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Food for weight reduction

Commission Directive 96/8/EC of 26 February 1996 lays down compositional and labelling requirements for foods intended to be used in energy restricted diets for weight reduction.

These foods are:

  • Total diet replacement products for weight control

  • Meal replacement products for weight control

The compositional criteria include energy, protein quantity and quality, fat quantity and type, minimum and maximum levels for dietary fibre and minimum levels for certain vitamins and minerals. Nutritional substances that may be used in the manufacture of these products are laid down in Commission Regulation (EC) No 953/2009.

Commission Directive 2007/29/EC of 30 May 2007 amends Directive 96/8/EC to adapt its rules to Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods. Through this Directive it is now also allowed to make claims referring to a reduction in the sense of hunger or an increase in the sense of satiety if the claims comply with EU legislation.

As from July 2016, a new regulation will apply regarding foods intended to be used in energy restricted diets.

What will the new Regulation on Food for Specific Groups do for foods for weight reduction from 20 July 2016?

  • Set general compositional and labelling rules for total diet replacement products for weight control including very low calorie diets

  • Require the Commission to adopt, through delegated act, specific compositional and labelling rules for total diet replacement products for weight control including very low calorie diets, which will replace Directive 96/8/EC

  • Transfer rules on the use of statements on meal replacement products [between 840 kJ (200 kcal) and 1 680 kJ (400 kcal)] solely under Regulation 1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health Claims in order to ensure legal certainty.

 

Scientific Advice

Reportpdf(4 MB) Choose translations of the previous link  on foods intended for weight control diets (expressed on 19 October 1990)