Food Supplements

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.

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.

'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?

Out of joint: Industry & regulators are highly concerned by latest glucosamine ruling. ©iStock

ANH: UK Court gives MHRA 'firm rap across the knuckles'

UK court ruling spells trouble for glucosamine

By Shane STARLING

The UK Court of Appeal has ruled that glucosamine products above 1500 mg can be sold as food supplements, but has urged the UK medicines agency to look at the matter.

'Sources of contamination should be identified for highly contaminated products and remediating measures taken,' say EU researchers. Photo credit: iStock.com / Elenathewise

EC study reveals carcinogenic PAHs in supplements

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Levels of carcinogenic PAHs (polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons) in EU supplements vary widely from under safe limits to way over, according to a European Commission study ahead of new regulation on the issue.

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

The decline of sports supplement contamination

By Dr Mark Tallon

Doped athletes continue blaming contaminated food supplements as a convenient alibi, but it’s a thin excuse getting thinner as the mainstream supplements industry moves even higher up the quality chain, says UK-based food law expert Dr Mark Tallon. 

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

Special edition: Inside Europe’s food supplement markets

Q&A: Industry bodies lay down the law on key European issues

By Shane STARLING

European food supplement groups share insights from the law to distribution to marketing and science in this Q&A on the €7bn European supplements sector, according to Euromonitor International.

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