Category Archives: EFSA

EFSA are the European Food Safety Authority and ‘the EU risk assessment body for food and feed safety’. We have more recently, along with the rest of the health food and supplement industry in Europe, become very frustrated and bemused by many of the EFSA nutrition and health claims decisions and their legislative processes.

New permitted claims

New approved claims for Zinc, Vitamin D, Calcium and Selenium

This week’s article gives an overview of the latest permitted claims authorised by the European Commission and two claims that are currently pending authorisation, including; Calcium and Vitamin D contribute to a reduction in the risk of Bone Mineral Density (BMD) and thus a reduction in the risk of bone fracture; vitamin D contributes to a reduction in the risk of falling (further information for this claim on a recent Cytoplan blog – please follow the link); Zinc contributes to normal growth and finally, Selenium contributes to the protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.

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Indulging in Resveratrol & Cocoa Flavanols for Christmas?

Will you be indulging in a little red wine and chocolate this Christmas time? Or perhaps you like a little of either, or both, throughout the year. Let’s face, it both these are foods and drinks that carry some pretty hefty health warnings – so consume in moderation and occasionally is typically the refrain. However both have been in the health news regularly of late with a raft of research projects exploring the potential health benefits related to these foods and drinks. Continue reading  ▶

‘Goodbye Probiotic, Hello Live Native Bacteria!’

‘Goodbye Probiotic, Hello Live Native Bacteria!’

Sadly at Cytoplan we are shortly drawing to a close our use of the word “Probiotic” in all relevant product packaging plus online and print materials (etc.). So soon, when you are looking for our range of supplements that we have sold for decades and designed to support gut health you will be confronted instead with the term “Live Native Bacteria”. Continue reading  ▶

Selenium Supplements

Selenium, vitamin E supplements increase prostate cancer risk?

Another vitamin and mineral supplement ‘scare’ hit the headlines recently with claims from USA research that high supplement doses of (jointly) vitamin E and the mineral Selenium could increase prostate cancer risks. Although the purpose of the research was to attempt to find a positive correlation (for prostate and select nutrients) it was reported that their findings appeared to suggest the opposite. Continue reading  ▶

Folate Supplements and NTD Neural Tube Defects

Folate (Folic Acid), Mothers-to-be and Pregnant Women

Good news finally for folate in food supplement form – folate (also termed folic acid) has been issued with a ‘favourable opinion’ by EFSA (The European Food Safety Authority). Specifically EFSA has issued a favourable opinion on the use of supplemental folate to reduce the risk of neural tube defects (NTD) such as spina bifida and anencephaly in newborn children. Continue reading  ▶