Dietary supplements win Olympic gold
To coin a phrase oft-used by winning athletes, Beijing was 'a good games’ for an increasingly mature dietary supplements industry.
Prisoners given supplements in new trial
An Oxford University study being conducted in three UK prisons is investigating the link between nutrition and behaviour.
EFSA to judge almost 3000 health claims by 2010
Pan-European health and nutrition claims moved a step closer to reality after 2870 claims were delivered to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) for assessment by January, 2010.
Evgen invests in functional food fast-track
A UK start-up has launched with the aim of fast-tracking the process by which novel ingredients and technologies migrate from the academic arena to fully-branded, on-market, functional food status.
UK Sport eases position on food supplements
UK Sport has altered its position in regard to the use of food supplements and now says supplements such as whey, isotonic drinks, creatine and multivitamin and mineral complexes should be safe in most cases.
Supplements maker rapped for false advertising
A Jersey-based supplements company has been pulled up by the UK
advertising regulator for making health claims it could not
Red rice yeast supplements raise contamination issues
A US product survey has found that four out of ten red yeast rice
supplements were contaminated with a fungal substance called
citrinin that has been linked with kidney problems in animal and
Zeaxanthin science falls short for safe supplements use
The use of rising eye health phytonutrient, zeaxanthin, in food
supplements in doses of up to 20mg has been rejected by the
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Fortified cheese as good as supplements for vitamin D: study
Eating cheese fortified with vitamin D results in the same blood
rises in the vitamin as from supplements, reports new research from
Mangosteen pioneer debuts 'his' and 'hers' supplements range
Mangosteen pioneer Xango has taken a major category leap by
launching a range of dietary supplements in the US with Canada and
Mexico to follow later in the year.
FDA must clarify drug-supplement borderline, says AHPA
The launch of a plant sterol-aspirin combination product being
marketed as both a dietary supplement and a drug, highlights a
legal grey area that requires refinement, according to the American
Herbal Products Association (AHPA).
Ephedra supplements cause death in Denmark
The Danish Medicines Agency has issued a public warning against an
illegal ephedrine-containing supplement that has been linked with
several adverse event reports and one death.
Walmark to distribute Bristol supplements in eastern Europe
Rising Czech nutraceutical and pharmaceutical manufacturer,
Walmark, has gained the right to produce and distribute several
brands from American pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squib (BMS)
including supplement products, as its eastern...
Pomegranate blend targets anti-inflammatory supplements
A new dietary supplement ingredient combines different extracts
from the pomegranate fruit, which is said to provide a tailor-made
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory blend for supplement makers.
UK herbal product told to withdraw advert
A Guernsey-based company has been told by the voluntary watchdog,
the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA), to withdraw an advert
for a prostate supplement because it failed to provide supporting
evidence for its claims.
NZTE is a government-backed scheme that has helped Kiwi ingredients start-ups compete with companies with much deeper pockets around the globe. Andrew Easdale, business development manager at NZTE's UK office, explains the benefits.
The soy ingredients market has grown up a lot in 20 years. Solbar vice president of marketing and development Gary Brenner casts an eye over a mature ingredients sector.
Robinson Pharma marketing vice president, Kenn Israel, discusses the recent GlaxoSmithKline petition for weight loss claims be treated as disease claims, and the potential impact of this on the dietary supplement market.
GSK petition claims weight loss supplements have no science
News focus: Weight loss claims
A petition by drug firm GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) requesting that
weight loss claims be treated as disease claims maintains that
there is no credible science to back up weight loss ingredients
used in dietary supplements.
Drug petition could strip supplements of weight loss claims
News focus: Weight loss claims
A petition filed with the US FDA calling for the agency to treat weight loss claims as disease claims could wipe the weight loss category from the dietary supplement map.
Kaneka targets CoQ10 at European supplements market
Japanese Co-enzyme Q10 leader Kaneka is targeting European
supplements manufacturers with the launch of a high-potency form of
CAM criticism not justified, says ANH
A pan-European healthy food and supplements trade group has
criticised the UK's "first professor of complementary
medicine", Edzard Ernst, for taking an "unscientific"
approach in a new book.
Lifelong prebiotic supplements may enhance survival: rat study
Lifelong supplementation with the prebiotics inulin and
oligofructose may extend lifespan by over 30 per cent, according to
a new animal study from France.
Dutch programme ensures sports supplements safety
The recent food supplements contamination case that led to banning
from competition of a number of Greek weightlifters, would never
have happened in the Netherlands, according to the trade
Southampton study causing supplements rethink
Food supplements manufacturers may have to reformulate thousands of
products aimed at both children and adults if calls for bans on the
use of certain artificial colours become reality.
