News: Refusal of health claims referring to children's development and health

2015.11.10

Refusal of health claims referring to children's development and health

Health claims | EU | Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 | EFSA

On November 10, 2015, Commission Regulation (EU) 2015/1886 enters into force. The Regulation refuses to authorise three health claims made on foods and referring to children's development and health.

Refused claims

The following nutrients/substances/foods and claims are affected:

  • Non-digestible oligo- and polysaccharides including galacto-oligosaccharides, oligofructose, polyfructose and inulin | With non-digestible oligo- and/or polysaccharides to stimulate calcium absorption
  • Beta-galactosidase from Streptococcus thermophiles | Lactase for comfortable digestion
  • Prunes | Dried plums/prunes can contribute to normal bowel function

Transition period

The health claims in question – used prior to the entry into force of the Regulation – may continue to be used for a maximum period of 6 months after the entry into force of the Regulation (Art 1 (2) of the Regulation).

Reasoning

Regarding claims relating to ‘non-digestible oligo- and polysaccharides including galacto-oligosaccharides, oligofructose, polyfructose and inulin’ EFSA concluded that the food constituents were not sufficiently characterised and therefore do not comply with the requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

With regard to all three claims mentioned above, EFSA further concluded that a cause and effect relationship between the consumption of the nutrients/substances and the respective health claim cannot be established.

Link to EUR-Lex

Tags: Health claims, EU, Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006, EFSA

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