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Unilever back in court over pro.activ cholesterol claims

Food giant Unilever appeared in a Hamburg court today to defend use of expert statements that its plant sterol-based Becel pro.activ did not raise cholesterol levels in healthy subjects.

Could and should DNP be a classified substance?

Tackling the problem of toxic fat burner 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) isn’t just about classifying it as an illegal drug, says the UK’s Food Standards Agency (FSA).

“The comments received do not require any change to the conclusions of the NDA Panel.”

EFSA stands by CLA rejection

EFSA is standing by a CLA-weight loss health claim rejection despite an appeal that accused it of failing to evaluate submitted efficacy data from joint applicants BASF and Stepan Lipid...

The folic acid message must move beyond the taboo of ‘trying for a baby’

We must tackle the taboo around folic acid supplementation if we are to tackle the rising rate of neural tube defects in Ireland, says public health body.

Wholegrain consumption may prevent early death

A high wholegrain intake may lower the mortality rate regardless of wholegrain type or cause of death, say researchers in a 120,000-strong Scandinavian cohort study.

The challenges of selling insects in Europe

EU regulation is confusing but with growing consumer demand, it's still an attractive market. FoodNavigator spoke to five companies about the challenges of selling insects in Europe.

‘Antiquated’ national flour fortification laws must be updated to meet WHO recommendations: Researcher

If iron flour fortification is to work sources and levels approved by the World Health Organisation (WHO) are required and actual consumption must be considered, says food fortification expert.

Senior coroner to write to MPs to ask if DNP should be classified substance

DNP toxicity caused death of young UK woman: Coroner

Highly toxic 2,4-dinitrophenol (DNP) diet pills were behind the death of 21-year-old Eloise Aimee Parry, a coroner's inquest found.

Citrus food flavouring is genotoxic, says EFSA

Citrus food flavouring perilla aldehyde causes DNA damage to the liver, says EFSA – a finding that calls into question the safety of nine other chemically similar flavourings.

UK government pledges £7 billion boost to exports

Over 100 more protected names for British food, more research for food innovation and less red tape will give a £7 billion boost to exports, the UK prime minister says....

EFSA publishes health claims guidance; calls for input until September 11

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has published a 29-page health claims guidance to clarify its health claims scientific criteria and is calling for stakeholder input until September 11.

UK ad body warns firm to CEASE misleading autism cure claims for homeopathy

Teddington Homeopathy mislead parents of children with autism with claims that the condition could be cured with nutritional supplements, the UK’s Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has said.

Do-it-yourself NPD: How to scope out a market for free

What do coconut oil, single-serve coffee and raspberry ketone have in common? They are all best sellers on Amazon – and can help new product developers create the next trend-setting product....

Quinoa's protein potential: From healthy whole food to versatile ingredient

After years in the making, quinoa protein concentrate will be the latest plant-based protein to be commercialised, competing with the likes of whey, soy and pea.

New product launches

What's hitting the shelves? A wine monster, pineapple vodka and more

Heineken, Nestlé, Beam Suntory and Diageo all have launches in our round up of beverages springing onto shelves across the globe. 

France goes off-piste with caffeine, carnitine, creatine, lycopene law? EFSA safe caffeine limit halved

France has proposed new legal daily limits for carnitine, creatine, lycopene and caffeine in supplements – the latter of which was half that defined as safe by the European Food...

Look beyond big sales to measure product success

Success isn't just measured in big sales – sometimes you need to look beyond the numbers, says Innova's director of innovation.

Desert-inspired flavours and water-saving innovation: How climate change will shape the food industry

The water crisis affecting the food industry is set to get worse –  but food companies are finding ways to overcome it, say experts.

Big issues and even bigger stakes: the importance of transparency and good communication

From GM to junk food, many food industry issues go beyond the realm of the industry itself – they shape, and are shaped by, our world view says one expert at IFT. So...

Birmingham backs Mondelez over BelVita energy health claims

Mondelez has been backed by the Birmingham City Council (BCC) over slow energy claims made for its BelVita breakfast biscuits after they were challenged in the UK.

Calorie labelling of booze needed to cut obesity

Calorie labelling on alcohol should be introduced urgently to help stem the soaring rise in levels of obesity, according to the chief executive of the Royal Society of Public Health...

Marketing to millennials: Mass-produced food with a personal touch

The food industry has evolved to mass produce food in complex supply chains – so how can it appeal to millennials’ desire for personalised, authentic and artisanal food?

Nutrient profiles vote struck from Strasbourg agenda

The REFIT report – and therefore nutrient profiles – was removed from the European Parliament plenary agenda in Strasbourg yesterday.

Should companies use social media to deal with a food scandal?

Social media can be a company’s best friend for communicating to consumers - but the tables can quickly turn when consumers talk back. So should food companies get hashtag-happy when dealing...

EFSA health claims

Table salt replacer not proven to lower blood pressure

EFSA has rejected a German health claim submission that a table salt replacer could significantly lower blood pressure even though a clinical trial showed significant results.

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