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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...

EFSA health claim opinion

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Veteran L-carnitine prof: Rejected dossier literature is 'out of date'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

EFSA health claim opinion

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.


EFSA publishes article 13, batch 5 – winners and losers

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) this morning published 536 health claims in 73 opinions in the fifth batch of general function claims.

Pre- and probiotic academics demand ‘clear roadmap’ for claims

The Board of Directors of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) has published an open letter in the British Journal of Nutrition demanding pre-submission meetings with EFSA...

Nutricia lightly spanked over infant formula marketing

TV and direct mail adverts for a follow-on milk made by Danone-owned infant formula maker Nutricia have been deemed misleading by the UK advertising watchdog, although parts of the 2009...

Lipid Nutrition fire sale does not include infant formula offering

Dutch fats and oils specialist IOI-Loders Croklaan will integrate breast milk alternative Betapol into its product range to complete the break-up of its subsidiary Lipid Nutrition announced yesterday.

Probiotech 2011

Next generation probiotic health claims: The rise of “mechanism-based” data

Metagenomic developments are providing new insights into the here-to-now largely mysterious mechanisms of behaviour displayed by gut microbiota – just the kind of data required by the European Food Safety...

Study: phosphorus claim could present public health risk

A paper to be published in the journal Food Policy raises concerns that some general function health claims soon to be authorised in the European Union could put public health...

Commission to ditch dietetic foods category

The general rules on dietetic foods look set to be abolished following the Commission’s adoption of a new draft regulation yesterday.

ANH slams NHS supplements report

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe (ANH-EU) has slammed a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report which questioned the effectiveness of most food supplements as the statement of an...

EFSA rejects Danone and Yakult probiotic appeals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel says there are no grounds for alteration of its rejection last year of probiotic health claim dossiers submitted by Danone and...


Heart health dairy suffers high product failure rate

Yoghurts and milks made with heart health ingredients are filling up chilled cabinets but high launch numbers are failing to translate into healthy sales growth, according to Leatherhead.

Ionised water email campaign slapped for colon claims

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has demonstrated the scope of its new powers to control online marketing by ruling against a colon health-promoting email campaign for ionised alkaline mineral...

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Leatherhead: Japan lead under threat in global €16.75bn functional foods market

The birthplace of functional foods, Japan, continues to be the world’s most robust with 38.4% of a global functional food market of $24.22bn (€16.75bn), according to a Leatherhead report utilising...

EFSA water-hydration rejection “unfounded and unjustified”

The likelihood of some kind of legal retaliation against a rejected article 14 water-dehydration health claim is mounting, following the publication of widespread condemnation of the European Food Safety Authority...

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Heart health claims are boosting chocolate’s growth potential, report

There is growth potential for dark chocolate in the functional food sector, with the product carrying most of the heart health claims in the confectionery segment, says Leatherhead Food Research.


FDA's enforcement deserves loud applause

A flurry of seizures, criminal charges, and warning letters shows that FDA is increasing it enforcement of dietary supplement regulations. Good for FDA and good for industry!