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Functional foods and supplements are as successful as the claims they can make. But new health claim regulations in Europe, and a tightening regulatory environment in the US can make it hard to know how messages must be communicated without overstepping the line.

Diabetes game changer? Researchers to look at green tea catechins & insulin

Botanical supplier Plandaí Biotechnology has signed a research agreement with North West University in South Africa to investigate green tea catechins and type 2 diabetes. 

‘We want to be the top superfood company in Poland’: Chlorella start-up

Polish start-up Purella Food is on a mission to popularise chlorella and it's arming itself with a vast portfolio of ‘superfood’ products for the battle.

Leftover coffee grounds: Unlocking 6m tonnes of unused antioxidant dietary fibre

The use of leftover coffee grounds as an antioxidant dietary fibre is a low-cost value-added opportunity for an otherwise waste product, say Spanish researchers.  

Could Brexit give a boost to the UK’s supplements industry?

Amid the uncertainty of Brexit, supplement industry groups see opportunities for a more liberal UK regime outside the EU, but others question how much practical difference the UK’s split will...

Probiotic problems: Mastitis marketing flawed, say researchers

A paper claiming the marketing of probiotics to treat mastitis is problematic has caused a controversy, but probiotics researchers and manufacturers say the science is sound.

Which supplements should women take during pregnancy?

The British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) is seeking insights into general public opinion on supplementation in pregnancy.

News in brief

EFSA publishes final choline opinion based on big EU data

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published its opinion on how much choline is needed for different groups.

Only one-in-four Australian pregnant women adhere to folic acid and iodine guidelines

Australian women are well aware that folic acid (PFS) and iodine (IS) are recommended supplements to take during pregnancy, but only a quarter of them adhere to the recommendations, scientists...

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

ESSNA set to strike on protein spiking

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will in weeks finalise its guidance on so-called ‘protein spiking’ - the controversial practice of falsifying product protein content via nitrogen manipulation.

Filling a €3.4bn deficit: UK research post Brexit

The European Commission has said it is business as usual for UK researcher’s access to EU funding until official Brexit moves are made. Yet concerns persist as reports emerge of...

Lycored plots Cardiomato EU launches with 'education', not claims approach

Lycored will launch its Cardiomato heart health supplement in Scandinavia by the end of 2016, and in Spain and Italy next year, as it plans educational efforts to support its...

Seeing is believing: Botanical player launches ‘UV budget’ app

Spanish supplier Monteloeder has launched a mobile application for users of its anti-UV botanical to track the impact on skin health.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects fish oil memory claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has thrown out a health claim for a ‘DHA-enriched fish oil’ and the reduction of age-related cognitive decline.

Curcumin firm sets sights on European market with expansion and health claim plans

Indian curcumin supplier Arjuna has big plans for the European market, with a Brussels office opened this year, 'mental wellbeing' health claim plans in motion and production capacity increased by 200%.

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application...

From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo...

Balancing the binges: We Are Tea ‘everyday good’ range taps into Millennial trends

We Are Tea is the latest functional tea brand to tap into the Millenial generation's search for products that offset eating indulgences, according to an analyst. 

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Game on: New conference spills sports nutrition beans beyond 2017

The multi-billion euro sports nutrition sector is changing faster than you can say ‘millennial buy-in’, but is your firm abreast of the game-changing shifts that matter most?

Nutrition profiles of food with health claims only ‘marginally better,' study shows

Foods carrying health claims have only slightly better nutrition profiles than products without, according to an Oxford University study.

'We won’t take this as the final outcome. We spent too much time, too much money.'

310th probiotic claim rejection: EFSA throws out Probi claim for iron absorption

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to claim a probiotic can help boost iron absorption – but applicant Probi says it won’t take no for an...

Guest article

Can health pros be trusted with nutritional information?

If you can't trust 'health professionals' to sift nutrition data, who can you trust? argues EU food law critic Bert Schwitters after a recent ECJ ruling that potentially shifts the...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

Ice cream makers locked in cold war over health claims

Complaints over health claims by 'healthy' ice cream makers descends into a war of words, as rivals Oppo, Taywell and Perfect World trade claims and insults over their products.

UK report calls for ban on energy drink sales to under 16s

A report authored by UK public health lobby group Action on Sugar has called on the UK government to curb energy drink consumption among young people – listing a ban...

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