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Online event to examine promise, potential pitfalls of botanicals

Online event to examine promise, potential pitfalls of botanicals

By Hank Schultz

The botanicals sector has driven much of the innovation in the dietary supplement industry over the years.  It’s also a point of risk, with regulators, lawmakers and media commentators voicing suspicions about this class of products

ANH: “The problem is that EU medicines law is so powerful it gives the regulator the power to classify almost anything as an unlicensed medicine.

UK diabetes herb bust symptomatic of wider malaise?

By Shane Starling

A herbal product making diabetes claims in the UK has drawn the attention of the medicines regulator there, but the policing of herbal supplement products needs further examination, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH).

Black cohosh. Up to 30% of products labelled as black cohosh may be adulterated

“Cowboy sector” blamed for black cohosh problems

By Shane STARLING

Last week’s warning from the UK medicines regulator that menopausal herb black cohosh must carry warnings about potential liver problems is not a problem of the mainstream food supplements sector, says the Alliance for Natural Health (ANH).

UK kava kava ban upheld

UK kava kava ban upheld

By Jess Halliday

The herb kava kava is to remain banned in both medicinal and food
products in the UK, following a review of the latest scientific
evidence weighing its reputed benefits for alleviating anxiety and
inducing sleep against the risk of...

FSA debates kava

FSA debates kava

The UK Food Standards Agency is to conduct a consultation on
amendments to the current rules on the herbal kava kava in England.

FSANZ sticks to guns on kava

FSANZ sticks to guns on kava

Food Standards Australia and New Zealand is proposing to retain the
ban on adding kava to foods, but not dietary supplements regulated
under New Zealand regulations, and to keep the labelling statements
related to public health.

Kava banned in UK

Kava banned in UK

The popular herbal remedy kava, commonly used to treat stress and
anxiety, has been banned in the UK by the Medicines Control Agency
(MCA) following concerns that it can lead to liver poisoning. The
UK previously issued a voluntary...

Health Canada bans kava

Health Canada bans kava

Canada's national health department last week issued a stop-sale
order on all products containing the herb kava after a safety
assessment concluded there is insufficient evidence to support
their safe use.

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