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On the spike: The curious case of a contaminated sports supplement

‘Don’t take sports supplements, they can’t be trusted’ was the takeaway message from Welsh track stars Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton after the recent UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) tribunal agreed steroids...

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

Medical foods for blood sugar management in limbo more than a year after FDA issued draft guidance

Medical foods formulated for diabetes are still in a state of limbo more than 18 months after the US Food and Drug Administration issued an updated draft guidance on the...

Special Edition: Blood Sugar Management

FDA rule offers only narrow field for blood sugar management claims, experts say

As obesity rates worldwide continue to rise and the related scourge of diabetes increases in lockstep, companies marketing ingredients in the United States intended to help consumers who find themselves...

Cambridge Commodities: “There was no contamination in any of the tested products or ingredients.”

Mountain Fuel drink maker says ‘doped’ products tested clean

The third party manufacturer of the Mountain Fuel sports drink that has been blamed in a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) independent panel ruling for the ‘inadvertent’ steroid doping of two Welsh...

EFSA caffeine opinion is not a green light

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safety assessment on caffeine is not necessarily a green light for high caffeine consumption or for long-stalled health claims, according to industry commentators.

“This signals a new dawn for weight loss products.”

Industry backs EFSA report on low-calorie diet regimes

EFSA’s full low-calorie diet regime report – published this week – can help “tackle the societal challenge of obesity”, the EU’s specialist food trade group has said.

EFSA: 400mg of caffeine a day is safe

400mg of caffeine a day from all sources is not a safety concern, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in a long-awaited caffeine risk assessment. 

EFSA rejects Clasado prebiotic appeal; firm to fight on

EFSA has rejected Clasado’s health claim appeal for its Bimuno prebiotic for a third time – but the UK-Maltese nutra firm has vowed to fight on and submit again.

600 calories, 75 g protein, 30 g carbs: EFSA issues ‘milestone’ diet replacement opinion

EFSA has very specifically refined what a low-calorie diet replacement regime should contain including a minimum of 600 calories and 30 g of carbohydrates per day. One observer said the...

Super vit crit! Researchers challenge drinks with 'extraordinarily high' added micronutrients

There is ‘little evidence’ that consumers benefit from the ‘extraordinarily high levels’ of micronutrients commonly added to novel beverages, according to a study published in the Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and...

Intense sweeteners have no proven nutritional value, says French authority

Recommending intense sweeteners as a way to reduce sugar intakes cannot be justified as a public health strategy, the French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES)...

“We do not see this as a rejection.”

EFSA refuses fenugreek for glycaemic benefits

A 9-study dossier linking herbal extract fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) and improved glycaemic response has been deemed insufficient by the EU’s central science agency. But the firm’s chief told us, “We do...

News in brief

EFSA assessment: No need to change EU lycopene recommendations

EFSA has concluded there are no intake concerns with various forms of lycopene in a post-market assessment published last week.

EFSA health claim opinion

Prebiotic inulin wins EFSA bowel health claim

European prebiotic giant Beneo is celebrating today after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) backed inulin to better bowel function.

Sugar low: “The use of such a health claim would convey a conflicting and confusing message..."

Glucose health claims: EFSA says yes; EC says no (and closes door)

Five glucose health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) back in 2012 have been officially banned by the European Commission due to concerns over what they would say to...

EFSA health claim opinion

CLA health claim rejection ‘another bad day’ for fat-reduction products

BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition have called the latest European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) weight management rejection for conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) "surprising" and questioned whether the EU's central food science agency has done its...

FDA warning over infant's death shouldn't call safety of probiotics into question, experts say

The recall last last year of a probiotic product found to be contaminated with a fungus should not cast a pall over the entire sector, experts say.  Though they are...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects yoghurt weight loss health claims

168 human publications including 48 intervention studies, 20 observational studies, 12 meta-analyses, 13 reviews, and 75 other studies (bioavailability and mechanistic studies) have failed to convince the European Food Safety...

India

Drug trial compensation increased though still not enough, say experts

While India plans to increase compensation payments to volunteers who suffer disability from clinical trials, some experts have criticised the new regime for not going far enough.

Hong Kong proposes ban on infant formula nutrition claims

Hong Kong has proposed banning nutrition claims on infant formula products over concerns they mislead consumers and discourage breastfeeding.

Health claims divide EU supplement trade groups

The Dutch supplements trade group NPN has severed ties with EHPM, the Europe-wide group it was a founding member of, citing differences in approaches to EU health claim reform.

The Lancet: Better nutrition requires better political economy understanding

Improving global nutrition won’t be achieved unless, “the roles of politics, economics, and institutions” can be better understood, The Lancet has reported.

Honey Monster cereal slammed for ‘goodness’ claim

Halo Foods has breached advertising codes with ‘goodness’ claims on the honey content of Honey Monster cereal, the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

Probiotic term could reappear on yogurt in UK

The term ‘probiotic’ could make a re-appearance on pots of yogurt on sale in UK supermarkets, if Italy is successful in getting approval for its use as a ‘generic descriptor’.

Health claim game changers of 2014

A health claim approval can spell good business for some, while rejections disaster for firms who have invested big to collect their supporting dossier only to be told their evidence...

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