We are happy to invite you to our next free webinar!
Building Scientific Evidence to Support Nutrition & Health Claims
by our expert Dr. Heike Stier
Date: 27st of September 2018 (Thursday)
Time: 15:00 – 15:45 (30 min talk and 15 min Q&A)
In our next webinar we provide an overview of the current situation of the Nutrition and Health Claims according to the EU claim regulation (EC 1924/2006). We will present and examine the updated EFSA scientific and technical guidance for the preparation and presentation of a health claim application, which was published in 2017. We will finally focus on what can be learned from indication specific EFSA guidance documents and from previous EFSA claim evaluations, so that the necessary scientific evidence can be collected for a successful health claim application.
Dr. Heike Stier is a senior consultant in the consulting & strategic innovation team at analyze & realize. She has been supporting clients in the development of natural health products for more than 10 years.
“Nutri-Score” labelling now in force in Belgium
Following last year’s French Decree backing the voluntary adoption of “Nutri-Score”, now it is time for Belgium to follow the same footsteps.
A nutrition declaration is already mandatory in the EU in prepacked foods or products containing nutritional and/or health claims. This nutrition labelling comprises detailed information on the energy value, the amounts of fat, saturates, carbohydrate, sugars, protein and salt of a food and is presented as a table. However, this table is often difficult to read for the consumer. In contrast, the “Nutri-Score” labelling system, which is not mandatory, makes the nutrition information more readable and understandable for consumers.
What is “Nutri-Sore” labelling?
It is a five color Front-to-Pack nutrition labelling to help consumers make healthier food choices at the time of purchase. Through a letter and a color scheme, it informs consumers about the nutritional quality of a product. Each product is therefore positioned on a scale with five levels, ranging from A – the most nutritionally favorable product – to E – the least nutritionally favorable product. The category to which the food belongs is highlighted on the logo by a larger letter.
How is this score calculated?
To classify each product, a nutritional profile system was developed which takes into account nutrient content per 100g for food and beverages. The system ranks food in a scale from -15, for the most healthy foods, to +40, for the less healthy foods. The positive points are given based on the content of energy, sugars, saturated fatty acids and salt while the negative points are given based on content of fruit, vegetables and nuts, fiber and protein. After calculation, the score obtained allows to assign a letter and a color to a product.
Benefits of this system?
This nutritional score system allows consumers to situate the nutritional quality of foods in three dimensions meaning, it allows consumers to compare the nutritional values of products across different categories (e.g. biscuits vs dairy products), within the same category and within the same food offered by different brands. Additionally, it works as an incentive for manufactures to reformulate their products towards healthier formulations. Also, it has the potential to support professionals when giving nutritional advice.
At the end the main goal of this labelling system is to support and promote healthier eating habit. If you would like to know more about the effectiveness of “Nutri-Score” labelling please click here.
Perrigo enters into licensing partnership with Hikma
9 July 2018
Perrigo has granted exclusivity to license and distribute more than 30 consumer healthcare products to Hikma, including Davitamon, Prevalin, XLS Medical, Dermalex and Paranix, in the MENA region, with the exception of current agreements in place. Hikma aims to work with Perrigo’s existing partners, in the MENA region, to broaden sales and marketing coverage.
Sensient Technologies acquires Mazza Innovation Limited
12 July 2018
Sensient Technologies Corporation, a global manufacturer and marketer of colors, flavors and fragrances acquired the Canadian based company Mazza Innovation for an undisclosed amount.
Mazza Innovation Limited is a leader in environmentally friendly botanical extraction technology.
Nuherbs and Superior Trading Company reach business agreement
25 July 2018
Nuherbs holds the exclusive license and distribution rights to Superior Trading Company’s classic traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and American ginseng products.
For nearly 60 years, because of the close relationships between Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and China, Superior Trading Company has been a trusted resource for classic TCM products in the US. Nuherbs, a third-generation family business, is a leading importer of Chinese herbs and herbal supplements.
Reckitt Benckiser (RB) health category increases 8% sales from e-commerce
10 August 2018
RB investment in its e-commerce business, as a response to consumers changing shopping habits are paying off. The rise of its health sales is led by VMS, child nutrition and sexual wellbeing brands.