Nutrition and Health Claims
Last updated: 25 September 2006
Publication Date: 4 August 2006
The European Commission has proposed a Regulation on the use of nutrition and health claims for foods. One of the Commission’s key objectives is to “ensure that consumers will be able to rely on the truth and accuracy of information” by making sure that health and nutrition claims are based on reliable scientific evidence. EFSA will be strongly involved in implementing the new legislation, as its role will be to assess whether any claims about the health benefits or nutritional value of foods are scientifically reliable and justified. This will see EFSA taking on important new tasks in the field of nutrition.
Background to the proposed new legislation
The European Commission saw the need to propose EU-wide legislation in order to regulate nutrition and health claims by applying harmonised rules across the EU. It has therefore proposed a Regulation on the use of nutrition and health claims for foods which aims to:
The European Commission has published detailed information on the proposed legislation including Questions and Answers on the issue of nutrition and health claims. For more details, see the “useful links” section below.
For more information on nutrition and health claims including:What is EFSA’s position on the new legislative proposal?
What are EFSA’s tasks in implementing the proposed legislation?
Will EFSA be able to assess new health claims within the foreseen deadlines?
What are nutritional profiles?
Does EFSA have the experience and expertise to take this work on?
EFSA Conference on Nutrition and Health Claims
8-10 November 2006
A conference will be held by EFSA to exchange views and share experience with all interested parties including EFSA’s Scientific Panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA Panel), EFSA’s Advisory Forum, Member State experts, experts from outside of Europe, European Commission, European Parliament, industry and consumer organisations, NGOs, etc.
Click here for more details on the conference.
More information on the new regulation is available on the commission website including legislative texts, press releases, questions and answers on health and nutrition claims and background documents.
Questions and Answers on Nutrition and Health Claims published by the European Commission: Click here
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