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Europe’s Food Industry Pleads For Halt To Piecemeal Adoption Of Health Claims “Regulation”

April 15, 2010: 09:25 PM EST
More than 350 European food supplement makers, food manufacturers and ingredient suppliers have appealed to the president of the European Commission to stop the European Union’s proposed gradual, batch-by-batch approach to implementing a list of 4,500 functional health claims. A letter to José Manuel Barroso asks for his personal intervention to stop the piecemeal adoption of the list. The letter argues that the batch approach to releasing the “Regulation” distorts market competition, forces unnecessary and costly label changes, and “creates confusion in the market as non-harmonized claims co-exist with harmonized claims with unequal conditions of access to markets across the EU.” The current approach to implementing the rules will devastate the industry, the companies said, because many of the claims are for products that have been “used by consumers for decades.”
"European Industry in Mass Appeal to Commission President Over Health Claims Regulation", Food Ingredients First, April 15, 2010, © CNS Media BV
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