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The next 2-3 years will see a huge shift towards DNA barcoding for botanicals: AuthenTechnologies CEO

DNA barcoding for botanicals has a bright future, despite comments that it may not yet be fit for purpose, and the next 2-3 years will see a ‘huge shift’ towards...

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UK medicines regulator slams door on herbal food supplements

Botanical food supplements deemed medicinal have less than six months to achieve herbal medicines status or be removed from shelves in the UK – but the sector says the law...

Vegetable protein may help kidney disease patients live longer: Study

Increased consumption of vegetable protein may be associated with increased survival among people with kidney disease, according to new research.

Nestlé defends plant patenting as 300,000 protest

Nestlé has affirmed its position in the face of an NGO-led petition begun in April that has won 331,500 signatures protesting the food firm's intentions for the nutrient-rich fennel flower.

Showtime: 'Manberry' extract takes stage in Las Vegas

French botanicals giant Naturex has debuted a cranberry extract – most typically aimed at women with urinary tract infection (UTI) issues - marketed at with elderly men with similar problems.

Glucosamine: food or drug?

MHRA and HFMA defend glucosamine against pharma attack

The UK’s major food supplements trade association has joined the local medicines regulator in fighting a pharma player-led High Court legal action to ban glucosamine’s right to exist as both a food...

UK warns against another USPLabs pre-workout supplement

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers off VERSA-1, the second pre-workout sports supplement made by Texas-based manufacturer USPLabs containing the disputed ingredient, aegeline.

UK medicines agency issues OxyElite Pro 'no-no'

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has joined the UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) in warning consumers off pre-workout sports supplement, OxyElite Pro.

Curcumin extracts win EU patents

Indiana-based Verdure Sciences has won a patent in 8 European countries for its Longvida curcumin extracts.

News in brief

Pomegranate extracts show joint and skin health potential

Punicalagins from pomegranate may offer benefits for joint and skin health by inhibiting the activity of enzymes that break collagen, according to data from cell and animal studies.

Special edition: Botanicals

In pictures: The top botanicals and their health benefits

The botanicals sector is worth $5.6 billion in the US alone, and includes a diverse range of botanicals, from cranberry to St John's wort. In this special gallery we take a...

Special edition: Botanicals. Editor's blog

Has EFSA sparked a light in Europe’s dark botanical tunnel?

The botanicals industry was pleasantly surprised recently when the EU’s central science agency backed an isolated health claim for a bowel-benefitting herbal blend – but is EFSA really changing its...

Special edition: Botanicals

Better supply chain management will bring sustainability and quality, says botanical expert

Botanical players who are serious about providing good quality products must take more care of their supply chain in order to increase sustainability and build quality, says Professor Monique Simmonds,...

Special edition: Botanicals

EU's ongoing botanicals battle: ‘Consumers need more information’

The European Union botanicals sector has been in limbo since 2010 when 2078 botanical health claim applications were placed on hold as the European Commission bowed to pressure to reconsider...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA backs botanical blend for better bowel function

EFSA has said a plant-based blend of hydroxyanthracene derivatives can improve bowel function after analysing a dossier with two unpublished clinical trials from a French firm.

Analyst: EFSA botanical health claim approval is a ‘sea change’

EFSA’s approval this week of a botanical health claim for bowel health represents a significant shift in its assessment methodologies, according to an EU food law expert.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA backs sugars for recovery; vitamin B for energy

In a fresh raft of health claim opinions  the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has backed certain carbohydrates for post-sports recovery and a vitamin B form for energy.

French question red yeast rice safety

The French food safety agency (ANSES) has called for input into the safety of red yeast rice – commonly used in food supplements with EFSA-backed cholesterol management health claims –...

Are bael and its aegeline content set for intense analytical & safety scrutiny?

It’s a sacred tree to Hindus and the dried fruit is used in teas, but could Bael (Aegle marmelos) soon be the center of intense scrutiny from the herbal community,...

Australia and NZ add to OxyElite Pro’s global woes

Australia and New Zealand have jointly issued a warning against pre-workout sports supplement OxyElite Pro following its links to an outbreak of acute non-viral hepatitis in Hawaii that killed one...

Fearing Western bans, TCM industry now seeking to align standards

In the wake of some Western countries like Britain capping sales of traditional medicine imports from China, the country is now ramping up efforts to standardise production in the segment.

Special Edition: Brain-boosting ingredients

Global brain health market pushing $2bn mark as Asia and supplements shine

Sales of brain health boosting food supplements like omega-3s, the B vitamin group, vitamin C and phosphatidylserine are driving the category toward sales of €2bn globally, even as brain-boosting foods...

UK, Denmark, Spain follow US and warn consumers off OxyElite Pro

British, Danish and Spanish authorities have warned people not to consume OxyElite Pro, following a similar US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning issued to manufacturer USPLabs after a Hawaiian...

French and Italians ink global cranberry supplements deal

Italian botanicals giant Indena will market a high-potency cranberry extract made by French firm Pharmatoka in global markets like South Korea, India and Russia, under a new alliance.

Guest article

Incoherent and uncoordinated EU regulators should worry policy makers and industry

The stop-and-go, uncoordinated approach of EU-level and national regulators to bans on nutritional supplements including DMAA, dexaprine and synephrine, should be a cause for concern among policy makers and industry...

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