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India mulls reclassifying vitamins as drugs if they come with health claims

India may classify vitamin supplements as drugs rather than foods if the manufacturers of such products claim they can treat or prevent disease.

2016 event to fill 4 halls

Expanded Vitafoods gets a content makeover

Refined sector content will define Vitafoods Europe in Geneva next year as the continent’s premier healthy ingredients and nutraceuticals show approaches its 20th birthday.

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

European food supplement groups share insights from the law to distribution to marketing and science in this Q&A on the €7bn European supplements sector, according to Euromonitor International.

Leatherhead acquired by Science Group for £1.6M

Leatherhead Food Research has been bought out of administration by the Science Group for £1.6M in a move that will rid the organisation of its legacy pension deficit, the buyer...

ESSNA: Specific sports food laws would ‘hurt rather than help’ in Europe

Europe’s peak sports nutrition trade group has affirmed broad support for better and more relevant sports food, drink and supplement regulation across Europe, but emphasised not all parties agree on...

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French prebiotic supplier expands operations

French prebiotic nutrition and feed specialist Group Solactis has set up an R&D centre near Paris to research its primary nutrient, galactofructose (lactulose), and others.

Kaneka gains EU novel food extension for liquorice extract

Japanese supplier Kaneka has secured an extension for the Novel Food status of its liquorice extract Glavonoid, which is now approved for use in medical foods and energy-restricted diets.

IBS health claims approval

Lesaffre Human Care, the northern France-headquartered manufacturer of bacteria-based health ingredients, has received health claims approval from the Canadian Health Authorities (CHA) for its product Ibsium, which helps to relieve...

Vitamin blend gets wake up call over fatigue claims

UK food supplements firm Forever Living Products (FLP) has been reprimanded by the local advertising watchdog for misleading fatigue and weight management claims.

Unilever wins right to say pro.activ cholesterol spread doesn't cause side effects

A German court has dismissed campaign group FoodWatch’s law suit against Unilever’s cholesterol-lowering spread pro.activ – but FoodWatch continues its assault by urging the European Commission to retract its novel...

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Swiss herb player reaping benefits of eastern Europe expansion

Swiss botanicals player Frutarom is pushing hard into botanical medicines and supplements markets in the EU, with pharma-grade extracts produced at its recently acquired Slovenian facility.

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What degree of evidence is required to make an EU health claim?

Eight years after the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) came into force the question of how to win a health claim is still not satisfactorily answered in the eyes...

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Cholesterolimbroglio: Inside an EU claims mess

On September 1 a Hamburg court will on the case brought by FoodWatch against Unilever over marketing for its cholesterol-lowering margarine Becel pro.activ.

Competition remains fierce in cholesterol-lowering niche

Benecol buy-back boosts Raisio Q2 results

Sales and profits were up in Q2 at Raisio, with CEO of the €500m Finnish agro-food player Matti Rihko content its re-housing of key brand Benecol was paying off.

EFSA loses right to keep experts secret

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has lost its right to keep the names of contributing expert commentators a secret – a European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that could...

“We see opportunities for scientifically justified nutritional products…”

EFSA issues medical foods guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued guidance on how firms can compile “well-structured dossiers” for medical foods that may be permitted in the EU’s 28 nations as momentum to update...

Could Scottish seaweed be the next Scotch whisky?

The Scottish seaweed industry seems set to boom as the country's government prepares an expansion policy and company Mara Seaweed seeks over €700,000 to take its condiments global.

‘EFSA failed in their evaluation…’

BASF launches stinging attack on EFSA

BASF says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to fulfil its health claim assessment remit after the Parma-based agency last month rejected  its CLA-weight management appeal.

The power of symbolic wording on a food label

Symbolic information on a food label can change the perception of a product – even when consumers are aware that this perception is false, write researchers.

Remember the other 9 DHA health claims? DSM shoots for DHA and memory claim

Dutch nutrition firm DSM has applied for an EU health claim on DHA and “improved memory function” – but is it likely to succeed and what would it bring to the nutrition...

Global ‘graded’ nutrition & health claim system needed: Review of 28 jurisdictions

A harmonised system of graded nutrition and health claims depending on the product and consumer impact would be ‘preferable’ to current global disparity, say researchers behind an international review of...

Unilever back in court over pro.activ cholesterol claims

Food giant Unilever appeared in a Hamburg court today to defend use of expert statements that its plant sterol-based Becel pro.activ did not have any side effects such as bloodstream...

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

The folic acid message must move beyond the taboo of ‘trying for a baby’

We must tackle the taboo around folic acid supplementation if we are to tackle the rising rate of neural tube defects in Ireland, says public health body.

US firm wins EU novel foods approval for vitamin K2

Indiana firm Vesta Ingredients has won EU novel foods approval for its vitamin K2 form as it has been determined to be equivalent to a form already on-market and proven...

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