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A healthy immune system is proving difficult to define. Is this man's system healthy?

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

ERNA: EFSA must clarify ‘boundaries of immune normality’

By Shane Starling

The high rate of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) immune health health claim rejections is likely to continue unless parameters of a well-functioning immune system can be defined, according to a Brussels-based industry group.

Bischoff: Who will answer the

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Health claims: Is the idea of disease risk factors, itself diseased?

By Shane Starling

Differentiating between disease risk factors and disease reduction in the way that the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation does is too arbitrary and needs revision, according to a German nutrition professor. But if such a change is needed, who...

NDA panelist: Restoring the immune sytem could yield claims

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA panelist offers restored immune system claims hope

By Shane Starling

Restoring a suppressed immune system to full-function could win a health claim, EFSA health claim panelist, Henk van Loveren said at last week’s gut/immune health meeting in Amsterdam.

Danone says there is not enough claims clarity to make a submission for Actimel and other products

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Danone tells EFSA: Health claims “learning experience” is too costly

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has repeatedly emphasised that the 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is a learning experience for everyone involved – from its health claims assessment panel to industry stakeholders, to the member...

Defining the drug/food borderline is an

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA details the food-drug divide and its “impossible task”

By Shane Starling in Amsterdam

“It’s a critical issue to figure out how to show the health benefits with foods without crossing the borderline into medicines,” European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA health claims panel working group member, Maria Saarela, told NutraIngredients at...

Health claims, economic positivity and innovation: Views form HIE

Dispatches from HiE 2010

Health claims, economic positivity and innovation: Views form HIE

By Shane Starling & Jess Halliday in Madrid

The NutraIngredients team at HIE in Madrid discusses the first day of the trade show. Discussions were focused on health claims, and Shane Starling gauged reactions on the latest set of opinions from EFSA, from the likes Volac, Carbery, Glanbia on whey,...

Snack Size Science: Probiotics for dummies

Snack Size Science: Probiotics for dummies

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how probiotics may help keep babies healthy. A healthy baby is a happy baby.

Beauty from Within 2010 conference is Monday

Beauty from Within 2010 conference is Monday

By Katie Bird and Shane Starling

The Beauty from Within conference, brought to you by CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com and NutraIngredients.com, is only a week away and will uncover how you can get the most out of this emerging sector.

Nestlé enters functional foods ring as claims climate heats up

Nestle

Nestlé enters functional foods ring as claims climate heats up

By Shane Starling

On Monday Nestlé invited a media pack to the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology near its Lausanne, Switzerland, base to tell the world about its big move into, as it called it, “the opportunity between food and pharma”.

Snack Size Science: Ahoy to omega-3 from soy

Snack Size Science: Ahoy to omega-3 from soy

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we cast our net for the newest science on sourcing fish oil from plants.

Nutricosmetics should be distributed as cosmetics products

Special Edition : Beauty From Within

Nutricosmetics should be distributed as cosmetics products

By Katie Bird

In the first part of this nutricosmetics series, we explore why edible beauty is tipped for significant growth. But success will only be found if the products are associated with cosmetics brands and sold in selective distribution channels, according...

EFSA health claims chief offers rejected dossier hope

EFSA health claims chief offers rejected dossier hope

By Shane Starling

In this third and final part of this exclusive NutraIngredients podcast with Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), explains how rejected article 13.1 can...

EFSA health claims chief: Our methods are misunderstood

EFSA health claims chief: Our methods are misunderstood

By Shane Starling

In part two of this exclusive NutraIngredients podcast, Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) refutes criticism the agency is biased toward certain nutrients.

Health claims chief highlights EFSA’s compromised comms policy

Health claims chief highlights EFSA’s compromised comms policy

By Shane Starling

Professor Albert Flynn, chair of European Food Safety Authority’s Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) tells Shane Starling how its communication ambitions are being thwarted by a lack of funding.

Neotame proposed as 'bitter blocker' for functional foods

Neotame proposed as 'bitter blocker' for functional foods

Recently approved under the EU sweeteners directive, neotame could be used to mask the strong taste of vitamins and minerals in functional foods - as well as more traditional uses in sweet foods, according to its European distributor.

One day to Vitafoods - a word from the organisers

One day to Vitafoods - a word from the organisers

One day to go until Vitafoods opens it's doors in Geneva. Event director Chris Lee gives a glimpse at last minute preparations, and what will be hot at this year's show. Snail syrup... you heard it hear first.

Vitafoods talks up mental performance

Vitafoods talks up mental performance

By Stephen Daniells

Analysts predict that cognitive health is set to become one of the hottest areas of the functional food, beverage and supplement industries. Experts from across Europe are taking the stage at Vitafoods to present where we stand on mental health.

Vitafoods investigates health claims

Vitafoods 2010

Vitafoods investigates health claims

As the drama surrounding the European Union health claims system thickens, Vitafoods hosts a day-long seminar that will unpick key issues from marketing practices to the drug/food borderline to legal and consumer perspectives of healthy food and supplement...

