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€6m EU herb food science project boosts tradition-of-use data

PlantLibra, a €6m European Union-backed project that investigating the complex area of botanical nutrition science has convened a meeting in Brussels, where regulators from 19 EU countries were educated about...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA: Vitamin D can reduce falls among the elderly

Over 60-year-olds who consume 800IU (20ug) of vitamin D2 and D3 per day have, “a significant reduction in the risk of falling”, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded.

Chr Hansen eyes first EFSA probiotic approval with uber-“pharma-style” immune study

Chr Hansen has commissioned a 1000-person+ trial seeking to demonstrate the immunity benefits of one of its flagship strains, Lactobacillus casei, as the leading Danish probiotics supplier continues to fight...

Italian academics: Ignoring ‘tradition-of-use’ data bashes botanicals

Italian researchers say finding a way to validate and utilise ‘tradition-of-use’ data within European law maybe the only way to save 1000s of herbal supplement products whose existence is threatened...

EC prefers corporate profits to baby health: pressure group

The European Commission (EC) has surrendered consumer production to business gain in discussions ahead of a key meeting today on revising the EC directive on baby milks and foods.

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA on Valio peptide claim: “No convincing evidence for a mechanism”

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a peptide-blood pressure health claim submitted by Finnish dairy group, Valio, saying the dossier containing 21 intervention studies failed to demonstrate an effect.

Pressure group claims university ‘worryingly close’ to dairy industry

A row has erupted after Wageningen University rejected pressure group claims that its academics are “worryingly close” to the dairy industry, after the institution issued a press release that allegedly...

Academics slam 'medicine-based' EU health claims system

A group of 13 academics has slammed the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) for its ‘evidence based medicinal’ approach that rules out what they view as perfectly valid...

Chr Hansen inks Japanese probiotic-plant extract deal

Danish probiotics giant Chr Hansen says its just-announced alliance with a Japanese botanical supplement maker will yield plant-probiotic combination food supplement products on European and global markets kicking off in...

US structure/function claims under scrutiny as EFSA ups the ante

Firms making structure/function claims about foods and supplements in the US could face difficult questions when the final list of general function claims permitted in Europe is released and it...

Functional drink benefits 'not as impressive' as implied, suggests Which?

Consumer watchdog Which? says it has held trials relating to health claims for 'functional' drinks, and found that the effects of one specific calorie-burning soft drink were not 'as impressive...

Barley by-products boost pasta’s functional claims

A new genre of pasta made with barley by-products, may mean that spaghetti can soon claim it is a ‘good source of dietary fibre’ and ‘may reduce the risk of...

UK watchdog rules against acai ageing, energy, weight ads

UK start-up Cleanse & Detox.co.uk has been rapped by the UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making claims its supplements, “could reverse ageing, improve energy, or manage weight” along with...

EC expects "smooth adoption" of article 13 health claims list in Q1 2012

The European Commission’s directorate for health and consumer affairs, DG Sanco, has said it is close to finalising the 2758 claim-strong list of generic claims for publication in the European...

‘We’ve learnt our lesson’, says Alkalized water firm after ASA sanction

Alkalized water firm Balance Water says it has “learnt its lesson” after the UK Advertising Standards Authority ruled yesterday that its advertised health claims were unsubstantiated.

Immunity and hypertension ingredients sector set for 45% growth: Frost

Market analyst Frost & Sullivan has fingered immunity and hypertension as two promising nutrient areas, with events such as the recent Swine flu crisis feeding consumer interest in nutritional solutions...

EFSA stands by probiotic cheese rejection

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) health claims panel says there are no grounds for it to alter its rejection of a claim that sought to link probiotic cheese consumption...

Protexin buys €2m+ UK pre-probiotic brand

UK firm Probiotics International (Protexin) has acquired fellow UK digestive products maker, The Healthy Bowels Company, in an undisclosed deal that sees Protexin gain control of €2m+ pre-probiotic combination brand,...

Valio demands EFSA reveal its “methodological and statistical requirements”

Finnish dairy group and ingredients supplier Valio has challenged the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of its probiotic-gut health claim submission earlier this year, and called on the agency to...

Galactofructose supplier reaps health claim win benefits

Belgian lactulose (galactofructose) supplier Solvay says its business has picked up since the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last year published a positive health claim opinion linking the ingredient and...

The Beauty From Within Conference is back with a packed programme!

The second Beauty From Within conference will open its doors in Paris on October 27th and here we draw attention to some of the main highlights and how you can...

UK watchdog censors alkaline diet cancer claims

Claims that an ‘alkaline diet’ based around consumption of vegetable and grain powdered beverages could benefit cancer sufferers and diabetics have been rapped by the UK advertising watchdog.

UK warns against sibutramine-laced herbal products

The UK medicines regulator has issued a warning about certain herbal products it has found to be laced with the banned substance sibutramine.

Save the date set for the second Beauty From Within Conference!

The second annual Beauty From Within Conference will open its doors again at the Hotel Lutetia in Paris on October 27th, focusing in on the latest opportunities, trends and challenges...

“Milk drinks for infants are not necessary“: German agency

Infant milks for over-1s are not better than regular cow’s milk, a German government agency has found after analysing their nutritional properties.

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