The food industry is currently experiencing a true revolution – the development of new protein sources. The key driver of this revolutions are ecological and economical necessities, the increasing consumer demand for sustainability and the rise of veganism and vegetarism. Also, consumer’s acceptance of unconventional, untraditional protein sources has evolved. Proteins from seeds, leaves, [...]
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Spanish food authority AESAN opens public database for food supplements, foods for specific population groups and natural mineral waters marketed in Spain
At the beginning of the month, the Spanish Agency for Food Safety and Nutrition (AESAN) made available an online database that lists the food supplements and foods for specific population groups which have been notified in Spain, and in accordance with their specific legal framework. To access this database, click here (in Spanish). This [...]
EU Commission publishes draft regulation banning the use of hydroxyanthracene derivatives (such as aloe extracts) in foods
On March 4, the EU Commission published a draft implementing regulation to restrict the use of hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food. With this amendment, the following substances would be considered as prohibited substances in food: Aloe-Emodin Emodin Danthron Hydroxyanthracene derivative (containing aloe extracts) At the same time, Rheum and Cassia and Rhamnus extracts in food [...]
In the first trimester for 2020, EFSA has published three opinions for the scientific substantiation of article 13.5 health claims. They were for: Coffee C21 and protection of DNA from strand breaks Orodispersible lozenges containing a combination of Lactobacillus reuteri DSM 17938 and Lactobacillus reuteri ATCC PTA 5289 and normal gum function MenaQ7® and [...]
The COVID-19 pandemic is causing global challenges not only to us as individuals but also to the global economy. Following WHO and German authorities’ recommendations and a&r´s business contingency policy, a&r has implemented a well structured home office work regulation for most its colleagues. Our teams are working remotely, and we reassure you that [...]
On 25 March 2020, the EU Commission announced that it is working on a proposal to postpone the date of application of the Medical Device Regulation (MDR) for one year. The proposal is expected to be submitted in early April. The Commission is asking the Parliament and Council to adopt it quickly as the [...]
We dedicate this March issue to the possibility to postpone the date of the MDR implementation, our services during COVID 19, recent EFSA health claim opinions, and the proposed ban of hydroxyanthracene derivatives in food. Also, join us for our next free webinar about the protein revolution and get a [...]
We dedicate this February issue to the recent updates regarding EFSA’s Food Consumption Database and the German Stoffliste, and to BfR’s opinion on red yeast rice in food supplements. Also, read the latest news on CBD space and join us for our next free webinar on new protein sources. [...]
Infant formulas and follow-up formulas are strictly regulated in Europe. From 22 February 2020, all infant formulas, follow-on formulas (EU Delegated Regulation 2016/127) as well as infant food for special medical purposes (EU Delegated Regulation 2016/128) must comply with regulation changes. The only exception is for infant formula manufactured from protein hydrolysates, which must [...]
CBD products are widely available on the European market but are not properly authorized as CBD is considered a novel food. Any novel food requires an authorization by the European Commission, which is preceded by a thorough safety evaluation by EFSA. Currently, three CBD applications have been submitted to the EU Commission. Apparently, EFSA [...]