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EFSA rejects glucosamine, coffee, diacylglycerol (DAG) oil health claims

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has sent an ominous warning that recently-submitted health claim dossiers will fare any better than those that have gone before, with three fresh article...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Soy market flat? Fat chance, says Solae CEO, as ‘flexitarian’ eating rises

Growing numbers of part-time vegetarians, or ‘flexitarians’, are feeding demand for soy products, says the chief of the biggest soy supplier in the world, who refutes suggestions the soy market...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Cranberry claim winner tells Ocean Spray: “Stay in your bogs”

Last week global cranberry leader, Ocean Spray, announced it was working on settling the long-running and divisive debate about how best to measure the berry’s active constituents – but the...

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Oat beta glucan makes claims on European cholesterol market

The European Union cholesterol-lowering market has a new player after an oat beta glucan's claim was written in to European law books this month.

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Cranberry giant aims to settle debilitating PACs debate in “6-12 months”

Ocean Spray has waded out of its Massachusetts cranberry bogs and into the fiery and divisive debate about accurately measuring the berry’s health benefit-delivering proanthocyanidins (PACs) – a longstanding tete-a-tete...

Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign: “We did not enlist academics”

The six-week-old, UK-based Safer Herbal Medicines Campaign (SHMC) denies encouraging herbal academics to write to members of parliament and policy makers urging a botanical food supplement crackdown, as a debate...

EU ombudsman agrees to investigate EHPM health claim concerns but change unlikely, say lawyers

The European Union ombudsman will investigate article 13.1, health claim assessment methodology concerns held by European supplements group, EHPM, although any verdict is unlikely before those claims are due to...

Attacked 30-year herbal academic on leaked document: “I haven’t slept in four days”

A lifelong UK-based herbal sector academic who was attacked by the Alliance for National Heath (ANH) on Friday over her views about herbal medicine regulations, says she is “crushed and...

Guest article

Could conditions of use condemn health claim victories?

In recent months the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has come under increasing pressure to moderate its scientific approach to the assessment of health claims from parts of the industry...

Novel Foods Exclusive

Wrigley gains novel food approval for magnolia bark extract in EU

Gum giant Wrigley has been granted novel food approval in the EU for an extract to be used in chewing gum and mints that will allow it to introduce new...

Exclusive interview

Chinese market opens up for Naturex for flavour modifier; Burgundy integration underway

Naturex has just received novel foods approval in China for its flavour masking system, Talin. President and chief executive of the botanicals group, Jacques Dikansky, revealed the news and discussed...

IAAF bans two athletes for DMAA doping; both blame food supplements

Portuguese and South Korean athletes have received two-year bans from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) for methylhexaneamine (DMAA) doping violations at the recent World Championships in South Korea.

Russian-American collaboration finds herbs can assist overweight stress symptoms

The Russian Institute of Nutrition and Amway’s Nutrilite Health Institute Collaboration have found cardiovascular disease, inflammation and metabolic syndrome stress symptoms can be reduced via herbal interventions.

Italian government backs olive extract supplier

A former Italian government research project has been spun off into a start-up company specialising in naturally extracted olive oil extracts, as competition heats up in the European Food Safety...

Researchers develop new antioxidant screening method for herbals

A new rapid technique developed to analyse the antioxidant capacity of herbal extracts promises faster and cheaper analysis without impacting accuracy of results, according to new research from Thailand.

South African alliance tries to unite “science and commerciality” with botanical extract

South African based Dynamic Extractions and Formulations (DEF) is marketing the first commercially available herbal extract - Sceletium tortuosum - produced since uniting with extraction specialist, Green Cell Technologies (GCT).

BASF and Cargill partner on ambitious €150m GM plant omega-3 project

Multinational ingredient giants BASF and Cargill have teamed on a project that will see them spend €100m on an ambitious project to bring genetically modified canola oil rich in omega-3...

Innéov calls for complete EU health claims revamp

L’Oreal and Nestlé joint venture Innéov told a beauty foods and supplements congress in Paris yesterday that the European Union health claims laws that have stung its marketing need to...

“Nutritional powerhouse” mushrooms deserve superfood status: Euromonitor

Mushrooms like the shiitake need to ramp up their marketing potential if they are to take a greater and deserved slice of the €8bn+ global cardiovascular market, according to Euromonitor...

Naturex expands functional portfolio with Burgundy acquisition

Natural ingredients giant Naturex has grown its portfolio of functional health ingredients, whilst increasing its technological and production capabilities with the acquisition of Burgundy Botanical Extracts.

Bad science? ANH presents MEPs with 30 dodgiest EFSA health claim decisions

The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) has mailed MEPs a litany of what it considers the 30 most ‘wayward’ health claim opinions to arise from the European Food Safety...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Stepan ends years of North American isolationism with strategic European nutrition shift

In 2010, Stepan Company, the New Jersey-based firm that had for decades supplied flavours and emulsifiers, decided to move into nutrition - a decision that led it to buying Dutch...

Time to act on unauthorised DMAA-geranium sports products in Europe?

Sections of the European botanicals industry are beginning to raise red flags about DMAA, the synthetic stimulant commonly found in sports supplements but often labeled as an extract of geranium...

Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project: Newly published study disappoints

Part of the reasoning for Unilever’s controversial 2008 decision to sever a €20m partnership with UK firm Phytopharm to develop the weight management plant hoodia gordonii has become apparent, with...

Ginger supplement may reduce colon inflammation and cancer risk, suggests study

Ginger’s anti-inflammatory properties may play a role in reducing inflammation in the colon, possibly reducing the risks of developing colorectal cancer, according to new research.