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EFSA rejects lycopene-vitamin E-lutein-selenium skin claim

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected a claim linking a proprietary lycopene, vitamin E, lutein and selenium blend and protection from UV sun rays.

ECJ’s German health claim ruling opens door to rejected claims: Lawyer

A recent Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) ruling that rather non-specific claims like “aids digestion” are admissible under the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) could open the way...

Italian supplements group sues EU over health claims

Italian food supplements trade group FederSalus has brought an action against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) in European Union courts.

EFSA rejects two new 13.5 claims on ‘transit’ and ‘vaginal moisture’

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected two health claims dossiers for food supplements that claim to ‘improve transit’ and ‘reduction of vaginal dryness’.

Guest article

Marketing without health claims

Health claims are not the be-all and end-all when it comes to marketing health food products, says Alan Ruth, CEO of the Irish Health Trade Association, in this guest article.

ECJ alcohol ruling strengthens EU health claims position

The Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) has given strength to EU health claim laws by backing health claims of “temporary or fleeting effects”.

Rejected prebiotic player: EFSA didn’t follow own guidelines; eyeing EU Ombudsman

UK start-up Clasado Limited says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to follow its own prebiotic guidelines in rejecting the firm’s gut health claims.

EFSA stands by snub on stanol-sterol cholesterol lowering extension

Europe’s health claims regulator says it stands by a previous rebuttal of industry suggestions that the approved time for plant stanols and sterols to achieve cholesterol lowering effects be shortened from...

Peering into Asia's health claim progression

In a freewheeling panel discussion during the second afternoon of the Vitafoods Asia nutraceuticals and supplements show, regulations in food and packaging claims came under the spotlight.

Go East: Inside Asia’s evolving health claims laws

The substantiation and transference into law of varying kinds of data backing food supplements, herbal products and other healthy foods remains a major hurdle in evolving Asian food regulations, an...

Nestlé hits back at cereal ad critics

Nestlé UK has responded to critics of its cereal advertising that are claiming it contravenes Advertising Standards Authority rules, claiming the ASA has given the campaign the thumbs up.

Norwegians hit new heights with 2000mg omega-3 drink

Norwegian omega-3 specialist Smartfish has added a third component to its Smartfish Medical range – this time upping the ante from 1100mg to 2000mg of EPA and DHA omega-3s.

EFSA rebuffs prebiotic appeal hopes

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel has given short shrift to an appeal by a Malta-based start-up urging it to revise a 2009 rejection of the prebiotic...

Special edition: Oral health

Health claim wins drive oral health NPD

Functional gum is the obvious stand-out when it comes to nutrition-focused oral health solutions. Some of these products may be aimed at other health conditions like satiety, but the majority...

EU enters botanical health claim crossroads

The health claim-making future of hundreds of botanical extracts is being debated at EU level after being put on hold almost two years ago by the European Commission.

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.

Guest article

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...