The debate over the safety of the popular herbal supplement kava
kava continued yesterday with the announcement by the US Food &
Drug Adminstration that there was a risk of liver damage associated
with the product.
Canadian agribusiness group Kenex is to meet with federal agencies
in the US next week to discuss the proposed ban on foods made from
hemp. Kenex has been growing and processing hemp oil, seed and
fibre products in Canada for distribution...
Red Bull and vodka is a popular drink in many British and Irish
bars, but its popularity could be dampened by a recent warning that
the energy drink, and others like it, should not be drunk with
Consumer advocacy group Public Citizen on Tuesday asked US
regulators to ban Abbott Laboratories' diet drug Meridia, linking
the anti-obesity medicine to several deaths in the United States
In adopting the new EU Directive on Food Supplements last week the
European Parliament laid the foundations for a period of developing
legislative stability for companies involved in food and health
ingredients. Considered by some...
Safety fears over Chinese herbal medicines increased this week
after potentially toxic substances were found in a slimming remedy
sold in the UK. Two people had to be treated for severe
side-effects after taking a cocktail of remedies.
Despite fierce lobbying which at one stage caused the European
Parliament's email system to crash, MEPs yesterday voted to approve
plans for a tightening of the safety controls for vitamin
The European Commission has issued a strong statement denouncing
claims in many UK newspapers yesterday that the proposed new rules
for vitamin supplements would push thousands of companies out of
Tomorrow will see the second reading of the European Union's draft
proposals for a directive on food supplements, sparking a new round
of condemnation from supplement manufacturers and retailers across