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Food firms are cynical about health claims

01-Jul-2010
Last updated on 02-Jul-2010 at 23:58 GMT

Health food processors are still not convinced that the European Food Safety Authority's (EFSA's) process for assessing dossiers under the EU's Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation is fit for purpose, following a meeting of 450 stakeholders at EFSA's headquarters in Parma.

Last month, the European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM) claimed the meeting "lacked substance" and failed to address its main objection: insufficient differentiation between assessments for types of claim, under Articles 13.5/14 and 13.1 claims.

Catherine Geslain-Lanéelle, EHPM's executive director, said EFSA had adopted 63 scientific opinions related to children's development and disease risk reduction claims (Article 14) and 22 opinions related to health claims applications based on newly developed science and/or proprietary data (Article 13.5).

Of more than 4,600 general function (Article 13.1) health claims submitted via the Member States and the European Commission, EFSA had evaluated over 930 and adopted 125 opinions.

The next opinion from EFSA's Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition & Allergies will be published in September.

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