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Food labelling: clearer rules and tighter controls on claims
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Published on 16-05-12

The European Commission has today approved a list of 222 scientifically proven claims about the health benefits of certain foods, for use on food labelling and advertising throughout the EU. This will help remove misleading claims from the market by the end of the year, ensuring strong protection for consumers.

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    The authorised claims – all of which must be accurate, truthful, understandable and substantiated by science - will be listed in the Union Register of nutrition and health claims made on foods, an interactive database, hosted on the Commission's website.

    EU legislation on nutrition and health claims made on food follows calls from consumer organisations for clearer rules and tighter controls, amidst concern that health claims could be less than informative or be misleading, by accident or design.

    The list of health claims was approved by national Ministries and scrutinised by the European Parliament before publication. It represents the outcome of the work undertaken by the Commission and European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on health claims submitted by member states on behalf of their food industry and consumers.

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