Choosing responsible producers is the best way to ensure a delicious, safe cuppa – not playing brand Russian roulette

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. […]

August 9, 2017 Continue Reading

EFSA to give daily sugar intake advice

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 […]

March 23, 2017 Continue Reading

EFSA issues draft recommendations for vitamin D

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 […]

March 24, 2016 Continue Reading

EU vote on glyphosate pushed back due to opposition

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 […]

March 14, 2016 Continue Reading
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Negative neonic findings just keep on coming…

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 […]

September 1, 2015 Continue Reading

EFSA publishes draft guidance to clarify health claim application criteria

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 […]

July 30, 2015 Continue Reading

Fresh faces for EFSA health claims panel

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 […]

June 12, 2015 Continue Reading

EFSA updates guidance for immune function- and gut-related health claims

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 […]

February 12, 2015 Continue Reading

News in Brief

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 […]

December 11, 2014 Continue Reading

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