FSA opens list on health claims

The Food Standards Agency is asking food businesses to submit health claims for consideration for inclusion on the European list of permitted health claims, which will be compiled under new European legislation.

The new European Regulation aims to increase consumer protection with regards to nutrition and health claims made on food. Under the new legislation, member states, including the UK, will be responsible for compiling a list of health claims for consideration for a community wide approved list.

To be eligible for consideration, claims must be based on generally accepted science and relate to the role of a nutrient or other substances in growth, development and functions of the body, psychological and behavioural functions or slimming and weight control.

Once compiled the UK list will be submitted for assessment, on advice from the European Foood Safety Authority (EFSA) and agreement by all member states.

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