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InterHealth: Lowat herbal formulation may help shed 9 pounds in 8 weeks

A novel herbal formulation called Lowat may increase levels of a satiety hormone by 17% and help consumers’ weight management efforts, says a new study.

Walmark to sue Romanian government agency over “unjustified” bullying allegations

Walmark says it will take legal action against a Romanian government agency after one of its officials publicly criticised the eastern European supplement giant’s marketing and market share-gaining methods.

Is curcumin the next omega-3? Sabinsa expects so with ‘game changing’ Curcumin C3 Reduct

The final stumbling blocks for the wide use of curcumin have been removed, claims Sabinsa as it launches its ‘next generation’ of curcuminoids offering ‘greater potency, stability and much better...

News in brief

Toxic: UK medicines agency issues alert against 4 Hong Kong herbal products

Four Traditional Chinese Medicines (TCM) sold online have been found to contain lead and mercury and can cause anaemia and brain damage, according to the UK medicines regulator.

Romania battles “arrogant” Walmark over cranberry marketing

A Romanian government official has lodged an official complaint against eastern and central European food supplements mega-brand, Walmark, which it says exploits legal loopholes to bully competitors from market.

Editor’s blog

Which 2 global health brands grew by $1bn in 2012?

Something probiotic? Omega-3? A diet cola? Nope. 

Guest article

More rigour required: Leatherhead on latest EFSA health claim rejections

Leatherhead Food Research nutrition research manager Roberta Re calls for more rigorous science after pouring over the latest serving of article 13.5 opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)...

NHCR article 13.5 shakedown

Latest EFSA article 13.5 rejections down to “lousy science”: Consultant

There is no surprise in the latest batch of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) article 13.5 health claim rejections as the science presented in six dossiers was “lousy”, a consultant told us...

Natural products can equal drug effects, but the odds are low say researchers

Certain combinations of natural products can be as effective as man-made drugs in acting against specific diseases. But the chances of finding an effective combination could be as low as...

Acquisition happy: Naturex 2012 sales up 18.1% in 2012 ; Raisio improves 5.7%

Two leading European ingredients suppliers have bucked hard economic times to post strong results for 2012, with French botanical extracts specialist, Naturex, and Finish agriculture, ingredients and brand owner, Raisio,...

EFSA affirms red yeast rice’s cholesterol management ability in new opinion

French supplier Sylvan Bio is seeking dialogue with the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and EU authorities after the agency said in a just-issued positive article 13.5 health claim opinion...

Global sports nutrition market to top $6 billion by 2018, report says

Revamped, more complete product lines that are connecting with new customers are driving growth in the sports nutrition market, according to a new report.

DMAA in the dock

DMAA blamed for London marathon death

A single dose of the banned stimulant DMAA was the most probable cause of the heart attack that killed Claire Squires in hospital after she collapsed during the final metres...

Human data supports bitter orange/ p-synephrine safety in humans: Nutratech

Extracts from bitter orange (Citrus aurantium) on its own or combined with naringin and hesperidin do not pose any risks at doses commonly used by humans, says new data from...

Exclusive interview

EC’s Mathioudakis: “You cannot build a sustainable food industry on misleading health claims”

With the European Union’s strict health food and supplement marketing laws in place, the European Commission’s food law unit head, Basil Mathioudakis, tells NutraIngredients why it’s generally working out fine…...

EU food law expert: “In reality mutual recognition does not work effectively”

Mutual recognition – the covenant that assumes what is good enough for one EU member state should be good enough for another – is a mislaid principle when it comes...

Brussels conference blog

Botanical sabbaticals, special cases, and the EU's legal Eldorado

The ongoing imbroglio around botanical health claim regulation in the EU saw no sign of resolution in Brussels yesterday as the EC’s Basil Mathioudakis said any new regulatory framework could...

Sweden: Ban rejected NHCR nutrients in supplements?; Legal experts: Don’t be silly

Lycopene, lutein, CoQ10, probiotics and any other nutrients rejected under the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) could be banned in food supplements, a Swedish government official told a congress...

Ayurvedic workhorses poised for market breakthrough, expert predicts

If you are looking for what’s hot on the botanical front in 2013, here’s the skinny from a longtime observer of the herbal arena: Open your lesson book to the...

West African sorghum extract shows anti-inflammatory and immune health benefits

An extract from West African sorghum may provide anti-inflammatory effects and immune benefits, as well as offer food color and nutricosmetic potential, according to new data.

EU seaweed project trawls antioxidant potential

An EU-funded project investigating the high-end nutritional content of seaweed says antioxidant extraction potential is high – with some seaweed forms offering better bioavailability than others.

Kosher gains ground as global QC measure

Having foods and ingredients approved by Jewish rabbis may not seem a matter that would of great importance to non-Jewish food and supplement manufacturers – not so.

ANH: "EC must face the music for separating botanicals and probiotics"

An article in ‘Nature’ magazine welcoming tough EU health claim laws has highlighted the conundrum facing EU regulators if the Union is to adopt different claim-substantiation criteria for about 2000...

Coffee waste may be a rich source antioxidants for supplements, suggest scientists

Waste from brewing coffee could be a valuable resource for the production of antioxidants for dietary supplements, say researchers.

EU medical devices route tempts article 13 health claim losers

European Union medicines agencies are reporting increasing numbers of ‘medical device’ applications for food supplement products rejected under strict EU health claim laws.