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Dispatches from Israel

Mycolivia develops mushroom-derived health supplements

Israeli firm Mycolivia has developed a range of mushroom-derived health supplements, challenging the thriving market for such products in China.

Resveratrol could enhance exercise performance

Intake of the red wine polyphenol resveratrol could help boost exercise performance by improving strength and endurance, according to new research in rats.

EFSA will complete final “50+” second-chance claims at next plenary

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel will issue opinions on more than 50 health claim dossiers re-submitted to it in 2011.

DMAA in the dock

Australia issues DMAA alert; commences 'urgent' prohibition talks

Australian authorities have warned consumers about possible negative health effects of using sports supplements containing DMAA, as the global crackdown on the controversial stimulant continues.

EFSA speaks on disputed lutein claims: Only “normal vision” eligible

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has responded to industry bafflement about why it did not assess submitted eye health claims for the carotenoid, lutein, by saying the submitted claims...

US dominates global resveratrol market

The global resveratrol supply market is valued at $50.2m (€40m) according to a Frost and Sullivan report, with 90% of volumes accounted for by the US food supplements market.

EFSA health claim opinion

Prunes can help bowel movement after all, says EFSA in about face

The re-evaluation of studies dating back to 1991 for a rejected health claim dossier has convinced the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that prunes can aid bowel movement after all.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

New Frutarom health chief: We can learn from BASF-Cognis “concept selling”

The new chief of Frutarom’s Health Division says the Israeli-Swiss flavours, fragrances and ingredients firm can learn something about ‘concept marketing’ from the many years he spent at former employer,...

Only five days to go for the SkinCare Ingredients 2012 VTS

If you haven’t registered already now is the time to do so for the SkinCare Ingredients Virtual Trade Show, which is open for business at 2pm Central European Time, on...

Ignore herbal tradition-of-use data and destroy “important heritage”: Researchers

European academics have warned of the likely devastation to the botanicals sector if Europe ignores tradition-of-use (TOU) data in favour of randomised clinical trials when assessing herbal food supplement health...

Latin American super seed chia to branch out

We've had the exotic super berries: goji and açai. Now, apparently, from Latin America, we have the new exotic superseed: chia.

EFSA updates 900 compound-strong botanical safety compendium

About 900 potentially dangerous botanical substances appear on a just-updated European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) compendium, although the agency notes dosage is key for any actual safety concerns.

EU herbal product registrations drop, “through the floor”

Herbal product registrations are slowing across the EU a European Medicines Agency (EMA) report has revealed, with a leading health food group noting registrations had, “dropped through the floor.”...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Cranberry medical claim winner targets food industry

With a recently awarded medical devices urinary tract infection (UTI) claim in the bag, Dutch start-up Medical Brands booked a late booth at Vitafoods Europe, keen to show off its...

Chocolate fails to improve motor function despite increased consumption by Parkinson’s sufferers

Dark chocolate and cocoa ingredients do not improve motor function for those with Parkinson’s disease despite increased consumption among those with the disease, according to a study.

EU article 13 health claim compliance D Day: December 14, 2012

The controversial European Union article 13 health claim list has this morning been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, giving companies until December 14 to get their...

EFSA recommends expanding sterol-stanol cholesterol claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that plant stanols and sterols can more powerfully reduce cholesterol reduction after assessing fresh data submitted by category leaders, Raisio and Unilever.

EU article 13 health claims register

222 EU health claims become law; experts predict “tsunami of cheap innovation”

It’s official. Companies have six months – until December – to comply with the controversial European Union article 13, general function health claims register which today won final approval from...

Frutarom rolls out “winter ailment” herb and mineral suite

Consumer concerns about drug resistance, promising market data and interest from the industry in established, ‘safe’ ingredients with EFSA-approved claims are behind Frutarom’s decision to roll out a range of...


Vitafoods: EU nutra space wriggles into new health claims clothes

Vitafoods celebrates its 15th birthday next week. It’ll be my 11th consecutive May visit to Geneva for the jamboree and promises to be one of the most intriguing chapters with the (partial...

Black pepper extract could fight fat by blocking cell formation

Researchers have unravelled the mechanism behind black pepper’s purported weight management properties after they revealed that piperine from black pepper extract may block fat cell formation.

Guest article

Who is regulating EU cyber supplement sales?

Food supplements are ideally suited for online sales: stable, light, high-value, popular with consumers. It is therefore no surprise that online food supplement sales are on the rise with the...


Is the game up for DMAA? Why the FDA crackdown raises more questions than answers…

They’ve had the sword of Damocles hanging over their heads for months. So when 10 firms selling DMAA supplements were finally told to put up or shut up by the...

Plant-animal protein blend boosts post-workout muscles: Study

Blending dairy-derived whey and casein with soy protein can yield benefits in a post-workout setting, according to pioneering but unpublished research.

ADM opens new innovation centre in the Netherlands

Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has opened a development centre in The Netherlands to provide advice on chocolate and cocoa products.

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