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MEP takes DHA omega-3 claim complaint back to the Commission

British Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Glenis Willmott, is writing to the European Commission to block a DHA eye development claim being used on infant follow-on formula products,...

EFSA backing for resistant starch claim may spur bakery innovation

The European Food Safety Authority’s backing for a functional health claim for resistant starch should be good news for bread, biscuit and cereal manufacturers wanting to tap into the functional...

Australian state backs antioxidants in foods (if not supplements)

The Victorian Department of Health has posted information on its website backing the ability of antioxidants to battle free radicals.

Bottled water industry wins two of three EFSA health claim dossiers

The European Federation of Bottled Water (EFBW) is celebrating two positive opinions from three claims that the trade association sent to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

EFSA sweetens industry with positive sugar replacement health claim opinions

Intense and bulk sweetener suppliers are basking in the glow of positive sugar replacement health claim opinions issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week.

Guest article

Nutrition, mental performance and EFSA’s health claims criteria: No brainer? Hardly

In this guest article, Louise Dye, Professor of Nutrition and Behaviour in the Human Appetite Research Unit at the Institute of Psychological Sciences at the University of Leeds, outlines why...

Consultant: Walnut positive health claim opinion is “astonishing”

Friday’s fourth batch of article 13 general function health claims highlighted inconsistencies in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) approach, according to Joerg Gruenwald, PhD, the president of German health...

Industry groups urge EC to rethink health claim criteria (again)

The ongoing high rejection rate of health claim submissions under European Union regulations has prompted EU trade groups to reiterate their stance that the claims assessment process needs a severe...

EFSA health claim opinions - article 13, batch 4

Complete EFSA health claim batch 4 breakdown: Winners and losers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on Friday continued its high rejection rate as it produced the fourth batch of article 13 general function health claims under the 2006 nutrition...

New data can boost article 13.4 or 13.5 lutein health claims: Consultant

Claims consultant and European food regulation specialist, Patrick Coppens, from the Brussels-based consultancy European Advisory Services, says new data could win lutein players a positive health claim opinion.

EFSA health claim opinions - article 13, batch 4

EFSA issues batch four of article 13 health claims

The European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel this morning issued 442 fresh article 13 general function health claim opinions, causing a run on its site that crashed it for...

Vitabiotics: ASA refused EFSA’s positive vitamin B12 brain health opinion

UK food supplements manufacturer Vitabiotics says the UK advertising watchdog rejected as evidence a positive EFSA health claim opinion for vitamin B12 and brain function it submitted to back claims...

Chr Hansen plans to re-submit probiotic for 13.5 claim

Chr Hansen is anticipating a negative opinion on its 13.1 health claim submission for its BB12 probiotic this week, due to lack guidance from EFSA when it was made, and...

MEPs authorise omega-3 infant eye health claim

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have today narrowly rejected a motion to prohibit a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Commission (EC)-approved DHA omega-3 eye health claim on...

South African research body seeks cash to fund fresh probe into Hoodia bioactive

Researchers in South Africa remain confident that P57 – the active component in Hoodia gordonii at the centre of an ill-fated partnership between Unilever and UK life sciences firm...

Danisco forms pine-sourced phytosterol partnership

Scandinavian ingredients giant Danisco has signed a “long term” deal to market globally the free and esterified phytosterol offerings of US firm Arboris.

'Eye' or 'nay': For or against the DHA infant eye claim?

Just as with the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) itself, next week's European Parliament (EP) vote on whether to allow products aimed at 6-12 month old infants to...

Lobbying intensifies ahead of MEP omega-3 infant health claim vote

Lobbying is ratcheting up ahead of next week's European Parliament (EP) vote on whether to permit a European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and European Commission (EC)-approved claim linking omega-3 form...

Breast may be best but don’t block omega-3 infant formula claims, says practitioner

The late move by a European Parliament committee to block the addition of DHA omega-3 claims to baby milk products across the EU bloc, would be a triumph of politics...

Taste still trumps health for functional food acceptance: Survey

When it comes to deciding whether to purchase functional foods, ‘the principal considerations still do not pertain to health, but rather taste and price’ according to a new consumer study.

China tightens raw materials laws for supplements makers

Dietary supplement manufacturers operating in China will have to do more to guarantee the quality of their supply chains, after Chinese authorities imposed new quality control regulations last week.

Danish authorities clamp down on in-store supplement marketing

A campaign by the Danish Food Administration is seeking to curb misleading marketing of dietary supplements in retail stores, with random inspections and fines for the worst offenders.

Is there greater freedom in health care professional health claim comms?

Food companies may have greater freedom in communicating the healthful benefits of foods and supplements to health care professionals (HCPs) than exist under the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR),...

EFSA health claims panellist edits probiotic claims book

European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim panellist, professor Seppo Salminen, has co-edited a book investigating probiotic science and health claims, with a focus on regional differences.

UK watchdog censors immunity, eye, memory ads

The UK Advertising Authority (ASA) has ruled an email campaign for a magnesium supplement made misleading immunity claims.