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Table salt replacer not proven to lower blood pressure

EFSA has rejected a German health claim submission that a table salt replacer could significantly lower blood pressure even though a clinical trial showed significant results.

Protein World ad did not ‘shame women’: ASA

Protein World’s controversial ‘Are you Beach Body Ready?’ advert was not irresponsible, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.

"The vote was repeated electronically and the amendment was adopted"

Chaotic show of hands: Parliament JURI committee voted to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Committee on Legal Affairs (JURI) voted to scrap nutrient profiles last month – contrary to what media and industry understood at the time.

“Our aim with this cooperation is to get food products made with ‘algility’ microalgae into consumers’ hands faster.”

Roquette boosts algae project with beverage partner

French supplier Roquette has inked a deal with a food and beverage innovator it met at the SIAL food industry trade show last year to develop products for its nascent...

“Shhh!” seaweed swell could tackle UK iodine deficiency

Edible algae could help tackle iodine insufficiency in the UK, but very few manufacturers are bragging about this nutrient content on pack, research finds.  

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Tereos Syral applies for sucrose fibre and intestinal regularity claim

Tereos Syral has applied for a health claim for short-chain fructo-oligosaccharides from sucrose and ‘normal intestinal regularity’.

Ex-education director takes DG SANTE top spot

Xavier Prats Monne is to become the new general director of the European Commission’s health and food safety unit, DG SANTE, a position he takes on after the resignation of Paola Testori...

Special edition: Immunity

Pre- & Probiotics market snap-shot; ban to cost €1.5bn by 2020 in EU6

The EU’s ban on prebiotics and probiotics as marketing tools has cost the market €500m and will cost a further €1bn by 2020 according to Euromonitor International data – and...

Special edition: Immune support

Nutrition and immunity: Better understanding and biomarkers still needed

A greater understanding of how nutrition and immunity are intrinsically linked, and how different biomarkers reflect states of illness and good health is vital to nutrition and public health research.

Special edition: Immune support

Presenteeism: A new window of opportunity for immune supplements?

Presenteeism - or showing up for work despite being ill - is on the rise. Could this be an opportunity for immunity-boosting supplements, or is it a trend to fight...

Special edition: Immune support

Easy-win immune claims are vampires on tricky co-ingredients

Adding in ingredients like vitamin C to make legal immune health claims may sell products short term, but this sucks the blood from more challenging ingredients like probiotics and botanicals,...

DuPont and Gelita apply for bowel and joint health claims

DuPont Nutrition and Gelita have filed health claim applications for bowel and joint health. 

EU Parliament vote rejects calls to scrap nutrient profiles

The European Parliament’s Legal Affairs committee has voted to reject amendments to the EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation, which would have seen nutrient profiles abandoned.

European court throws out botanicals complaint

Trade groups lose EU court battle against health claim regulation

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has rejected a joint plea from the UK Health Food Manufacturers' Association (HFMA) and the Dutch NPN for the permitted health claims list regulation to...

Benecol enters China

Finnish food-agriculture giant Raisio has launched its cholesterol-lowering, plant stanol-based Benecol brand in China in a powder form via mostly medical channels in its big coastal cities.

M&S vit D bread is a good public health move, says Leatherhead Food Research

Marks & Spencer’s move to fortify its entire bakery range with vitamin D is a good public health move given the population is deficient, says the nutrition and innovation head...

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Enzymotec wins krill EU novel foods approval

Israeli supplier Enzymotec has secured European Union novel foods approval for its K-Real krill form in an expanded selection of food and drink categories.

EU nutrient profiles: The 9-year saga

EU Parliament could ask Commission to ditch nutrient profiles for health claims

Key European Parliament committee votes could push the European Commission to “eliminate” nutrient profiles from the 2006 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Whiter than white? EU rejecting ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac

Europe needs to be educated on ‘unbleached’ yellow konjac, says Indonesian supplier with sulphur safety concerns.

10 new faces as EFSA names health claims panel for 2015-2018

The NDA panel will feature 10 new faces for the health claims panel’s next three years as the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) announced changes today.

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It's time to end EU’s botanical Babel, says expert

The EU is old enough and ugly enough to get itself out of its botanical rut, so what's the hold up? Dr Luca Bucchini, managing director of Hylobates Consulting, asks.

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TNO and Wageningen seek industry partners for healthier foods

TNO and Wageningen UR Food & Biobased Research (FBR) are looking for food industry partners to change existing foods’ fat, sugar, salt and protein levels while retaining quality perception, or...

Lawyer: EU’s on-hold caffeine claims are usable

Five caffeine health claims approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) but not yet EU-approved as industry, consumer and government stakeholders debate concerns, are in use anyway.

UK recommendations fail to educate pregnant women on iodine

UK pregnant women are iodine deficient and they need nutritional education to empower them to make the right dietary choices, say researchers.

BEUC: Health claim ‘adjustments’ need caution and nutrient profiles

The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has urged the European commissioner for health and food safety to practice caution when making ‘adjustments’ to health claim and botanical rules.

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