Netherlands investigates safe vitamin A intake from supplements

The Netherlands is looking at whether legislation on vitamin A should be changed after a report calculated how much could be ingested from supplements.

Is the Romanian botanical decree a step toward or away from harmonisation?

Romania has a new law on botanicals – but the jury is out on whether this will help or hinder the case for a pan-EU list.

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