- camexpo 2012 Show Review Out Now!
- CHC gets ready to click!
- Riverford founder is top of the crops in BBC food awards
- Belgian guidelines hint at flexibility on claims wording
- Specialists warn of “epidemic” of vitamin D deficiency
- Natural beauty hotlist announced
The camexpo 2012 show review is now availbe to view online – click here to view the review.
camexpo will return to Earls Court, London, in 5-6 October 2013. For further information and to stay up-to-date with all the latest news and 2013 exhibitor information, please visit www.camexpo.co.uk.
Posted on05 December 2012. Tags: Consumers For Health Choice, Save Our Supplements, Sue Croft – Published by: NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
A re-energised Save Our Supplements campaign will harness the full power of the internet and social media and represents a coming of age for Consumers For Health Choice.
In a special interview in the December issue of Natural Products, CHC director Sue Croft explains the thinking behind the new SOS campaign to Natural Products editor Jim Manson.
Read it the interview in full here.
Posted on04 December 2012. Tags: BBC Food and Farming Awards, Guy Watson, Riverford Organic – Published by: NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
Riverford Organic founder Guy Watson has been named Farmer of the Year in the 2012 BBC Food and Farming Awards. He picked up his award in a ceremony described by the chef and children’s food campaigner Jamie as the “Oscars of the food world”.
Guy Watson started growing organic veg in 1986 on his family farm in Devon and set up the Riverford vegbox scheme in 1993, delivering to 20 local friends and families. A recognised pioneer in box schemes and organic farming champion he was described in one nomination as “consistently delivering on his commitment and principles to do the right thing”.
Mike Duckett, former head of catering at the Royal Brompton hospital, meanwhile received the Derek Cooper Award. Every meal at the hospital is cooked on the premises using fresh, local ingredients, and thirty per cent of the food is organic or locally sourced, with organic meats appearing on the menu at least once a week.
Picture: Guy Watson (right) picks up his award.
Posted on30 November 2012. Tags: EAS, EFSA, EU, Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation – Published by: NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
New guidelines issued by Belgium hint at the extent to which health claims wording may vary across the EU, says international regulatory consultancy EAS.
The wording of article 13.1 claims under the Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation is seen by many in industry as both commercially restrictive and overly technical. Hopes have therefore been pinned on individual EU member states allowing for a more flexible ‘reformulation’ of wording at a national market level.
EAS regulatory affairs manager Stefanie Geiser said that member state flexibility will be a key determining factor for acceptable practices that deviate from the regulation.
The Belgian guidelines are the first final guidelines officially published in the EU, and it is expected that these will be followed by further national guidelines in 2013. They cover a number of aspects, in particular permitted and prohibited principles with concrete examples related to reformulations of the terms ‘contributes to’ and ‘normal’. They also cover how the claims wording related to a health function may be reformulated and/or enriched with certain additional information (mainly from European Food Safety Authority opinions).
“The guidelines issued by Belgium provide an idea of the expected variations of permitted claims wording practices in national markets,” said Geiser. “They also illustrate that there may be space for negotiations with national authorities on specific product cases based on acceptable market practice in other EU countries. An overall positive trend is that the Belgian authorities show some flexibility on the permission to enrich/amend authorised Article 13.1 claims wordings in line with related functions expressed by EFSA in its opinions. It is hoped that this concept will also be taken on in the future guidelines of other EU Member States.”
• To help companies navigate national interpretation differences and plan for marketing and regulatory compliance after the
Article 13.1 list becomes applicable, Geiser and fellow EAS expert Patrick Coppens will host a workshop on 11 December in Brussels, titled ‘The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation: Dealing with the present – Planning for the future’. For more information about the workshop or to register, visit http://www.eas.eu/Event/32
Posted on27 November 2012. Tags: cv, Rickets, vitamin D deficiency – Published by: NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
A prominent academic has warned that this year’s dull summer could lead to record levels of vitamin D deficiency.
Professor Norman Ratcliffe from Swansea University says that a combination a 21st Century childhood of not playing outside and constantly wearing high factor sunscreen has been compounded by a poor summer. The result is that vitamin D levels have not been replenished sufficiently for the long winter months.
Professor Ratcliffe told the Daily Telgraph that parts of northern England recorded sunshine hours in summer similar to late winter.
He told the newspaper: “Unfortunately, the dull summer of 2012 will probably result in a record number of people with vitamin D deficiency. The situation in 2012 is probably much more serious than normal with the dull summer leading to even more people with vitamin D deficiency.”
He added: “The effects of low vitamin D levels in the body are very serious as adequate levels may be necessary to prevent common cancers, heart and autoimmune diseases, rickets, osteomalacia (bone pain and muscle weakness), diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and depression.”
Separately, children’s health specialist professor Nicolas Clarke from Southampton General Hospital has warned that more children are at risk of developing rickets. He says an education drive on the risks is needed as “primary care doctors are not up to speed”. Professor Clarke told the Daiuly Mail that “widespread fortification of foods with vitamin D and use of supplements is the only way to combat the problem”.
Posted on14 November 2012. Tags: Jayney Lee Grace, Natural Beauty Yearbook, Whole Foods Market – - Published by: NaturalProductsOnline.co.uk
Natural beauty advocate Janey Lee Grace was named number one in the Natural Beauty Yearbook’s prestigious 6th annual industry hotlist last night (Tuesday 13 November).
Hosted by leading French beauty brand Melvita at Whole Foods Market, Kensington High Street, in London, the launch party saw the natural beauty trade converge to hear the announcement of the Natural Beauty Yearbook’s exclusive countdown, which provides an essential snapshot of the leading personalities driving the hottest trends and products in the natural and organic beauty market.
“I’m thrilled to be voted number one – thrilled to bits. I’m so passionate about natural and organic beauty, so thanks to everyone in the industry for voting for me,” Jayney told the assembled crowd of beauty buyers, manufacturers, journalists and bloggers at the 2013 launch (see our gallery of pictures from the night below).
The full Who’s who in natural beauty 2013 – the top 25 list is as follows:
1. Janey Lee Grace, broadcaster, author and natural beauty advocate
2. Carol and Paul Richards, Herbfarmacy co-directors
3. Alex and Kim Barani, Kinetic Enterprises
4. Simon Ford, Melvita UK, brand manager
5. Kirstie Allen, Pinks Boutique, co-founder
6. Simon Duffy & Rhodri Ferrier, Bulldog, co-founders
7. Graeme Hume, Pravera, founder
8. Tracey Robinson, Vert PR, founder
9. Sarah Brown, Pai Organic Skincare, owner
10. Sebastian Pole and Tim Westwell, Pukka, co-founders
11. Rebecca Goodyear, Biteable Beauty, PR and writer
12. Claire Braithwaite, Zulu Beauty, co-owner
13. Simon Golding, Australis, owner
14. Dr Mariano Spiezia, Inlight Organic Skincare, founder
15. Fiona Klonarides, Beauty Shortlist, editor
16. Michael Lightowlers, Dr Organic, marketing director
17. Nic White, Alva and ONE Beauty, founder
18. Jayn Sterland, Weleda, commercial director
19. Rivka Rose, Faith Products, founder
20. Sarah Stacey & Jo Fairley, beauty journalists
21. Ines Hermida, Whole Foods Market, beauty buyer
22. Imelda Burke, Content Beauty, founder
23. Margo Marrone, The Organic Pharmacy, founder
24. Laura Rudoe, Evolve, owner
25. Star Khechara, School of Holistic Cosmetology, course developer