Nutritional labelling is an emotive subject in Europe, drawing strong responses from all sides of the debate. As the European Commission prepares to release its report on the topic next year, can – and indeed should – consensus be reached for a single...
Dispatches from IPA World Congress + Probiota 2018
Companies keen to do the so-far impossible – gain an EFSA approved health claim – should hold off on applications for now, and ensure new dossiers are kept simple in the future, regulatory experts told delegates at the recent IPA World Congress + Probiota...
The difficulty in getting a probiotic health claim approved and the botanical stand-off may explain why one in three industry professionals find the current EU framework unhelpful and difficult to navigate.
Industry should fight amendments to a Belgian decree setting out minimum and maximum levels for caffeine, lutein, lycopene and red yeast rice, because some proposed levels fall well below established EFSA safety data, an expert claims.
By Bert Schwitters, author of Health Claims Censored
If the European Commission’s regulatory rethink is to provide any meaningful improvement for the botanical industry, it must set a clear legal definition of what botanicals actually are, argues author and commentator Bert Schwitters.
‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the bloc not a firm was stirring, not even the Brussels flock. Nutrition industry stakeholders have hung up their stockings by the chimney with care, in hopes that St. Nicholas soon would be there… but...
Friends of the Earth Germany has said it will step up its fight to protect bees after German chemical giant Bayer CropScience failed to sue it in court for claiming that a pesticide manufactured by the company could harm bees.
Tailored diets, sustainability, integrated policy-making and consumer awareness of the link between food and health are the four research priority ideas identified in the European Commission’s (EC) foresight report.
A Dutch healthy foods and supplements association has proposed a traditional claims regulation or amendment to EU health claim laws it says would ‘elegantly’ solve the ongoing and stalled imbroglio about how traditional food use data can back claims.
The Commission was wrong to separate the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA), nutrient profiles are unconvincing and the threat of botanical court action is unsurprising, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP)...
The new European Commission’s ‘better regulation’ mission must keep consumer welfare in mind and not translate to a “one-sided reduction” for businesses, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) has warned.
The Joint FAO-WHO Expert Committee on Food Additives' (JECFA) backing of the use of red algae ingredient carrageenan in liquid infant formula will carry a "a great deal of weight" in regulatory circles, says seaweed industry representative,...
From the 2014 International PlantLIBRA Conference in Vienna, Austria
As the EU’s ambitious €6m PlantLIBRA project to further botancials science drew to a close this week at a congress in Vienna, we asked the European Commission about the project’s relative merits – and whether a ‘mark 2’ was on the cards.
The divisive and long-unresolved battle over maximum permitted levels (MPL) of vitamins and minerals in foods and food supplements in the EU intensified today with a UK based group leaking documents detailing lobbying intentions of a newly formed pan-European...
After NutraIngredients attended EFSA’s one-day transparency debate recently, we sat down with panel heads, and found an agency content with its transparency progress and its broader role as protector of EU food safety.
The European Commission has passed a law meaning generic descriptors for food and beverage products which could be construed as health claims will only be allowed if they have been in use for more than 20 years.
The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) says there is no need for separate sports products regulation as general food law is sufficient, ahead of a European Commission report on the matter due within two years.
European food industry trade body FoodDrinkEurope has welcomed formal negotiations between the European Union and the United States on a Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP), announced at the G8 Summit in Northern Ireland.
The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has welcomed today’s European Parliament vote that means sports nutrition products will move to general food law as existing special foods regulations are overhauled after years of debate.
The European Food Safety Authority failed to take adequate measures to prevent conflict of interests arising from a major 'revolving doors' case in 2008, according to a final EU Ombudsman ruling on the case.