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Omega 3 industry fights back: Study shows Australian and New Zealand supplements “clearly meet” label claims

Australian and New Zealand fish oil products meet omega-3 PUFA specifications, and are not oxidized, according to an industry-funded study.

Australian supplement body enthusiastic about higher level health claims plan

Australian trade body Complementary Medicines Australia (CMA) has given its seal of approval to proposed new regulations that propose a ‘third health claim pathway’ for supplements.

EU court of auditors attacks Commission for its failures on food waste

EU auditors said the European Commission’s efforts to tackle food waste have lacked effort, coordination, been fragmented and intermittent - and without even a real definition of food waste, in...

French group: Vitamin D-linked infant death not a supplement issue; Health Minister agrees

The French food supplements trade group Synadiet has clarified that the Uvestérol D vitamin D product linked to an infant death before Christmas was a prescription-only medicine and not available...

Dodgy: ‘Scammers’ shut down after illegally targeting elderly with ‘fake’ remedies

Fake companies are scamming elderly people out of millions of pounds by selling them ‘useless’ health supplements based on false promises, warns British government agency the Insolvency Service and charity...

‘A call to arms’: Infant nutrition cereals failing to meet standards in low income countries

An analysis of more than 100 locally-manufactured premixed infant cereals from low and middle income countries, including Indonesia, China and Nepal, has revealed widespread variation in nutritional content, sparking concerns...

Peek into PROBIOTA 2017: BERLIN, FEBRUARY 1-3

‘Enhanced probiotics’ pave the way in tackling malnutrition

‘Smart’ gut bacteria that can improve the fermentation process? Super-efficient microorganisms that can turn empty calories into complete nutritional food?

News in brief

Danone fails in prebiotic infant microbiome patent challenge

French dairy and probiotics giant Danone has failed to shut down an infant microbiome-focused prebiotic composition patent, after a European Patent Office (EPO) ruling.

'20 to 30 elite sportspeople/teams' involved in ketone research

Oxford researchers behind a novel performance-enhancing ketone drink get around an email a day from sports teams hoping to buy the product – and another 20-30 unnamed professional teams have...

2016’s top APAC regulation and policy stories revealed: Japan, China, India, Australia and South East Asia in the spotlight

Food and nutrition firms in APAC have to contend with a diverse and at times contradictory regulatory landscape across the region, with rules and laws being amended or introduced all...

Europe’s Plan B: The ‘Common Food Policy’

An independent think tank, IPES, has been set up to advise the EU and work towards creating a common food policy that would create a sustainable, healthy and profitable food...

Dispatches from the #SNC16 congress in Frankfurt

Could energy drinks be cut out of the EU caffeine claim loop?

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is lobbying for two different solutions to the EU caffeine claim hold up, one of which could see use of the claims limited to...

Sports nutrition programme launched in Japan to test for banned substances

LGC has launched its sports nutrition supplements testing programme ‘Informed-Choice’ in Japan with the support of the brand DNS and auditing specialists Biohealth Research.

Stop CETA: Trans-continental coalition fights trade agreement

A coalition of over 450 civil society groups from Europe and Canada has signed an open letter pleading legislators to vote against the deal, fearing it will erode public power over the...

Collaboration critical to combating malnutrition

The issue of poor or inconsistent standards of nutrition in hospitals and care homes continues to persist, with the elderly especially at risk of severe malnourishment.

Norwegian food industry agrees to aid government in promoting healthy food

A coalition of major food industry bodies have made a pact with the Norwegian government to help improve public health by reducing high fat, sugary and salty foods (HFFS).

Nutrient nationalism: Belgium latest to set its own maximum levels

The Belgian government has set its own maximum levels for added nutrients in foods and supplements in a draft decree that sees yet more national divergence from the road to...

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Nutrition declaration on prepacked foods now mandatory

Today is the first day that nutritional information must become mandatory on packaging, according to the EU Food Information to Consumers (FIC) Regulation No 1169/2011.

Collagen claims only skin deep: UK ad body

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told a company selling collagen supplements to change its efficacy health claims about cosmetic effects on hair, skin and nails.

What's so super? UK ad body busts Organic Burst superfood claims

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled against superfood claims made by Organic Burst World, saying the company failed to back the wording with specific authorised health claims....

Industry backs ban of online junk food ads for children

Industry has given its support to a new ruling by the UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) on marketing junk food to children that will increase restrictions to cover non-broadcast media, including...

India’s new functional food and supplements rules: The key requirements every firm needs to know

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has issued its long-awaited rules for functional foods and supplements – publishing a 79-page set of criteria on its website.

Mixed anti-doping messages: Call to address hypocritical sports supplement sponsorship

There is a huge hypocritical disconnect between the advice given by some sports clubs against supplement use and the sponsorship deals they sign, says certification body Informed-Sport.

EU Court of Justice 'complicates' multipack food labelling, says lawyer

An EU Court ruling, which states nutrition information on multipack products must also appear on each individual item, contradicts EU law, a food law expert has said.

EU health coalition calls for 6am-11pm ban on junk food advertising

A coalition of European health organisations is campaigning for later watershed times and restricted product placement for adverts and television marketing unhealthy food and alcohol.