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The Commission's roadmap evaluation of botanicals and health claims could be rendered useless unless it is clear in what is meant by the term 'botanical', says Bert Schwitters. Photo credit:

The botanical roadmap to nowhere: Legal definition needed for real clarity

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. 

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Dear Santa…Nutrition industry writes its wish list for 2016

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

‘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...

'Policy makers need wholly new approach to the management of EU spending and investm​​ent,' says European Court of Auditors report

EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The EU misspent €6.3bn in 2014 overall, according to a report from the European Court of Auditors that called for change. 

BASF-Stepan: “We hope, also for future applicants, that EFSA will focus more on their concrete mandate in answering a scientific question instead of taking over the role of risk management.”

‘EFSA failed in their evaluation…’

BASF launches stinging attack on EFSA


BASF says the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) failed to fulfil its health claim assessment remit after the Parma-based agency last month rejected its CLA-weight management appeal.


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