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Profits dip 11% at Swedish probiotic firm (sans Nestlé deal)

Pre-tax,half-year profits fell 11% to €4.54m at Swedish probiotics player BioGaia as distribution deals were modified or terminated.

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Marketing makeover: Lobbying, education and the new EU food supplements landscape

Changes in European Union food laws have caught industry hopping, says Alan Ruth, CEO of the Irish Health Trade Association. It could do well to look across the Atlantic to...

Rejected Merck to present glucosamine data for peer review

“Disappointed” Merck Consumer Healthcare says it will submit a summary of glucosamine science to a scientific journal, after its joint health claim appeal was rebuffed by the European Food Safety Authority...

UK group issues health claims guidance

The UK Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) has issued guidance to help companies deal with the impending December 14, 2012, deadline when the article 13.1 list of about 1500 health...

EFSA rejects Merck glucosamine-joint health appeal

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says German drug giant Merck has failed to convince it that glucosamine can benefit joint health and will not be changing its earlier rejection...

Shun dangerous clay-based 'detox' drinks: FSA warns UK consumers

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned consumers about the dangers of drinking clay-based ‘detox’ drinks after finding dangerously high arsenic and lead levels in supplements sold online.

Soy sector “surprised” by EFSA menopause and bone health rejection

There is “insufficient” evidence to show that soy isoflavones can benefit bone health and ease menopausal conditions, according to the European Union’s central science agency.

Probiotics ban leads to marketing revolution

Probiotic yogurt brands and supermarket own-label equivalents are leading a revolution in marketing of these products in advance of a ban, which comes into effect in December.

IOM, FDA 'intrigued' by potential economic impact of increasing omega-3 intakes: GOED

Representatives from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) are said to have been "intrigued" by the potential economic impact of increasing intakes of omega-3 EPA and DHA, following a meeting between...

EFSA beats off more Lactobacillus probiotic claims

The most researched group of probiotic strains – Lactobacillus – has been delivered yet another blow by the EU’s central science agency, which rejected digestive and vaginal health claims for...

ABA attacks 'clear bias' of BMJ on sports drinks

The American Beverage Association (ABA) has lashed out at the British Medical Journal (BMJ) for a critical article series on sports drinks, and said the journal showed bias in overlooking...

Crying over spilt milk: UK crunches “disappointed” Weetabix over ‘slow release energy’ claims

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has admonished Weetabix over a TV campaign that stated its breakfast cereals could boost energy levels because it said the ads were not clear...

Focus on cognitive benefits builds

Interest in cognitive benefits and claims is building in the food industry, with continued work to strengthen the science behind them, according to a leading nutritionist.

Let’s get physical? Health claims guidance reveals sector fragility

Recently published European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) guidance on physical performance health claims does not provide enough clarity on trial design to enable the beleaguered sector to actually win any...

EU science agency backs omega-3s up to 5g a day

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) says there are no safety concerns in consuming various omega-3 forms at up to 5g per day – much higher than typical recommended upper...

‘Girly men’ could opt for alcoholic beauty beverages – Mintel

Beauty beverages are big business in Japan and looking beyond regulatory hurdles preventing alcohol launches in the EU, could find a market with men, according to Mintel.

French cranberry claim winner “convinced” new EFSA submission can win

Gunter Haesaerts, the man who in 2004 convinced French authorities that cranberries could be beneficial for the urinary tract and won an associated health claim, has submitted a proprietary claim...

EFSA stands by methods after Oxford Uni attack

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was not spared in Oxford University’s desecration of the science backing the sports nutrition sector yesterday – but it has defended its methods.

EU health claims may spell global opportunities: National Starch Food Innovation

National Starch Food Innovation has been granted health claims for its maize and barley ingredients and the firm’s EU regulatory manager said this should drive business within Europe and beyond....

BMJ slams sports nutrition & EFSA; Glaxo defends 40 years of science

On the eve of the Olympics, Oxford University academics writing in the British Medical Journal – in conjunction with the BBC Panorama documentary team – have damned sports nutrition products like GlaxoSmithKline’s...

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Callebaut’s cocoa health claim win ‘encouraging’ for chocolate industry

Barry Callebaut has received a positive opinion from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for a health claim linking cocoa to improved blood flow in news that has been welcomed...

Hair-y bad news again for Nutrilinks as EFSA rejects 2 more health claims

Having been in the spotlight over skin health claims made, Swiss company Nutrilinks has now seen two of its claims regarding hair loss reduction and hair strength reinforcement rejected by...

EFSA favours essential nutrients in cognitive health claim guidance

Fresh guidance for cognitive health claims in the European Union has spelled out the preference the bloc’s chief science agency has for health benefits of essential nutrients like vitamins and...

Gee Lawson enters China-dominated red yeast rice supply

UK supplier Gee Lawson has debuted organic red yeast rice (Monascus purpureus) into a sector dominated by Chinese supply and which has won a European Union health claim for cholesterol...

EFSA rejects two skin health claims made by Swiss firm

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected two health claims submitted by Nutrilinks Sarl that sought to link skin permeability barrier function and skin hydration to two different food...