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Probiotics maker: There is a temptation to overstate the benefits

Regulatory uncertainty in Europe and a string of high-profile lawsuits in the US has made firms much more cautious about making health claims about probiotics, according to one California-based supplier.

EHPM: MEP health claim support is “encouraging”

A Brussels-based pan-European trade group says it is encouraged by interactions with MEPs who are set to play an active role in scrutinising and potentially modifying controversial European Union...

CAM industry tension rises as UK advertising watchdog claims clampdown continues

The UK complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) sector that includes purveyors of botanical extracts has come away from a meeting with UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) officers with heightened concerns...

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Kraft on positive glycaemic health claim opinion: “We are only halfway through the process”

Kraft Foods Europe is “delighted” to have become only the second company to win an article 13.5 health claim but is focusing now on how the opinion will be viewed...

€6m EU project tackles herbal supplement issues

‘European Union project number 245199’ may provide some of the answers to the complex problem of regulating botanicals across the bloc with about 100 scientists, regulators and stakeholders working on...

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“Some evidence” not enough, says EFSA as it rejects calcium health claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found there is “insufficient” evidence linking the triglyceride beta-palmitate with improved calcium absorption in infants.

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Red yeast rice and creatine win positive health claim opinions (but…)

European health claim experts say the devil may be in the detail of two positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for red yeast rice and creatine that...

EFSA boosts Toothfriendly developing world dental campaign

The 20-year-old non-profit group, Toothfriendly, says its efforts to promote dental health have been boosted by recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) positive opinions – including non-European, developing world nations.

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINIONS - ARTICLE 13, BATCH 6

EFSA finishes 2758-strong, article 13 health claim job with soy isoflavone rejection

The European Food Safety Authority has completed the gargantuan task of assessing thousands of general function, article 13 health claims with a controversial soy isoflavone rejection featuring in its last...

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Kraft chews on article 13.5 glycaemic health claim win

Kraft Foods Europe is the second company to win a positive article 13.5 proprietary and emerging science health claim opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) with a submission...

Antibiotics better for UTIs than cranberry, but may increase drug resistance, say researchers

Antibiotics may achieve better results at preventing recurrent urinary tract infections, but they also increase the risk of antibiotic resistance three-fold, according to new research.

Ingredia on rejected peptide claims: “Nothing to do with us”

French supplier Ingredia has distanced itself from recently rejected casein tryptic hydrolysate (peptide) stress reduction health claims.

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EFSA rejects kids' probiotic gut health claim

EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) has turned down a probiotic-children’s gut health claim from Italian company Centro Sperimentale del Latte because of non-characterised strains and a...

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EFSA rejects collagen joint health claim; accepts L-tyrosine

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected an article 13.5 health claim submission from German company Gelita that sought to link collagen consumption and joint health.

Soy story 2: Rejected soy players resubmit cholesterol health claim

Just days after its soy protein-cholesterol reduction health claim was writ into the European Union register of rejected claims, the soy industry has re-entered the game with a fresh submission...

Are meaningless ‘commodity health claims’ flooding European shelves?

European food makers are beginning to utilise positive article 13, general function health claim opinions issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), precipitating a flood of potentially meaningless claims,...

Prospects brighter for 'Toothfriendly' logo on EFSA backing

Prospects look brighter for the “Toothfriendly” logo in Europe following positive opinions from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for Toothfriendly International’s claims under article 13.1 of European health claims...

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EFSA delivers sports market blow: Consultant

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection last week of health claims for sports nutrients like L-carnitine, acetyl of L-carnitine, glutamine or tyrosine may have a devastating effect on the...

Natural colours drive Chr Hansen Q3 results; probiotic uncertainty continues

The newly renamed Natural Colors Division was the star performer in Danish ingredients supplier Chr Hansen’s Q3 results, showing 34% organic sales growth for the quarter, compared to 5% for...

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Astaxanthin health claim rejection “not a big surprise”

Astaxanthin suppliers have expressed disappointment at last week’s rejection of the carotenoid by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel, but said the rejection was not unexpected given...

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French cranberry claim winner says EFSA failed to evaluate submitted claim wording

French cranberry firm Pharmatoka says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to assess its submitted urinary tract infection (UTI) health claim wording, which was the very same as that...

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Veteran L-carnitine prof: Rejected dossier literature is 'out of date'

A highly peeved, 30-year veteran L-carnitine researcher has written to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) calling on the agency to alter its rejection yesterday of an L-carnitine, article 13...

NDA panellist: Angry academics would come to same conclusions if on our panel

As the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) delivers hundreds of batch five general function health claim rejections to an ever-frustrated academic and commercial community, EFSA health claims panelist Ambroise Martin,...

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EFSA intense sweeteners opinion lacks ‘common sense’, says Ajinomoto

Aspartame supplier Ajinomoto says a health claim opinion that refused the role of intense sweeteners in weight management defies ‘common sense’.

Fat challenge test may identify dietary health effects

A high-fat challenge test employing cutting edge –omics technology may generate more and better information about the health effects of dietary ingredients and supplements, say researchers.