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.
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 Food Standards Agency (FSA) has warned the UK public to avoid a brand of turmeric food supplements containing a drug called nimesulide after it was linked to two deaths and several liver damage cases in Scandinavia.
The European Botanical Forum (EBF) has welcomed the European Court of Justice’s (ECJ) judgement against Spain for not applying the principle of mutual recognition in its policy on botanical food supplements.
Stakeholders in the botanicals industry have again highlighted their concerns regarding the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) approach to health claims regulation in a meeting with the authority last week.
The influential UK-based consumer welfare advocate, Which?, has poured scorn on some functional foods, despite the fact 59 per cent of its highly sceptical members buy omega-3, probiotic and other functional foods.