Health Claims

The health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals has come under particular scrutiny

Current EU regulation ‘unhelpful’, say one-in-three

By Noli Dinkovski

Dissatisfaction over the EU regulatory framework has risen sharply over the past year – with the health claims process and the deadlock on botanicals under particular scrutiny, research has found.

An advert for Bio-tiful Dairy’s kefir drink was banned by the Advertising Standards Authority

Dairy drink ad banned by watchdog

By James Ridler

An advert for Bio-tiful Dairy’s kefir drink has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making unsubstantiated health claims. 

A sugar-reduced yogurt made from Beneo’s chicory root fibre was on show at HiE

EU health claims process comes under fire

By Noli Dinkovski

A lack of transparency behind the EU health claims approval process is stifling innovation and proving costly to businesses, the director of a global ingredients firm has claimed.

Health claims: the guide is a resource for firms hoping to gain approval

Nutrition body unveils EU health claim guide

By Noli Dinkovski

A best-practice guide to preparing EU health claims, aimed primarily at small and medium-sized enterprises, has been developed by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) in conjunction with the EU-funded Bacchus project.

An application to annul the approved list of health claims was rejected by the European Court

Clearer health claims wording is needed

By Nicholas Robinson

Urgent action is needed to amend the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulations (NHCR) to allow food and drink (F&D) manufacturers to make better use of them, a legal expert has claimed.

Health claims must be on the EU's register

Health claims scupper two nutrition ads

By Nicholas Robinson

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Minerva Research Labs Ltd have fallen foul of the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA), as well as European health claims legislation, with adverts for nutritional supplements.

An online Ribena brand has been banned for misleading consumers

Ribena advert banned for misleading health claims

By Laurence Gibbons

An online Ribena advert has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for making exaggerated and misleading health claims about the benefits of the drink.

The botanicals sector is getting on with the job

Branch reform

By Paul Gander

Regulation around plant extracts for supplements and foods is blighted by grey areas, says Paul Gander

EFSA is creating more problems than it solves, claims Verkerk

EFSA's restrictive descriptor rule branded absurd

By Gary Scattergood

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) is "creating more problems than it solves" with its narrow interpretation of what constitutes a generic health claim descriptor.

250 conference delegates will attend the Geneva show

All connected

By Gary Scattergood

Geneva's Vitafoods trade show is embracing the digital age to link up delegates and exhibitors from around the world, reports Gary Scattergood

Functional foods: three top trends

Three top trends to tap into demand for functional foods

By Gary Scattergood

The top three trends food manufacturers need to consider when devising functional products are ‘naturalness’, demand for energy products and the popularity of fruit – not least because the health properties are either already understood by consumers or...


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