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EFSA Continues Scrutiny Of EU Health Product Claims

April 29, 2010: 10:15 PM EST
Major changes in EU laws and regulations have affected the food industry, and more are on the way, according to a Euromonitor International briefing. The process began with “extremely protracted” new rules on nutrition and health claims and fortification in 2007. New organic legislation followed in 2009. The next several years will see an overhaul of general food labeling legislation that will have a significant impact on all food manufacturers. The European Food Standards Authority in October 2009 rejected more than two thirds of generic health claims submitted under the regulation. The biggest surprise was the rejection of 170 clinically-studied probiotic strains because they were not sufficiently characterized. Next on the EFSA’s agenda are long overdue nutrient profiles and a website listing of approved and rejected health claims.
Ewa Hudson, Head of Health & Wellness Research, Euromonitor International, "EFSA Dictates New Directions for EU Health Products", Nutraceuticals World, April 29, 2010, © Rodman Publishing
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