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EU to establish a list of permitted food health claims

Pursuant to the Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 the commission adopted Regulation 432/2012 establishing a list of permitted health claims made on foods other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk

The list as established by the Regulation (EU) 432/2012 contains 222 permitted health claims, corresponding to 497 entries in the consolidated list submitted to the European Food Safety Authority for a scientific assessment.

Regulation on Food Health and Nutrient Claims

The Commission has finalized its consideration of all health claims submitted for evaluation except for four categories of claims made on specific groups of food or one of their constituents. Those categories include claims on plant or herbal substances, commonly known as “botanical substances”, claims on specific foodstuffs, namely foods for use in very low calorie diets and foods with reduced lactose content, claims on caffeine and claims on carbohydrates.

In line with Article 20 of Regulation 1924/2006 the register of nutrition and health claims containing all authorized health claims, those rejected and the reasons for their rejection should be updated in the light of the present regulation and its deferred application. Comments and positions from the members of the public and interested stakeholders, received by the Commission have been adequately considered when setting the measures provided for in this Regulation.

Therefore the Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 needed to be amended accordingly resulting in the Regulation (EU) No 536/2013 of 11 June 2013 establishing a list of health claims made on foods other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health.

Amended Food Health Claims

In annex to Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 (2) the following entries of permitted health claims are inserted:

- Alphacyclodextrin
- Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA)
- Docosahexaenoic acid and Eicosapentaenoic acid (DHA/EPA)
- Dried plums of prune cultivars (Prunus domestica L.)
- Fructose

The amended table describes following issues:

(1) Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:...)
(2) Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:...)
(3) Regulation (EU) No 536/2013 (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:...)

- Nutrient, substances, food or food category
- Claim
- Condition of use of the claim
- Conditions and/or restrictions of use of the food and/or additional statement or warning
- EFSA Journal number
- Relevant entry number in the consolidated list submitted to EFSA

Docosahexaenoic acid and Eisosapentaenoic acid (DHA/EPA) are mentioned twice in the table but the first claim is that DHA/EPA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure while in the second claim DHA/EPA contributes to the maintenance of normal blood triglyceride levels. Those claims have a restriction that they shall not be used for foods targeting children.

The Regulation (EU) No 536/2013 shall apply from 2 January 2014.

by S. C.
05 august 2013, World News > Europe

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