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Young Living fined for using illegally sourced essential oils, highlighting issue of supply chain transparency

Young Living, a multilevel marketing company that sells products based on essential oils, has entered into a plea agreement for illegally trading in oils from endangered species. The company will...

Singapore’s war on diabetes: $5 screening test latest weapon in the armoury

After calling on soft drink firms to slash sugar content, and encouraging the development of more functional ingredients, the latest addition to Singapore’s so-called 'war on diabetes' is S$5 screening...

Supplements seized: UK and Dutch authorities capture DNP and steroid supplements

Food safety agencies in the UK have seized large quantities of DNP following a multi-agency effort, while Dutch authorities captured anabolic-androgenic steroids intended for use in sports nutrition supplements.

The death of diet foods? EU Parliament approve laws that could 'wipe out' very low calorie diet products

Manufacturers and distributors of very low calorie diet (VLCD) programmes and products could be effectively wiped out by new rules passed by European lawmakers last week, warn industry leaders.

New Australia supplement laws edge closer with publication of draft bill

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) has released a draft bill covering new supplement laws, including a third approval pathway for higher-level health claims.

Chinese authorities to impose stricter labelling laws on health foods imported via e-commerce?

Supplements and functional food products imported into China via cross-border e-commerce could be subjected to the same labelling laws that apply to food items imported the traditional way, according to...

'Better education and tighter labelling laws' needed to stop sports doping in India

Athletes in India must be better educated on the detrimental effects of doping and regulators must introduce stricter labelling rules for over-the-counter supplements, president of the All India Council of...

Avoiding squatters and copycats: What foreign health food firms must know about IP rights in China

The failure to register intellectual property (IP) rights on time is a common problem for foreign supplement and functional food companies in China, according to global co-head of CMS Life...

Indian authorities thwart vitamin C-smuggling syndicate

A recent anti-smuggling operation by Indian customs officials and the country’s Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) has seen a total 122.5 metric tonnes of ascorbic acid (or vitamin C) seized...

More manufacturers approved under new Chinese infant formula rules

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has announced the second batch of infant nutrition companies and products that have been approved under its new registration programme.

Supplement recalls: Polish, Czech and Hungarian authorities report cases of banned substances

European authorities have notified the EU of several incidents of food supplements containing banned substances this week.

Singapore PM declares ‘war on diabetes’ in National Day message

Singapore PM Lee Hsien Loong has said the city state needs to "go all out" to fight the soaring number of diabetes cases.

Regulator queries high level health claim for beta-glucan and cholesterol in Australia and New Zealand

Products containing oats, but not barley, should be permitted to make higher level health claims relating to blood cholesterol benefits, according to regulator Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ).

FSANZ seeks submissions on consultation over infant formula for special dietary uses

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has released a consultation paper on infant formula products for special dietary use.

New China infant formula rules: Five international firms in first batch of approvals

China’s Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) has announced the first wave of infant nutrition companies and products that have passed its new registration programme, and are now free to trade...

Nestlé backs breastfeeding drive in China as government vows to hit 50% target by 2020

Nestlé in China is backing government drives to increase breastfeeding by holding a number of public events to coincide with World Breastfeeding Week.

Singapore and South Australia unite to drive functional food innovation among SMEs

Singapore’s government enterprise body SPRING is joining forces with economic development agency Primary Industries and Regions South Australia (PIRSA) to collaborate on functional food innovation.

Two Chinese supplements found to contain undeclared substances: Australian regulator

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says two supposedly herbal supplements have been found to contain undeclared substances, and has urged consumers not to take them.

FSSAI vows to ‘address any concerns’ regarding new Indian supplements and nutraceuticals regulations

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has assured industry players that any concerns regarding the new standards for nutraceuticals and health supplements will be addressed.

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Australia’s food regulation changes: ‘The good, the bad and the ugly’

The desired policy outcomes for Australian food and drink regulations are rapidly shifting away from food safety and point-of-sale information to being focused on public health and consumer rights…leading to...

Novel food status for isomalto-oligosaccharide granted in Australia and New Zealand

Regulators in Australia and New Zealand have permitted isomalto-oligosaccharide (IMO) as a novel food for use in a range of food and beverages, including sports nutrition and meal replacement products. ...

Broad support for new ‘third way’ supplements health claims in Australia: TGA

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) says there is broad support for plans to introduce a ‘third level’ of health claims for supplements.

World Food Programme seeks to avert 'nutrition catastrophe' in crisis-hit Yemen

The UN's World Food Programme is seeking to improve the nutrition of 1.9 million children and women in war-torn Yemen by delivering targetted supplementary feeding programmes in the Middle East's...

UAE officials move to ban health risk 'fake herbal supplements'

Health officials in the United Arab Emirates have moved to clamp down on 11 'dangerous' supplements, which they say pose a serious health risk to the public.

Australian regulator to take sole control of supplements advertising complaints regime

Australian regulator the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) will become the sole overseer of complaints about supplement advertising from next year.