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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...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA: Vitamin D can reduce falls among the elderly

Over 60-year-olds who consume 800IU (20ug) of vitamin D2 and D3 per day have, “a significant reduction in the risk of falling”, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded.

Chr Hansen eyes first EFSA probiotic approval with uber-“pharma-style” immune study

Chr Hansen has commissioned a 1000-person+ trial seeking to demonstrate the immunity benefits of one of its flagship strains, Lactobacillus casei, as the leading Danish probiotics supplier continues to fight...

Italian academics: Ignoring ‘tradition-of-use’ data bashes botanicals

Italian researchers say finding a way to validate and utilise ‘tradition-of-use’ data within European law maybe the only way to save 1000s of herbal supplement products whose existence is threatened...

EC prefers corporate profits to baby health: pressure group

The European Commission (EC) has surrendered consumer production to business gain in discussions ahead of a key meeting today on revising the EC directive on baby milks and foods.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA on Valio peptide claim: “No convincing evidence for a mechanism”

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a peptide-blood pressure health claim submitted by Finnish dairy group, Valio, saying the dossier containing 21 intervention studies failed to demonstrate an effect.

Pressure group claims university ‘worryingly close’ to dairy industry

A row has erupted after Wageningen University rejected pressure group claims that its academics are “worryingly close” to the dairy industry, after the institution issued a press release that allegedly...

Academics slam 'medicine-based' EU health claims system

A group of 13 academics has slammed the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) for its ‘evidence based medicinal’ approach that rules out what they view as perfectly valid...

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

Danish probiotics giant Chr Hansen says its just-announced alliance with a Japanese botanical supplement maker will yield plant-probiotic combination food supplement products on European and global markets kicking off in...

US structure/function claims under scrutiny as EFSA ups the ante

Firms making structure/function claims about foods and supplements in the US could face difficult questions when the final list of general function claims permitted in Europe is released and it...

Functional drink benefits 'not as impressive' as implied, suggests Which?

Consumer watchdog Which? says it has held trials relating to health claims for 'functional' drinks, and found that the effects of one specific calorie-burning soft drink were not 'as impressive...

Barley by-products boost pasta’s functional claims

A new genre of pasta made with barley by-products, may mean that spaghetti can soon claim it is a ‘good source of dietary fibre’ and ‘may reduce the risk of...

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