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Rejected cranberry wins EU medical UTI claim

€3 million and seven years of research and development work have paid off for Medical Brands which has won the right to make medical urinary tract infection (UTI) claims in...

Analyst warns that GSK’s ‘strategic masterstroke’ with Ribena Plus could backfire

Despite shrewd use of an EU ‘immunity support’ health claim, GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK’s) new Ribena Plus risks consumer confusion and cannibalisation of regular product sales, a beverage industry expert has warned....

Chr Hansen shares jump 9% on strong H1 profits

First half EBIT profits for 2011-12 surged 19% to €83m at Chr Hansen as it shrugged off the effects of severe fluctuations in the price of red colorant carmine, and...

Dutch group wins 25,000+ anti-EU health claims signatures

A petition against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) has won the signatures of more than 25,000 irate, mostly Dutch and British consumers, and will be presented to...

“Health claims regulation must be destroyed”, says author of new book

The author of a new 452-page book that decimates the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) for crippling commercial free speech and consumer choice, says the regulation should...

Nutrient profiling back on EU agenda, says policy expert

The European Commission’s work to create a nutrient profiling system to restrict claims on certain foods will once again come up for discussion in 2013 when the Commission presents its...

British Specialist Nutrition Association welcomes EU health claims list

The British Specialist Nutrition Association (BSNA) says the 222-claim strong, European Union general function health claims list that is set to enter law books as early as next month, is...

Food manufacturers ditch health claims for nutrition

Many food and drink manufacturers are set to abandon health claims approval under new EU legislation and go, instead, for nutrition claims, for which the approvals hurdle is much lower,...

PepsiCo on nutrient profiling: “We are operating in a legal vacuum”

Three years late and seeking further extensions, nutrient profiles remain the missing link in the European Union’s new health claim regime. Frustrated stakeholders say the time to decide is nigh....

Croda debuts “non-separated” omega-3 emulsion for kids

Croda Health Care is debuting a ‘no-separation’ omega-3 emulsion it is targeting at children in the form of syrups and sachets.

Dispatches from IFT Wellness 2012

Could EU claims crackdown provide US plaintiffs’ attorneys with ammo for new wave of class actions?

The EU crackdown on health claims is unlikely to impact on US regulators, but it could provide ammunition to opportunistic plaintiffs’ attorneys this side of the Atlantic, experts have warned.

BioBind banned from making slimming claims in UK

UK firm Direct Healthcare has been rapped by the advertising watchdog over slimming claims for itsBioBIND product that contained cactus extract, chitosan and psyllium husk.

Time for a dose of nutrient profiling pragmatism, say stakeholders

Frustration at the inability of European Union lawmakers to decide on nutrient profiling rules made unusual bedfellows of health NGOs and Big Food representatives, who have agreed the EU would...

Uncertainty continues on health claims wording

Manufacturers are still not sure how much flexibility they have in wording health claims because guidance from the European Commission (EC) is not yet available.

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

6-year EU obesity platform nears completion: But has it worked?

A 6-year project tackling obesity and other diet and physical activity-related health issues across the European Union has spawned 300 individual positive actions by government, commercial and other actors –...

Dispatches from the 6th Nutrition & Lifestyle conference in Brussels

Tough? Not tough enough, says UK watchdog on EU health claim rules

Industry has become accustomed to feeling annoyed and hamstrung by the European Union nutrition and health claims regulation, but UK consumer watchdog Which? told a conference today that the rules...

EFSA weight management guidance: “Useful for novices”, says EU consultant

A leading European research and health claims consultancy has panned just-published weight management health claim guidance from the European Food Safety Authority for failing to provide detail on how to...

Scandinavian CROs merge; eye health claim success

The key to submitting a successful health claims dossier under the EU Heath and Nutrition Claims Regulation (NHCR) lies in focusing on one single risk factor, and is the main...

Industry input “significantly” alters EFSA weight management health claims guidance

Comments from 49 “interested parties” including Tate&Lyle, Health Canada, GlaxoSmithKline, the University of Leeds, ILSI, Beneo, DSM, Kraft, Kellogg’s and Danone have provoked major changes to a draft weight management...

Indian market shows Eastern promise for probiotics

Indians are dosing up on probiotics to counter gastrointestinal health problems, reports Swedish biotech company Probi, as it announces a deal that will see its Probi Digestis probiotic formulation dispensed...

39 complaints. 0 actions: UK health claims enforcement is a “mockery”, study finds

The UK’s 220 Trading Standards (TS) agencies are failing to take action against products making ‘spurious’ health claims, a local charity has found after testing the system.

Plea for health claims reform goes to European Parliament president

The evaluation of general function health claims under article 13.1 is “inappropriate and disproportionate”, an alliance of European food, supplement and ingredient companies has said in a letter to the...

Companies avoid herbal medicine laws; but there is another way...

A number of companies in the UK are flouting the EU Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) in the belief that the risks of being reprimanded by regulators are outweighed...

Drinks industry in the dark about blocked caffeine claims

Europe’s coffee makers and energy drink manufacturers are perplexed as to why the EFSA-approved caffeine claims have been dropped from the draft positive list of general function claims.

EFSA: Iron does not reduce female hair loss

Iron will not help in the battle against female baldness Europe’s central scientific agency has concluded after assessing a dossier submitted by French firm Pierre Fabre Dermo-Cosmétique.