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Canadian Chia player seeks EU novel foods approval

Canadian food supplements firm Advantage Health Matters has applied for EU novel foods approval for its chia seed products under European Union substantial equivalence rules via UK authorities.

Global ‘graded’ nutrition & health claim system needed: Review of 28 jurisdictions

A harmonised system of graded nutrition and health claims depending on the product and consumer impact would be ‘preferable’ to current global disparity, say researchers behind an international review of...

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EFSA sets adequate intakes for magnesium and phosphorus

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set adequate intakes (AIs) for magnesium and phosphorus.

Could and should DNP be a classified substance?

Tackling the problem of toxic fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) isn’t just about classifying it as an illegal drug, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

US firm wins EU novel foods approval for vitamin K2

Indiana firm Vesta Ingredients has won EU novel foods approval for its vitamin K2 form as it has been determined to be equivalent to a form already on-market and proven...

Senior coroner to write to MPs to ask if DNP should be classified substance

DNP toxicity caused death of young UK woman: Coroner

Highly toxic 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) diet pills were behind the death of 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry, a coroner's inquest found.

Austria could face EU court action for direct selling ban

Austria could be taken to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over its ban on doorstep sales of products like food supplements, the European Commission says. 

EFSA publishes health claims guidance; calls for input until September 11

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a 29-page health claims guidance to clarify its health claims scientific criteria and is calling for stakeholder input until September 11.

UK ad body warns firm to CEASE misleading autism cure claims for homeopathy

Teddington Homeopathy mislead parents of children with autism with claims that the condition could be cured with nutritional supplements, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

EFSA confirms safety of synthetic oligosaccharides in infant, follow-on formula

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed the safety of two synthetic oligosaccharides - opening the door for their use in infant and follow-on formula.

EC supplements report: Need greater harmony in internet age

A European Commission report has concluded the EU food supplements market remains fragmented but member state actions in areas like botanicals and maximum levels for some vitamins and minerals were...

Child’s play: EFSA approves immune and metabolism health claims, rejects colic discomfort

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved three children’s health claims for immune health and energy-yielding metabolism but rejected a fourth infant claim for the reduction of gastrointestinal discomfort....

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

Reaction: BBC report

Herbals attacked for poor quality; industry calls for greater enforcement

A BBC investigation in the UK has questioned quality control in the botanicals sector, especially those sold as food supplements. The industry has called for greater enforcement.

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EFSA considers health claim for creatine and elderly muscle function

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is reviewing a health claim application for creatine and muscle function in the elderly following an application from German chemical company AlzChem AG.

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Codex backs work on international standard for quinoa

Bolivia and the US have been given the go ahead to work on an international standard for quinoa by the Codex Alimentarius Commission (CAC).

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

EFSA on vitamin E: ‘Pregnant and lactating women don’t need more’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has set dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin E as alpha-tocopherol.

New developments in sports certification field as competition heats up

Competition is heating up in the sports certification field, as several companies offering verification schemes that test for banned substances announced developments recently.

Chinese crack down on ginkgo

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has taken action against local suppliers found to be engaged in supplying substandard versions of the botanical, ginkgo biloba.

DNP Arnold recall still stands, says Norway following legal threats

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority says its recall of the product Arnold Iron Dream Concentrated Night Time Recover remains in place – despite legal threats from the companies over the...

Clearer health claims wording is needed

Urgent action is needed to amend the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations (NHCR) to allow food and drink (F&D) manufacturers to make better use of them, a legal expert has...

Nutrient profiles vote struck from Strasbourg agenda

The REFIT report – and therefore nutrient profiles – was removed from the European Parliament plenary agenda in Strasbourg yesterday.

'Classic example of a failed policy towards supplements': Implicated EU distributor

Hasta la vista DNP: Firm considers legal action against authorities for ‘false’ allegations

EU member state authorities have warned against a sleep-enhancing body building product they said contained the toxic fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP). Yet the EU distributor of the official MusclePharm product...

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