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ASA attacked over CAM health claim expertise

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) does not have the scientific know-how to deliver health claim marketing verdicts in the botanicals area, according to a natural health lobby group.

Refining the omega-3 ‘policy gap’ that feeds global deficiencies

The omega-3 industry must devote more resources to lobbying and educating government, health care professionals and the general public to help plug a ‘policy gap’ that is contributing to a...

Positive mind-set may lead to exaggerated health claim perception, suggests study

Consumers with a positive view of functional foods are likely to have an exaggerated understanding of the health claims such products carry, according to new research.

Provexis hopes new functional ingredients will rocket

Provexis is drawing closer to the commercialisation of many of its functional food ingredients, chief executive Stephen Moon told Food Manufacture.

Veteran probiotic researcher says EFSA’s Danone rejection is ‘difficile’ to accept

A 25-year probiotic research veteran says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of a diarrhoea C. difficile-reducing health claim for Danone drinking yoghurt Actimel was flawed because it failed...

Probiotic academics turn up political health claim heat

A recently established group of global gut health academics is sending letters to Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) as well as national government politicians as the group attempts to...

Danone demands EFSA reveal “minority opinions” in Actimel health claim rejection response

Global probiotics leader Danone has written a 14-page response to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in which it accuses the Parma-based agency of ignoring positive trial data and demands...

Applicants “likely” to sue over EFSA water-dehydration claim rejection

The German lawyer and professor of nutrition who three years ago submitted a European Union health claim linking drinking water and dehydration say it is “more than likely that we...

UK man gets six months for selling illegal herbal supplements

A UK man has been handed a six months suspended prison sentence and 200 hours of community service for selling illegal herbal supplements.

GOED names expanded board of directors

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA (GOED) has announced its second board expansion within a year with EPAX’s Baldur Hjaltason (pictured) moving from vice-chair to chair to replace Croda’s...

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINIONS

EFSA rejects health claims for fruit juice, water

The European Food Safety Authority health claims panel has turned in two negative opinions for separate claims that sought to link calcium-fortified fruit juice and tooth demineralisation; and water consumption...

UK watchdog rules against fermented soy-flax menopause supplement marketing

UK supplements manufacturer Passion for Life Healthcare has amended marketing materials for a menopausal fermented soy-flax supplement called Femarelle after the Advertising Standards Authority there upheld a complaint against them.

Probiotics documentary reaches out to health professionals

A recently completed documentary about probiotics is being welcomed by the probiotics community with Danisco, the world’s biggest probiotics supplier saying it provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the...

Baby milk campaign group claims EFSA oversight in DHA approval

An approved EFSA claims that omega-3 form DHA contributes to the visual development of infants risks misleading consumers, due to a committee oversight in approving the relevant health claim, says...

Special edition: heart health

Regulation: Science-backed cardio claims quicken sector’s global pulse

In part four of this NutraIngredients heart health special we look at how regulators view those foods, drinks and supplements making cardiovascular claims

NGO set to file THMPD legal challenge by end of March

Non-governmental organisation ANH-International is set to file its legal challenge to the controversial Traditional Herbal Medicines Product Directive (THMPD) at the High Court in London by the end of March,...

Negative EFSA health claim opinions can be changed: Consultant

Stakeholder input can alter European Food Safety Authority health claim opinions, says German consultancy and contract research organization, Analyze&Realize, even if the examples are few.

Lisbon Treaty could permit EU health claim challenges

A Lisbon Treaty-led broadening of the rights of individuals and corporations to act against European Union law could permit generic, article 13 health claim challenges, even though they, “are not...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects probiotic “heart cheese” health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected an article 13.5 claim that sought to link a probiotic cheese called Harmony with heart health benefits.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA approves vitamin B1-infant brain health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has approved a health claim linking thiamin (vitamin B1) and “normal neurological development and function” in infants and children up to three years of...

Swedish probiotics player sales surge 16%

Swedish probiotics supplier and product manufacturer BioGaia has seen sales increase 16 per cent in 2010 to €27.77m from €23.08m in 2009, with after-tax profit increasing 31 per cent year-on-year to €5.35m.

Probiotics community increasing political pressure for health claims change

The pre- and probiotics community is seeking direct dialogue with the European Commission to force a rethink of immunity and gut health claims under the European Union nutrition and health...

Do weight loss supplements work? No, says researcher

Slimming supplements are an ineffective weight loss method, a researcher has found after scanning the literature in the area.

Legal arguments build against EU health claims regulation

Restricting freedom of commercial speech; restricting trade between the EU and other countries and restricting the use of intellectual property (IP) such as trade marks, are three consequences of the...

P-Day: Could US research save probiotics in Europe?

European probiotic researchers are welcoming last week’s commitment to probiotic study by a major US government health and nutrition agency, with biomarker development a real possibility.