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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.

U2 band members named as major investors

Bono and The Edge find what they're looking for in biotech start-up Nuritas

U2 band members Bono and The Edge have been named as major investors in Nuritas, the much-hyped Irish biotech start-up planning to triple its workforce in 2017. 

Unilever revamps margarine packaging to promote active plant ingredients

Unilever has partnered with Design Bridge design agency to change its Flora ProActiv spread packaging to promote a premium, healthy lifestyle message.

Iodine ignorance: Irish researchers call for public health campaign

Only one third of Irish women understand the importance of iodine in pregnancy, say researchers calling for a public health campaign. 

News in brief

NutraIngredients/ESSNA sports nutrition congress sells out

If you were planning on attending the inaugural NutraIngredients and European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) sports nutrition congress, apologies, but the event has sold out.

Where there’s a will…iced coffee concept makes whey protein cool

Arla Foods Ingredients has developed an on-trend whey protein iced coffee concept that it is confident will be “on the market and available to consumers very soon”, but can it dispel...

Tomato extract shows blood thinning potential versus aspirin: Study

A proprietary tomato extract – backed in EU health claim law to benefit blood circulation – has been shown to thin blood in healthy people – but less severely than...

'In five years this will be routine': Map My Gut start-up offers personalised microbiome advice

Giving personalised gut health advice will be routine medical practice in five years, predicts the researcher behind the new start-up Map My Gut and big gut data projects British Gut...

Guest article

ESSNA: EU law finally catching up with market reality in ‘milestone’ year

2016 has been a milestone year for the sports nutrition industry in Europe, says European Specialised Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) chair Dr Adam Carey in this guest article.

UK law seeks to close infant & follow-on formula ‘loopholes’

A UK bill seeking to close infant and follow-on formula regulation ‘loopholes’ has been unanimously endorsed by Parliament’s House of Commons.

HiE opens arms to European and global nutrition sector

UBM-owned Health ingredients Europe & Natural ingredients (HiE & Ni) kicks off in Frankfurt on November 29. We asked brand director Richard Joyce how the 3-day mega-show is shaping up.

EFSA models transparency with open source ‘Knowledge Junction’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has made all its models from the last 15 years available on an open source platform called the Knowledge Junction, which also encourages external...

Entries close 3 February 2017

2017 NutraIngredients Awards celebrates best in nutrition innovation (globally)

The NutraIngredients Awards are back in 2017 with new categories to reward the most innovative players in the global world of nutrition.

#WorldDiabetesDay #WDD

World Diabetes Day: 1000 actions to help 400+m people

Nearly 1000 actions – from screenings to policy statements to conferences and diet and lifestyle change promotion – are underway in 130+ countries as part of World Diabetes Day.

Botanicals progress: EU Health Commissioner promises solution in his time

The European Commissioner for health and food safety has said a public consultation on how best to deal with botanical health claims will be launched by the end of this...

Probiotic supplements on rise in global €40bn market

Latest data from Euromonitor International shows the global probiotics market is worth about €40bn, yoghurt continues to be the dominant mode of delivery although probiotic supplements are growing fastest.

When is a non-digestible carbohydrate a prebiotic?

Several health claims have been approved in Europe for prebiotic fibre ingredients, but none of the functionality has been directly attributed to their prebiotic properties. 

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International...

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

Industry poll: Claim wording & transparency greatest EU health claim challenges

Almost nine years after the implementation of the EU's controversial nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) the industry is still reeling, German researchers have found.

Goal! English football giant backs high-dose omega-3 for recovery

London-based English Premier League (EPL) football club Tottenham Hotspur has inked a deal with Norwegian firm Smartfish to supply high-dose omega-3 products for player recovery.

Romania goes beyond EU minimum with infant formula restrictions

Romania wants to ban the promotion of infant formula products for children up to the age of two years, but it remains to be seen whether this draft law will...

Legal protection of dietitian job title is not enough to fend off nutrition quackery

The job title of dietitian may now be legally protected in Ireland, but quackery of unqualified nutritionists is likely to remain at large, warns the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute...

Analyst: 'The fact is we have a lot of food marketers in Europe who are just not very good at their job...'

German impact study finds EU health claim laws blocking innovation; no excuse for lame marketing, says analyst

A German study – one of three analysing the impact of the EU’s strict health claim laws in place since 2008 – has concluded they are having severe innovation crimping...

Rich concept? Personalised-protein at your service, sir (or madam)...

Entrepreneur Oliver Cookson has embarked on a new venture – a personalised protein-based nutrition service designed to “unravel the maze of protein by giving each consumer exactly what they need”.

JAMA rejects cranberry for UTI; industry says Yale study infected with fault

The cranberry industry and academics have rubbished a cranberry-UTI study and accompanying commentary published in JAMA in the past week, saying the research is “misleading” and “suffering from fatal flaws.”...

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