Foodstuffs intended to satisfy particular nutritional requirements of specific groups of
the population are called "foods for particular nutritional uses", "dietetic foods" or
Where appropriate rules for the composition, marketing and labelling of specific groups of dietetic foods
have been adopted by the European Union.
The Community has adopted rules for certain foods intended for weight reduction.
Commission Directive 96/8/EC
of 26 February 1996 on foods intended for use in energy-restricted
diets for weight reduction lays down compositional and labelling
requirements for food presented for use in energy restricted
diets for weight reduction.
The Directive lays down labelling and
compositional criteria for products that are total daily diet
replacement or individual meal replacement for weight control.
The compositional criteria include energy, protein quantity
and quality, fat quantity and type, minimum and maximum levels
for dietary fibre and minimum levels for certain vitamins
and minerals is based on the advice (see below) of the SCF.
Sources of nutritional substances that can be used in these
products are given in
Commission Directive 2001/15/EC
of the Scientific Committee for
Food on foods intended for weight control diets (expressed on 19 October 1990).