EFSA rulings enforceable by July 2010
European Food Safety Authority opinions on various food health claims, now being processed, could see products removed from shelves by next July
17 November 2009
The 94 generic health claim opinions recently issued by EFSA will be processed by the European Commission by the end of next January.
An official told NutraIngredients.com that member States will have six months to apply the EC-ratified health claims rulings, meaning that those products whose claims have not been upheld will have to change their marketing or be removed from shelves by July 2010.
EFSA found that two thirds of the 523 (article 13.1) submissions made by food companies did not offer enough evidence to support the health claim made by the products in question, including well-known claims such as those surrounding omega-3 and probiotics.
It is now thought that Europe’s nutrition and health claims regulation is resulting in one of the most restrictive health claims regimes in the world. Some companies are seeking legal advice to see if they can possibly challenge the regulation in the European Court of Justice.