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EFSA health claim opinion

Astaxanthin health claim rejection “not a big surprise”

Astaxanthin suppliers have expressed disappointment at last week’s rejection of the carotenoid by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel, but said the rejection was not unexpected given...

EFSA health claim opinion

French cranberry claim winner says EFSA failed to evaluate submitted claim wording

French cranberry firm Pharmatoka says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to assess its submitted urinary tract infection (UTI) health claim wording, which was the very same as that...

Black raspberries: latest superfruit or super fad?

Black raspberry sales are set to soar, according to Tesco, which launched the latest so-called ‘superfruit’ exclusively within its UK stores yesterday.

Lest we forget: Bible inspires cinnamon extract Alzheimer’s study

A cinnamon bark extract called CEppt can slow the onset of Alzheimer’s, according to Israeli researchers who studied its effect in mice and fruit flies after taking inspiration from a...

Lipid Nutrition fire sale does not include infant formula offering

Dutch fats and oils specialist IOI-Loders Croklaan will integrate breast milk alternative Betapol into its product range to complete the break-up of its subsidiary Lipid Nutrition announced yesterday.

Exclusive interview

Departed Danisco CEO: “I am proud of my legacy”

If Tom Knutzen is reading this, he shouldn’t be.

ANH slams NHS supplements report

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe (ANH-EU) has slammed a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report which questioned the effectiveness of most food supplements as the statement of an...

Australian medicines agency advices against seeking herbal Nirvana

The Australian medicines regulator is warning people off a weight management herbal called St Nirvana, after product testing revealed illegal doses of the banned pharma ingredient, sibutramine.

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Heart health claims are boosting chocolate’s growth potential, report

There is growth potential for dark chocolate in the functional food sector, with the product carrying most of the heart health claims in the confectionery segment, says Leatherhead Food Research.

Comment

FDA's enforcement deserves loud applause

A flurry of seizures, criminal charges, and warning letters shows that FDA is increasing it enforcement of dietary supplement regulations. Good for FDA and good for industry!

“High-quality” protein demand set to boom: Report

The rise of protein as a nutrient that can assist weight management will drive the quality protein market to new heights, according to a new report.

Industry response - NHS report on food supplements

Supplements – Who needs them? Er, around 85% of working adults, say stats

The UK and European food supplements industry has hit back at a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report that largely cast supplements as being ineffective, and recommended ‘a balanced...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

EU regulatory experts debate herbs (don’t panic) and health claims (shout louder)

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is ultimately a force for good, although some “small guys” may disagree, says leading consultancy and contract research organisation, analyze&realize. The...

Indian middle class seeks combo of Ayurvedic and modern supplements

The Indian supplements market is ‘ripe’, according to Jeff Hilton of Integrated Marketing Group, who has been conducting research in advance of a new launch later this year of a...

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

High prices unlikely to dull global thirst for coffee

Coffee prices may have reached record highs but they are unlikely to derail the hot drink from its high growth path, according to the head of beverage research at Euromonitor.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government...

Gencor rejected weight management claims now EU law

Hong Kong-based Gencor Pacific has failed to convince the European Commission and EU member states to alter the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of weight management claims for its extract,...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

BASF-Cognis acquisition delivering customer benefits

Integration is fully underway after the merger last year between the two German ingredient giants, Cognis and BASF, with projects developing under the newly formed Human Nutrition unit in the...

UK herbal veteran Professor Edzard Ernst retires

Professor Edzard Ernst, who once had a famous spat with Prince Charles after criticising claims being made by the Prince’s now defunct Foundation for Integrated Health , has announced his has...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Vitafoods 2011 roundup: Industry finds new strength post-recession and EFSA

Vitafoods Europe 2011 revealed upbeat ingredients, supplements and functional food players forging ahead after the recent recession years and rapidly adapting to life under strict European Union health claim regulations.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Ocean Spray and Artemis team up for cranberry supplements

Ocean Spray’s Ingredients Technology Group has forged a new partnership with Artemis International to help it extend the use of its cranberry extracts in nutraceuticals and gather market intelligence.

Potato protein targets sports nutrition market

Dutch start-up Solanic is promoting the bioavailability and sustainability of its potato-derived protein isolates, ahead of a global launch at the Vitafoods Europe trade fair next week in Geneva.

THMPD Implementation

UK herbal industry concerns raised by THMPD deadline

The completion this week of the seven-year window for over-the-counter botanical products to comply with the 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) has only raised anxiety in the UK...

Lallemand launches immunity blend

Lallemand Health Ingredients is promoting a selenium, vitamin D and yeast beta-glucan immunity blend with the intention of using European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved health claim opinions.

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