On 8 May, the European Commission announced it would delay a vote to implement new bee-friendly pesticide testing standards and would instead conduct a review.
The good governance of the food supply chain and the protection of vulnerable operators have become something of a mantra for policy-makers at both national and EU levels. One example of this is the European Commission’s recent proposal for a directive on Unfair Trading Practices (UTPs) in business-to-business relationships in the food supply chain in […]
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded that catechins from green tea infusions and similar drinks are generally safe, however when taken as food supplement, it says that doses at or above 800mg/day might pose health concerns.
The UK’s intentions regarding future food supplements policy remain “extremely unclear” in the immediate post-EU Referendum period, warns Consumers for Health Choice.
The European Commission (EC) has taken the decision to extend the licence for glyphosate for a further 18 months to enable the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) to reassess the safety of the herbicide. However, this extension period is much shorter than the previous proposal to re-licence glyphosate for 15 years. In a press release, the […]
A new market report from Grand View Research has predicted an increase in the value of the European fish oil market on account of increased aquaculture activities in the UK and Norway. The report from the US-based company says the rise is partly due to the European Commission’s Common Fisheries Policy Reform and Strategic Guidelines, […]
Last week MEPs adopted proposals that will enable novel foods to be brought to market with far less obstruction and bureaucracy. The changes to the Novel Foods Regulation aim to streamline the processes for approving new foods, specifically by having a single authorisation procedure in place for the EU, for which the European Food Safety […]
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 […]
Criticism is building within the organic industry about an online survey set up by the European Commission to test the views of consumers, businesses and interest groups on organic food and farming issues. The Commission says the multiple-choice survey forms an important part of the current review of the EU Organic Regulation. But some organic […]
The European Commission’s Scientific Committee for Human Safety (SCHS) is to look again at the use of parabens as preservatives in personal care products. As recently as 2011 the Committee decided that the potential endocrine disrupting and carcinogenic chemicals were safe at levels currently permitted in Europe. (more…)
The Health Food Manufacturers Association (HFMA) together with the Dutch trade association NPN are to challenge what they argue are the “illegalities” of the European Commission’s approach to health claims regulation. (more…)
The European Commission has formally adopted what it has called a “landmark list” of permitted health claims. (more…)
Food supplement trade association EHPM says that many of the negative opinions on claims delivered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have been the result of failures in the assessment system. (more…)
A letter published in the Daily Telegraph last week (April 23) warned of the threat to British jobs if the European Commission goes ahead and imposes low maximum levels for vitamin and mineral levels in Europe. (more…)
Daily Bread rejoices in ruby anniversary
January 24, 2020 Jane Wolfe
The Northampton co-op Daily Bread is organizing year-long events to mark its 40th anniversary, kicking off the celebrations with a special Ruby Muesli.
News in brief
Chococo has revealed its collection of handmade Easter Eggs for 2020 featuring three new eggs, including a Dark Chocolate Agave Honeycombe Egg.
Kallo campaign dispels ‘healthy food = no taste’ myth
Kallo is launching its latest multimedia campaign, ‘Call on Kallo’, designed to reconnect the brand with the ‘culinary curious healthy eater’.
Government urged to force reformulation of pre-mixed alcoholic drinks
Following a new product survey highlighting the high sugar content of RTD spirits, Action on Sugar is calling on Government to make producers reformulate.
In a pickle
January 23, 2020 Rosie Greenaway
From kombucha to kraut, and kimchi to kefir, the fermented market is alive and kicking. Rosie Greenaway discovers the ancient art of fermenting and learns how to brew her own ‘booch’ (more…)
Back on track
Bone up on joint health with Matt Chittock for all the latest and traditional approaches to keeping customers standing tall (more…)
Say yes to sustainable sex
With consumers thinking more about their impact on the environment, it’s no surprise that the environmental impact of their sex lives is also coming into question. With a range of sustainable sex products cropping up on bedside tables, Sharna Waid investigates which brands are championing the alternatives and whether it’s an area worth investing in […]
The breakfast club
We’re all familiar with the old adage ‘breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dine like a pauper’, but truth be told we are more likely to do the exact opposite. Jane Wolfe finds out how retailers can offer consumers easy, convenient and healthy ways to start the morning (more…)
The Health Store Open Day is back!
The Health Store’s ever popular Open Day makes a welcome return on Sunday 8th September. Paul Rideout, Sales & Marketing Manager at the Health Store, explains “The Open Day is back by popular demand! This will be our 8th Open Day since we launched the event back in 2009 and it is more popular than […]
Tooth powder as a powerful ally for your dental health
My Oradent tooth powder is neither a drug nor a medicine. Suitable for all consumers and also for vegans and vegetarians. Why in powder form? Studies have shown that tooth powder can be more effective at removing plaque than toothpaste. Plus, My Oradent does not contain fluoride, is non-toxic and is also safe for children. […]
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 […]
How to become the next influential natural beauty brand
The world doesn’t need another natural beauty brand. It’s a market that is set to be worth up to $54 billion by 2027. It’s saturated like every other industry in the world. What it does need however, is a brand that is passionate, value driven and has clarity around how they want to shake things […]