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The Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive is changing the face of the botanicals extracts and supplements sector – in the European Union at least. The requirement for herbals to demonstrate good science has never been more urgent as health claims scrutiny tightens and consumer interest heightens.

Fennel supplements – why do Europeans take them and are they safe?

Fennel may be the sixth most consumed botanical in some European countries, but little is known about its safety or rate of consumption, say PlantLIBRA researchers looking at it for...

Cognitive Health Quiz: Do you know your DHA from your PhosphatidylSerine?

Do you know which ingredient has a FDA qualified health claim for reducing the risk of cognitive dysfunction and dementia in the elderly? What percentage of the total carotenoids in...

Compelling science & consumer interest in tried-and-true ingredients: Is ginger the next blockbuster botanical?

Finished products containing OmniActive’s Gingever ingredient are expected to hit shelves in the later part of 2015, with the company predicting big things for ginger.

261% in 124g: New sweet potatoes new answer to ‘rampant’ vitamin A deficiency

South African researchers have created new beta carotene- rich sweet potatoes that could offer a solution to rampant vitamin A deficiency.

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Swiss herb player reaping benefits of eastern Europe expansion

Swiss botanicals player Frutarom is pushing hard into botanical medicines and supplements markets in the EU, with pharma-grade extracts produced at its recently acquired Slovenian facility.

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Cholesterolimbroglio: Inside an EU claims mess

On September 1 a Hamburg court will on the case brought by FoodWatch against Unilever over marketing for its cholesterol-lowering margarine Becel pro.activ.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

In the year 2020: Global nutraceuticals market to be worth €35bn; 7% annual growth forecast

Botanicals are the fastest growing nutraceutical ingredient class in a category being driven by ageing populations around the world, a report has found.

New ‘superberry’ launched

A new ‘superberry’ known as blue honeysuckle is set to be launched in the UK by ingredients supplier CPM.

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

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Canadian Chia player seeks EU novel foods approval

Canadian food supplements firm Advantage Health Matters has applied for EU novel foods approval for its chia seed products under European Union substantial equivalence rules via UK authorities.

Elderberry reduces cold severity in air travellers: Study

Antioxidant-rich elderberry extracts can reduce the severity of colds among air travellers, Australian researchers have found.

Prebiotic boosts healthy elderly immune systems: Study

A proprietary prebiotic blend can deliver immune system benefits to the healthy elderly better than placebo, an industry-backed study in the UK has found.

Unilever back in court over pro.activ cholesterol claims

Food giant Unilever appeared in a Hamburg court today to defend use of expert statements that its plant sterol-based Becel pro.activ did not have any side effects such as bloodstream...

Extra virgin olive oil society formed to tap nutritional payload

A group has been formed to fund clinical research and promote the health benefits of oleocanthal – a polyphenol found in extra virgin olive oil (EVOO).

Fatty liver disease is a major untapped opportunity for nutraceuticals; platform established

Research, focus and regulatory cunning will be needed if the nutraceutical industry is to tap into the relatively unexplored area of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), says the consultancy firm...

UK ad body warns firm to CEASE misleading autism cure claims for homeopathy

Teddington Homeopathy mislead parents of children with autism with claims that the condition could be cured with nutritional supplements, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

EC supplements report: Need greater harmony in internet age

A European Commission report has concluded the EU food supplements market remains fragmented but member state actions in areas like botanicals and maximum levels for some vitamins and minerals were...

‘Ancient, mystical fruit’: Nestlé patents pomegranate skin extract for metabolic syndrome

Nestlé has filed an international patent for pomegranate skin extract as a strategy against metabolic syndrome, in particular fatty liver disease. 

UK ketones firm contacted by pro cycling teams

Ketones get rough ride at Tour de France

The use of potentially performance enhancing ketones at the Tour de France cycling race has raised questions about their efficacy, legality and scale of usage.

Reaction: BBC report

Herbals attacked for poor quality; industry calls for greater enforcement

A BBC investigation in the UK has questioned quality control in the botanicals sector, especially those sold as food supplements. The industry has called for greater enforcement.

Firm takes hit for customer’s online promotion: ‘If you benefit from it, you’re responsible for it’

Multi-level marketer Le-Vel Brands has been penalised by the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for the social media marketing of one of its promoter-come-customers.

Chinese crack down on ginkgo

The Chinese Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has taken action against local suppliers found to be engaged in supplying substandard versions of the botanical, ginkgo biloba.

Raspberry ketone sold online at potentially toxic doses

Raspberrry ketone is being sold online despite being an unauthorised novel food – and the dosages in these slimming pills are potentially toxic, says new research.

European ash tree extract reduces fatty livers: Mice study

Extracts from the common European ash tree (Fraxinus excelsior L.) have been shown to moderate post-prandial insulin response and lower fatty deposits in livers in a study of diabetic mice....

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