Category 'food safety'

Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Category : NEWS, CONVICTIONS, INGREDIENTS, INNOVATION, food safety | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments



As the leading European consultancy in nutrition and health, Nutraveris has worked with the Korean company Naturalendo Tech Co., Ltd in order to obtain the authorization to put EstroG-100® on the European market. Estro-G100® is a hot-water extract of a mixture of three herbal roots (Cynanchum wilfordii Hemsley, Phlomis umbrosa Turcz and Angelica gigas Nakai), already used in Korea, USA and Canada for the management of menopausal symptoms. After an initial evaluation from Ireland that didn’t raise any safety concern, EFSA was mandated by the European Commission at the request of some Member States for a scientific evaluation.

EFSA has now recognized that EstroG-100® is safe for the use of food supplements intended for post-menopausal women. The application provided a full characterization of the three botanicals as of the combination. Moreover, the safety of EstroG-100 was substantiated by in vitro and in vivo studies conducted either with EstroG-100® or single herbs. The applicant provided also two human clinical trials highlighting the safe use of EstroG-100® in post-menopausal women.

This success demonstrates once again the strengths of Nutraveris, either in the preparation and submission of Novel Food applications, and in its follow-up during Member States and EFSA evaluations.

Do not hesitate to contact our team to obtain authorization for your ingredients.

Thursday, June 28, 2012
Category : NEWS, NUTRILEGAL, food safety | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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ANSES issued an internal request on 30 June 2011 for an assessment of the nutritional health benefits and risks of high-intensity sweeteners after the publication of 2 studies highlighting safety issues (see the news in brief of January 17th 2011, March 8th 2011, and March 24th 2011). The assessment is currently under way but a preliminary progress report was published dealing specifically with the effects of consumption of these sweeteners by pregnant women. As regards a potential risk during pregnancy, ANSES considers that the scientific data available on pregnant women are not sufficient to provide a conclusion. Moreover, ANSES emphasizes that no studies show any nutritional benefits of consuming these substances during pregnancy.

These conclusions will be revised as necessary with regard to ANSES’s work on the general population, for which the analyses may be extrapolated to pregnant women. ANSES will issue, if necessary, recommendations based on all the available data.

It should be noted that EFSA’s conclusions regarding a possible reassessment of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame are expected in late 2012.


Thursday, June 7, 2012
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Following the report of two new cases of death due to heart attack associated with energy drink consumption, the ANSES asks to health care professionals to indicate all adverse events potentially linked to these energy drinks. The term “energy drink”, which has no regulatory frame, corresponds to drinks containing stimulating ingredients as taurine, caffeine, guarana or ginseng. In addition to the harmful effects of the combination of these drinks with alcohol, the ANSES states that 13 energy drink-associated pathologies, for which the cause and effect relationship is probable or possible, have been reported since 2008. These pathologies are mainly neurologic, psychiatric and cardiovascular diseases.
The ANSES reminds that these drinks are only for adults, and should be consumed in moderation. Energy drinks are not recommended for pregnant women, and conversely to energetic drinks, these they are not adapted for an intense physical activity.


Thursday, March 15, 2012
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The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI), an American association for consumer protection, who had already raised the alarm, reiterated its call to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to ban the caramel colorings, E150 which color Coca-Cola, the best-selling soft drink in the world, but also other soft drinks, soy sauce and some beers. The cause is the high levels of 4-methylimidazole (4-MI), a compound that would be carcinogenic in animals, released during the manufacture of the dye.

To achieve this position, CSPI collected samples from different sodas. According to the results, Pepsi’s products had 145 to 153 µg of 4-MI per can. Regular Coca-Cola had 142 to 146 µg and Diet Coke had 103 to 113 µg per can. To put those levels into context, the state of California has a 29-microgram benchmark for 4-MI. Levels above that in a serving of food or beverage may be required to bear a warning notice. In Europe, EFSA also discussed the issue and re-evaluated the safety of these coloring substances one year ago. Based on available data, EFSA has considered that the caramel colorings were neither genotoxic nor carcinogenic and that there were no concerns regarding reproductive and/or developmental toxicity. The Acceptable Daily Intake (ADI) was set at 300 mg/kg bw/day applicable to the three dyes (E 150 a, b, d) with a more conservative ADI of 100 mg/kg bw/day for the coloring E150c because of the potential immunotoxicity of one of its components 2-acetyl-4-tétrahydroxibutylimidazole (THI).

In any case, interesting fact, the CSPI asked that the appellation “caramel” was changed to a less misleading name for consumers who could interpret that as coming from melted sugar. The name of the coloring substances containing 4-MEI should be therefore changed into “ammonia-sulfite process caramel coloring” or “chemically modified caramel coloring” for labeling purposes.

Thus, we can ask ourselves about the risks associated with these coloring substances, but it is reminiscent that there are other risks associated with excessive consumption of soft drinks, such as overweight, and that consumption of these products is not recommended in large quantities.

References: “Lab Tests Find Carcinogen in Regular and Diet Coke and Peps” from CSPI / EFSA Panel on Food Additives and Nutrient Sources added to Food (ANS); Scientific Opinion on the reevaluation of caramel colours (E 150a,b,c,d) as food additives. EFSA Journal 2011;9(3):2004 [103 pp.]

Tuesday, March 6, 2012
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There was not even one death caused by a vitamin supplement in 2010, according to the most recent information collected by the U.S. National Poison Data System. The new annual report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers shows zero deaths from multiple vitamins; zero deaths from any of the B vitamins; zero deaths from vitamins A, C, D, or E; and zero deaths from any other vitamin.
Additionally, there were no deaths whatsoever from any amino acid or dietary mineral supplement.

Well over half of the U.S. population takes daily nutritional supplements. Even if each of those people took only one single tablet daily, that makes 165,000,000 individual doses per day, for a total of over 60 billion doses annually. Since many persons take far more than just one single vitamin or mineral tablet, actual consumption is considerably higher, and the safety of nutritional supplements is all the more remarkable.

Over 60 billion doses of vitamin and mineral supplements per year in the USA, and not a single fatality. Not one.

If vitamin and mineral supplements are allegedly so “dangerous,” as the FDA and news media so often claim, then where are the proofs?

Reference: Bronstein AC, Spyker DA, Cantilena LR Jr, Green JL, Rumack BH, Dart RC. 2010 Annual Report of the American Association of Poison Control Centers’ National Poison Data System (NPDS): 28th Annual Report