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French agency warns ashwagandha unsafe in specific populations

By Nikki Hancocks

The French Agency for Food, Environmental and Occupational Health & Safety (ANSES) has warned against the use of ashwagandha in a number of specific populations, making it likely operators will be advised to use label warnings.

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EFSA establishes new safe level for iron intake

By Nikki Hancocks

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has not been able to establish a tolerable upper intake (TUI) level for iron but has agreed a 'safe level' of 40 mg per day for adults.

After a tragic death in India, we ask how saccharin is regulated in Europe. Image Source: Getty Images/Alina Hedz

How is saccharin regulated in Europe?

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

After a tragic death in India, the sweetener saccharin made the headlines. While it has widespread use in Europe, including the UK and EU, the sweetener is tightly regulated.

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Kemin receives novel food authorization for BetaVia Pure

By Nikki Hancocks

Kemin Industries has received novel food authorization from the European Commission for its BetaVia Pure postbiotic ingredient, a proprietary strain of the algae Euglena gracilis, with five-year exclusivity in the European market.

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UK Gov to crack down on misleading marketing online

By Nikki Hancocks

The UK Government will soon introduce the hotly anticipated Digital Markets, Competition and Consumers Bill created to see stricter enforcement of consumer protection laws related to online marketing of products.

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'Vegan' labels don't always mean free from animal products

By Augustus Bambridge-Sutton

Despite common public understanding that the word ‘vegan’ means free from animal products, there is no legally binding definition for the term in the UK and EU. This means that products labelled ‘vegan’ can contain trace amounts of eggs or dairy. Furthermore,...

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French authorities label vitamin D as endocrine disruptor

By Olivia Brown

The French authorities have pursued the publication of the classification of vitamin D3 as an endocrine disruptor (ED), which will involve adding warning labels to products containing quantities of cholecalciferol above 0.1% by product weight.

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WHO AI tool to clampdown on infant formula marketing

By Nikki Hancocks

The World Health Organisation (WHO) Europe is calling on consumers to use its newly developed artificial intelligence (AI) tool in order to clampdown and regulate the promotion of harmful products targeted at children.

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Mushroom powders brand Dirtea removes adverts after ASA ruling

By Olivia Haslam

Dirtea Ltd, the mushroom powder supplements brand, has come under scrutiny by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) after making claims on its social media platforms that implied their products could prevent, treat, or cure human diseases.

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Health claims 101: How to legally communicate to the consumer

By Nikki Hancocks

There are a range of permitted health and nutrition claims available for food, drink and supplement brands to communicate the benefits of their products, but marketers must tread carefully to avoid common pitfalls which lead to fines and reputational...

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The regulatory trends predicted in food and drink 2023

By Flora Southey

Which areas of food and beverage will attract regulators’ attention this year? From HFSS laws to food safety inspections, lawyers from Squire Patton Boggs take us through the predicted trends for 2023.

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EFSA expands opportunities for vitamin D fortification

By Nikki Hancocks

Lallemand has successfully expanded the permitted categories of use for its vitamin D yeast in the EU after gaining favourable opinion from the EFSA for the use in 32 additional food categories.

Government hails new global tariff regime planned from the start of 2021

Experts respond to Government's proposed tariff scheme

Brexit: UK Global Tariff positive for food industry

By Rod Addy

Brexit trade tariffs will be applied to agricultural imports from 1 January 2021 under Government proposals, potentially protecting domestic producers against cheaper import prices and lower food standards.

Freezing beef steak reduces the value of cuts and would hit deadweight prices, LMCNI said

EU scheme to freeze meat will hit prices

By Rod Addy

Meat prices will suffer if premium cuts are frozen to manage the collapse of foodservice demand under EU Private Storage Aid proposals, according to the Livestock and Meat Commission for Northern Ireland (LMCNI).

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