UK broadsheet questions probiotic efficacy
Industry has hit back at an article that appeared in the UK Guardian newspaper at the weekend which questioned the role of probiotics in nutrition.
Probiotic supplement not authorised to use EFSA logo
The Italian arm of Wyeth Consumer Healthcare is employing the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) logo on newly-launched probiotic products without authorisation of the Parma-based body.
Herbal Viagra recalled in Singapore
Tadalafil, a pharma ingredient commonly used in Viagra-like drugs by men with erection problems, has been detected in a herbal supplement by Singapore health officials.
The 2006 EU nutrition and health claims regulation is putting the brakes on the commissioning of trials to back claims, according to Cédric Bourges-Sevenier, PhD, general manager at French science and regulatory consultancy, Nutraveris.
Prebiotic follow-on formula ads censored in UK
The UK Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled against Nutricia-owned Milupa over adverts promoting its prebiotic-fortified, follow-on formula, Aptamil.
Olive extract may have obesity, diabetes benefits
An extract from extra-virgin olive oil may stimulate the function of mitochondria in cells, and prevent diseases associated with dysfunction like diabetes and obesity, says a new study.
Omega-3 may prevent blindness in the elderly: Study
A diet high in omega-3 fatty acids may prevent the development of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), the leading cause of blindness in the over-50s, suggests a new study.
Making the most of isoflavone marketing
The manner in which pre-menstrual and menopausal indications for soy and red clover isoflavones that recently won approval from the European Patent Office can be translated into marketing messages, is being debated among soy players.
EFSA rejects probiotic immunity health claim
EFSA health claim opinion
The string of probiotic health claim rejections has continued with the European Food Safety Authority rejecting another emerging science dossier for failing to demonstrate its proposed health benefit.
Omega-3 linked to lower body weight: Study
Increased blood levels of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA is linked to lower incidence of obesity, suggesting a role for fish oils in weight management.
Study pinpoints Pycnogenol’s pain-relieving potential
The anti-inflammatory and pain reducing effects of an extract from French maritime pine bark may work by stopping two enzymes linked to inflammation, says a new study.
Sweetened dried cranberries with a reduced sugar and increased fibre content may benefit type-2 diabetics by delivering healthier glycemic and insulin responses, suggests a small study.
Martek wins omega-3 EU Novel Foods approval
Global DHA leader, Martek Biosciences, has gained a draft European Union Novel Foods approval for its proprietary omega-3 ingredient, life'sDHA, to be used in a host of food and beverage applications.
EFSA health claim opinion
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected three article 13.5 probiotic and prebiotic health claims and one article 14 claim linking prebiotics with a range of benefits from immunity to diarrhoea for failing to demonstrate causality.
Pre-, probiotics combo may reduce food allergy: Danone study
A supplement combining a prebiotic fibre and a probiotic strain may reduce allergic responses to cow’s milk, when used in conjunction with small amounts of whey, says a new study.