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Benexia chia oil wins EU novel foods approval

The European Commission has approved Benexia chia oil as a novel food for use in food supplements and in place of other plant fats and oils in foods and drink...

EFSA backs vitamin D for reduced risk of falling in elderly

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has delivered a positive opinion on vitamin D based on its ability to lower the risk of falling associated with muscle weakness and postural...

ICN2 'framework' document outlines action plan for better food and nutrition systems

The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and World Health Organisation (WHO) have published a 60 point plan as part of a ‘framework for action’ to improve global food and...

FAO: "All of us are responsible for transforming the #ICN2 outcome documents into improved nutrition results."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 3

It’s the last the day of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition in Rome. The Pope and the Queen of Spain were among global leaders to address the congress yesterday, urging...

European sports nutrition sector intensifies lobbying ahead of 2015 report

The European sports nutrition sector will promote dialogue with regulators at European level ahead of a Commission report due in mid-2015 that could alter the way the multi-billion euro sector...

Blue spoon of hope: UN Zero Hunger Challenge meets Milan

A gigantic blue spoon has been unveiled at the International Conference on Nutrition in Rome this week that will be the symbol of the United Nations at the Expo 2015...

Pope Francis: "The earth doesn’t forgive anything, so take care of Mother Earth, so it does not respond with destruction.”

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 2

Welcome to our live blogathon from day 2 of the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition. It is 22 years since the Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) organised the first event...

Pope Francis: Food has been reduced to a commodity

Market pre-eminence has reduced food to a commodity subject to financial speculation, Pope Francis told attendees at a major nutrition conference in Rome this morning.

Special edition: functional foods

‘The trick is to come up with something that actually works’: The elephant in the weight management room

Two years on from revised European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidelines on weight management, the industry is still struggling to produce sufficient evidence to back claims. 

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised

The EU’s central science agency has rejected a health claim submission linking prunes (Prunus domestica L) with normal bowel function in under-3s for a lack of infant-specific data. A carbohydrate-based claim...

FAO: "Let us work together to be the generation that made hunger and malnutrition a part of history."

Live from the 2nd International Conference on Nutrition (#ICN2) in Rome: Day 1

For three days this week, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is hosting the biggest nutrition congress of its kind to confront the global problem of malnutrition. 170 countries have...

‘Elegant’: Dutch group seeks traditional health claims regulation

A Dutch healthy foods and supplements association has proposed a traditional claims regulation or amendment to EU health claim laws it says would ‘elegantly’ solve the ongoing and stalled imbroglio...

FIC countdown: Most food companies are moving toward compliance

Food companies are moving toward compliance with the upcoming Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation but many still have work to do, according to a new report.

DMAA doping or contamination?

Food supplements fingered as German doping ban reduced

A German Winter Olympian has had her doping ban reduced from two years to six months, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), agreed the DMAA in her system...

Juncked: Outcry over scrapping of scientific adviser role

Scientists have condemned Juncker’s decision to axe the role of Chief Scientific Adviser in the new European Commission.

AHPA launches import detention database in effort to see long term trends

The American Herbal Products Association has a launched a database that will track import interruptions. The database, which will be assembled via submissions from member companies and others, will help...

Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers - fines could reach €5m

Regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the...

Game changer? Folic acid wins EFSA health claim for neural tube defect risk reduction

A newly approved EU health claim to say folic acid supplements reduce the risk of infant neural tube defects will bring home the nutrient’s importance to women, say a team...

Dispatches questions child safety of arsenic levels in rice crackers and Rice Krispies

A Channel 4 investigation into inorganic arsenic levels in rice has questioned the safety of products aimed at children like rice cakes and Kellogg's Rice Krispies - although all companies...

Guest article

Author response: On the bending of EU botanical laws and meanings

Last week NutraIngredients published a guest article  by author Bert Schwitters about the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) that discussed the status of botanicals and associated claims in the European...

Juncker accused of leading ‘big business push for deregulation’

Anti-lobbying campaigners have accused new European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker of putting the environment, consumers and workers at small companies at risk with a red-tape-cutting agenda.

Analyst predicts more European bans could follow

Lithuania bans energy drink sales to under 18s

Lithuania has banned energy drink sales to under 18s - making the Baltic state the first European country to do so.

Denmark widens warning on weight loss herbal linked to brain haemorrhage

The Danish food safety authority has issued a second warning on the illegal herbal weight loss ingredient Acacia rigidula – which contains substances implicated in a brain haemorrhage case in Sweden....

ASA pulls 2 Vitabiotics ads in UK

The UK's biggest supplement manufacturer, Vitabiotics, has been censored over two ads for misleading health claims by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Guest article: EU law fritters

Author: EU health claims laws cannot be bent for botanicals

Nutrition author, blogger and harsh critic of the EU’s health claim laws, Bert Schwitters, says any attempt to create separate rules for more than 1500 on-hold botanical claim applications is...

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