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Special edition: Vitamins

Vitamin health halo set for brighter global glow as claim power grows

The first part of this vitamins special edition looks at how increasing government support and ‘industry standard’ fortification programmes, coupled with favourable regulatory shifts, is benefitting the sector.

Neptune secures US patent for krill cardio health benefits

Neptune Technologies & Bioressources has bolstered its intellectual property portfolio further after securing a new US patent (No. 8,057,825) awarding it the exclusive use of krill extracts in the US...

Health claim poll results: There is hope!

The NutraIngredients health claims poll has revealed an industry still hopeful that EFSA’s 80% claim rejection rate can be modified by the European Commission and member states before claims become...

Glucans win while Danone and soy industry loses in EU health claims raffle

Food, drink and supplement makers across the European Union’s 27-member states are free to make cholesterol-lowering health claims after an oat beta-glucan health claim passed into EU law books yesterday....

Medical food marketers can reduce consumer confusion

Medical food marketers need to address the fact many consumers are confused about the ‘food as medicine’ concept, especially as the influence of health care professionals is dwindling.

Pronova has blockbuster hopes for high-dose omega-3 supplements

Pronova BioPharma, the high-dose omega-3 supplier of pharma blockbuster drug Omacor/Lovaza, is moving into the food supplements space with patent expiration looming.

EFSA calls for characterisation work as probiotic resubmissions loom

EFSA has approached an expert who has already worked with its health claims panel to make a report on the characterisation of probiotic strains – an issue that led to...

French food agency casts CLA safety data as “ambiguous” (in animals)

CLA consumption may raise cholesterol and insulin levels, the French food agency has found after assessing recent in vitro and animal studies.

Poll: Can EFSA health claim opinions be modified before they become EU law?

After several years the serious end of the nutrition and health claim regulation is approaching, with the imminent publication of thousands of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions...

Italian government backs olive extract supplier

A former Italian government research project has been spun off into a start-up company specialising in naturally extracted olive oil extracts, as competition heats up in the European Food Safety...

European Commission urged against rubber stamping EFSA health claim opinions

The leading pan-European food supplements trade group has written to the European Commission in an effort to prevent certain negative European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions reaching the...

Probi teams with mystery food giant to win EU probiotic health claim

Swedish probiotics supplier Probi has announced an alliance with an unnamed “major multinational” food company that will assist it in its quest to win the first probiotic health claim in...

Innéov calls for complete EU health claims revamp

L’Oreal and Nestlé joint venture Innéov told a beauty foods and supplements congress in Paris yesterday that the European Union health claims laws that have stung its marketing need to...

Merck applies for article 13.5 glucosamine joint health claim

Pharma giant Merck’s European Consumer Healthcare unit has applied for a European Union, article 13.5 emerging and proprietary science health claim linking glucosamine and “normal joint health”.

Bad science? ANH presents MEPs with 30 dodgiest EFSA health claim decisions

The Alliance for Natural Health International (ANH-I) has mailed MEPs a litany of what it considers the 30 most ‘wayward’ health claim opinions to arise from the European Food Safety...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

Stepan ends years of North American isolationism with strategic European nutrition shift

In 2010, Stepan Company, the New Jersey-based firm that had for decades supplied flavours and emulsifiers, decided to move into nutrition - a decision that led it to buying Dutch...

Food firms could find loophole in EFSA health laws

Food producers may still be able to make unverified health claims about their products, despite tougher European regulations coming into force early next year.

French fat reduction firm to resubmit after EFSA health claim failure

Ceprodi KOT, the French diet firm that had an article 13.5, abdominal fat reduction health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) in September, is already preparing a...

Member states urged not to veto health claim victories

The leading European food industry group, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), has issued a missive urging member states not to kibosh positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for up to...

Why Unilever canned €20m hoodia project: Newly published study disappoints

Part of the reasoning for Unilever’s controversial 2008 decision to sever a €20m partnership with UK firm Phytopharm to develop the weight management plant hoodia gordonii has become apparent, with...

EFSA issues psychological health claim guidance

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published draft guidance on neurological and psychological health claim submissions – and has given stakeholders until December 16 to submit comments.

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

GOED explains its “big plans” for omega-3 health claims in 2012

With the volume of omega-3 science tripling in 10 years, the world’s leading omega-3 trade group is working with international regulators to have that research reflected in authorised claims –...

Dispatches from SupplySide West 2011

US businesses face rude shock as EU health claims laws loom

US companies need to get up to speed with European Union health claim changes or face big hits on existing trade or missed opportunities, according to the chief of a...

UK researcher: EFSA voodoo lily weight loss approval is “strange”

A leading UK nutritionist says a 2010 European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approval of a weight loss health claim for the Asian botanical, konjac mannan, defies the clinical data assessed.

€6m EU herb food science project boosts tradition-of-use data

PlantLibra, a €6m European Union-backed project that investigating the complex area of botanical nutrition science has convened a meeting in Brussels, where regulators from 19 EU countries were educated about...

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