Botanicals

Research suggests chocolate can deliver a bigger antioxidant payload than some so-called super fruits

Chocolate is the new super fruit, claim Hershey scientists

By Jane Byrne

Cocoa powder and dark chocolate has equivalent polyphenol content and greater antioxidant and flavanol content than various super fruits, claims a new study by research scientists based at the Hershey Center for Health and Nutrition.

Nestlé is the new owner of Fostrap which is expected to reach health channels in 2012

Nestlé Health Science makes first venture into medical foods

By Shane Starling

Nestlé Health Science, the division the food giant created in September last year to research and develop medical and functional foods, has bought UK medical foods start-up CM&D Pharma Limited, with more acquisitions – both small and large – set to...

Weight loss is never easy especailly when palpitations, gastritis, abdominal pain and insomnia are part of the package

UK warns against herbal weight loss supplement

By Shane Starling

The UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued a warning against a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) after adverse reactions indicated it contained an unauthorised, unspecified pharma ingredient.

Biotivia is hoping its resveratrol supplements will make a splash in the UK, but admits regulatory challenges remain

Biotivia launches first UK resveratrol supplement

By Ben Bouckley

Herbal supplement producer Biotivia has launched a resveratrol supplement onto the UK high street for the first time, but has expressed frustration at the EU regulatory climate.

Brain claims are OK, says ASA

Vitamin-herb brain claims are ok, finds UK authority

By Shane Starling

The UK branch of German pharma player Boehringer Ingelheim has had brain health adverts for a vitamin-based medicine backed by local watchdog, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Ginkgo biloba

UK ASA rules against botanical marketing

By Shane Starling

UK firm Healthspan has been told to amend marketing materials for herbal-based blends after the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found advertorial materials in breach of its fair marketing code for making medicinal and unauthorised claims.

Industry is finding the EU health claims system hard to swallow

Are health claims making your business sick?

By Shane Starling

2010 has been another tough year for the European functional food and supplements industries as health claim rejections have continued to flood in, leaving some in a state of high anxiety, fear and dread. Others are just mildly annoyed at a situation...

How to build an article 13.5 dossier

How to build an article 13.5 dossier

By Shane Starling

The rejection of so many health claim submissions by the European Food Safety Authority is creating a major headache for the EU functional foods and food supplements industries, with many looking at resubmissions under article 13.5 of the regulation.

How significant will the botanicals reprieve turn out to be?

NHCR botanicals removal provides a longevity loophole?

By Shane Starling

The European Commission decision to remove around 2000 submissions for botanical extracts from the 2006 nutrition and health claims process will allow substances to remain on-market, and may provide a loophole to help companies thinking about herbal medicinal...

EFSA has looked favourably on beta-glucan science

EFSA HEALTH CLAIM OPINION

“EFSA was very constructive” says oat beta glucan health claim winner

By Shane Starling

CreaNutrition has praised European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) feedback it received over 2.5 years that helped the Swiss supplier achieve a positive article 14 health claim opinion linking oat beta-glucans and reduced cholesterol levels.

Acerola: Cognis says soft health claims will do for extracts from this evergreen

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Cognis focuses on soft health claims for plant extracts

By Ben Bouckley

Cognis says it is following a “dual pillar” approach to product marketing that involves stressing market awareness of health benefits for some ingredients such as plant extracts, rather than investing in EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) submissions.

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

Dispatches from HIE 2010

Botanical giants debate EU herbal health claims hiatus

By Shane Starling in Madrid

The world’s two biggest herbal extract suppliers respond to the recent European Commission decision to temporarily remove botanicals from the European Union health claims process.

Will you join industry colleagues at the Metropole in Brussels on December 1 for the best health claims information Europe offers?

NI Health Claims 2010

NutraIngredients health claims conference is less than a month away

By Shane Starling

Crucial. Claims. Knowledge. With industry still reeling from the latest batch of article 13.1 opinions, NutraIngredients has been busy putting the final touches on its second health claims conference in Brussels – now less than a month away.

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

EFSA strikes a blow against cocoa health claims

By Jane Joseph

The European Food and Safety Authority (EFSA) has struck a blow to the confectionery industry by saying there is not enough evidence to support a link between cocoa flavanols and some of the often touted health benefits.

Soy protein claims have failed to impress EFSA's health claims panel

EFSA health claim opinion

Soy industry seeks EC dialogue after EFSA rejection

By Shane Starling

Soy industry groups say they are actively lobbying the European Commission for dialogue after the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) last week rejected a raft of soy-related health claims.

Innéov failed but Unilever hopes for skin health claim win

Innéov failed but Unilever hopes for skin health claim win

By Shane Starling

Unilever has submitted a health claim dossier to the European Food Safety Authority for a skin health food supplement composed of a similar formulation to the market leading Innéov product that had its skin health claim rejected in May this year.

ASA backed the energy shot's alertness claims despite 86 complaints

ASA backs Glaxo energy shot TV ad

By Shane Starling

The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has OK’d a television advert for a GlaxoSmithKline energy drink that claimed to boost alertness.

Gencor: EFSA misrepresented science in weight loss opinions

Gencor: EFSA misrepresented science in weight loss opinions

By Shane Starling

Gencor, the Hong Kong based weight loss ingredient supplier, says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has failed to objectively represent the science in rejecting its weight loss claims and subsequent appeal.

Herbs, omega-3s can save millions in healthcare: Report

Herbs, omega-3s can save millions in healthcare: Report

By Shane Starling

An Australian study has found herbal preparations and omega-3s are effective treatments against an array of illnesses including osteoarthritis, heart disease and depression and could save the country more than $220m every year.

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

Soy groups: EFSA soy protein definition “does not exist”

By Shane Starling

The three groups behind the soy protein-cholesterol lowering health claim rejected by the European Food Safety Authority in late July, say EFSA’s tight definition of soy protein denies real world use of the nutrient.

Provexis commits to CV and immunity research

Provexis commits to CV and immunity research

By Shane Starling

Biotech start-up Provexis says it will commence two clinical trials in 2011 – one in the area of cardiovascular inflammation, the other in treatment of “hospital superbug” c.difficile.

UK OK’s valerian sleep aids

UK OK’s valerian sleep aids

By Shane Starling

Relaxation botanical, valerian, has won UK registrations under the European Union 2004 Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD), as the registration window moves closer to slamming shut.

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