EU food fight continues
Irish MEP urges food industry to fight harder against restrictive legislation in Europe
10 October 2008
Irish MEP, Kathy Sinnott, has said there is a need for ongoing lobbying and increased industry effort in relation to nutritional benefits in food. At the Rude Health show in Dublin last month, Sinnott criticised the European Commission’s approach to food law and said industry must continue lobbying for amendments to regulations such as the Food Supplements Directive (FSD) and the Traditional Herbal Medicinal Products Directive (THMPD).
The MEP said that nutrient-depleted foods had led to greater population-wide rates of unwellness. But potential solutions, such as those offered by healthy and functional foods, as well as food supplements, were being curtailed by restrictive European food laws that were misinterpreting the notion of public safety.
Her comments come in the wake of new stringent EU legislation governing the use of health claims on food products. In a recent review, the EFSA (European Food Safety Authortiy) rejected the cases of eight out of nine food products, on the grounds that their claims lacked substantial scientific backing.