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Norway looks at 44 unregulated 'other substances'

The Norwegian Food Safety Authority (NFSA) has asked its scientific committee to assess the safety of 'other substances' found on the Norwegian market - something it says is "largely unregulated" at EU...

May: Which supplements were blocked at the EU border this month?

DNP, Peruvian novel food and therapeutic arsenic clay. NutraIngredients rounds up another month of supplements blocked at the EU border.

News in brief

BEUC calls for caffeine claim ban following EFSA opinion

With the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) caffeine safety opinion finally published yesterday, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has called now for the ‘obvious conclusions’ to be drawn....

Sweden to expand mandatory vitamin D fortification

The Swedish National Food Agency (NFA) has proposed an extension of the products subject to mandatory vitamin D fortification.

Novel food legislation faces hold-up as Member States reject Parliament’s ‘right to veto’

The long running process to develop a new centralised legislative procedure for novel food approvals has hit the rocks again – meaning major delays and backlogs are now on the...

ASA ruling

Healthy water slugged over claims abuse

Scotland-based supplement and infused water distributor Water for Health  (WFH) has been censored by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making non-authorised immunity and other claims for chlorella and other infusions...

MEPs make final offer over novel foods regulation as EU draws ‘close to an agreement’

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have put forward what they describe to be a ‘final offer’ on proposed novel food regulations – warning that they will not compromise any further. 

EFSA publishes draft magnesium intakes opinion – calls for input

The EU’s central science agency is calling for input on a just-published draft opinion that recommends daily intakes from 80 mg/day for babies to 350 mg/day for adult men.

Wrong said reg: Claims too sexy for NHCR

‘Bloody marvellous?’ ASA pulls beetroot blood claims from Juice Garden

An online UK juice, smoothie and healthy food merchant has fallen foul of the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) over blood cleansing and other claims for some of its juices.

EFSA opinion wrap: Pomegranate, carob, coffee rejected. Vitamin D approved

Claim chill: EFSA rejects probiotics for immunity, defecation

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected probiotic dossiers from Canadian firm Lallemand Health Solutions (immunity) and Italian player Synbiotec (defecation) in a batch of opinions published today.

Industry heavy weights weigh in on EFSA and openness

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) needs a role change but that won’t come with its transparency initiative but legalisation changes, says industry. 

Menopause herb under EU novel food evaluation

An extract of three herbal roots marketed for menopause is to be evaluated as a novel food ingredient in the European Union.

Competition and opportunity: What will ASEAN mean for EU industry?

Southeast Asia is heading for massive economic change with its ten-nation ASEAN single market and this could have ripple effects for the EU too, says expert. 

Dispatches from vitafoods europe 2015

Croatian supplements face challenges following EU membership

Black market crack downs, neighbourhood kudos and moving goal posts - Croatia's supplement industry has seen big changes since it became a member of the European Union in July 2013.

UK spreads DNP warning on Twitter

The UK's Food Standards Agency (FSA) has urged Twitter users to help it spread the word on the dangers of toxic fat burner DNP after a young woman died last...

BASF-Stepan CLA claim rejection fall-out

EFSA: Only national bodies can withdraw health claim applications

The EU’s central science agency has clarified health claim procedures after a furore over a CLA weight management submission BASF and Stepan Lipid Nutrition unsuccessfully attempted to withdraw from the...

Which supplements were rejected at the EU border this month?

Adulteration, mislabelling and heavy metal contents. We trawled the EU’s alert database to find out which supplements had been blocked at the border this month.

Science agency affirms safety at 400 mg daily for adults

EFSA adopts caffeine opinion

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has adopted its opinion on the safe consumption of caffeine with little change to its controversial draft after a heated debate period.

Dispatches from the International Yakult Symposium

No health claims but probiotics remain on medical agenda

Probiotics are yet to win a health claim in the European Union but they continue to receive backing by various bodies for gastrointestinal issues like diarrhoea.

Monacolin K health claims could carry safety warnings

Accompanying warnings are being considered for monacolin K health claims after a number of EU member states raised safety concerns.

UK police warn on DNP slimming tablets after woman’s death

Police in the UK have warned against buying diet pills containing the toxic fat-burner DNP following the death of a 21-year-old woman.

What did we learn from Décathlon’s carb claim success?

The approval of a health claim on carbohydrates and muscle function has shown that a successful dossier does not have to contain proprietary data.

Harmonised Southeast Asia regulation complete by end of year

The Alliance for Southeast Asian Nations’ (ASEAN) harmonised health supplement framework will be up and running by the end of the year after over ten years in the making. ...

WADA exec: Bad actors in supplement sphere getting worse and only premarket approval will weed them out

Critics of the dietary supplement industry who were invited to speak at the scientific conference held this week at the University of Mississippi were pulling no punches. Olivier Rabin, PhD,...

One protein quality method needed in law, says dairy

A study comparing two methods of measuring protein quality has highlighted the need for one to be chosen and made EU law, says dairy player Volac.