La Leva di Archimede, a consumer association which fights to
protect freedom of choice with particular emphasis on health
matters and nutrition, is protesting to MEPs about proposed changes
to the rules governing food supplement sales...
The US Federal Trade Commission has begun legal proceedings against
Enforma Natural Products after the company failed to comply with
its May 2000 ruling that it substantiate claims made in relation to
weight loss products.
A group of Canadian organic farmers launched a lawsuit against
biotech giants Monsanto Co. and Aventis SA on Thursday seeking
compensation for damages caused by genetically modified canola they
say is blowing into their fields.
France's Agency for the Safety of Health Products (AFSSAPS) has
suspended the sale of products and preparations containing kava, a
medicinal plant from the islands in the Southern Pacific known for
its sedative and hypnotic properties.
Nutrition 21, a leading developer and marketer of clinically proven
nutritional products, has been granted a patent by the United
States Patent and Trademark Office for the use of chromium
picolinate in high doses to stabilise blood...
Following recent controversy surrounding the popular herb kava the
American Botanical Council (ABC) is suggesting that consumers
follow additional precautions when using the herb, used for
reducing symptoms of anxiety and stress.
The controversy surrounding food irradiation continues this week in
the US with a declaration from the Centre for Food Safety that the
U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ignored growing
The Thai government has hired two US lawyers to represent the
country in a lawsuit aimed at preventing American rice breeder
Chris Deren from patenting a new rice variety developed using
genetic material from Thai jasmine rice.
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.
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".
Fears over genetically modified foods may prevail in the minds of
the European consumer but recent research from the European
Commission suggests that they are as safe as their non-gmo
neighbours, and even safer.
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to reopen for 45 days
the comment period for the interim final rule authorising a health
claim on the association between plant sterol/stanol esters and
reduced risk of coronary heart disease...
According to Victor Manuel Villalobos Arambula, Under Secretary for
Agriculture at the Mexican Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and
Food, Mexico's government will promote the production of GM
Marine-based nutraceuticals company Ocean Nutrition Canada Ltd.
(ONC) announced this week that it had achieved GRAS (generally
recognised as safe) status for its omega-3 concentrated 30:20 EE
complex derived from fish oil.
Consumer and interest groups criticised the Thai Food and Drug
Administration's draft regulations on the labelling of food
products containing genetically modified organisms for benefiting
manufacturers over consumers.