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Parliament failed to reach the required majority, leaving the decision in the hands of the commission  ©iStock

MEPs oppose GM approvals but Commission will have the final say

By Louis Gore-Langton

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.

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.

Belgium affirms BELFRIT as basis of herbal law and wants other EU member states to follow suit

Belgium writes BELFRIT botanical list into law

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

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.

Bucchini: “This is the first official blessing of​ beauty claims I am aware of...

Bella! EC backs beauty health claims; must be judged case-by-case


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.

Appraised: 12 months in the life of the world’s toughest health claims regime

“The impact of this longer-term erosion of the relationship with consumers will be profound.”

Appraised: 12 months in the life of the world’s toughest health claims regime


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.

EU herbal science review is “way forward”: EHPM

EU herbal science review is “way forward”: EHPM

By Shane Starling

Europe’s largest pan-European food supplements group says only a major rethink of the way herbal extract science is treated under EU health claim laws will deliver a level playing field.

Member states urged not to veto health claim victories

Member states urged not to veto health claim victories

By Shane Starling

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.

Salminen: Hard to reach a 'constructive' end result

NDA: EC gave inadequate guidance on health claims

By Elaine Watson

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.

Regulatory round-up 2006

Regulatory round-up 2006

By Jess Halliday

The past 12 months have seen several important developments on the
European regulatory scene, which will play a big role in shaping
the supplements and health foods industries for the future.


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