Food And Drug Administration

'The substance is well known, under surveillance and forbidden,' a spokesperson for the Austrian food agency says. ©iStock.com/Pogonici

Summer of DMAA: Spate of imports blocked in EU

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

There have been several cases of the dangerous stimulant 1,3-dimethylamylamine (DMAA) being blocked at the EU borders over the last few months. But what is being done to stem the flow of the outlawed ingredient?

EFSA's interactive database on botanicals 'broadens the possibilities', says consultant. © iStock.com / AlexRaths

Comprehensive compendium given new searchable format

EFSA adds botanicals to interactive data warehouse

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) botanical interactive database will be fully up and running by early 2017, something one expert called a “great result”. 

DMBA is being used to replace the banned stimulant DMAA, which has been linked to cases of cerebral haemorrhage, stroke and death

The new DMAA: DMBA warnings spread to EU

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

The Swedish Food Safety Authority (NFA) has urged consumers not to buy products containing DMBA – a novel substance used to replace the banned stimulant DMAA.

Medicinal probiotics need their own legal framework

By Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD

Probiotic medical products are proliferating but are regulations keeping up, asks by Dr Magali Cordaillat-Simmons, PhD, executive scientist at Pharmabiotic Research Institute (PRI) in this guest article.

Red yeast rice: Time for EU harmonisation?

Special edition: Botanicals

Red yeast rice: Time for EU harmonisation?

By Niamh Michail

Different maximum limits for red yeast rice mean the natural cholesterol management product is a food supplement in one country but a drug in others. Is it time for EU harmonisation?

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

China

'Health food' too broad for effective supplements regulation

By RJ Whitehead

The US-China Health Products Association has once again urged regulators to replace the term “health food” with “dietary supplement” in a submission to food authorities concerning the recent draft reform of China’s food safety law.

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