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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.

EHPM welcomes health claim veto discussion, but supports claims list

The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) is backing the approved 222 health claims that will be voted in the European Parliament on Wednesday – but wants...

March 21 article 13 health claims list: ‘Pass it’ says FDE; ‘to the bin’ says ANH

Europe’s premier food industry body, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), is backing next week’s European Parliament (EP) vote on the controversial 222-strong health claim register, as opponents rally last-minute veto support.

Lawyer: EU health claims legal challenge won’t change much

Successful or otherwise, the European Union healthy foods and supplements space is unlikely to be much altered by a just-issued legal challenge to the bloc’s controversial nutrition and health claims...

UK turns the screw on ‘unlicensed medicines’

Supplement products bearing ingredients like milk thistle, DMAA, valerian, hoodia, porcine thyroid glandular, melatonin and horny goat weed are being targeted by the UK medicines regulator as potential ‘unlicensed medicines’,...

EU NHCR in the dock

German professors sue EC over ‘void’ EU health claims regulation

The two German professors of law and nutrition that were rebutted by EFSA and the European Commission over a water-hydration health claim have made good their threat, and dragged the...

Julie Girling MEP: “Pass this first lot of claims and then do an impact assessment”

British MEP Julie Girling is proposing a ‘middle way’ to the European health claims furore. She wants her fellow European Parliamentarians to back the existing work of EFSA and the...

Irish MEP: “We have opened a can of worms that EFSA and the Commission would have much preferred remained closed”

Irish MEP Marian Harkin has become one of the most vocal European parliamentary opponents of the interpretation and application of the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR), and she...

MEPs gather for health claim dialogue as Parliament readies for article 13 vote

More than 40 European Parliamentarians and their representatives gathered today at a specially convened health claims workshop to explain intricacies and air grievances about the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR).

Vitafoods Europe snares ‘nutraceuticals’ inventor

The 2012 Vitafoods Europe programme will feature Dr Stephen DeFelice, the man who came up with the term ‘nutraceuticals’ in 1989.

EFSA to implement updated rules on conflicts of interest

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has announced new implementing rules on how to manage declarations of interest and independence in its scientific decision making process.

Global Alliance for Probiotics: There is a “discord” between science and claims

The newly formed Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) has issued its first public statement, affirming that a complete rethink of probiotic health claim rules is required in the European Union,...

German group sues Unilever over sterol-cholesterol claims

European Union-approved plant sterol cholesterol-lowering foods made by Unilever have been dragged into German courts after a consumer group questioned their safety.

GSK pitches new 'functional' Ribena at young women in large-scale launch

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) is set to launch a new ‘functional’ Ribena range in the UK this week – its largest drinks launch in 20 years – with new packaging designed to...

Volac launches consumer brand to push whey protein beyond macho male niche

European whey protein manufacturer Volac has launched its first consumer branded products to drive mainstream awareness of the benefits of whey protein beyond a macho male niche, and protect the...

Israeli player launches 2% water soluble astaxanthin

Israeli carotenoid supplier Algatechnologies has extended its AstaPure astaxanthin range with a 2%, water soluble version aimed at functional foods and cosmeceuticals markets.

EFSA confirms German glucosamine anticoagulant concerns

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has confirmed that joint health nutrient glucosamine can pose health risks to those taking anti-blood clotting drugs, after the issue was raised some years...

Lesaffre submits probiotic ‘intestinal comfort’ health claim to EFSA

The human nutrition division of French yeast and probiotic specialist Lesaffre says a new probiotic dossier will win Europe’s first ever probiotic health claim due to the existence of, “3-4...

‘Mild’ dehydration may modify mood, say scientists

Even mild dehydration can alter a person's mood, energy level, and ability to think clearly, leaving them ‘cranky’ and tired, say researchers.

Sterol and stanol players defend safety record after German review call

Sterol food players Unilever and Raisio are surprised Germany’s food agency has called for a safety review of the cholesterol-lowering ingredient when, they say, the job has already been performed...

Germany calls for plant stanol-sterol safety review over heart health concerns

Plant sterol and stanol consumption by those like children who do not have raised cholesterol could itself lead to heart problems, the German foods safety agency has said.

UK Dept of Health: ‘Contains glucosamine’ an implied health claim

The UK Department of Health has indicated nutrition-style claims like ‘contains glucosamine’ or ‘contains probiotics’ will be deemed implied health claims if they are the subject of negative EFSA opinions.

HFMA: “The Commission has turned its back on our industry and its legitimate concerns”

The UK food supplements and healthy foods industry is backing a motion among some European Parliamentarians to veto the article 13 health claims register containing 2000 rejections that could be...