Monday, January 25, 2010
Category : CLAIMS, CONVICTIONS | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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Following the negative opinion on health claims submitted for glucosamine and joint in general, it is no longer possible to communicate on such products which are the first global marketplace for food supplement!

Indeed, studies showing the efficacy of glucosamine on joints have mainly been performed in populations of patients with osteoarthritis and arthritis. This target population can not support scientific evidence in food supplements.

As we anticipated, expressed long time ago (interview nutraingredient) and already in progress through several studies, it is necessary to justify the efficacy of glucosamine (as other ingredients for joint) in healthy subjects.

All claims are accessible online on Nutraveris’on line

Monday, January 18, 2010
Category : NUTRILEGAL | Author : experts | Comment : No Comments
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The “Ordonnance” n° 2010-18 of the 7th of January 2010 makes official the creation of the ANSSAET, the French National Agency in charge of Food Safety, Environment and Labour, and from now on, that include both AFSSA and AFSSET agencies.

This “Ordonnance” will come into force on the date and the conditions set by the Decree on the 1st of July at the latest.

A French observational study, called the «NutriNet-Santé » study and which began in May 2009, aims at the inclusion of 500 000 adults over a total duration of 5 years in order to establish possible links between nutrition and health. This study is coordinated by Pr Serge Hercberg (unit U557 Inserm/Inra/Cnam/Université Paris 13).

Through internet, participants answer questionnaires about their diet, physical activity, body weight, height and about some factors which are possibly involved in food behavior.

On the 27th of November 2009, 104 356 subjects were already included. Although it was too early to conclude about links between nutrition and health, these first results allowed to highlight strong discrepancies between regions such as a North-South gradient for the consumption of fruits and vegetables.

This study could lead food companies to adapt the nutritional characteristics of their products depending on the French region of launching.