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UK microbiome start-up wins investors as platforms expand

Publicly listed UK start-up Optibiotix has €4m+ in the bank and is pushing forward on a series of microbiome-focused nutrition projects that include a joint research initiative with weight management...

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Prebiotic & botanical health claims withdrawn from EFSA

One health claim application for a prebiotic fibre and a further two for the plant resin Chios mastiha have been withdrawn from the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) agenda....

The food supplement-pharma divide

Dutch court rules dosage can't turn a supplement into a drug

The Dutch supplements industry is celebrating a court ruling that sleep aid melatonin cannot be classed as a medicine if its dosage is above a certain threshold.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

Biofortis and Triskelion: A French-Dutch contract research powerhouse for gut-immune health?

Development of an in vitro model that mimics the gastrointestinal tract is one of the ways in which Biofortis and Triskelion hope to help further research into the relationship between the gut...

Comprehensive compendium given new searchable format

EFSA adds botanicals to interactive data warehouse

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) botanical interactive database will be fully up and running by early 2017, something one expert called a “great result”. 

Italy ponders high-dose vitamin reclassification

Italy could ban high-dose vitamin and mineral supplements after a nutrition committee recommended vitamin B12 (cobalamin) above 500 micrograms (ug) was medicinal.

Comment

Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco...

All you need to know about Britain's Brussels blow

A dummies' guide to Brexit

Confused about all this talk about Brexit in that far-away rainy country of crumpets and Beatles? Not quite sure who Nigel Farage is? (Lucky you.) Well we’re here to guide...

News in brief

British campaign takes astaxanthin to the people

Swedish-Japanese astaxanthin specialist AstaReal is working with its UK brand partners to push awareness of the carotenoid’s skin health benefits – even in the absence of approved health claims.

Heightened liver cancer risk linked to low selenium levels: Study

Low levels of selenium have been linked with an increased risk of developing liver cancer, according to a study, which blamed western diets and lifestyles for the deficiency.

Commission asks: Can the EU go on without nutrient profiles?

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, which it hopes will settle the issue once and for all.

Chat with a chief

Frutarom firming nutrition form after 4 years

In 2012 Frutarom appointed a new chief of its health and nutrition division, with the Swiss-Israeli flavours and ingredients house making no secret of its ambition to expand its supplements...

The botanical blockade: EC ponders 3 pathways

The European Commission has mused three different solutions to the botanical extracts situation that has seen about 2000 claims stuck on hold. Yet real movement will not be seen in...

Sunfiber blunts blood sugar spikes among glucose intolerant subjects, study shows

Japanese ingredient supplier Taiyo has announced the results of a peer-reviewed pilot study that explores the effect its Sunfiber ingredient has on blunting postprandial blood glucose spikes among glucose intolerant...

Brexit & your business: Have your say

The Brits have voted to leave the EU, but the controversial consequences surrounding the first member state to quit the bloc remains to be seen. Do you see Brexit opening up...

Guest article

Brexit: Britain can lead global functional foods & supplements markets

It is EFSA and the EU nutrition health claims regulation (NHCR) that is today the biggest barrier to European innovation in nutrition and Brexit, whatever else it may do, can...

Brexit break-down

We will build on links with other member states, says sports nutrition sector

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) will build links with remaining EU member states in the wake of the UK’s shock decision to leave the bloc, but its London...

News in brief

Danish botanicals player buys fruit extraction facility

Danish berry extract start-up Asiros has bought an extraction facility from Swedish Nordic Food Group for an undisclosed sum.

Sugar substitute may aid diabetics with better blood sugar management: Study

Palatinose (isomaltulose) may offer a viable alternative to sugar as new research suggests this low glycaemic carbohydrate is more effective in reducing insulin secretion and lowering blood glucose fluctuations.

Industry reaction: What #Brexit means for UK & EU nutrition sectors

For the first time the European Union has lost a member after the British people yesterday voted to leave the bloc which began life as the European Economic Community in 1951.

UK glucosamine ruling important for self-medication & supplements future: EU legal expert

A European Union legal expert says last week’s UK Court of Appeal verdict that demanded the medicines regulator there re-examine the status of glucosamine, especially high-dose glucosamine, could provoke change...

Warning: Couch potatoes may believe protein compensates for inactivity

Casual protein users need to be educated on the true health benefits of protein supplements to avoid them being used to compensate for unhealthy habits, Swiss researchers have said.

Special Edition: Bone & Joint Health

Ingredients' form critical for successful bone health formula—or maybe not

An ideal bone health formulation would include the right amounts of certain minerals and vitamins. And the form of those substances is critical—or maybe not.