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Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Trade groups gain long awaited EC health claims hearing

Europe's leading trade groups are set for a meeting with the European Commission to discuss their concerns over the health claims assessment, and EFSA's reluctance to engage in dialogue.

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Article 13.4 offers rejected health claims hope

European Union health claims handed negative opinions by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may be able to resubmit data under an article of the nutrition and health claims regulation,...

Provexis tomato extract claim approved by EC

More than six months after receiving a positive health claim opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) linking its tomato extract to blood circulation benefits, UK biotech firm Provexis...

Soft enforcement of EU vitamin ban legislation urged

Industry representatives are urging soft enforcement of pending regulation that amends the EU Supplements Directive of 2002 and bans the sale of any vitamin and mineral not on a new...

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Free speech argument a "possible avenue": UK lawyer

Making claims based on non-conclusive but still substantial science is a "possible avenue" since denying a 'maybe' claim may challenge free speech rights, says a UK lawyer.

Sea of science deepens for fish heart benefits

Moderate consumption of oily fish may reduce the risk of developing dysfunction in the heart muscle by 50 per cent, says a new study.

Russia not so different from EU

The main consumer trends in Russia are parallel to those in Europe, says Fortitech Europe’s managing director: Health and nutrition are of prime concern, and baby boomers bring opportunities in...

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Are health claims suppressing free speech?

US attorney Jonathan Emord draws parallels between his experiences in the US challenging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the current health claims situation in Europe on the basis...

European krill patent revoked

Opposition to a patent held by global krill leader, Neptune Technologies and Bioressources, has been upheld by the European Patent Office (EPO).

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Indian vit C market suffers Beijing hangover

 Supply of the salts needed for vitamin C manufacture is detrimentally affecting India’s vitamin C sector, according to reports.

NHS 'functional foods' dietician exonerated

British National Health Service dietician, Katie Peck who faced a disciplinary hearing conducted by the Health Professions Council (HPC) for alleged incompetence after recommending functional foods has been exonerated.

DHA revisions offer hope to health claim rejections

The affirmation that the omega-3 DHA can benefit cognitive and eye health offers hope to previously rejected claims. And it's business as usual regarding the overall health claims process, despite...

Coffee, tea may slash diabetes risk: Meta-analysis

Drinking three to four coffee and tea may reduce the risk of developing diabetes by 25 per cent, says a new review and meta-analysis of the data to date.

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Lawyer cites 'free speech' as basis for legal action on claims

Legal action to challenge the strict claims assessment process enshrined in the EU health claims Regulation could be pursued on the grounds of free speech, according to a leading US...

Omega-3, 6 and 9 form wins EU novel foods approval

The European/Asian arm of Canadian fatty acid specialist, Bioriginal, has gained a European Union novel foods approval for echium oil after demonstrating safety to European authorities.

Krill oil ingredient firm awarded grant towards clinical research

Norwegian firm Aker BioMarine claims a fund from a government agency will go towards the further substantiation of the health benefits of its krill oil extract.

Health claims: How do we define ‘healthy’?

With ‘healthy’ populations identified as the ideal for the European Food Safety Authority’s health claims, NutraIngredients asks Yakult – what exactly is healthy?

What NutraIngredients took away from the NI Health Claims 2010 Conference

As the 100 delegates filed away into the misty Brussels night, Stephen Daniells and Shane Starling took a moment to share their thoughts on the NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010 conference.

Aker's krill oil wins EU novel foods approval

Aker BioMarine said it has won EU Novel Foods approval for its omega-3 ingredient Superba Krill Oil, enabling it to be sold in the 27 countries in the EU bloc.

Coffee may boost prostate health: Study

Increased intake of coffee may reduce the risk of lethal and advanced prostate cancers by 60 per cent, according to new findings from the US.

Health claims science hits the economic bottom line

Producing randomized clinical trials is never an inexpensive endeavour, but increasingly stringent criteria mean companies are facing tough choices on whether to pursuer innovation, says DSM Nutritional Products.

Antioxidants may boost colon health: Study

Selenium-based antioxidant supplements may prevent the development of new colon polyps in people with a history of polyp formation, says a new study.

Study shows link to dietary fats and lower immunity

Fatty food rather than obesity in itself affected the ability of animals in a study to fight off sepsis caused by bacteria, claims a doctoral thesis from Sweden.

PACran gets UTI claim approved in Korea

The Korean Food and Drug Administration (KFDA) approval of PACran cranberry powder’s claim to support urinary health is a positive step in the direction towards achieving a European-wide health claim,...

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Beneo-Orafti gets top marks in safety audit

Beneo-Orafti’s factory in Oreye, Belgium, has received a higher level International Food Standard (EFS) certification after scoring 97 per cent for safety across all its product lines in an audit.