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'Slower revenue growth, coupled with prolonged business uncertainty, is affecting the industry’s ability to invest' ©iStock/FutroZen

Prices rising, margins falling

Brexit blasts British food industry boldness

By David Burrows

Rising ingredient prices and a fall in product margins since the UK’s Brexit vote have seen confidence levels plummet, according to a new poll of food and drink manufacturers.

ESSNA: 'Consumption patterns in our sector are greatly varied depending on type, frequency and intensity of exercise.' ©iStock

ESSNA: Sports nutrition needs vitamin exemption

By Shane Starling

The European sports nutrition industry wants exemption from vitamin and mineral minimum levels required for some foods to claim healthy status – it says the levels are too high for many sports food consumption occasions.

Since March there have been 16 large-scale cases involving multiple countries blocking supplements containing agmatine sulphate at the borders.

Schwarzenegger supplement latest agmatine sulphate reject

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Malta has warned against using a MusclePharm workout supplement endorsed by Arnold Schwarzenegger following an investigation into its agmatine sulphate content concerning a total of 30 countries. The case is the latest to deal with the novel nitric oxide...

BEUC highlights 'flaws in EU and national legislations'. FSE says category is 'extensively' regulated. ©iStock/PushishDonghongsa

BEUC: ‘EU food supplements market is only partially regulated’

By Shane Starling

Europeans rely ‘more and more’ on food supplements but are being let down by a ‘patchy regulatory network’ governing a market awash with dodgy products and claims, the EU’s premier consumer rights group has found in a sector report.

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EU botanicals mini-Q&A

By Shane Starling

We asked the Alliance for Natural Health-International (ANH-I) founder, executive and scientific director, Dr Robert Verkerk a few questions about the ever-changing EU herbals market.

Application of the THMPD differs among EU member states. ©iStock/amnarj2006

THMPD: Has it delivered?

By Lynda Searby

There is a clear divide in the way the THMPD has been implemented across Europe, with the UK and Germany on one side; Italy, France and Belgium on the other.

Court ruling: 'It is the producer who is responsible for ensuring that its products are safe for the consumer.' ©iStock/eyegelb

‘huge win for the industry’

Swedish court throws out EFSA vitamin upper limits

By Lynda Searby

The Swedish food supplement industry is breathing a sigh of relief that a sales ban imposed on vitamin B6 supplements that exceed “EFSA-recommended upper limits” has been overturned by a Swedish court.

Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) committee chair 'strongly rejects' further cuts to funding for environmental and health agencies. ©iStock.com/Piotr Adamowicz

ENVI chair seeks freeze on EFSA budget squeeze

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Members of European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to fight proposals to cut 2017 budgets for EU agencies including the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

'If [the UK government] cuts funding, you might find smaller areas like nutrition will be squeezed for bigger areas of science,' says senior nutrition researcher. ©iStock/MarianVejcik

UK criticised over EU research funding shortfall pledge

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The UK government’s promise to underwrite EU research funding post Brexit is welcome, but ultimately too short term, director of Newcastle University’s Human Nutrition Research Centre has said.

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