Pukka Herbs responds to the article EFSA health warning to frequent consumers of herbal teas and supplements published 3 August 2017, Natural Products Industry News/Natural Products Global. What are pyrrolizidine alkaloids? Pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs) are a group of natural plant compounds found in more than 6000 species, particularly weeds, where the compound acts to deter predators. […]
The annual European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) report on pesticide residues in food has had an overly positive interpretation by the European body, according to Greenpeace and the Pesticide Action Network (PAN)-Europe.
The European Food Safety Authority is to give formal advice on daily sugar intake for the first time. In the past EFSA considered that there was insufficient evidence to set an upper limit for the daily intake of total or added sugars. But it says that new scientific evidence has come to light and there […]
In a letter to the EFSA, representatives of five Nordic countries ask that it looks at recommending reference values for added sugar in food and drink.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has launched a public consultation on its draft scientific opinion on dietary reference values (DRVs) for vitamin D for Europeans. The document, compiled by the EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA), proposes dietary reference values for adults, children and infants, pregnant and lactating women. Using bodily […]
A vote in Brussels on the relicensing of glyphosate has been postponed until May following opposition from several EU member states. Italy, France, Sweden and the Netherlands all stood against the European Commission’s plan to grant a new 15-year lease to glyphosate which is due to expire at the end of June. The reaction follows […]
In the same week Friends of the Earth announced it was mounting a legal challenge to the UK Government’s decision to allow the use of banned neonicotinoid seed treatments in England, new research has found that neonic pesticides applied as foliar sprays pose a risk to bees of all kinds. The report by the European […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published an updated guidance for the evaluation of health claims in order to more clearly define the scientific criteria for applications. The guidance document is subject to public consultation and interested parties have until 11 September 2015 to submit comments on the draft document. The EFSA says that […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has named the members of its health claims panel for 2015-2018, which will feature ten new faces. New members to the panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies include Barbara Bulinghame, Professor Jean Louis Bresson, Hendrik Van Loveren and Inge Mangelsdorf. Dr Tobin Robinson, head of EFSA’s Science Strategy […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued its draft update of its guidance for health claims related to gut and immune function and has opened a public consultation to give stakeholders and other interested parties the opportunity to comment upon it. The guidance was first published in 2011 to help applicants prepare applications for […]
Andrew Thomas, founder and managing director of BetterYou has won the silver award for Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year at the Great British Entrepreneur Awards. World foods brand Tropical Sun has expanded its range with three new products – Harissa Spice, Sea Salt & Malt Vinegar and Onion Salt – which will join the […]
An Article 14 EFSA health claim has been authorized by the European Commission stating that vitamin D helps lower the risk of falling associated with postural instability and muscle weakness. The claim was submitted by DSM Nutritional Products and can only be used for food supplement that provide at least 15μg (600IU) of vitamin D […]
The olive leaf supplement drink OVIVO has recently relaunched with a new organic, preservative- and sugar-free formula. The infusion combines organic olive leaf extract with calendula, grape and lemon juice, and is described as having a refreshing herbal tea-style flavour. The olive leaf extract contains high concentrations of the phytochemicals hydroxytyrosol, which is a powerful […]
With Britain’s diabetes crisis deepening and the need for preventative action becoming ever more pressing, EFSA’s approval last month of ChromoPrecise was strikingly topical. Increasing chromium intake could play an important role in preventing new cases of the disease. The trace nutrient is proven to maintain healthy blood glucose levels, but it is lacking in […]
New guidelines issued by Belgium hint at the extent to which health claims wording may vary across the EU, says international regulatory consultancy EAS. (more…)
The European Food Safety Authority says that the recent study linking genetically modified maize and a glyphosate herbicide with cancer in rats is of “insufficient scientific quality to be considered as valid for risk assessment” (more…)
The European Commission has formally adopted what it has called a “landmark list” of permitted health claims. (more…)
A leading law firm is predicting that enforcement of the approved EU list of general function health claims will be “inconsistent” in the UK, reports The Grocer. (more…)
Scotland’s other national drink — Irn Brun — will not have to have to be reformulate after an EU committee set a new maximum level for the food colour Sunset Yellow (E110). (more…)
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has come in for renewed criticism from both MEPs and industry over its treatment of health claims. (more…)
MuLondon partners with Stonewall
February 22, 2018 Jane Wolfe
Natural skincare company MuLondon has announced that it is supporting LGBT charity Stonewall.
‘Food is Medicine’, says HFI guest speaker
‘Food is Medicine’ will form the theme for guest speaker Dr Rupy Aujla at this year’s Health Food Institute (HFI) lecture and luncheon on 15 March.
COYO ‘devastated’ after traces of milk found in vegan yoghurt
Vegan yoghurt and ice cream maker COYO has apologized for the ‘precautionary product removal’ now in place after traces of milk were found in its dairy-free yoghurts.
The Seed Fund ‘lays down strong roots’
Running until 30 April, The Seed Fund 2018 is now open for entry, continuing the philanthropic organization’s mission to help food and drink start-ups turn ‘big ideas into big businesses’ and ‘lay down strong roots’ for the future.
November 21, 2017 Jane Wolfe
With mounting research emphasizing the crucial part the microbiome plays in preventing and fighting disease, Jane Wolfe takes a look at the best ways to optimize gut health (more…)
Food of the gods
Regularly consuming a little of what you love could have long-term health benefits – even where chocolate is concerned, discovers Rosie Greenaway (more…)
A significant rise in job insecurity since the UK’s decision to leave the EU means people are loath to take time off work – and with an increase in colds and flu, this is leading to higher demand for OTC remedies. Jane Wolfe reports (more…)
Let’s do lunch!
Sharna Waid has been taking a look at how natural products retailers and brands are maximizing the crucial two-hour lunchtime selling period (more…)
Natural beauty made in Cyprus
Sharna Waid has been finding out how passionate producers in Cyprus are using the fruits of the land to create natural beautifying cosmetics. According to the ancient myth, Aphrodite – the goddess of love and beauty, pleasure and procreation – was born out of the waves off the coast of Cyprus. Aside from attracting three […]
As Europe braces itself for a winter flu outbreak, protect yourself with Sambucol and the power of black elderberry.
Experts across Europe have warned the EU to brace itself for a bad flu season this winter. A new vaccine has been produced which is effective in fighting H3N2, the flu strain likely to hit the region this year; however, the vaccine is generally available for free to over 65s, pregnant women, those with an […]