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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.

UK supplement firm flaunts banned claims

UK supplement firm pH Health is flaunting a ruling that found its health claims for calcium, chlorophyll and other supplements were baseless.

Vegetable EPO? Scientists investigate nitrate benefits for blood boosting

Dietary sources of nitrate may activate pathways in the liver and kidneys thus meeting oxygen requirements without increasing red blood cells or thickening blood, researchers have concluded.

Lycotec to resubmit rejected EFSA health claim for 'cholesterol-lowering' chocolate

Biotec firm Lycotec will prepare another dossier to support claims its L-tug ingredient lowers cholesterol after EFSA rejected its health claim.

Glycaemic carbs win EFSA cognitive function approval; lycopene ingredient rejected

New scientific opinions published by EFSA mean glycaemic carbohydrates can be said to contribute to normal cognitive functions, but a suggested link between L-tug lycopene and lower LDL-cholesterol was dismissed.

Researchers delve into nutrition solutions for illness–prone athletes

There is a need for greater research into nutrition solutions for upper respiratory tract infections (URTIs) that are common in athletes, according to the researcher behind a study on the...

ESSNA membership: Medix Laboratoires and Smart Nutrition in, HFMA out

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) sees two new members – Medix Laboratoires and Smart Nutrition – join its ranks after its associate member Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA)...

Special edition: Botanicals

What will it take to break the botanicals deadlock?

Two pending European Courts of Justice (ECJ) cases and the prospect of a unified pan-EU list of safe botanicals hold the potential to break the current deadlock around botanicals, according...

Amaranth seeds may help cardiovascular health and diabetes

Amaranth seeds may help prevent coronary disease, lower cholesterol and manage diabetes, according to a scientific review.

Industry creating 'health halos' by adding vitamins, says BEUC

Adding in vitamins and minerals is one way the industry is getting around current health and nutrition regulation and creating a 'health halo' around otherwise unhealthy products, according to the European...

Too broad vs. too limited: Can the sports nutrition industry climb out of regulatory purgatory?

A European Commission report due in July this year should bring legal clarity to the current regulation obscurity that surrounds the sports nutrition market, according to a paper by the...

Yakult at Probiota 2015: “We want to be clear that before we invest we need to have some dialogue with EFSA...”

6 years of hurt: Probiotic heavyweights debate the EU’s health claim blockade

Yakult and leading academics expressed frustration at what they see as unfair and opaque scientific requirements around probiotic health claims in the European Union – but how much is industry...

New head of Commission’s DG SANTE nutrition unit announced

Alexandra Nikolakopoulou has been announced as the new head of the European Commission’s DG SANTE unit for nutrition, food composition and information, stepping into the shoes of Basil Mathioudakis. ...

How can reviews be used to get a probiotic health claim?

If the probiotic industry wants to secure a health claim it must scientifically justify its use of reviews looking at more than one strain, according to research backed by the...

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First things first Europe: Set pan-EU max limit for caffeine

Europe must push for united mandatory upper caffeine limits for all products with added caffeine if it is to counter current member state disparity. 

NutraIngredients Awards, May 6 2015, Geneva

Last call! Entries in the inaugural NutraIngredients Awards close today

There is still time to enter the NutraIngredients Awards – but not much – entries formally close ttoday in seven categories from Finished Products in Immunity to our Editor’s Choice...

EFSA issues immune and gut health claim guidance; 'It will be better for all concerned'

EFSA has issued a long-awaited immune and gut health claim guidance document it says draws on years of dossier assessment and includes biomarker updates, but a leading consultant was left...

Sports nutrition specialists eye 'Big Energy' with formula innovations

Specialist sports nutrition firms are using sector knowledge to compete in the energy drinks space that is dominated by the 'Big Energy' beverage giants.

"The EU is the only region in the world where the use of the term ‘probiotic’ is banned.”

Probiotic sector chief: ‘I am ashamed how the EU is dealing with this’

The secretary general of a leading probiotic association has launched a stinging attack on the European Union health claims regime she said is discriminatory, confusing and shameful.

Naturex cranberry launch hones in on biological activity: ‘Proving a product has PACs does not guarantee efficacy’

Naturex’s launch of a new cranberry extract sees the company moving beyond proanthocyanidins (PACs) as a marker of efficacy towards anti-adhesion activity (AAA), something it sees as a more relevant...

ASA says no to claims on glucosamine, omega-3 and joint health

Healthy Marketing, trading as Woods Health, must remove its advert using unapproved general health claims around glucosamine, omega-3 and joint health, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled. ...

Your brand name tells women you can help them conceive, ASA tells Vitabiotics

The UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld a complaint against supplement manufacturer Vitabiotics concerning an implied claim that its Pregnacare Conception multivitamin range could help women conceive a child....

Measuring the immeasurable? The challenges of researching mood and nutrition

Mood is often assessed in nutrition research but it is ‘hard to define’ and ‘inherently subjective’, according to the researchers behind a review of mood-measuring methodology.

Insider: The three groups reached accord “surprisingly quickly”

3 into 1: Euro probiotics sector unites as sector sales drop 8%

Europe’s three biggest probiotic groups have united behind a new European chapter of the International Probiotics Association (IPA) to deal with the “critical” 6-year regulatory imbroglio that has seen an EU-wide...

GM folate rice could help tackle neural tube defects, say researchers

Rice metabolically engineered to be rich in folates could help alleviate associated health problems of folate deficiency, according to researchers.

“The authorisation of these claims would see a major boost for sports men and women”

European sports nutrition sector backs EFSA caffeine opinion

The European sports nutrition sector says the recent EFSA opinion that backed daily caffeine intakes up to 400 mg per day, will lift the sector – if it makes it...