In adopting the new EU Directive on Food Supplements last week the
European Parliament laid the foundations for a period of developing
legislative stability for companies involved in food and health
ingredients. Considered by some...
Safety fears over Chinese herbal medicines increased this week
after potentially toxic substances were found in a slimming remedy
sold in the UK. Two people had to be treated for severe
side-effects after taking a cocktail of remedies.
Despite fierce lobbying which at one stage caused the European
Parliament's email system to crash, MEPs yesterday voted to approve
plans for a tightening of the safety controls for vitamin
The European Commission has issued a strong statement denouncing
claims in many UK newspapers yesterday that the proposed new rules
for vitamin supplements would push thousands of companies out of
Tomorrow will see the second reading of the European Union's draft
proposals for a directive on food supplements, sparking a new round
of condemnation from supplement manufacturers and retailers across
Following the news earlier this week that scientists in the UK are
calling for elderly Britons to increase their intake of folic acid,
the country's Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to chair an open
meeting on the issue.
The UK Food Standard Agency (FSA) is considering banning the use of
sheep offal in food products as part of a number of measures
designed to combat the risk of vCJD, the human brain disease linked
to BSE in cattle.