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EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects 86-study strong Valio probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority has rejected an article 13.5 health claim that sought to link consumption of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, with gastrointestinal benefits.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

EU regulatory experts debate herbs (don’t panic) and health claims (shout louder)

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is ultimately a force for good, although some “small guys” may disagree, says leading consultancy and contract research organisation, analyze&realize. The...

Health claims on agenda as EHPM joins EC committee

The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) says it will attempt to address its many health claim concerns after being invited to join an important European Commission...

Lallemand probiotic/vitamin blend sign of things to come

Institut Rosell-Lallemand is demonstrating the value of the blend with a new synbiotic formulation containing pre- and probiotics, along with select vitamins.

‘Knowledge transfer’: Probiotech chief explains real-world probiotic conference drivers

Gate2Tech managing director Dr Jean Michel Pommet explains why the Probiotech conference, to be held in Milan on June 23-24, offers something a little bit different as far as probiotic-centred...

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Special edition: Prebiotics

Prebiotics: Misunderstood but not missing in action

Most consumers have never even heard of them, let alone understand their microbiota-building function. EFSA says they don’t work. And they live in the shadow of their more popular, accessible...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government...

Probiotic start-ups pushing new research to please EFSA

Spanish and British probiotics companies are driving funds into strain and product-specific studies as they attempt to build scientific backing that will survive in the European Union health claims clampdown.

UK company to fight ASA antioxidant water ad ban

The UK company behind a high pH, electrolysed water product says it fully expected the advertising watchdog to rule against its cancer, ageing and other claims, and will appeal.

Gencor rejected weight management claims now EU law

Hong Kong-based Gencor Pacific has failed to convince the European Commission and EU member states to alter the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of weight management claims for its extract,...

Danone debuts probiotic yoghurt Activia in 69th country: Australia

French dairy Danone has built on its 2010 joint venture with Australian co-op Murray Goulburn by belatedly launching its €4bn global selling probiotic yoghurt Activia on the market there.

New gum can enhance muscle function, says Wrigley

A new Wrigley chewing gum, which claims to aid muscle function, has been singled out by Datamonitor Product Launch Analytics (PLA) team as one of the most innovative food products...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Vitafoods 2011 roundup: Industry finds new strength post-recession and EFSA

Vitafoods Europe 2011 revealed upbeat ingredients, supplements and functional food players forging ahead after the recent recession years and rapidly adapting to life under strict European Union health claim regulations.

To benefit industry, consumers must understand health claims

Ensuring EFSA-approved health claims are understood and trusted by consumers is just as important as providing the scientific evidence to back them up, according to Dr Fiona Lalor.

EFSA reorganisation can boost health claims work

Increased workloads in areas like enzymes, feed additives and pesticides – and health claims – is driving a reorganisation of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) into five directorates.

Protein player welcomes EFSA weight management guidance

Recently published draft weight management health claims guidance from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will help whey protein industry win claims, a leading supplier has said.

Lallemand launches immunity blend

Lallemand Health Ingredients is promoting a selenium, vitamin D and yeast beta-glucan immunity blend with the intention of using European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)-approved health claim opinions.

THMPD Implementation

Germany and France: EU Herbal Directive won’t damage us

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) – fully implemented across the bloc after a seven-year transition period over the weekend – has been welcomed by German and...

Probiotics sector unimpressed by EFSA gut-immune guidance

Probiotic academics and industry members say there is little new in the gut and immune health claim guidance final draft published this week by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Roquette says EFSA sweetener opinions apply to fibre too

French supplier Roquette says recent positive health claim opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) linking sugar replacers with dental health, are applicable to soluble fibres.

Danisco pushing for phytosterol debut in 12 months

Danish giant Danisco hopes to have products on shelves “within 12 months” for a new pine-sourced free and esterified phytosterol offering targeting heart health it has branded PinVita.

Satiety claims ‘weak and misleading for consumers’: Scientists

Claims that a functional food may boost satiety are ‘weak and misleading for consumers’, and products with satiety claims should carry a label mentioning the ‘limited value’ of such claims,...

EFSA health claim opinion

“EFSA wants platinum, not gold science” says rejected lactoferrin claimant

The Czech Special Foods Association (CSFA) says the European Food Safety Authority (RFSA) rejection last week of a product-specific, lactoferrin-immunity health claim shows even ‘gold-standard’ science is not impressing the...

Asia continues to dominate soy milk consumption

Eight of the top 12 soy drink consuming countries are Asian with Hong Kong residents consuming the most at 17 litres per year each, according to TetraPak data.