Health claims

EFSA publishes draft guidance to clarify health claim application criteria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

ESSNA calls on industry to report illegal practices

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) is urging anyone who might be aware of illegal activity by sports nutrition organisations to step forward and report them. The sports nutrition trade group has created a dedicated form on its website which allows individuals to anonymously bring to its attention non-compliant activity taking place anywhere in […]

April 13, 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
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OVIVO relaunches with organic formula

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 […]

September 16, 2014 Continue Reading

Omega-6 health labelling questioned

An analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal has suggested that allowing health claims for vegetable oils rich in omega-6 linoleic acid but poor in omega-3 a-linolenic acid should be reconsidered as these oils may actually increase the risk of heart disease. In 2009, Health Canada’s Food Directorate approved a request from the food […]

December 9, 2013 Continue Reading

Brands warned: “Regulators are actively tracking you over health claims”

Health food companies were warned yesterday (16 October) that UK regulatory bodies are actively tracking brands for possible breaches of new EU nutrition and health claims laws. The warning was given at a special HFMA seminar in London on communications in a “post-health claims regulation world”. Aggressive Setting the scene, HFMA executive director, Graham Keen, […]

October 17, 2013 Continue Reading

New Health claims laws may benefit organic

The EU Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) may end up benefiting the organic sector, the Soil Association has suggested. The organic charity’s trade arm has just announced a comprehensive set of ASA-cleared statements than can be used when selling organic food. The new EU health claims regime severely limits the opportunities for food firms […]

September 22, 2013 Continue Reading
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Which? says supplement firms are breaking new health claims laws

The consumer group Which? claims that some food supplement manufacturers are breaking new EU rules on health claims. Which? says that while most companies have removed health claims rejected by the EU under the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR) “a small number are still using ambiguous product packaging to promote their products.” The consumer […]

August 22, 2013 Continue Reading

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