The European Commission is preparing guidelines to help national authorities identify and put an end to the "totally unacceptable" and discriminatory practice of dual quality foods, Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday.
EU member states yesterday voted against the introduction and renewal of GM grains in Europe but failed to reach a binding majority, leaving the president of the Commission Jean-Claude Juncker to make the final decision.
France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).
Belgium has notified the European Commission of a draft decree replacing its current lists of botanicals with those approved under BELFRIT – bringing the number of plants from about 645 to 1019 and adding many new maximum levels and mandatory warnings.
Beauty claims are permissible under the EU nutrition and health claim regulation (NHCR) a European Commission committee has said in what an analyst says is a “first blessing” the EC may have taken from Italy’s stance on the matter.
Widely despised and foreseen as an innovation crusher and healthy foods/supplements market wet blanket, we asked how life under the controversial EU nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) is panning out.
December 14 brings the long awaited and widely disputed EU crack down on health claims. That means 222 general function claims are good to go, another 1500 or so prohibited. But what happens to B2B communications?
The newly formed Global Alliance for Probiotics (GAP) has issued its first public statement, affirming that a complete rethink of probiotic health claim rules is required in the European Union, and forwarding industry rights to take part in that process.
The leading European food industry group, FoodDrinkEurope (FDE), has issued a missive urging member states not to kibosh positive European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim opinions for up to 130 nutrients.
The depressingly high rejection rate for ‘article 13.1’ health claims is hardly surprising given the nature of the submission process, according to one member of the expert panel tasked with assessing them.
Generic, article 13.1 health claims can be withdrawn from the European Union nutrition and health claims system, but only via member state authorities and not individual companies or parties that may have contributed to particular dossiers, the European...
A European Court of Justice ruling that backs safety as the guiding principle in the establishment of upper safe limits (USLs) for nutrients used in food supplements in individual member states, has been welcomed by European industry groups.
Article 13.1 health claims are being rejigged and resubmitted under the proprietary and emerging science, article 13.5, after EFSA rejected all but a few submissions in its second batch of 416 claim opinions yesterday.
Three of Europe’s largest food supplement and healthy product trade groups have issued a 17-page paper that lays out its many concerns with the scientific approach being taken by EFSA in regard to health claims.
European Union harmonising Directives and regulations that give
companies the right and power to trade their wares in any Member
State are rarely utilised because companies fear a commercial
backlash, according to a European regulatory...
The European Federation of Associations of Health Product
Manufacturers (EHPM) says companies should take matters into their
own hands in the wake of the Food Supplement Directive's (FSD)
failure to achieve trading harmony in...
The stark differences between EU member states' allowances of
maximum vitamin and mineral levels have been brought to the
forefront once again with a report published by the Association of
the European Self-Medication Industry...
An expanded EU raises new questions for food makers targeting the
prevention of diet-related disease, according to an epidemiologist
speaking at last week's 'Thinking about tomorrow' conference in
In adopting the new EU Directive on Food Supplements last week the
European Parliament laid the foundations for a period of developing
legislative stability for companies involved in food and health
ingredients. Considered by some...
A number of European Union member states want stricter labelling
and traceability rules in place before a ban on approvals for new
strains of genetically modified (GM) crops can be lifted, EU