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Herbal Viagra seized in UK

Herbal Viagra seized in UK

By Shane Starling

A Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) marketing itself as a botanical form of the male erectile dysfunction drug, Viagra, has been seized by UK authorities after it was found to contain pharmaceuticals at banned doses.

ECJ red rice verdict relaxes EU food supplements law

ECJ red rice verdict relaxes EU food supplements law

By Dr Gareth Morgan

Dr Gareth Morgan, a partner in the London office of European law firm Taylor Wessing, says a recent European Court of Justice verdict may have a liberating effect on the European food supplements market.

The promise of Afghan pomegranates

The promise of Afghan pomegranates

By Shane Starling

A scheme that aims to replace poppy plantations with pomegranate orchards in war-ravaged Afghanistan is winning support with up-market UK retailer Waitrose throwing its weight behind the project.

Study identifies new class of functional foods

Study identifies new class of functional foods

By Stephen Daniells

Stressing plants to induce their natural defences could lead to a new range of functional foods enriched with a plant's natural defensive compounds, phytoalexins.

Cancer fighting broccoli extract deal signed

Cancer fighting broccoli extract deal signed

By Shane Starling

UK start-up Evgen Limited has joined with a noted Danish vegetable researcher to bring broccoli extracts to market that have demonstrated anti-cancer potential.

EFSA cans cranberry health claim

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA cans cranberry health claim

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a negative opinion to global cranberry leader Ocean Spray for an article 14 health claim relating consumption of cranberry and urinary tract infection (UTI) in women.

Hoodia finds life after Unilever

Hoodia finds life after Unilever

By Shane Starling

Phytopharm, the UK start-up Unilever dumped in November after spending more than €20m euros in a failed attempt to develop a hoodia-based weight management product, says it is in discussions with major food and food supplements players about the South...

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