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Study: phosphorus claim could present public health risk

A paper to be published in the journal Food Policy raises concerns that some general function health claims soon to be authorised in the European Union could put public health...

Commission to ditch dietetic foods category

The general rules on dietetic foods look set to be abolished following the Commission’s adoption of a new draft regulation yesterday.

ANH slams NHS supplements report

The Alliance for Natural Health Europe (ANH-EU) has slammed a recent UK National Health Service (NHS) report which questioned the effectiveness of most food supplements as the statement of an...

EFSA rejects Danone and Yakult probiotic appeals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claims panel says there are no grounds for alteration of its rejection last year of probiotic health claim dossiers submitted by Danone and...

SPECIAL EDITION: FUNCTIONAL FOOD TRENDS

Heart health dairy suffers high product failure rate

Yoghurts and milks made with heart health ingredients are filling up chilled cabinets but high launch numbers are failing to translate into healthy sales growth, according to Leatherhead.

Ionised water email campaign slapped for colon claims

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has demonstrated the scope of its new powers to control online marketing by ruling against a colon health-promoting email campaign for ionised alkaline mineral...

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Leatherhead: Japan lead under threat in global €16.75bn functional foods market

The birthplace of functional foods, Japan, continues to be the world’s most robust with 38.4% of a global functional food market of $24.22bn (€16.75bn), according to a Leatherhead report utilising...

EFSA water-hydration rejection “unfounded and unjustified”

The likelihood of some kind of legal retaliation against a rejected article 14 water-dehydration health claim is mounting, following the publication of widespread condemnation of the European Food Safety Authority...

Special Edition: Functional Food Trends

Heart health claims are boosting chocolate’s growth potential, report

There is growth potential for dark chocolate in the functional food sector, with the product carrying most of the heart health claims in the confectionery segment, says Leatherhead Food Research.

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FDA's enforcement deserves loud applause

A flurry of seizures, criminal charges, and warning letters shows that FDA is increasing it enforcement of dietary supplement regulations. Good for FDA and good for industry!

Denmark: There is no Marmite ban

The Danish government has clarified that Marmite is not in fact banned, but merely in need of a marketing authorisation as per European Union health claim rules.

EC offers rejected probiotic health claim hope with resubmission offer

The European Commission is giving member states the opportunity to submit new data to back general function, article 13.1 probiotic claims rejected for being insufficiently characterised.

Valio: EFSA ignored peer-reviewed data in probiotic claim rejection

Frustrated Finnish dairy and ingredients firm Valio says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) rejection of its probiotic claim contradicted or ignored peer reviewed data in its dossier that included...

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA rejects 86-study strong Valio probiotic gut health claim

The European Food Safety Authority has rejected an article 13.5 health claim that sought to link consumption of the probiotic strain, Lactobacillus rhamnosus GG, with gastrointestinal benefits.

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

EU regulatory experts debate herbs (don’t panic) and health claims (shout louder)

The European Union Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD) is ultimately a force for good, although some “small guys” may disagree, says leading consultancy and contract research organisation, analyze&realize. The...

Health claims on agenda as EHPM joins EC committee

The European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) says it will attempt to address its many health claim concerns after being invited to join an important European Commission...

Lallemand probiotic/vitamin blend sign of things to come

Institut Rosell-Lallemand is demonstrating the value of the blend with a new synbiotic formulation containing pre- and probiotics, along with select vitamins.

‘Knowledge transfer’: Probiotech chief explains real-world probiotic conference drivers

Gate2Tech managing director Dr Jean Michel Pommet explains why the Probiotech conference, to be held in Milan on June 23-24, offers something a little bit different as far as probiotic-centred...

Cranberry players debate meaning of fresh French advice

The cranberry industry, divided over differing methods of measuring the active proanthocyanidins (PACs) content of the berries, are offering differing interpretations of new advice from the French food agency (ANSES).

Special edition: Prebiotics

Prebiotics: Misunderstood but not missing in action

Most consumers have never even heard of them, let alone understand their microbiota-building function. EFSA says they don’t work. And they live in the shadow of their more popular, accessible...

Dispatches from Vitafoods Europe 2011

Measure for measure: Cranberry wars rage on

The long-standing dispute within the cranberry industry about the most appropriate way to measure the urinary tract infection (UTI)-battling berry’s active constituents was resolved in France recently when a government...

Probiotic start-ups pushing new research to please EFSA

Spanish and British probiotics companies are driving funds into strain and product-specific studies as they attempt to build scientific backing that will survive in the European Union health claims clampdown.

UK company to fight ASA antioxidant water ad ban

The UK company behind a high pH, electrolysed water product says it fully expected the advertising watchdog to rule against its cancer, ageing and other claims, and will appeal.

Gencor rejected weight management claims now EU law

Hong Kong-based Gencor Pacific has failed to convince the European Commission and EU member states to alter the European Food Safety Authority’s rejection of weight management claims for its extract,...

Danone debuts probiotic yoghurt Activia in 69th country: Australia

French dairy Danone has built on its 2010 joint venture with Australian co-op Murray Goulburn by belatedly launching its €4bn global selling probiotic yoghurt Activia on the market there.

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