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Special edition: Beauty from within

Beauty From Within turns ugly for L’Oréal and Nestlé

It promised so much – the globe’s biggest cosmetic and food players L’Oréal and Nestlé applying serious marketing, research and NPD clout to drive a nascent category into the mainstream...

From the Gut Microbiota for Health congress in Barcelona, Spain

ISAPP: Can we reclaim the word probiotics?

EU-banned marketing terms like ‘probiotics’ need to be reclaimed and recently reworked definitions and criteria can help win ongoing regulatory and research battles, ISAPP told a microbiota congress in Barcelona...

News in brief

Increase of pyridaben unlikely to harm consumers says EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority has said that a proposed increase of the use of pyridaben on cucurbits – edible peel – is unlikely to...

UK rules against biotin for hair growth and white chestnut for sleep

Adverts for Nourkrin hair growth supplement containing biotin and horsetail extract, and Rescue Night sleep aid with white chestnut Bach flower have had their health claims refuted in the UK...

What will EFSA’s caffeine opinion mean for product formulation?

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) safe upper limit for caffeine could mean a de facto ban for 80% of UK males, whose average weight would take them over the...

SERIAL PROTEIN FORTIFICATION RISKS COMMODIFYING CATEGORY, ANALYST WARNS

What happens after protein? Canadean suggests we may need a new 'super ingredient'

Protein fortification is here to stay, says Canadean - but analyst Kirsty Nolan warns that brands should resist the impulse to simply add it to everything and commoditize the ingredient.

BASF: We questioned EFSA opinion but did not try & suppress it

BASF has refuted media reports it tried to suppress a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) negative weight management health claim opinion.

5 days until EU caffeine crunch time

Stakeholders win 5 minutes to state final caffeine case

Last week the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) gave six stakeholders five minutes each to present their thoughts on its draft risk assessment on caffeine, which stated 400 mg of...

EU safety logo set to tighten net on dodgy food supplement sales

The Danish and Austrian authorities have warned against toxic food supplements ahead of an EU-wide safety logo set to crack down on illegal retailers posing as online pharmacies.

APIs in banned sex supplements sold openly online says regulator

Tests show Viagra and Cialis APIs present in over 100 brands of bogus ‘sexual enhancement’ pill.

EFSA: "How can it have both an adverse and beneficial effect? It can."

Alert vs insomniac: EFSA says caffeine effect can be both good and bad

EFSA's draft opinion on caffeine does not contain contradictions since the health effects of caffeine can be both negative and positive depending on the context, the authority has said at...

Food companies should help people eat less, says food policy expert

The onus should not be on consumers to choose healthy foods but on companies to help reduce consumption, says Food Policy professor at City University London, Tim Lang.

Sports drinks aren’t enough to boost performance - salt may help: Research

Salt supplementation may improve exercise performance according to Spanish researchers – but health claims for sodium are still not authorised.

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. ...