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France needs to boost algae production

France should ramp up its algae production to meet booming local demand for algae foods and nutrients, according to a report.

Which supplements were blocked at the EU borders this month?

This month on the EU’s Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) we saw evidence that the notorious banned substance DMAA is still in circulation, authorities are keeping an...

Food Vision 2016 preview - Cannes, France March 2-4, 2016

Trailblazers: Whey, wheatgrass and ‘zenverages’ win Unilever innovation awards

Whey-based ice cream, an organic wheatgrass supplement and a herbal relaxing drink have won the Trailblazers contest hosted by Unilever and William Reed Business Media’s Food Vision event.

Law kicks in April 6, 2016

Downer? Could the UK Psychoactive Substances Act spell disaster for the food & supplements industry?

New laws in the UK designed to wipe out the mostly online ‘legal highs’ market that has run rampant in recent years, could impact foods, drinks and supplements, according to...

MHRA: “An un-level playing ground is caused by the players, not by the referee.”

UK supplements market feeling pain of illegal imports. Calls go out for stricter policing

UK food supplements firms say their businesses are being threatened by imports containing banned ingredients like GABA – and that regulators need to do more to police the market and...

EFSA health claim opinion

White kidney bean extract fails to win blood sugar-weight loss claim

EFSA has rejected a blood sugar-weight management claim for a bean extract – saying the submitted claim was confused.

‘Brown fat’ wins pharma backers seeking food partners to beat drugs in battle of the bulge

France’s 3rd biggest drug company and a UK stem cell biotech firm have united to develop plant extracts that can promote bodily lipid-burning ‘brown fat’.

News in brief

BGG opens Swiss office to serve growing European market

Beijing Gingko Group (BGG) has opened an office in Switzerland and taken on ex-Indena global marketing chief Christian Artaria to run the operation.

Bean boon? EC prepares for long-awaited caffeine claims

The EC has drafted four endurance and cognition health claims for caffeine indicating a belated entry into EU law books five years after EFSA first approved them – but industry...

What EFSA wants from novel food applications

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published draft guidance on applications for novel foods under revised rules, but a food lawyer warns the requirements may prove too cumbersome for...

Scientists unravel bioavailability of brown seaweed

Phlorotannins in brown seaweed are metabolised and absorbed in the large intestine and may have anti-inflammatory potential, an EU-funded study suggests.

EFSA weighs up hoodia novel food application

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering a novel food application for purported weight loss plant hoodia parviflora. 

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FSA budget cuts: what it means for food safety

Budget cuts at the Food Standards Agency and local authorities mean change is afoot, reports Michelle Perrett.

Latvia to ban energy drink sales to under 18s

Latvia will follow in the footsteps of its Baltic neighbour by banning the sale of energy drinks to under 18s – something the country’s advertising association has called anti-EU.

Cocoa flavanols may use gut microbiota pathway to ease metabolic syndrome: Review

Consuming cocoa flavanols may interact with the gut microbiota as a way of preventing metabolic syndrome or easing the condition’s symptoms, a review has concluded.

PharmaCare seeks independent review of adverts for red clover menopause supplement

UK ad body flushed by ‘exaggerated’ on hold botanical claim

While on hold botanical health claims may be used, they should not be exaggerated, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has warned. 

How do different dietary fatty acids influence body fat?

The way in which the body 'distributes' fat may be different depending on the dietary fatty acids consumed as well as genetic factors, Canadian researchers have found. 

Study: pasta fortified with parsley brought limited antioxidant values

Researchers in Poland fortified pasta with parsley leaves. Though the phenolic level and antioxidant potential of the product was effectively enhanced, the values were significantly lower than predicted.

Mangosteen rind ups 'cheap chocolate' polyphenols by 50%: Research

Adding a mangosteen fruit by-product to cheaper low cocoa chocolates could improve their nutritional content without compromising flavour, researchers have discovered. 

EC study reveals carcinogenic PAHs in supplements

Levels of carcinogenic PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in EU supplements vary widely from under safe limits to way over, according to a European Commission study ahead of new regulation on...

EFSA uncorks EU market for DSM’s synthetic trans-resveratrol

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said synthetic trans-resveratrol is safe for use in supplements following a novel food application from multinational DSM.

Sesame oil reduces TAG, but not cholesterol: Review

Sesame significantly reduces triacylglycerol (TAG) levels, but does not affect cholesterol, according to a review.  

Dietary flavonoids reduce erectile dysfunction risk, say researchers

Increasing intake of berries and citrus fruits may improve erectile function as well as reduce heart attack risk, researchers at the University of East Anglia and Harvard Medical School have said. ...

EFSA rejects Echinacea extract and anxiety claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a health claim application from two Hungarian companies for an Echinacea root extract and the reduction of anxiety.

California firm set to become major Moringa supplier with new cultivation method

Aquaculture and agricultural technology firm New Global Energy Inc. is betting hard on the botanical Moringa. The company is seeking to become a major supplier of raw material, pioneering a...