Health & Consumer Voice - January/February - 2012 Edition
Permitted health claims are based on a scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that validates the alleged health benefits of certain foods. EFSA has completed the authorisation process for over half of the 4 600 claims listed for assessment.
In a statement following the meeting, Commissioner Dalli recalled the Commission’s objective of guaranteeing a higher level of consumer protection through the nutrition and health claims Regulation. “Consumers tend to over-estimate the value of food products on which claims are made. We now have the tools to clean up the market from unsubstantiated and misleading health claims.”
The measure must now be endorsed by the European Parliament and Council before being published in the EU’s Official Journal.