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Frankfurt, November 28, 2016

Game on: New conference spills sports nutrition beans beyond 2017

The multi-billion euro sports nutrition sector is changing faster than you can say ‘millennial buy-in’, but is your firm abreast of the game-changing shifts that matter most?

Solid global, flat European growth for Danone in first half of 2016

Can Actimel revamp inject life into Danone’s flat European sales?

Danone has recorded negative overall sales figures in Europe for the first half of 2016. But the company hopes investment in the relaunch of its Activia and Actimel brands will...

'Healthy' dips are salt and fat traps: CASH survey

British public health charity, Consensus Action on Salt, has blasted so-called ‘healthy’ dips such as hummus as being salt and fat traps, as its survey reveals 74% of hummus dips...

MEP questions whether Italy and Spain are illegally bleaching seafood

An MEP has questioned whether Spain and Italy’s use of hydrogen peroxide to process some seafood such as squid is in breach of EU law by bleaching the food to...

'We won’t take this as the final outcome. We spent too much time, too much money.'

310th probiotic claim rejection: EFSA throws out Probi claim for iron absorption

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has concluded there is “insufficient” evidence to claim a probiotic can help boost iron absorption – but applicant Probi says it won’t take no for an...

Guest article

Can health pros be trusted with nutritional information?

If you can't trust 'health professionals' to sift nutrition data, who can you trust? argues EU food law critic Bert Schwitters after a recent ECJ ruling that potentially shifts the...

UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to...

A history of food, art, Instagram - and unintended consequences

Terms like ‘foodstagramming’ ‘digital grazing’ and ‘food porn’ may have entered our lexicon recently but the phenomenon is far from new, say researchers - but could the sheer saturation of...

Commission approves 3 GM soybeans for EU import

The European Commission authorised three GMOs to be sold for food and feed in Europe last week.

Ice cream makers locked in cold war over health claims

Complaints over health claims by 'healthy' ice cream makers descends into a war of words, as rivals Oppo, Taywell and Perfect World trade claims and insults over their products.

Guest article: Institute of Economic Affairs

Plain confectionery packaging a heavy-handed response to health concerns

Legislating for tobacco-style plain packages for confectionery is a disproportionate response to the obesity crisis and strips companies of valuable trademarks, writes the Institute of Economic Affairs' head of lifestyle...

Protein ice cream: The Red Bull of the freezer aisle?

Rising protein ice cream brand WheyHey isn’t stopping at being the 'Red Bull of the freezer aisle'; it wants to provide an alternative to the 'rubbish' food companies are serving...

Call for UK to bulk up childhood obesity strategy in wake of leaked plans

Action on Sugar is urging the UK government to revise its childhood obesity strategy, alleging that leaked draft documents show plans do not go far enough.

legal uncertainty and B2B marketing rethink on the horizon?

B2B ads are not safe from health claim regulation: EU court confirms

The Court of Justice of the EU has confirmed that commercial communications addressed solely to health professionals must respect the nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) like any other marketing...

Groups rally to defend UK dietary guide after attacks by 'interested industry'

Over twenty health, consumer and professional organisations have joined together in support of the UK’s Eatwell guide following attacks by “maverick commentators and interested industry with an axe to grind”....

Feature: Alternative meat futures

The meat companies making vegetarian food: Mainstreaming sustainable eating or dangerous double standards?

Increasing numbers of German meat producers are launching vegetarian products with the support of VEBU, the country's Vegetarian Society - but as Topas, Europe's 'vegan pioneer', quits VEBU in anger...

Algae calcium not permitted in organic soy drinks, says German court

A German state court has ruled an algae-sourced calcium has no place in an organic soy drink – the manufacturer has appealed the verdict.

Pregnancy multivitamins: A waste of expectant mothers’ money?

So-called multivitamin and mineral pregnancy supplements are “an unnecessary expense” for most expectant mothers, according to a review of current UK guidance for pregnancy supplementation. Yet industry has called the statements dangerously...

Energy drink concerns ‘nothing to do with sportspeople’, says frustrated ESSNA

The European Specialist Sports Nutrition Alliance (ESSNA) has called for a distinction to be made between the two blocked caffeine claims referring to endurance and a further two referring to...

Prebiotic & botanical health claims withdrawn from EFSA

One health claim application for a prebiotic fibre and a further two for the plant resin Chios mastiha have been withdrawn from the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA) agenda....

Products in 'eco-look' packaging seen as better quality

Shoppers believe foods are better quality when the packaging looks eco-friendly, and could be willing to spend more as a result, researchers say.

Sensient launches yellow and orange colouring foods

Colour and flavour supplier Sensient has widened its colouring food range with yellow and orange, bringing the number of EU-compliant products in its colouring foods range to three digits.

The food supplement-pharma divide

Dutch court rules dosage can't turn a supplement into a drug

The Dutch supplements industry is celebrating a court ruling that sleep aid melatonin cannot be classed as a medicine if its dosage is above a certain threshold.

EU caffeine claim ban

MEP caffeine vote 'disgraceful' victory of politics over science: Industry

Industry has lamented yesterday’s European Parliament plenary vote to block four caffeine claims, which otherwise seemed set to pass into EU law books after years of delay. 

strasbourg plenary vote

MEPs block 4 caffeine claims

Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) have voted to veto four caffeine health claims following a lively debate on energy drinks in a Strasbourg plenary today. 

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