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Selenium-enriched food EU health approval should drive consumer knowledge, says Alltech

In the health claims flurry the EU approved four associated with the consumption of eggs, meat and dairy products enriched with organic selenium via animal feed; a law Alltech says...

EFSA will complete final “50+” second-chance claims at next plenary

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel will issue opinions on more than 50 health claim dossiers re-submitted to it in 2011.

EFSA appoints 176 new scientists including new NDA panel

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced the 176 scientists who will take seats on its various panels and committees for the next three years, including the notorious health...

EFSA speaks on disputed lutein claims: Only “normal vision” eligible

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has responded to industry bafflement about why it did not assess submitted eye health claims for the carotenoid, lutein, by saying the submitted claims...

UK university backed to locate probiotic mechanisms of action

UK researchers have begun a project investigating probitoic mechanisms in the gut and have been joined by a consortium called Food and Drink iNet.

Merck multivitamins reap EFSA-backed fatigue-fighting marketing boost

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has confirmed that a Merck-owned UK food supplement manufacturer was justified in making fatigue reduction claims for a multivitamin containing eight European Food Safety...

EFSA health claim opinion

Prunes can help bowel movement after all, says EFSA in about face

The re-evaluation of studies dating back to 1991 for a rejected health claim dossier has convinced the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that prunes can aid bowel movement after all.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

New Frutarom health chief: We can learn from BASF-Cognis “concept selling”

The new chief of Frutarom’s Health Division says the Israeli-Swiss flavours, fragrances and ingredients firm can learn something about ‘concept marketing’ from the many years he spent at former employer,...

Leatherhead’s ‘mega-healthy’ meal satisfies health claims

A ‘mega-healthy’ airline meal has been created by Leatherhead Food Research (LFR), which satisfies all 222 Article 13.1 health claims approved by the European Commission (EC) last month.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Kaneka oils CoQ10 market without heart health claims

Japanese CoEnzymeQ10 leader, Kaneka, is finding success in new product formats like olive oil for the heart health nutrient, even as its health claims have joined the long list of...

Nestlé centralises all clinical research in new centre

New research unit will help Nestlé quest for health claims gold

Nestlé is now  'better armed' to gun for EFSA approved health claims approvals, after the company centralised its clinical research efforts at a new unit in Lausanne, Switzerland.

EFSA rejects Lactobacillus casei probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this week rejected 74 probiotic health claim dossiers it had been sent for a second reading after many of them were initially turned down...

Only five days to go for the SkinCare Ingredients 2012 VTS

If you haven’t registered already now is the time to do so for the SkinCare Ingredients Virtual Trade Show, which is open for business at 2pm Central European Time, on...

EFSA health claim opinions

EFSA slams door on probiotic health claims (again); Prunes pass

Hopes that the resubmission of 74 probiotic health dossiers would win a sector-first claim in the EU have been dashed after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) held its earlier...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2012

Coca-Cola bites into EU-backed obesity project

What is the world's biggest carbonated beverage company doing in a European Union satiety research project? Why, collaborating to battle obesity of course…

Ignore herbal tradition-of-use data and destroy “important heritage”: Researchers

European academics have warned of the likely devastation to the botanicals sector if Europe ignores tradition-of-use (TOU) data in favour of randomised clinical trials when assessing herbal food supplement health...

Latin American super seed chia to branch out

We've had the exotic super berries: goji and açai. Now, apparently, from Latin America, we have the new exotic superseed: chia.

Probiotic health claims find an EU lifeline

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) may have rejected 100% of the probiotic health claim applications that have in recent years appeared in its inbox, leading some to suggest the...


Safety & efficacy – The industry’s mission statement in two small words

Company mottos and mission statements are marvelous – they talk about lofty goals, commitments to people and the environment, and leaving the planet a better place than how they found...

EU article 13 health claim compliance D Day: December 14, 2012

The controversial European Union article 13 health claim list has this morning been published in the Official Journal of the European Union, giving companies until December 14 to get their...

EFSA recommends expanding sterol-stanol cholesterol claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that plant stanols and sterols can more powerfully reduce cholesterol reduction after assessing fresh data submitted by category leaders, Raisio and Unilever.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects Merck glucosamine-joint health claim

Glucosamine does not help maintain normal joint cartilage, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found after assessing a proprietary article 13.5 dossier submitted by drug giant, Merck Consumer Healthcare.

EU article 13 health claims register

222 EU health claims become law; experts predict “tsunami of cheap innovation”

It’s official. Companies have six months – until December – to comply with the controversial European Union article 13, general function health claims register which today won final approval from...


Vitafoods: EU nutra space wriggles into new health claims clothes

Vitafoods celebrates its 15th birthday next week. It’ll be my 11th consecutive May visit to Geneva for the jamboree and promises to be one of the most intriguing chapters with the (partial...

Regulations biggest BRIC nutraceutical growth barrier: Survey

Nutraceutical market development is being crimped by draconian food regulations say 65% of food industry executive, according to a poll conducted by the organisers of Vitafoods Europe.