Probiotics

Bischoff: Who will answer the

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Health claims: Is the idea of disease risk factors, itself diseased?

By Shane Starling

Differentiating between disease risk factors and disease reduction in the way that the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation does is too arbitrary and needs revision, according to a German nutrition professor. But if such a change is needed, who...

Yakult wants a word with the NDA about its rejected probiotic immunity claim

Yakult: EFSA must recognise cold symptoms

By Shane Starling

Japanese probiotics giant Yakult says its recent EFSA probiotic health claim rejection discounted peer-review validated respiratory tract health measures, and called on the European Commission to facilitate a discussion on the matter.

NDA panelist: Restoring the immune sytem could yield claims

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA panelist offers restored immune system claims hope

By Shane Starling

Restoring a suppressed immune system to full-function could win a health claim, EFSA health claim panelist, Henk van Loveren said at last week’s gut/immune health meeting in Amsterdam.

Danone says there is not enough claims clarity to make a submission for Actimel and other products

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

Danone tells EFSA: Health claims “learning experience” is too costly

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has repeatedly emphasised that the 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is a learning experience for everyone involved – from its health claims assessment panel to industry stakeholders, to the member...

EFSA is communicating more but industry may not like what it is hearing

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

EFSA gut/immune function meeting leaves industry wanting more

By Shane Starling

Key members of the European pre- and probiotic industries left Amsterdam frustrated that the majority of their questions about immune and gut health claims remained unanswered after a meeting with the European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel...

Defining the drug/food borderline is an

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

NDA details the food-drug divide and its “impossible task”

By Shane Starling in Amsterdam

“It’s a critical issue to figure out how to show the health benefits with foods without crossing the borderline into medicines,” European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) NDA health claims panel working group member, Maria Saarela, told NutraIngredients at...

Prebiotic or not prebiotic? That is the question

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA issues first positive prebiotic opinion – or does it?

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued its first positive health claim opinion for a prebiotic with a laxative effect – but it was not achieved via a typical prebiotic effect, according to a leading academic in the area.

Gefilus going global?

Valio set to take probiotic juice global

By Shane Starling

Finnish dairy and ingredients supplier Valio is planning to expand the reach of its probiotic juice Gefilus as interest in the sector intensifies.

Probiotic tea and a muffin anyone?

Probiotic tea and a muffin anyone?

By Elaine Watson

A probiotic strain that can survive being baked, boiled and frozen – opening up a raft of new opportunities in functional foods – is being launched on the UK market.

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