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EFSA is communicating more but industry may not like what it is hearing

EFSA gut/immune health meeting

EFSA gut/immune function meeting leaves industry wanting more

By Shane Starling

Key members of the European pre- and probiotic industries left Amsterdam frustrated that the majority of their questions about immune and gut health claims remained unanswered after a meeting with the European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel...

EFSA issues fresh gut health/immunity guidance

EFSA issues fresh gut health/immunity guidance

By Shane Starling

Clinically measured, increased levels of microbiota such as lactobacilli and/or bifidobacteria in the gut will not alone validate health claims, the European Food Safety Authority’s health claims panel has affirmed this week. But significant reductions...

EFSA opinion against four probiotic and prebiotic health claims

EFSA health claim opinion

EFSA opinion against four probiotic and prebiotic health claims

By Shane Starling

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has rejected three article 13.5 probiotic and prebiotic health claims and one article 14 claim linking prebiotics with a range of benefits from immunity to diarrhoea for failing to demonstrate causality.

Tomato extract wins EFSA blood aggregation health claim

EFSA health claim opinion

Tomato extract wins EFSA blood aggregation health claim

By Shane Starling

UK-based Provexis Natural Products Limited has won a positive article 13.5 claim linking tomato concentrate consumption and blood platelet aggregation from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Chocolate does not help children to grow, says EFSA

EFSA health claim opinion

Chocolate does not help children to grow, says EFSA

By Shane Starling

An ambitious article 14 health claim dossier submitted by Italian-based Soremartec Italia S.r.l. Gruppo Ferrero that sought to link chocolate consumption and growth in children has drawn a negative opinion from the European Food Safety Authority.

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