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World Diabetes Day: 1000 actions to help 400+m people

Nearly 1000 actions – from screenings to policy statements to conferences and diet and lifestyle change promotion – are underway in 130+ countries as part of World Diabetes Day.

Botanicals progress: EU Health Commissioner promises solution in his time

The European Commissioner for health and food safety has said a public consultation on how best to deal with botanical health claims will be launched by the end of this...

Probiotic supplements on rise in global €40bn market

Latest data from Euromonitor International shows the global probiotics market is worth about €40bn, yoghurt continues to be the dominant mode of delivery although probiotic supplements are growing fastest.

When is a non-digestible carbohydrate a prebiotic?

Several health claims have been approved in Europe for prebiotic fibre ingredients, but none of the functionality has been directly attributed to their prebiotic properties. 

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International...

Over half kids' food on Spanish TV use health halo claims: Research

Over half of all food products marketed to children on Spanish television make some kind of nutrition or health claim but many of these products are unhealthy, say researchers calling for...

Industry poll: Claim wording & transparency greatest EU health claim challenges

Almost nine years after the implementation of the EU's controversial nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) the industry is still reeling, German researchers have found.

Goal! English football giant backs high-dose omega-3 for recovery

London-based English Premier League (EPL) football club Tottenham Hotspur has inked a deal with Norwegian firm Smartfish to supply high-dose omega-3 products for player recovery.

Romania goes beyond EU minimum with infant formula restrictions

Romania wants to ban the promotion of infant formula products for children up to the age of two years, but it remains to be seen whether this draft law will...

Legal protection of dietitian job title is not enough to fend off nutrition quackery

The job title of dietitian may now be legally protected in Ireland, but quackery of unqualified nutritionists is likely to remain at large, warns the Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute...

Analyst: 'The fact is we have a lot of food marketers in Europe who are just not very good at their job...'

German impact study finds EU health claim laws blocking innovation; no excuse for lame marketing, says analyst

A German study – one of three analysing the impact of the EU’s strict health claim laws in place since 2008 – has concluded they are having severe innovation crimping...

Rich concept? Personalised-protein at your service, sir (or madam)...

Entrepreneur Oliver Cookson has embarked on a new venture – a personalised protein-based nutrition service designed to “unravel the maze of protein by giving each consumer exactly what they need”.

JAMA rejects cranberry for UTI; industry says Yale study infected with fault

The cranberry industry and academics have rubbished a cranberry-UTI study and accompanying commentary published in JAMA in the past week, saying the research is “misleading” and “suffering from fatal flaws.”...

Review of industry-sponsored nutrition studies ‘suggests’ they’re more likely to have favourable conclusions

Researchers say a review and meta-analysis suggests, but cannot establish, that industry-sponsored nutrition studies may be more likely to have favourable conclusions compared to independent studies.

Trademark/brand name defence rejected

Supermoan: UK bans superfood claim

'Natural fast food' restaurant chain Leon has been ordered to remove the term ‘Original Superfood Salad’ from its menu after the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found it did not...

Probiota 2017 migrates to Berlin; call for scientific abstracts until 11 November

An important prebiotic, probiotic congress takes place in Berlin on 1-3 February next year for those in the business and science of the microbiota.

Sweden to create special supplement e-commerce task force

Sweden is creating a taskforce to bring rogue supplement e-commerce in check, something industry hopes will help close the gap between on and offline standards.

EFSA health claim

18th claim win for SNE: Calcium helps build healthy baby bones

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved another extension of an adult health claim this time for calcium and the normal development of bones for children under three.

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French firm seeks male fertility health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is assessing a health claim linking a multivitamin, mineral and botanical mix and male fertility following an application from French firm Laboratoire Nurilia.

Freshwater clam extract supplement could aid wound healing, rat study reveals

Supplementation with freshwater clam extract could improve wound healing, according to a new study in rats.

'We find it strange ‘methodological limitations’ claimed by the panel were not specified'

‘Highly unsatisfactory’: Probi takes claim complaints to EC

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to consider concerns raised by Swedish supplier Probi about the treatment of its rejected probiotic health claim.

Antioxidant vitamin health claim authorised

EFSA backs E for infants

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has extended its approval of a health claim for vitamin E and protection from oxidative damage for adults to include young children.

'We've made big pills a thing of the past.'

Big investment, small pills: DSM invests €27m in omega-3 technology

DSM has invested over €27 million in its ‘3C technology’ which concentrates DHA and EPA up to 85% and helps reduce capsule size by up to three times.

Cravings in Croatia: Probiotic firm launches prenatal choc supplements

Croatian supplier of probiotic chocolates Milsing has added a prenatal product to its range of supplements, a move which follows investment from several big players in pregnancy probiotics.

Strong evidence for synbiotics and constipation relief

Synbiotics can lead to significant clinical improvement in slow transit constipation, a Chinese trial has shown. 

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