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Korean menopause botanical blend wins EFSA backing

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said a herbal root mix is safe for use in menopause food supplements.

Chinese takeover of Vitaco edges closer as regulator hurdles are cleared

Australian supplement firm Vitaco has cleared a number of regulatory hurdles, paving the way for its takeover by Chinese investors. 

French flavour firm buys nutrition partner

French flavours firm Robertet has completed its acquisition of melon extract producer Bionov, bringing products marketed to combat stress and cellulite into its portfolio. 

EFSA considers Mitsubishi’s antioxidant salt following member state concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has taken the reins in the safety evaluation of Mitsubishi’s novel antioxidant salt ingredient following member state toxicity concerns. 

Senior spotlight: Tetra Pak taps into what beverage makers should know about this key generation

For the latest edition of Tetra Pak’s annual Consumer Generations Whitepaper series, the packaging giant interviewed more than 40,000 people and gathered insights from 27 different developed and developing countries,...

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18th claim win for SNE: Calcium helps build healthy baby bones

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved another extension of an adult health claim this time for calcium and the normal development of bones for children under three.

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Nitrogen spiking: The loophole jeopardising protein’s podium place

The European sports nutrition industry is calling for a ‘protein spiking’ loophole to be closed, but if there is any Brussels movement it is likely to be slow and this...

Nutra futures

Top 10 nutrition start-ups

Venture Scanner says 2016 is on pace to be one of the best years ever for health and nutrition start-up investment. We scan the most promising Venture Scanner ventures...

UPDATE: Two killed, one still missing in BASF explosion

Two workers have been killed, one person is still missing and eight have been seriously injured in the explosion at a BASF plant in Ludwigshafen, Germany yesterday. 

'We find it strange ‘methodological limitations’ claimed by the panel were not specified'

‘Highly unsatisfactory’: Probi takes claim complaints to EC

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to consider concerns raised by Swedish supplier Probi about the treatment of its rejected probiotic health claim.

News in brief

New Italian-Swedish biotech network promotes probiotics

Four companies have come together to form the biotech network Sacco System, with probiotic quality one of their core focus areas.

Antioxidant vitamin health claim authorised

EFSA backs E for infants

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has extended its approval of a health claim for vitamin E and protection from oxidative damage for adults to include young children.

Alpro: 'we made a mistake and we’re really sorry'

Twitter storm blows up Alpro's dairy problem

Belgian manufacturer of plant-based dairy alternatives Alpro has been caught in a Twitter storm after it tweeted that a healthy diet consists of one third animal-based products. Disgruntled vegan followers referenced the company’s...

'We've made big pills a thing of the past.'

Big investment, small pills: DSM invests €27m in omega-3 technology

DSM has invested over €27 million in its ‘3C technology’ which concentrates DHA and EPA up to 85% and helps reduce capsule size by up to three times.

Cravings in Croatia: Probiotic firm launches prenatal choc supplements

Croatian supplier of probiotic chocolates Milsing has added a prenatal product to its range of supplements, a move which follows investment from several big players in pregnancy probiotics.

Seeing the pills for the packets: Specialist website offers price clarity to supplement consumers

A dedicated supplement and health food price comparison site is seeking to give UK consumers clarity in a busy, specialist market place.

Nutrition sprays: The modern format for traditional botanicals?

Pills and capsules are old hat, says a young French firm banking on a botanical range of oral nutrition sprays.

Aker, Neptune reach landmark krill oil licensing agreement

The Thirty Years War that reshaped Europe featured myriad twists and turns. The Krill Wars have, too, with the latest being a final, formal burying of the hatchet between the...

Nexira plots 4-year growth era as it returns to family values

After becoming fully family-owned and independent last week, French botanicals and ingredient player Nexira is chasing sales of €150-€160m by 2020 with acquisition, Asian expansion and boosted health and nutrition...

Supplements slipping the net: Is a self-regulatory registration scheme the solution?

On the back of findings that up to 40% of herbal supplements are mislabelled or contain adulterants, a University of Westminster researcher is calling for an industry regulated scheme to...

Popular but illegal: Legal certainty on the horizon for Tongkat ali extract?

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) is seeking feedback on a novel food application for Tongkat ali extract, a process which could lift a formal EU ban on the ingredient...

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Polish pulse: Firm seeks safety approval of novel circulation-boosting ingredient

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is considering the safety of a substance similar to nicotinic acid following a novel food application from Polish company Pharmena.

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US firm looks to bring tocotrienol-rich seed extract to EU

A US firm is seeking EU novel food approval for a vitamin E-rich extract from annatto seeds, something it says will not be jeopardised by a recent unflattering safety opinion...

Germany overtakes US as top energy drink innovator

For the first time Germany has overtaken the US as the top energy drink innovator with the highest rates of new product development (NPD) in 2015, according to Mintel. 

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