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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.

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.

Italy sets up fine system for non-compliant health claims

In an effort to reduce misleading uses of health claims on advertising for nutritional products, the Italian government has published a decree detailing financial penalties.

Time running out for Australian supplement firms to respond to raft of regulatory changes

Complementary medicine firms in Australia have just one week more to respond to a raft of proposed regulatory changes being considered by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.

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Have your say today: NutraIngredients state of the industry survey

Which consumer trends will be important for your business? Are European markets too fragmented? What is in store for your category? How are EU rules affecting your prospects? To gauge...

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Finalists announced: Find out who made the NutraIngredients Awards 2017 shortlist

NutraIngredients is pleased to announce the shortlisted finalists for the 2017 edition of the NutraIngredients Awards, ... with the winners announced at our exclusive awards evening in Geneva on 10th May. Will...

Special Edition: Functional Foods

Naturally functional: Are consumers turned off by 'added' functionality

A huge 70% of Europeans prefer health benefits from natural foods, rather than added benefits, according to Mintel - so could the perception that functional foods are unnatural be a barrier to...

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First steps: Winclove set for 'probiotic claim' with B12 producing bacteria

A probiotic strain that itself produces high enough levels of natural vitamin B12 to enable EFSA approved health claims is a ‘first step’ towards the category gaining its own claims, says...

EU Commission revises “outdated” medical device regulation

The EU Commission has released the revised regulations for the marketing of medical devices, simplifying the confusing between food and medical device, after outlining the changes - including post-market surveillance...

Vitamin A, D and E deficiency linked to repeat colds and flu in Chinese children: Case control study

Low levels of vitamin A, D and E have been associated with Recurrent Respiratory Tract Infections (RRTI) among children living in Northern China, a new case control study reports.

Soy and breast cancer controversy: Dietary products ‘safe and beneficial’, study finds

Dietary soy products are safe and even beneficial for women diagnosed with breast cancer, according to new research which aimed to help resolve the controversy over its link to treatment...

Taiwan mushroom’s cancer cell destroying properties pose potential treatment benefits

A medicinal mushroom from Taiwan helped kill off human breast cancer cells implanted in mice, said a new study.

Omega-3 could decrease mortality rate in postmenopausal women, study suggests

Women with a high omega-3 status are up to 20% less likely to die from any cause, compared to those with low levels of DHA and EPA, finds a new study.

Anti-inflammatory properties of Asian fungus alleviates lung injury, mouse study reveals

The medicinal fungus Sanghuangporus sanghuang (S.sanghuang) helped reduce inflammation associated with acute lung injury in mice, a new study reports.