Herbal medicine on the brink of ban
Germany is considering forbidding the sale of products containing
more than tiny amounts of the herbal medicine kava kava.
Billions of dollars to fight bioterrorism
In the biggest push yet to strengthen US defences against
bioterrorism, key senators yesterday introduced legislation aimed
at providing $3.2 billion.
Patents threaten global food security
Anti-poverty groups and activists are cited as saying in a recent
report that global food security is under threat from bio-pirates.
Watchdog warning over herbal dietary products
A Hong Kong watchdog has warned consumers that prolonged or
excessive use of certain herbal dietary products can be dangerous
to their health.
Labelling a key concern for Canadians
Canadians have made labelling the number one issue related to food
biotechnology in 2001, according to the FoodBiotechnology
Funding to ensure correct supplement labelling
As part of a new bill that passed on October 26 in the US, $1
million (1.15 million euros) was appropriated to ensure that proper
labelling and substantiated claims appear on dietary supplements.
Glyconutrient receives Australian patent
The Australian Patent Office issued patent #734,183 to Mannatech
Inc. for a glyconutrient blend for use as a nutritional supplement,
the company reports this week.
Dietary supplements covered by health insurance, new moves
The U.S. Senate is taking new steps to ensure that vitamins,
minerals, herbs, and specialty supplements, like prescription
drugs, will be covered by health insurance plans.
US nutrition bars fail label claims
More than 60 per cent of nutrition bars tested in a recent survey
failed to live up to their label claims, independent researcher
ConsumerLab.com reports this week
NZ gov to end GMO trial ban
The New Zealand government will next week end a 16-month ban on new
"field" trials of genetically-modified organisms (GMO)
Biotechnology - is overregulation its own enemy?
The last two decades have been the best of times and the worst of
times for biotechnology applied to agriculture and food, writes
GM labelling laws tighten up in Australia
Australian and New Zealand Food Standards Ministers meeting on
Wednesday approved stricter labelling for genetically modified
foods and a new food standard setting safe levels of
chloropropanols in soy and oyster sauces.
Herbal tinctures and extracts rejected as alcoholic beverages
On October 15, the Superior Court of California threw out lawsuits
brought against the American Herbal Products Association (AHPA)
citing that herbal tinctures and extracts sold by its member
companies are "alcoholic beverages".
US optimistic over China soybean trade dispute
The Bush administration is "hopeful" that a trade dispute with
China that has disrupted exports of U.S. soybeans will be resolved
soon, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman said Tuesday.
Warning over irradiated food supplements
The UK Food Commission on Tuesday issued a warning that two leading
UK health food companies are continuing to sell irradiated food