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The novel food application was forwarded onto EFSA after member states expressed concern about the ingredient's long-term impact on blood coagulation. ©iStock/somersault18:24

‘Anti-blood clot’ fermented soybean extract safe, says EFSA

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A fermented soybean extract that claims to help prevent blood clots is safe for use in food supplements, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded following a novel food application from a Japanese company that sparked member state concerns.

The Commission says this is a 'time of transition' when Europe is reducing the use of animal testing thanks to major technological advances. ©iStocktiripero

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From law to labs: EU's tide change for animal experiments

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

With mounting public pressure, the EU has experienced a tide change on the use of animal experiments in recent years. But is this in vitro political will reflected in vivo on lab floors?

EFSA's interactive database on botanicals 'broadens the possibilities', says consultant. © iStock.com / AlexRaths

Comprehensive compendium given new searchable format

EFSA adds botanicals to interactive data warehouse

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) botanical interactive database will be fully up and running by early 2017, something one expert called a “great result”. 

Out of joint: Industry & regulators are highly concerned by latest glucosamine ruling. ©iStock

ANH: UK Court gives MHRA 'firm rap across the knuckles'

UK court ruling spells trouble for glucosamine

By Shane STARLING

The UK Court of Appeal has ruled that glucosamine products above 1500 mg can be sold as food supplements, but has urged the UK medicines agency to look at the matter.

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