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Is all fair in love & war, logos & lobbying? France begins nutrition label trial

Amid cries of conflicts of interest and fierce industry lobbying, France will test out four different nutrition labels for a trial period to see which is the most efficient in...

Ireland launches national obesity plan

The Irish government has launched an ambitious national obesity plan which proposes a sugary drinks tax, maximum portion sizes, marketing restrictions and reformulation targets - but the lack of funding...

Advertising regulator rules against Alpro over paid-for tweets

Alpro did not make it clear enough that it had paid a British celebrity to post tweets about one of its products, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled....

‘huge win for the industry’

Swedish court throws out EFSA vitamin upper limits

The Swedish food supplement industry is breathing a sigh of relief that a sales ban imposed on vitamin B6 supplements that exceed “EFSA-recommended upper limits” has been overturned by a Swedish court....

Australian nutrition industry cheers landmark changes to regulation

Australia’s natural nutrition and complementary health industry has received a “once in a lifetime” boost after the government gave the green light to a raft of changes to how businesses...

#DNPkills: ‘if you are selling DNP online or offline we will find you’

Dangerous weight loss pill dealers busted in Northern Ireland

Authorities in Northern Ireland have shut down two operations selling weight loss products containing the dangerous industrial chemical DNP (2,4 dinitrophenol) as part of a broader sting.

'No credible evidence' – UK hits back at MEPs over traffic light labels

The UK Department of Health has rebutted claims by MEPs that its traffic light labelling scheme is confusing and unfairly hitting trade.

Hold on? ASA rubbishes Aspire’s green tea weight loss claim

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints against Aspire Drinks over its claim that “green tea extract helps reduce body fat”, rejecting every piece of evidence submitted.

Supplements slipping the net: Is a self-regulatory registration scheme the solution?

On the back of findings that up to 40% of herbal supplements are mislabelled or contain adulterants, a University of Westminster researcher is calling for an industry regulated scheme to...

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

Health claim opens door for vitamin D immune products for children

New health claims for vitamin D’s immune-system benefits for children have been passed into EU law, creating new opportunities for promoting vitamin D consumption according to VAB-nutrition.

Summer of DMAA: Spate of imports blocked in EU

There have been several cases of the dangerous stimulant 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) being blocked at the EU borders over the last few months. But what is being done to stem the flow of...

Commission stands firm on tax crackdown following US threat of retaliation

The European Commission is standing firm on its EU-wide investigation into member state tax schemes, despite a threat of retaliation from the US government.

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Polish pulse: Firm seeks safety approval of novel circulation-boosting ingredient

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering the safety of a substance similar to nicotinic acid following a novel food application from Polish company Pharmena.

Rising tide for seaweed phlorotannins in the EU?

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is looking at a novel food application for Ecklonia cava phlorotannins from Korean firm Botamedi.

Folic acid fortification linked to lower heart defect rates

Food fortified with folic acid has been found to decrease the number of babies born with heart abnormalities, according to research.

FTC seeks injunction against prolific publisher of 'predatory' journals

The Federal Trade Commission has taken action against the publisher of a large number of what it calls ‘predatory’ scientific journals. The complaint alleges the publisher lies about the journals’...

novel food application

US firm looks to bring tocotrienol-rich seed extract to EU

A US firm is seeking EU novel food approval for a vitamin E-rich extract from annatto seeds, something it says will not be jeopardised by a recent unflattering safety opinion...

EU rejects more than 90% of all health claims: Study

The EU has authorised only a small fraction of the health claims submitted to it, with a number of categories seeing no authorised claims at all, according to a new...

Mimicking human breast milk: Another novel synthetic formula ingredient on the horizon?

Danish biotech firm Glycom has filed another application for a synthetic version of a compound found in breast milk, a development one infant formula expert said was promising.

Could Brexit give a boost to the UK’s supplements industry?

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, supplement industry groups see opportunities for a more liberal UK regime outside the EU, but others question how much practical difference the UK’s split will...

Vegans should take vitamin B12 supplements ‘permanently’: German Nutrition Society

It is “difficult or impossible” for vegans to get enough of nutrients like vitamin B12, the German Nutrition Society (DGE) has said in a position paper now cited by the government....

2000 websites shut down in 2015

UK launches campaign against fake weight loss pills

The UK medicines agency is warning people – especially young women – off buying weight loss pills and supplements, most of which it says are unlicensed and potentially dangerous to health.

News in brief

EFSA publishes final choline opinion based on big EU data

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its opinion on how much choline is needed for different groups.