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Emerging market healthy food 'faux pas': Too much pleasure, too soon

“The most common mistake by western fast moving consumer good (FMCG) companies who launch new food and beverage brands in emerging markets is that they jump straight in to a...

Garlic reduces lung cancer risk by 44%, suggests study

Consuming raw garlic could serve as a protective factor against lung cancer, even for smokers, suggests a new study by Chinese scientists.

Slim pickings: UK issues weight loss health claims advice

The UK advertising watchdog has issued guidance to companies making weight loss claims telling them to anally follow the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) or face prosecution.

Artichoke blend proven to reduce cholesterol in EU

A French firm has won a rare EFSA approval for an artichoke extract-based herbal formulation the EU’s central science agency has confirmed can reduce cholesterol.

Campaign to clarify new hybrid label

The government is planning a public education campaign to help consumers understand the new hybrid front-of-pack (FoP) nutrition labelling scheme the Department of Health (DH) recently launched to stem rising...

No juice: Prickly pear extract hangover cure encounters EU headache

The EU’s chief science agency has turned down a hangover health claim for a prickly pear extract before even evaluating the science behind it because it said the claim was...

Chr Hansen files global probiotic immunity patent

A Lactobacillus rhamnosus probiotic blend can battle chest infections, says Danish probiotics leader Chr Hansen in a global patent application.

EFSA health claim opinions

Non-fermented fibre wins tooth claim; cranberry may need to find new tract

Non-fermented carbohydrates can deliver tooth health benefits but there is not enough data to show cranberry can benefit urinary tract infections, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found in...

EFSA: "Increasing maternal folate status contributes to the reduction of the risk of NTD.”

EFSA (finally) backs folate supplements for neural tube defects

Europe’s head science agency has joined other international authorities in backing B vitamin folate’s ability to reduce neural tube defects (NTDs) like spina bifida and hydrocephalus in early-stage foetuses....

Solvay management buys out Solactis

€13bn Belgian supplier Solvay has sold its Solactis nutrition division that includes galactofructose  (lactulose) to its former nutrition programme manager.

Green coffee firm sledged over colon sludge claims

The UK advertising watchdog has roasted its second green coffee firm in a month for making unjustified weight loss, antioxidant, colonic health and other claims.

Sweden: Even restaurant menus can be health claims

Even restaurant menus can bear unauthorised health claims, according to guidance issued by Swedish authorities.

Industry and public to be consulted on fibre claims Down Under

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper about the qualifying criteria for dietary fibre nutrition content claims.

Loophole free: EU’s highest court backs health claim regulation in disease ruling

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has backed key principles of the EU health claims regulation – and closed potential loopholes, according to a leading UK lawyer.

Coca-Cola on Vitaminwater lawsuit ruling: 'The plaintiffs' claims are without merit and will ultimately be rejected'

Coca-Cola says it is confident it will prevail in a deceptive marketing lawsuit filed more than four years ago alleging it misled consumers by promoting Vitaminwater as a healthy ‘nutrient-enhanced...

Organic consumers not bothered by health claims: Study

Principled organic shoppers are not put off by the presence of health claims, German and Danish researchers have found.

Boost Buddy takes EFSA health claims to the youth

An Irish firm has created a range of customisable food supplements built on approved European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims aimed specifically at 18-34 year olds – a group...

UK diabetes herb bust symptomatic of wider malaise?

A herbal product making diabetes claims in the UK has drawn the attention of the medicines regulator there, but the policing of herbal supplement products needs further examination, says the...

Irish microbiota research centre to receive €50m boost

The Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre (APC) in Cork, Ireland has received a €36m investment from the Irish government that will fund its research activities for at least another six years, its...

EFSA rejects Clasado prebiotic for gastro benefits (again)

Clasado has had its Bimuno prebiotic formulation rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) which said fresh data analysis provided by the UK-Maltese firm did not show gastro-intestinal benefits.

European sports nutrition sector calls for end to 'decade-long regulatory limbo'

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says there is no need for separate sports products regulation as general food law is sufficient, ahead of a European Commission report on...

International probiotics group engages EFSA over evidence ‘totality’

The increasingly vocal International Probiotics Association (IPA) has sent a series of formal questions to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) about evidential requirements for probiotics.

Against the peptide: EFSA acknowledges elasticity/wrinkle benefits but rejects skin health claim

German supplier Gelita says general food law can be a place for skin health and beauty claims after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejected its peptide-based skin health claim.

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Green bull? ‘Natural energy’ grows health claim wings

The EU energy market is set to grow by €1bn by 2017 and much of that could come from ‘natural energy’, a sub-sector that has been boosted by recent health...

Home cooking: Phytosterols giant seeks category expansion

Unilever has applied to UK authorities for EU novel foods approval for its cholesterol-lowering phytosterol esters in liquid vegetable fats used in home cooking and baking.