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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.

Consumers crazy about coconut, but are they nuts?

Whilst sales data from market intelligence provider IRI shows that UK consumers can’t get enough of coconut products, a leading dietician brands coconut “an expensive con with no authorised health claims”....

Omega Pharma: 'We weren’t clear enough'

The dangers of normalising a medical taboo

Food supplements are often presented as a 'softer' alternative to health than pharmaceutical treatments. Yet Omega Pharma experienced first-hand the dangers of trying to normalise a medical taboo when its...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2016

Large-scale plant cultivation could answer call for omega-3 sustainable source

The pursuit of alternative omega-3 fatty acid sources that are closer biologically to omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) found in fish oils remains a key industry challenge.

Cranberry players unite

Botanicals firm Diana Food has bought a Canadian start-up to expand its technology and footprint in cranberry and other fruits and pursue novel health domains.

'Green Beans M Java Monster' canned

You’ve got fax: Monster mashed in EU trademark battle

Monster Energy Company has lost a trademark battle with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) for the wording ‘Green Beans’ following a three year argument over a lost fax.

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS Europe 2016

Nutraveris showcases its online reference platform at Vitafoods

French consultancy Nutraveris was at Vitafoods to make available the latest version of its nutrient-health claim database that will better enable clients to source claims and nutrition research materials.

‘Natural viagra’ ruling makes a mockery of NHCR

The Italian advertising standards body has pulled up Forsamax, a supplement for treating erectile dysfunction, for misleading advertising - providing further proof that the European Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation...

dispatches from vitafoods europe 2016

Spotlight on Serbian supplements following 'trade push'

With Serbia set to become an EU member by 2020, we zoomed in on the region to see what’s hot on Serbian supplement shelves.

Horseradish’s anti-cancer potency recorded in first-time study

The horseradish vegetable contains compounds that could help detoxify and eliminate cancer-causing compounds in the body, a study has shown.

NSF brings its DNA supplement testing services to Europe: 'We want to assist EU regulators'

European authorities and food supplement companies now have access to next generation DNA test methods that can establish whether supplements actually contain the botanical ingredients declared on the label, as...

Scandinavian solvent-free berry player boasts nutrient boost

Danish biotech firm Asiros has launched a range of berry powders produced via a patent-pending solvent-free process that protects the nutrients and polyphenols, overcoming the shortcomings of ethanol and water...

DISPATCHES FROM VITAFOODS EUROPE 2016

The heart health market: All in the same vein?

Those that visited this year’s Vitafoods conference in Geneva would not have failed to notice the growing range of products claiming to support cardiovascular health, in one shape or another....

Omega Pharma gets second advertisement scolding of the year

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) received 15 complaints that Omega Pharma’s botanical advertisement discouraged viewers from seeking medical advice for nocturnal urination in what is the company’s second run-in...

Super growth for superfoods, but is the halo starting to slip?

Rates of ‘superfood’ new product development have tripled in the past five years, according to Mintel, but a nutrition expert warns that with no clear definition in existence, the allure...

Tweet by tweet: Vitafoods Europe 2016 - day 3

Vitafoods Europe is the biggest healthy food and nutrition show in Europe and the NutraIngredients team is in Geneva this week to cover all that happens in the two halls...

India

Arjuna Natural to launch amaranthus-based nitrate booster

Kerala-based extracts manufacturer Arjuna Natural will launch a new standardised nitrate sports nutrition ingredient this month that claims to help athletes work out harder for longer.

EFSA takes on Ocean Spray’s novel cranberry extract following intake concerns

Ocean Spray Cranberries' novel food application for a cranberry extract powder has been passed onto the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) following member state intake concerns. 

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Vitafoods Europe: Geneva pulls nutrition levers

The NutraIngredients team will be at Vitafoods Europe in Geneva this week scouring the showfloor and conference halls for hot stories, engaging the industry and scrutinising the latest nutrition innovations.

Menace to society: Age-old herbal remedies don't guarantee safety

Popular herbal medicines that have been used for many years should not be considered safe as researchers highlight gaps in toxicity and carcinogenicity testing.

Leicester City’s secret weapon: Beetroot juice

English Premier League champions Leicester City have partially credited their remarkable title triumph to the restorative and performance enhancing properties of the humble beetroot.

Consequences of a high-fat diet countered by grape polyphenols: Study

Consuming grapes can help offset some of the negative metabolic effects of consuming a high-fat, American-style diet, two studies have concluded. 

CVD prevention strategies should focus on eating more ‘good’ foods, not avoiding ‘bad’ foods

Greater consumption of foods found in the Mediterranean diet may be more important for prevention of heart disease and strokes than avoidance of ‘unhealthy’ processed foods, a new study finds. ...

The EFSA hackathon: Authority offers €20,000 for app ideas

"The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is offering €20,000 for an app idea it can use to provide “quick, user-friendly” mobile access to its work."

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for...

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Fish oil, cocoa & plant sterols: The winning combination against heart disease?

Combining fish oil, cocoa extract and plant sterols food supplements could offer an effective defence against heart disease, a new study suggests.