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Disappointed Soy Suppliers Preparing Response To EFSA’s Rejection Of Health Claim

August 23, 2010: 08:09 PM EST
Suppliers of soy protein have expressed disappointment in the European Food Safety Authority’s (EFSA) rejection of a health claim application that linked soy with cholesterol reduction. The Article 14 claim, submitted by food industry trade groups, stated that soy “reduces blood cholesterol and may therefore reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” However, EFSA said the studies didn’t support the claim. The European Natural Soyfood Manufacturers Association and the European Vegetable Protein Federation, however, said that several studies has shown the positive effect of soy protein on blood cholesterol and the health claim had already been approved by several EU member states. A large soy supplier called the ruling “disconcerting” and is preparing a response. The EFSA is evaluating all claims submitted under the EU’s Nutrition & Health Claims Regulation.
Richard Clarke, "Industry responds to soy health claims blow", Functional Ingredient/NPI Centre, August 23, 2010, © Penton Media Inc
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