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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.

Dutch consortium to Challenge time to market for new health products

Three Dutch companies aim to slash time to market through the use of low-cost predictive models that speed up pre-clinical and human trials.

Fortified snacks drive ‘poor’ dietary decisions

Nutrient claims on vitamin-fortified snacks may influence consumers to make “poor diet-related decisions”, according to research.

News in brief

Experts wanted: EFSA calls for new NDA Panel members

The European Food Safety Authority has opened applications for its next Scientific Panel on Nutrition, Novel Food and Food Allergens (NDA) – which is tasked with setting dietary reference values...

Does a high-fibre claim on premium ice cream still sound indulgent? Absolutely, says Koupe

Dutch start-up Koupe's high-fibre, high-protein ice cream is more than just a 'healthy' product, says its founder, who aims to compete with premium brands Häagen-Dazs and Magnum.

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CROs in the driving seat when outlining research direction

The need for robust research to validate health claims for a food ingredient has never been in doubt.  But with regulations becoming ever more stringent the role of Contract Research...

Belgium drafts supplement guidance for four nutrients … but is it right?

Industry should fight amendments to a Belgian decree setting out minimum and maximum levels for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice, because some proposed levels fall well below established...

Thumbs down: EFSA panel rejects claims for joint functioning and sperm DNA damage

EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has rejected two health claims dossiers claiming a link between curcumin and joint function and an extract for sperm DNA damage....

Open letter demands EU-wide nutrient profiles for nutrition and health claims

An open letter penned by three leading health and consumer organisations - together with five food companies - calls for the ‘urgent adoption’ of nutrient profiles in the context of...

EU fairy tales: Is botanical harmonisation ‘a waste of time’?

The European Commission is 'wasting the time' of the botanical industry by trying to fix a 'fairy tale' problem of harmonising European rules, according to the author of a book...

Common cold cure? Zinc lozenges cut illness duration by a third

Both zinc acetate and zinc gluconate lozenges are effective in shortening the duration of common colds, but zinc doses higher than 100mg don’t appear to provide an additional boost.

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document...

OPINION: Why positive biology is crucial to understand how we can achieve healthy ageing

Queen Elizabeth was reported to have sent out 300 birthday wishes to British centenarians in 1955, 1200 in 1970, and 7500 in 2014. Now it is estimated that there is somewhere...

Belgium proposes legal changes on self-checking and food supplements

Legislative changes in Belgium's General Food Law Act could see changes to existing rules on the maximum levels for various nutrients, while for some nutrients the maximum levels could be removed...

Vitamin D blunts negative impact of statins in diabetes patients post-exercise: RCT

Vitamin D supplementation for patients with type 2 diabetes improves cardiorespiratory fitness and muscle mitochondria among those who are taking statins, a new RCT reveals

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Sports nutrition regulation has improved but is still uncertain: ESSNA

Regulation for sports nutrition has had a long and winding road over the last decade but there are still issues that need addressing, says European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) vice-chair...

No evidence to link vitamin A supplementation with fewer baby deaths: Cochrane review

A new systematic review states there is no indication that vitamin A supplementation among babies at birth reduces mortality during the first six or 12 months of life. 

What should EFSA do to improve the NHCR?

The aims of health claims are to encourage fair competition, prevent the public from being mislead and to promote innovation, but more and more companies are being put off by...

EFSA must make claims process easier to promote innovation, warn experts

Health claim applications to the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) are too lengthy and too expensive, experts from the EU-backed Rediclaim said during its recent online conference.

Monthly vitamin D supplementation does not prevent cardiovascular disease: Clinical trial

Monthly high dose vitamin D supplementation does not prevent cardiovascular disease, results from a large randomised clinical trial discovered.

‘Fragmented’ Europe needs nutrition research platform

EU project to create unified infrastructure for food and nutrition research

A pan-EU consortium is looking to build an online ‘nutrition hub’ that will unify the way research relating to food, nutrition and health is done across the continent.

Europe needs 'proper' cannabidiol regulations for foods and supplements, says association

The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) says there is an “urgent need for proper legislation” in a position paper asking for Europe to recognise cannabidiol (CBD) and hemp as safe ingredients in...

Researchers confirm chicory inulin benefits on blood sugar

Inulin fibre from chicory root's beneficial effects on metabolic risks – including managing blood sugar levels – has been confirmed by new research.

Unwanted side effects: Oat beta-glucan beats out plant sterols in cholesterol-lowering study

While plant sterol esters have a bigger effect on lowering cholesterol than oat beta-glucans, they can come with unwanted side effects including weight gain and microbiome disturbance, finds a new...

'Fibre is the only option to turn our comfort foods from toxic to therapeutic,' says FiberFlour founder

What made a practicing doctor give up medicine to create and supply a high-fibre flour? “I saw an opportunity to be infinitely more effective in preventing disease in the first place. Fibre...

EU regulations top list of major concerns for nutrition industry

Forget Brexit, the current state of the global economy or rising raw material costs. EU regulation is a bigger challenge for European nutrition companies than them all, new data suggests.

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