IADSA briefs

Food standards bill adopted
Following an intense period of work, the Indian trade association HADSA has announced that, with IADSA's support, the Food Safety and Standards Act 2006 has been finally approved by the president of India. This is the first time that supplements have been classified as foods in the law in India.

The date of implementation has not yet been announced and the issue of administrative control over the Food Safety and Standards Authority is still to be resolved. In addition, the specific elements of supplement regulation still need to be worked out before implementation of the law.

Noni juice safe to consume
Noni juice was authorised in 2003 to be put on the market as a novel food ingredient. However, since then the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) was asked for scientific advice by the European Commission to assess whether case reports of acute hepatitis had an impact on the safety of noni juice.

Now, EFSA's panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA) has concluded that there is no convincing evidence for a causal relationship between the acute hepatitis observed in the case reports and the consumption of noni juice.

Seasonal vitamin D levels studied
A three-year research project, involving researchers from the universities of Ulster and Cork, will seek to determine the level of dietary vitamin D necessary to maintain optimum vitamin D status in the winter months. It will also seek to establish whether there are differences in vitamin D levels between those living in Northern Ireland, and those in the more southern, and sunnier, climate of Cork.

More than 120 adults between the ages of 20 and 40 will take vitamin D supplements from October to March to determine the amount of vitamin D needed from the diet to maintain summer levels. A similar study will then be carried out on the 65-plus age group.

Australia & New Zealand
Safety of glucosamine questioned
Responding to recent negative media reports about research by the University of Adelaide's Centre for Reproductive Research, Dr Tony Lewis, Executive Director of the Complementary Healthcare Council of Australia, said, "The report contains inaccuracies, which claim that products with glucosamine are not clearly labelled and that glucosamine is not regulated. That is untrue."

In fact, Dr. Lewis pointed out:

  • As with all complementary medicines, glucosamine is regulated by the Australian Therapeutic Goods Administration;
  • The Therapeutic Goods Act requires that all ingredients of complementary medicines are clearly labelled.
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