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Naturex battles botanical adulteration with supply chain security

High-priced botanicals like bilberry and saw palmetto continue to attract counterfeiters and adulterers, meaning supply chain integrity is more important than ever, the world’s biggest herbal extract player has said....

Ginkgo, evening primrose top massive EU-funded botanicals survey; 1-in-5 imbibe

Ginkgo, evening primrose, artichoke, aloe, fennel, valerian, soy, lemon balm, echinacea and blueberry are the most popular and 1-in-5 Europeans take plant food supplements (PFS), a 4-year study has concluded.

A strawberry a day keeps the oxidative stress away?

Regular strawberry consumption may help the body fight oxidative stress by increasing immune cell defences, according to research.

Go wild for Ethiopian antioxidant mushrooms, say researchers

Ethiopian mushrooms hold antioxidant potential, with wild mushrooms proving stronger than cultivated, according to the first research looking at country’s edible offerings.

Indena sees potential in Romania and Moldova

Romania and Moldova may still be small markets, but Indena says it sees in them what it saw in Poland 20 years ago.

Lingonberry moderates high-salt diet inflammation

Lingonberry juice slightly lowers low-grade inflammation in rats fed on a high-salt diet, according to scientists.

Sanofi to contest rebuffed sterol cholesterol claim, but it's no big deal

Sanofi-Aventis has said the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of its application to broaden the already approved sterol-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to powdered supplements won’t affect the company commercially, but...

Tired of being tired? ASA rejects iron health claim complaint

The UK’s Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) has rejected complaints that an advert for a liquid iron and vitamin formula purporting to “help reduce tiredness and fatigue" violates EU health claims regulation....

Attention deficit: EFSA rejects German caffeine juice claims

A German mineral water containing four juices, sugars and sweeteners and a high dose of caffeine has failed to impress EFSA scientists, despite a dossier containing 31 supporting studies.

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA rejects caffeine (alertness) and sterol (cholesterol) claims

Less than 75mg of caffeine per serving does not increase alertness, and the cholesterol-lowering ability of plant sterols cannot be communicated in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

EC confirms plant sterol-stanol equality

Higher doses of plant stanols and sterols are equally effective at reducing cholesterol in susceptible individuals, a European Commission meeting has ruled despite stanols players claiming the scientific consensus shows...

UK herb player finds solace in National Rules Scheme after medicinal rejection

Nelsons Natural World has won certification for a sulphur-based homeopathic product that permits skin health claims in the UK, after its whole range of 38 Bach Flower remedies had their...

Puratos: Wild berry bakery fillings on trend

Puratos has added wild berries to its bakery fillings range to align with consumer interest in nutritional tasty ingredients and move away from watery, cultivated berries.

News in brief

Raisio grows earnings by 14%

Plant-based nutrition firm Raisio has reported record earnings before interest and taxes (EBIT) of almost €40m in 2013.

UK reclassifies Bach flower as food supplement

The UK medicines agency has reclassified the ‘wellbeing’ botanical Bach flower as a food stuff, making it subject to EU health claim laws.

Resveratrol exercise study questioned (again)

Two polyphenol researchers have joined the chorus of criticism of a study that found resveratrol could mitigate exercise-derived heart benefits in healthy elderly men.


What do the eco heretics mean for GM golden rice?

Dr Patrick Moore – Greenpeace founding member and GM defector – represents a fear that lurks in the heart of all ideologists: Am I on the right side of the...

Special edition: Polyphenols

Polyphenol use rises 69% in 5 years (but do people get it?)

Polyphenol use in functional food and drink marketing has shot up 69% since 2009 even as consumer understanding remains low and approved global health claims extremely limited. But can it continue?

Special edition: Polyphenols

Identifying exotics: The untapped potential of berries and plants in Africa and South America

The potential for identifying new and interesting foods and supplements from berries and other food plants found in regions of South America and Africa remains bountiful, according to one botanical...

Special edition: Polyphenols

The big challenges in polyphenols: Providing credible evidence and a quality supply chain

With surging interest in the potential health benefits of polyphenols around the globe, experts suggest that there are still some major sticking points in the polyphenol success story.

UK herbal medicines body reappoints board

The UK Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has reappointed members to its Herbal Medicines Advisory Committee (HMAC) that advises on matters including the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products...

Study: Resveratrol a smoker’s best friend?

Resveratrol supplements could hold cardiovascular benefits for smokers, a new study has suggested.

EFSA comment rebuttal shows product-specific claims are not the way to go, says expert

EFSAs rebuttal of claims that a recent positive scientific opinion should have related to a whole product rather than a single constituent reaffirm the belief that product-specific health claims are...

HerbalGram article lays out New World connections for antique botanical text written in code

Matching plant illustrations in a mysterious text to New World varieties that were codified by the first European botanists active in Spain’s newly-conquered territories may have helped unlock a portion...

EFSA was right to reject herb-joint health claim: Consultants

Europe’s central science agency was right to reject a recent joint health claim application for a herbal blend, consultants have said.