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How to make a novel foods application

By Nikki Hancocks

With novel food applications on the rise, a regulatory expert has provided a breakdown of what this authorisation process is all about.

Nutrient profiles would send a clear message to the industry: If you plan on using this health claim on X, Y or Z product, don’t bother filing it. © iStock.com / pixinoo

Caffeine claim calamity should give nutrient profiles wings

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Commission has started the first phase of its investigation into the need for nutrient profiles, with a report expected in spring 2017. Yet with the caffeine claim fiasco ongoing, it’s never been clearer how necessary the profiles are.

Monsanto hits back at MEP vote: 'We believe that African nations are beginning to ignore this European NGO noise and neocolonialism and decide for themselves whether GM technology offers them any benefits.' © iStock.com / Polhansen

Monsanto slams EU attempt to block GM crops in Africa as 'neo-colonialism'

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Parliament’s Committee on Development has urged G8 member states “not to support GMO [genetically modified] crops in Africa” as part of its critical resolution on the New Alliance for Food Security and Nutrition - a decision agri giant Monsanto...

Commission was wrong to separate med agency and EFSA: MEP

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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)...

CHC: “Time is of the essence here – politics resumes in Brussels in earnest in September..

UK group warns of supplement lobbying toward new MEPs

By Shane STARLING

UK supplements group, Consumers for Health Choice (CHC), is targeting newly elected Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a campaign to raise awareness around still-up-for-grabs maximum permitted limits (MPLs) for vitamins and minerals in food...

Dr Url: “I commit myself to working with staff, scientific experts, European institutions, member states and stakeholders to uphold EFSA’s core values and to work towards more open risk assessment and further building trust.”

EFSA MGMT BOARD: "Bernhard will ...provide Europe with the best scientific advice to protect consumers from food-related risks..."

EFSA confirms Bernard Url as new chief

By Shane STARLING

Doctor Bernhard Url is the new chief of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) after its management board confirmed the acting-chief as its next executive director this week.

The Commission will have to think again and come up with another proposal on how to define and label nanomaterials

Rejected nano labelling law goes back to square one

By Caroline SCOTT-THOMAS

The question of how to define and label nano-scale ingredients will return to the drawing board, after the European Parliament rejected the Commission’s proposed regulation on Wednesday.

PARNUTS changes backed in European Parliament

PARNUTS changes backed in European Parliament

 Changes to European Union laws that govern specialised foods like sports, infant and gluten-free foods have been backed – as expected – by a European Parliament committee.

Long-awaited specialist foods provisions set for EU lawbooks

PARNUTS update: Specialist foods reforms due for EU lawbooks

By Shane Starling

Revision of the laws governing specialist food products like sports foods, infant foods and gluten-free foods is set for a final vote in the European Parliament in December or January, 2013, with the leading industry group broadly welcoming the passage.

Dutch group wins 25,000+ anti-EU health claims signatures

Dutch group wins 25,000+ anti-EU health claims signatures

By Shane Starling

A petition against the EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) has won the signatures of more than 25,000 irate, mostly Dutch and British consumers, and will be presented to the European Parliament this month.

Creatine health claim should be removed from positive list

Creatine health claim should be removed from positive list

The positive health claim for creatine and sports performance that was one of 222 that passed to the European parliament for writing into European law, should be put on ice, because it is confounded by conditions of use (CoU), a UK consultant has said.

Beneo: “We need to have a new future now”

Dispatches from FIE 2011

Beneo: “We need to have a new future now”

By Shane Starling from Paris

Today the European Commission meets to decide whether or not to send the controversial European Union health claims register to the European Parliament – now is no time to abort the process says European ingredients giant, Beneo.

British MEP Glenis Willmott has not given up on blocking claims such as this one on infant foods despite EFSA, the EC and the EP approving them

MEP takes DHA omega-3 claim complaint back to the Commission

By Shane Starling

British Labour Member of the European Parliament (MEP), Glenis Willmott, is writing to the European Commission to block a DHA eye development claim being used on infant follow-on formula products, after the EP last week failed to veto the claim.

The European Parliament in Strasbourg, France

'Eye' or 'nay': For or against the DHA infant eye claim?

By Shane Starling

Just as with the 2006 nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) itself, next week's European Parliament (EP) vote on whether to allow products aimed at 6-12 month old infants to bear omega-3 DHA-related eye development claims promises to be highly...

Some MEPs are calling for a revision of DHA-infant ye development claims

MEPs question omega-3 baby milk benefits

By Shane Starling

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) are questioning whether omega-3 form DHA can benefit infant eye sight, despite the nutrient winning endorsement from one of the world’s toughest claims assessment agencies – the European Food Safety Authority...

Vitamin D: Many questions

Vitamin D questions tabled in European Parliament

By Shane Starling

Irish Member of the European Parliament Jim Higgins has tabled questions about the European Commission’s activities regarding vitamin D consumption and deficiency across the bloc, according to PA International.

Are health claims suppressing free speech?

Dispatches from the NI Health Claims 2010 conference

Are health claims suppressing free speech?

By Stephen Daniells

US attorney Jonathan Emord draws parallels between his experiences in the US challenging the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the current health claims situation in Europe on the basis of free speech.

Scientists protest as EC validates omega-3 labelling rule

Scientists protest as EC validates omega-3 labelling rule

By Shane Starling

The group of international scientists that last week petitioned the European Commission to amend a mooted omega-3 labelling regulation they believe would confuse consumers, have vowed to continue their fight in the European Parliament, after the EC backed...

EU VMS maximum levels draw closer

EU VMS maximum levels draw closer

By Shane Starling

A meeting held yesterday in Dublin has confirmed European Commission/European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) scientific safety substantiation principles in the setting of maximum permitted levels (MPLs) for vitamins and minerals in food supplements.

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