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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.

'Springtime sneezes are diseases,' ASA tells hay fever botanical

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has told a hay fever botanical its mention of sneezing, itchy eyes and runny nose amounted to an unauthorised disease prevention claim.

Potato extract may reduce weight gain by over 60%: Mice study

Polyphenol-rich Irish potato extract may help reduce weight gain, according to research in mice.

Comment

Naturally opposed? Balancing new technologies with consumer perceptions

New technologies are vital to the future growth of the food and nutrition industry, but their future success depends on much more than the science behind them.

Dispatches from Health Ingredients Europe, Amsterdam

Naturex unveils food concepts for weight management at HiE 2014

Naturex has developed prototype products using oat beta-glucans and glucomannan that can carry EFSA-approved claims relating to weight management and glycaemic responses. 

Special edition: Functional Foods

Lemon myrtle: Aboriginal functional favourite revived by Sydney Games

An indigenous Australian tree plant, used for tens of thousands of years by Aborigines before being forgotten after the arrival of Europeans Down Under, has the Sydney Olympics to thank...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised

The EU’s central science agency has rejected a health claim submission linking prunes (Prunus domestica L) with normal bowel function in under-3s for a lack of infant-specific data. A carbohydrate-based claim...

‘Elegant’: Dutch group seeks traditional health claims regulation

A Dutch healthy foods and supplements association has proposed a traditional claims regulation or amendment to EU health claim laws it says would ‘elegantly’ solve the ongoing and stalled imbroglio...

Huge influx of Chinese capital coupled with threat of violence seriously destabilizes maca trade in Peru, expert says

Soaring demand from China and an extremely steep rise in prices has distorted the market for the Peruvian botanical maca to the point where non Chinese buyers have been all...

Green tea may lower blood pressure - but only for non-smokers

Green tea, but not black tea, may lower blood pressure, but this effect is cancelled out by smoking, according to a five-year study in China.

Italy cracks whip on health claim abusers - fines could reach €5m

Regulators in Italy’s €1.2bn food supplements market are cracking the harshest whips against health claims abusers in the EU – a firm was recently fined €250,000 – but will the...

Nano-emulsion delivery boosts curcumin’s anti-inflammatory promise

The use of nano-emulsion delivery systems could increase the bioavailability and anti-inflammatory effects of curcumin, say researchers.

Guest article

Author response: On the bending of EU botanical laws and meanings

Last week NutraIngredients published a guest article  by author Bert Schwitters about the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) that discussed the status of botanicals and associated claims in the European...

Brain health drinks gaining global traction: Canadean

Drinks boating polyphenols and other ingredients that boost brain health are winning over more adult consumers, according to market analyst, Canadean.

Flavonoids may be ‘important to promoting broad health and wellbeing in aging’: Harvard study

Higher intakes of flavonoid compounds in the diet during middle age may boost healthy aging in women, according to data from 1,517 women from the Nurses’ Health Study.

Science short

Resveratrol’s inflammatory potential boosts bone health in obese men: Study

Resveratrol boosts bone health by stimulating mineralisation and bone formation, a study among 74 middle-aged, obese men has found.

Pterostilbene intake may cut body fat and reduce obesity: Animal data

Intake of the phenolic compound pterostilbene could help to battle obesity by slashing body fat, according to new research in rats.

Denmark widens warning on weight loss herbal linked to brain haemorrhage

The Danish food safety authority has issued a second warning on the illegal herbal weight loss ingredient Acacia rigidula – which contains substances implicated in a brain haemorrhage case in Sweden....

Guest article: EU law fritters

Author: EU health claims laws cannot be bent for botanicals

Nutrition author, blogger and harsh critic of the EU’s health claim laws, Bert Schwitters, says any attempt to create separate rules for more than 1500 on-hold botanical claim applications is...

Cocoa flavanols may reverse memory decline, but not in chocolate, says Mars-backed study

A Mars-supported study suggests that cocoa flavanols in a functional drink may reverse age-related memory decline, but the same effect may not be true in chocolate.

Report card: French laud nutrivigilance success

France’s nutrivigilence work – launched in 2010 to ensure safety in food supplements and some foodstuffs – has improved the quality of the food supply, the country’s food safety agency...

Guest article

Industry voice: In defense of nutritional medical devices in the EU

Since 2008 the severity of the EU’s health claim laws has seen many firms seek other routes to back claims – the EU’s medical devices legal avenue being one of...

Ladislav Miko tipped as acting SANCO head, following chief resignation

The position of head of the directorate general for health and consumers (DG SANCO) will likely pass to Czech environmental politician Ladislav Miko following the resignation of Paola Testori Coggi,...

Special edition: Healthy ageing

Learning from Japan's healthy ageing market

From an €80 million market for anti-ageing placenta supplements to the world’s most innovative (and fad-driven) functional foods and drinks market, Japan’s healthy ageing market is unique and instructive.

News in brief

Euro group launches free QC tools for food supplement, botanical players

Food Supplements Europe (FSE) has added to its Good  Manufacturing Practices guide with a questionnaire to help firms meet GMP requirements and another for those in the botanicals sector.

Indonesia stakes claim as SE Asia's most important food market

Indonesia's food industry will continue to grow in importance as its population of around 300 million gains wealth, according to some voices in the halls of the Jakarta International Expo...