10 most read articles in 2014

Dear readers,

This year Foodlawlatest.com doubled his visitors, and we have now more than 10.000 visits each month from more than 160 countries. It’s an amazing result and I have to thank you all my readers for this.

Here’s a recap of the 10 most read articles in 2014:

1. EU maintains ban on betel leaves from Bangladesh: a fabulous guest article written by my dearest friend Francesco Montanari, Food Law consultant in Lisbon, on import/export issues in EU, in particular regarding the ban of betel leaves import from Bangladesh.

2. EU – Breaking news on allergens labelling: in the first days of December DG Sanco opened a public consultation on Guidelines relating to the provision of information on substances or products causing allergies or intolerances as listed in Annex II of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011 on the provision of food information to consumers.

3. Hepatitis A in frozen berries: the “silent outbreak” – My article on Meyerlegal newlsetter: on 8th September 2014, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) published the final results of its study on the epidemic of hepatitis A (HAV) that, last year, hit Italy and, to a lesser extent, several other European countries and that is thought to have been caused by some mix of frozen berries of Eastern-European origin. The article tries to highlight the reasons why this very outbreak should be considered an important stress test for the European food safety system as a whole nad why this event was so underestimated.

4. FSA UK – Organic Tofu recall due to a potential risk of botulism: a serious public health matter in April 2014.

5. EU Food Law Handbooka review of one of the most interesting and comprehensive book of the year on this topic. The book is edited by Prof. Bernd Van der Muelen and see the participation of really good friends and gifted professionals like Martin Holle (Nutrition policy in the European Union), Cecilia Kuhn and Francesco Montanari (Importing food into the EU), Rozita Spirovska Vaskoska and many others.

6. Study Demonstrates Superior Bioavailability of Curcumin Micelle: an interesting study for who is interested in the nutraceutical sector.

7. DG-SANCO published translated Q&A on Reg. UE 1169/2011: in May DG Sanco published the first and for now unique document of Q&A on the FIC Regulation in all the official languages of the Union.

8. Allergens Labelling (FIC Regulation n. 1169/2011) on Foodservice Consultant: a July article, published on this HORECA review about the upcoming allergens labelling in EU.

9. USA – FDA Egg Safety Rule: in November the U.S. Food and Drug Administration announced a regulation expected to prevent each year approximately 79,000 cases of foodborne illness and 30 deaths caused by consumption of eggs contaminated with the bacterium Salmonella Enteritidis.

10. Written Q&A to EU Commission – Joint answer on trans fatty acids: in this answer to four written questions by MEPs (click the highlighted numbers to open them), Mr. Borg analyses the state of the art in EU about trans fatty acids. In US the issue is at the top of the FDA agenda. FDA this year has made a preliminary determination that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the major dietary source of trans fat in the processed food supply, are no longer Generally Recognized as Safe, or GRAS.

Thank you all our readers. Keep reading and sharing and happy new year!


Study Demonstrates Superior Bioavailability of Curcumin Micelle

Frutarom Switzerland Ltd., Health BU Switzerland, in conjunction with Aquanova AG, Darmstadt, Germany, is pleased to announce the results of a recently published human study examining the bioavailability of curcumin across three different oral delivery systems.

Recognized as the most biologically active compound found in the turmeric rhizome (Curcuma longa), curcumin presents wide-ranging health benefits. Key to capitalizing on curcumin’s health benefits is improving its limited uptake into the body. The typically low systemic bioavailability of the lipophilic curcumin is attributed to its poor solubility in the aqueous phase of the digestive tract and its rapid metabolism and excretion from the body.

Over the past several years, new delivery systems have emerged and were touted for their potential to enhance uptake and retention. The study, “Oral bioavailability of curcumin from micronized powder and liquid micelles is significantly increased in healthy humans and differs between sexes[i]”, provides strong data demonstrating enhanced systemic uptake and sustained circulation of NovaSOL® curcumin micelles in comparison to both native curcumin and curcumin micronisate.

“The numbers are exciting,” explains Jan Frank, PhD, professor at Hohenheim University’s Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition, Stuttgart, Germany and the principal investigator on the recently-published human trial. “The AUC-[the area under the plasma concentration-time curve, which is the gold-standard measurement of the bioavailability of a compound] places the NovaSOL® curcumin micelle head and shoulders above other delivery systems. This provides significant opportunities to truly utilize curcumin’s properties to maximum effect. ”

Based on comparisons of plasma AUC, the study demonstrates significant differences between the three curcumin formulations with total AUC as follows: native curcumin 66 +/- 116 nmol/L×h, curcumin micronisate 583 +/- 289 nmol/L×h, and curcumin micelle 12148 +/- 4547 nmol/L×h. The numbers show a 185-fold higher AUC, demonstrating conclusively the superior bioavailability of the curcumin micelle compared to native curcumin.

Therefore, using a small single dose of NovaSOL® curcumin is the bioavailable equivalent to high, multiple gram dosages of a standard extract.

Further studies, including an exploration of the differences in plasma concentration between men and women and the bioefficacy of micellar curcumin, are underway at Professor Frank’s laboratories.

1.    [i] C. Schiborr, et al., The oral bioavailability of curcumin from micronized powder and liquid micelles is significantly increased in healthy humans and differs between sexes, Molecular Nutrition & Food Research 2014in press.
The article can be freely read and downloaded at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.201300724