Market still buoyant for energy and sport drinks, says analyst

Market still buoyant for energy and sport drinks, says analyst

By Guy Montague-Jones

Energy and sports drinks are the still the market leaders but there has been a growth in the nostaliga and retro drink segment due to consumers hankering after comfort in the credit crisis, claims a Leatherhead market analyst ahead of BeverageDaily.com's...

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

Nutrient science is not black and white, says CRN

By Shane Starling

The Food and Drug Administration and the European Food Safety Authority have similar criteria in place when it comes to evaluating health claim-backing evidence – both prefer human intervention trials.

Martek reaps regulatory omega-3 benefits

Martek reaps regulatory omega-3 benefits

By Shane Starling in Brussels

DHA omega-3 is one of the few ingredients to benefit from the European Union nutrition and health claims process so far, and Martek's VP of regulatory affairs, Rodney Gray, looks at developments in other regulatory changes that have affected the...

Lack of established risk factors hampers research: Cantox

Lack of established risk factors hampers research: Cantox

By Shane Starling in Brussels

Cantox Health Science International’s Canadian-based, Food and Nutrition associate director, Kathy Musa-Velosa PhD, tells Shane Starling about how risk factors and biomarkers are being used as measures for disease reduction health claims.

Will nutrient profiles ever be confirmed?

Will nutrient profiles ever be confirmed?

By Jess Halliday

How usable are the health claims that have already been approved? First, companies need to see if there is any wiggle room around EFSA’s scientific language. Then, the thorny nutrient profiling is unclear. According to a food lawyer, if agreement can’t...

Slow progress on food labelling regulation

Slow progress on food labelling regulation

By Jess Halliday

Progress has been painfully slow in the discussions over the new food information regulation, says food lawyer Owen Warnock of Eversheds, and many of the same big issues are unsolved after two years of debate.

Krill oil – hope or hype for the omega-3 market?

Krill oil – hope or hype for the omega-3 market?

By Stephen Daniells

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the nutrition industry’s big fish, and an emerging presence in the market is omega-3 sourced from krill oil. Stephen Daniells casts his net for opinions on the rise of krill oil.

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Business opportunities in sustainable ingredients

Developing a sustainability strategy makes sense for food ingredients companies to ensure security of supply, to leverage brand opportunity in innovations, and to realise returns on investment in agriculture, says an Oxfam expert.

Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

Exclusive interview

Naturex president: acquisition policy remains unchanged

By Shane Starling

Naturex president and chief executive officer, Jacques Dikansky, tells Shane Starling why in August the French botanicals giant bought Spanish supplier, Natraceutical Group, to double its size for the third time since 2002.

Provexis enjoys fruits of health claims victory

Dispatches from FIE

Provexis enjoys fruits of health claims victory

Provexis chief executive officer, Stephen Moon tells Shane Starling why becoming the first company to achieve an article 13.5 proprietary health claim has been such a boon to his company.

The changing face of omega-3 supply

The changing face of omega-3 supply

By Shane Starling

The omega-3 marine-sourced supply chain is changing as the success of the ingredient attracts new players. Bjorn Refsum, managing director of leading supplier, EPAX and sales manager, Baldur Hjaltson, discuss how these changes are affecting the market...

The healthy immune health market

The healthy immune health market

As swine flu continues to grab headlines around the world, interest in immune health has never been healthier. Stephen Daniells talks to Jay Udani from UCLA and CEO of Medicus Research about the science behind the growing immune health market.

No culture shock in DSM 'behavioural change'

No culture shock in DSM 'behavioural change'

By Shane Starling

DSM Nutritional Products’ Quality for Life program turned one recently. Shane Starling joined the company at its headquarters near Basel in Switzerland and spoke with its director of quality management, Dr Stephan Heck, who held a candle to a business...

Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits

Snack Size Science: Hearing about folate’s benefits

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at how folate in green leafy vegetables and fortified flours may protect against hearing loss.

EFSA says yes to third of first Article 13.1 claims

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA says yes to third of first Article 13.1 claims

By Lorraine Heller

Around one third of the first batch of article 13.1 health claim applications have drawn positive opinions from EFSA. Professor Albert Flynn, the head of EFSA’s health claims assessment panel, tells NutraIngredients.com why some claims were favoured over...

Nestle’s thinking on brain health

Nestle’s thinking on brain health

By Stephen Daniells

Nestle is investing tens of millions of Euros in brain health. Dr Jeroen Schmitt, head of cognitive sciences at the Nestle Research Center in Switzerland explains why it's not naive to think that diet can boost mental development in our children,...

Snack Size Science: Soy’s promise for long-life

Snack Size Science: Soy’s promise for long-life

By Stephen Daniells

NutraIngredient’s Snack Size Science brings you the week's top science every two weeks. This week we look at the potential of soy to slow the ageing process and extend lifespan.

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