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British Specialist Nutrition Association rings leadership changes

The chief of the British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) is passing the baton after 11 years with the infant, elderly, gluten-free and other specialty foods group.

Glycaemic carbs win EFSA cognitive function approval; lycopene ingredient rejected

New scientific opinions published by EFSA mean glycaemic carbohydrates can be said to contribute to normal cognitive functions, but a suggested link between L-tug lycopene and lower LDL-cholesterol was dismissed.

EFSA lifts year-long block on Buglossoides oil novel food approval

Buglossoides oil is a safe novel food ingredient, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said in an opinion that should put member state concerns on safety and strength of evidence...

Trade body shuns attack on energy drinks

The British Soft Drinks Association (BSDA) has rejected calls to ban the sale of energy drinks to children under 16, claiming they are not promoted to this age group.

20 teaspoons of sugar in an energy drink: Campaign group calls for ban of sales to U16s

Thought soft drinks were sugary? Look at energy drinks! says Action on Sugar

Energy drinks contain up to 20 teaspoons of sugar per 500ml serving – more than three times the maximum adult daily intake of free sugars a day, according to research...

Special Edition: Powered up and packing nutritional punch

Bakers missing a trick by not labeling micronutrients, says consultant

Bakery manufacturers should list existing micronutrients such as iron and potassium on pack for an easy health win, says a bakery consultant.

ASA rules against Herbalveda's 'traditional medicine' health claims

Health claims made by supplement retailer Herbalveda for Himalayan garlic, bitter apricot kernels and gudmar leaves are unsubstantiated and must be removed, says the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

ASA ruling bans Advanced Health Ltd ‘fat binding’ advert

Online claims that Advanced Health’s Proactol XS has ‘unbeatable fat-binding capacity’ and can aid weight loss and lowering cholesterol have been banned by the UK Advertising Standards Agency (ASA).

ASA rejects LighterLife Fast complaint: It's hard to get 100% of RDAs with 600 kcal of ‘ordinary' food

It would be extremely difficult for consumers to devise a 600 calorie diet providing 100% of vitamin and mineral RDAs themselves, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) said in its rejection of...

EC suggests toddler milk marketing and composition 'commitments'

Manufacturers could help devise "self-regulatory commitments" on the composition and marketing of growing-up formula under a new European Commission "policy option."

ESSNA non-compliance campaign is ‘coming of age’ for sports nutrition sector

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance’s (ESSNA) campaign against non-compliance has already seen its membership double and more than 60 cases investigated over the last 18 months, something it hoped would...

Special edition: Botanicals

What will it take to break the botanicals deadlock?

Two pending European Courts of Justice (ECJ) cases and the prospect of a unified pan-EU list of safe botanicals hold the potential to break the current deadlock around botanicals, according...

WHO unveils nutrient profiling to restrict marketing to kids

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has unveiled its nutrient profiling tool to restrict the marketing of unhealthy foods and drinks to children.

EFSA lends hand in developing third-country novel food process

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is to start developing an application process for novel foods from outside of the European Union. 

Industry creating 'health halos' by adding vitamins, says BEUC

Adding in vitamins and minerals is one way the industry is getting around current health and nutrition regulation and creating a 'health halo' around otherwise unhealthy products, according to the European...

Too broad vs. too limited: Can the sports nutrition industry climb out of regulatory purgatory?

A European Commission report due in July this year should bring legal clarity to the current regulation obscurity that surrounds the sports nutrition market, according to a paper by the...

Special edition: Botanicals

Red yeast rice: Time for EU harmonisation?

Different maximum limits for red yeast rice mean the natural cholesterol management product is a food supplement in one country but a drug in others. Is it time for EU harmonisation?...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

Norway and Denmark warn on dangerous levels of vitamin A and D

The Norwegian and Danish authorities have both issued warnings on the sale of vitamins that exceeded safe upper limits by up to 16 times. 

New head of Commission’s DG SANTE nutrition unit announced

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou has been announced as the new head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE unit for nutrition, food composition and information, stepping into the shoes of Basil Mathioudakis. ...

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First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

Rethinking malnutrition strategies may reduce relapses and deaths, says researchers

Rethinking the cutoff thresholds of feeding regimens that malnourished children are put on could help to reduce the rate of relapse, which currently stands at 37%, say experts.

EFSA issues immune and gut health claim guidance; 'It will be better for all concerned'

EFSA has issued a long-awaited immune and gut health claim guidance document it says draws on years of dossier assessment and includes biomarker updates, but a leading consultant was left...

Norway retains folic acid upper limit

A high intake of folic acid does not cause cancer so current upper levels and maximum amounts for the vitamin should stay the same, says the Norwegian Scientific Committee for...

"The EU is the only region in the world where the use of the term ‘probiotic’ is banned.”

Probiotic sector chief: ‘I am ashamed how the EU is dealing with this’

The secretary general of a leading probiotic association has launched a stinging attack on the European Union health claims regime she said is discriminatory, confusing and shameful.