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EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

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18th claim win for SNE: Calcium helps build healthy baby bones

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved another extension of an adult health claim this time for calcium and the normal development of bones for children under three.

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French firm seeks male fertility health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing a health claim linking a multivitamin, mineral and botanical mix and male fertility following an application from French firm Laboratoire Nurilia.


Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this...

Antioxidant vitamin health claim authorised

EFSA backs E for infants

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has extended its approval of a health claim for vitamin E and protection from oxidative damage for adults to include young children.

UNICEF cracks down on 'inappropriate' infant food promotion

Five in six children under the age of two do not get adequate nutrition for physical and cognitive development during this critical period, says a UNICEF report calling for tighter...

Almost 50m overweight children: China to top the global chart by 2025

China will have 48.5m overweight children by 2025, the largest number in the world, after witnessing the eighth largest global increase in percentage terms over the period 2000-2013.

'Confusion' best describes global regulation of aloe, expert says

After years on the market, aloe as an ingredient is still poorly understood by most regulators around the world, attendees at a recent ingredient-specific session were told.

ESSNA: Sports nutrition needs vitamin exemption

The European sports nutrition industry wants exemption from vitamin and mineral minimum levels required for some foods to claim healthy status – it says the levels are too high for...

Japan moves beyond Foshu: Over 400 products approved under new health claims regime in last year

More than 400 foods have been approved under Japan’s 2015 Foods with Function Claims (FFC) regulation, with the market already estimated to be worth US$70bn.

Schwarzenegger supplement latest agmatine sulphate reject

Malta has warned against using a MusclePharm workout supplement endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger following an investigation into its agmatine sulphate content concerning a total of 30 countries. The case is the...

EFSA calls for feedback on its vitamin B1 report

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is calling for stakeholder feedback on its dietary reference values for thiamin (vitamin B1), which hold true to guidance given back in the 1990s.

EFSA to consider green tea catechins safety

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will look at the safety of green tea catechins in a report that could confirm or clear up long-standing concerns over liver damage. 

BEUC: ‘EU food supplements market is only partially regulated’

Europeans rely ‘more and more’ on food supplements but are being let down by a ‘patchy regulatory network’ governing a market awash with dodgy products and claims, the EU’s premier...

French call to food industry: Cut infant exposure to nine substances (now)

France’s food safety agency ANSES has published a snapshot of the diet of under-3s and the chemicals they are exposed to, calling for "particular vigilance" for nine dangerous substances....

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WADA & Interpol unite to fight doping - protein peptides included

Interpol has teamed up with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to fight the trade in doping products like steroids, hormones and banned performance-enhancing protein peptides that are being purchased usually...

THMPD: Has it delivered?

There is a clear divide in the way the THMPD has been implemented across Europe, with the UK and Germany on one side; Italy, France and Belgium on the other.

EU herbals: Creative escape routes out of botanical claims limbo-land

With around 2000 botanicals claims on-hold whilst the European Commission comes up with a solution, individual countries and supplement companies are taking matters into their own hands.

Strategic task force to help insect firms navigate novel food regulation

The International Platform of Insects for Food and Feed (IPIFF) wants workable and consistent rules for insect producers across the EU and is setting up a strategic task force to help...

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.