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Non-fermented fibre wins tooth claim; cranberry may need to find new tract

Non-fermented carbohydrates can deliver tooth health benefits but there is not enough data to show cranberry can benefit urinary tract infections, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found in...

EFSA: "Increasing maternal folate status contributes to the reduction of the risk of NTD.”

EFSA (finally) backs folate supplements for neural tube defects

Europe’s head science agency has joined other international authorities in backing B vitamin folate’s ability to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in early-stage foetuses....

Solvay management buys out Solactis

€13bn Belgian supplier Solvay has sold its Solactis nutrition division that includes galactofructose  (lactulose) to its former nutrition programme manager.

Green coffee firm sledged over colon sludge claims

The UK advertising watchdog has roasted its second green coffee firm in a month for making unjustified weight loss, antioxidant, colonic health and other claims.

Sweden: Even restaurant menus can be health claims

Even restaurant menus can bear unauthorised health claims, according to guidance issued by Swedish authorities.

Industry and public to be consulted on fibre claims Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper about the qualifying criteria for dietary fibre nutrition content claims.

Loophole free: EU’s highest court backs health claim regulation in disease ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has backed key principles of the EU health claims regulation – and closed potential loopholes, according to a leading UK lawyer.

Coca-Cola on Vitaminwater lawsuit ruling: 'The plaintiffs' claims are without merit and will ultimately be rejected'

Coca-Cola says it is confident it will prevail in a deceptive marketing lawsuit filed more than four years ago alleging it misled consumers by promoting Vitaminwater as a healthy ‘nutrient-enhanced...

Organic consumers not bothered by health claims: Study

Principled organic shoppers are not put off by the presence of health claims, German and Danish researchers have found.

Boost Buddy takes EFSA health claims to the youth

An Irish firm has created a range of customisable food supplements built on approved European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims aimed specifically at 18-34 year olds – a group...

UK diabetes herb bust symptomatic of wider malaise?

A herbal product making diabetes claims in the UK has drawn the attention of the medicines regulator there, but the policing of herbal supplement products needs further examination, says the...

Irish microbiota research centre to receive €50m boost

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in Cork, Ireland has received a €36m investment from the Irish government that will fund its research activities for at least another six years, its...

EFSA rejects Clasado prebiotic for gastro benefits (again)

Clasado has had its Bimuno prebiotic formulation rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which said fresh data analysis provided by the UK-Maltese firm did not show gastro-intestinal benefits.

European sports nutrition sector calls for end to 'decade-long regulatory limbo'

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says there is no need for separate sports products regulation as general food law is sufficient, ahead of a European Commission report on...

International probiotics group engages EFSA over evidence ‘totality’

The increasingly vocal International Probiotics Association (IPA) has sent a series of formal questions to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about evidential requirements for probiotics.

Against the peptide: EFSA acknowledges elasticity/wrinkle benefits but rejects skin health claim

German supplier Gelita says general food law can be a place for skin health and beauty claims after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejected its peptide-based skin health claim.

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Green bull? ‘Natural energy’ grows health claim wings

The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health...

Home cooking: Phytosterols giant seeks category expansion

Unilever has applied to UK authorities for EU novel foods approval for its cholesterol-lowering phytosterol esters in liquid vegetable fats used in home cooking and baking.

Green Coffee Max wakes up and smells the weight loss ad ban

A UK firm trading as greencoffeemaxx.com has been roasted over press and web adverts claiming weight loss benefits for green coffee products.

GOED: "We view this as a science-based process and the science supports the claims.”

Omega-3 heart health claims win EU approval

Three heart health claims for omega-3 forms EPA and DHA have entered EU law books after years of debate among member states about over-consumption hazards.

EU health claims for fructose and alpha-cyclodextrin become law

Two ingredients – fructose and alpha-cyclodextrin – can now carry claims that they lead to a lower blood glucose rise, as the European Union adopts its latest batch of article 13 health claims.

Fresh wings: Red Bull slugs EU vitamin B energy health claims

Energy drink leader Red Bull – previously hit by EU rejection of taurine health claims – is boosting its energy-attention marketing by using approved vitamin B claims.

Boweled over! Prunes win official EU health claim passage

Prunes sold across the European Union can claim they contribute to “normal bowel function”, making the fruits the first whole fruit to win a claim under the EU’s new food marketing rules....

Aging consumer market is 'a massive opportunity' for the industry: Mintel

With the global population of 'senior' consumers set to grow by almost 150 million in the next two years, there are massive opportunities for the food industry to target the...

Yoghurt group lobbies EC over probiotic labelling ban

An industry group that includes Danone and Dupont-Danisco as members has written to the European Commission to reinstate the use of the EU-banned term ‘probiotic’ on products across the bloc.

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