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 [...]
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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 [...]
Food supplements containing red yeast rice (in various quantities) are marketed in the EU. In 2018, the EU Commission commissioned a safety assessment of monacolin K in food supplements from the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). This EFSA report was unable to identify a dietary intake of monacolins that does not give rise to concerns [...]
This month, the German BVL (Federal Office of Consumer Protection and Food Safety) has published a draft version of the 2ndedition of its botanical Stoffliste. The Stoffliste is the German equivalent to other EU country specific Plant Lists. The substance lists are intended to make it easier for food business operators (and surveillance authorities) to [...]
This month, EFSA announced that it has expanded its food consumption database with a new batch of data collected under the EU Menu project. The new release includes nine additional dietary surveys carried out in six countries – Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Greece, the Netherlands, and Slovenia. The food consumption surveys provide new information in all age groups [...]
In this January issue, we wish to share with you our achievements during 2019. We will also provide you with the current approach by EU and UK authorities regarding CBD products on the market, and we will discuss innovation and infant nutrition clinical research. Also, meet us next month at [...]
No doubt that breastmilk is the best nutrition for infants. Therefore, health authorities worldwide recommend exclusive breastfeeding for 4-6 months. But especially in industrialised countries, only 25 % of infants are exclusively breastfed at the age of 6 months. Manufacturers of infant nutrition are committed to improving their formulas and to mimic the composition [...]