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Regulators Getting Serious About Scrutinizing Functional Food Health Claims

September 4, 2009: 01:10 AM EST
Do probiotic bacteria in yogurts really improve your health? Does the addition of vitamins to sugar water really make the beverage healthier? These are the types of questions being asked of functional food makers by regulators who are looking closely at health claims. So far, the European Food Safety Authority and the FDA have found a lot of hot air in the health claims and very little science. This World Health Organization article summarizes the controversy that pits regulators and consumer groups against functional food manufacturers that have been making bold claims about the health benefits of their products.
"Europe puts health claims to the test", World Health Organization (WHO), September 04, 2009, © WHO
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