UK supplements maker rapped for misleading adverts
A UK company has been told to remove UK press adverts that implied
it was a medical institution when it is merely a supplements
Olympic ideals raise bar on supplements contamination
Greece's Olympic weightlifting team is blaming contaminated
Chinese-made food supplements for some of its members being charged
with doping violations.
EFSA adapting to increasing workload, says executive director
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) expects to process
applications for 1000-2000 health claims, 900 food additives and
2800 flavours in the next 12 months, according to EFSA executive
director, Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle.
UK supplements comparison website established
A UK-based food supplements comparison website has launched today
that rates the 20,000+ products on-market there in a bid to provide
consumers with unbiased purchasing advice.
Global pharma group launches Bulgarian supplements range
Finnish pharma player Actavis has launched three ranges of VMS and
herbal products in Bulgaria with more planned as the company
attempts to meet revenue growth targets of 20 per cent by 2010.
Beeb cans CAM from online service
The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has removed a section
devoted to Complementary and Alternative Medicine (CAM) from its
website in a move that has caused consternation throughout the
British CAM community.
Poland panel considers borderline supplements
Poland has established a government-backed group briefed with
developing criteria relating to the classification of a range of
nutrients under either food or medicine law.
Nutrient profiling irrelevant for supplements, says EHPM
Food supplements should be exempt from European nutrient profiling
regulations because their fat, salt and sugar levels are scant
enough not to warrant concern, according to an industry group.
Elderly muscles benefit from amino acid supplements
Supplementing the diet of elderly people with the full set of
essential amino acids can boost their lean body mass, strength and
physical function, according to a new study.
Royal decree threatens Belgian botanicals
The Belgian government has drafted a law that threatens to
reclassify as medicines up to 150 botanicals commonly used as food
CRN denounces FDA supplement labeling guidance
The Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN) has requested that the
FDA withdraw its guidance on the labeling of dietary supplements,
suggesting it is unnecessary and potentially misleading for
Danisco probiotics to be launched in supplements
Danisco has today said it has entered into a new licence agreement
with Fonterra for the "long term use" of two probiotic strains,
which will see them added in supplements.
Probiotics, friend or foe?
The headlines are sensationalist: twenty-four people have died in a
probiotic trial. Therefore, probiotics may be fatal. Throw those
yoghurt shots away!
EFSA names botanicals to be assessed
A draft document on how to assess the safety of botanicals for use
in food and food supplements has been released by the European Food
Safety Authority (EFSA).
Turkey is ripe for supplements, BI Nutraceuticals says
BI Nutraceuticals is seeking to tap potential for its ingredients
for supplements in a high-potential emerging market by signing a
deal which will see its ingredients available in Turkey.
Rulebook to help produce high quality supplements
A European wide set of guidelines has been developed by a team of
technical experts to help companies comply with EU laws on
producing and selling supplements.
EHPM pleads to stop nutrient profiling of supplements
As the European Food Safety Authority prepares its opinion on the
feasibility of nutrient profiling, the trade organisation EHPM has
asked that food supplements should be exempted from the rule.
Mastertaste makes healthy flavours with Active Botanicals range
Mastertaste is aiming to tap two key trends for food formulation
with it new range of Active Botanicals: natural flavours and
perceived health benefits.
Folic acid supplements may slash arsenic levels
Supplements of folic acid may lower blood levels of arsenic in
individuals exposed to the toxin in contaminated drinking water,
researchers have suggested.
Technicolour liquid supplements from Capsugel
Capsugel has extended its line of supplement capsules by adding a
range of colours to them, which it says will make bland formulas
more appealing to consumers.
Ginseng juice eyed as anti-diabetic dietary supplement
An extract from American ginseng berry may reduce blood sugar
levels by 30 per cent and aid weight loss, reports a new study from
the University of Chicago using obese diabetic mice.
Vitatene says Gday to Aussie supplements market
Vitatene has been granted permission to market two ingredients in
Australia and New Zealand as supplements, a move which will open up
further horizons for the Spanish company.
Commission wins over Germany in garlic supplement ruling
The European Court of Justice's opinion to not allow Germany to
label garlic supplements as a medicine has been seen as a fine
example of the intended use principle winning out.
Vitiva makes lutein ester for smaller supplements
Vitiva is introducing a lutein ester ingredient extracted from
marigold flowers that is being aimed at enabling higher
dosages in dietary supplements in the US and Europe.
Ajinomoto launches capsinoid supplement for weight loss
Ajinomoto has announced it is introducing its capsinoid dietary
supplement into the US market after being given the green light as
a new dietary ingredient.