European Food Safety Authority

EFSA rebuffs Heinz health claim complaint

EFSA rebuffs Heinz health claim complaint

By Nathan Gray

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said comments from Heinz questioning its refusal of an Article 14 health claim relating to Nutrimune late last year does not change its opinion.

MEPs last week said they were “convinced the authority should be endowed with a sufficient budget to hire independent in-house experts with no conflicts of interest”. ©iStock

Analysis: Can EFSA ever cut ties with industry?

By David Burrows

The consultation for a new policy on independence at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) draws to a close this week and campaigners have told FoodNavigator that the final document won’t be worth the paper it’s written on

The EU and US could be seeing more launches of products containing a synthetic antioxidant found naturally in mushrooms. ©iStock/Olha_Afanasieva

Novel fungi antioxidant l-ergothioneine is safe: EFSA

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has said l-ergothioneine is safe for use in food and supplements in a novel food evaluation that settles EU member state fears it may increase the risk of diabetes mellitus and inflammatory diseases like Crohn's...

Getting a probiotic health claim approved has been 'rendered impossible', says IPA Europe. ©iStock/goolyash

Is it time to admit it's impossible to get a probiotic health claim?

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

If the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) continues to treat probiotics like pharmaceuticals, it will never be possible to win a health claim, says the European arm of the International Probiotics Association (IPA). But not everyone agrees.

'We strongly question the way this opinion has been treated by the panel,' Probi writes to the European Commission. ©iStock/roibu

'We find it strange ‘methodological limitations’ claimed by the panel were not specified'

‘Highly unsatisfactory’: Probi takes claim complaints to EC

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Commission has asked the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to consider concerns raised by Swedish supplier Probi about the treatment of its rejected probiotic health claim.

EFSA has one year to investigate the safety concerns raised by the Norwegian, Swedish and Danish food safety authorities. ©iStock/Chiociolla

EFSA to consider green tea catechins safety

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) will look at the safety of green tea catechins in a report that could confirm or clear up long-standing concerns over liver damage. 

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