Monday, September 30, 2013
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Three Article 13.5 health claims which had received positive opinions from EFSA in 2010, 2011 and 2012 are now authorized according to Regulation (EU) N° 851/2013 of 3 September 2013:

–       “Replacing sugar-containing, acidic drinks, such as soft drinks (typically 8-12 g sugars/100 ml), with reformulated drinks contributes to the maintenance of tooth mineralization” (Petitioner: GlaxoSmithKline Services Unlimited)

–      “Consumption of products high in slowly digestible starch (SDS) raises blood glucose concentration less after a meal compared to products low in SDS” (Petitioner: Mondelēz International group)

–      “Cocoa flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow” (Petitioner: Barry Callebaut Belgium nv.)

These 3 health claims are restricted to the use of their petitioner for a period of five years.

Moreover EFSA published in July 6 positive opinions on:

2 Article 14 health claims – Disease risk reduction:

–      Limicol® (combination of numerous ingredients) and reduction of blood LDL-cholesterol concentrations

–      Increasing maternal folate status by supplemental folate intake and reduced risk of neural tube defects

3 Article 14 health claims – Children’s development & health, for infants and children up to three years:

–      Magnesium and contribution to normal development of bone

–      Iron and contribution to normal cognitive development

–      Vitamin A and contribution to normal development and function of the immune system

1 positive opinion on an Article 13.5 health claim:

–      “Non-fermentable” carbohydrates (of which Nutriose®) and maintenance of tooth mineralisation by decreasing tooth demineralization.

Experts from Nutraveris consultancy are at your disposal for bringing their know-how concerning your projects of new specific health claims.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013
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Under Regulation (EC) No 1333/2008, EFSA must re-evaluate by 2020 all authorized food additives.

For the re-evaluation of food additives for 2013 and 2014, EFSA has launched a new call for data asking Member States and other stakeholders for two types of data for 51 food additives in total: figures from industry on the amounts of these additives they report using in their products; and data derived from analyses indicating actual levels of these additives found in foods and drinks from national food authorities, research institutions, academia, food industry and other stakeholders.

The deadlines for the submission of data on usage level and/or concentration data in food and beverages intended for human consumption concerning the food additives listed in the table below is July and November 2013:

Thursday, June 28, 2012
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ANSES issued an internal request on 30 June 2011 for an assessment of the nutritional health benefits and risks of high-intensity sweeteners after the publication of 2 studies highlighting safety issues (see the news in brief of January 17th 2011, March 8th 2011, and March 24th 2011). The assessment is currently under way but a preliminary progress report was published dealing specifically with the effects of consumption of these sweeteners by pregnant women. As regards a potential risk during pregnancy, ANSES considers that the scientific data available on pregnant women are not sufficient to provide a conclusion. Moreover, ANSES emphasizes that no studies show any nutritional benefits of consuming these substances during pregnancy.

These conclusions will be revised as necessary with regard to ANSES’s work on the general population, for which the analyses may be extrapolated to pregnant women. ANSES will issue, if necessary, recommendations based on all the available data.

It should be noted that EFSA’s conclusions regarding a possible reassessment of the acceptable daily intake (ADI) for aspartame are expected in late 2012.


Wednesday, February 1, 2012
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Following the positive vote by the Standing Committee of the Food Chain and Animal Health (SCFCAH) on December 5, the draft Regulation of the European Commission establishing, under Article 13.3 of Regulation 1924/2006, list of permitted health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health, and the annex listing the 13.2 allowed claims were transmitted in the European Parliament on January 27.
The European Parliament and the Council now have within three months (until April 27) to oppose the publication of this text as part of the Council Decision 1999/468/EC laying down the procedures for the exercise of implementing powers conferred on the Commission. Regulation should be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in mid-May for entry into force 20 days later.
The claims which have not been submitted to Member States for evaluation by EFSA as part of the procedure 13.2 will be forbidden to the publication of the Regulations. The period of compliance of their communications will be 6 months. The claims will be used in accordance with these Regulation in late November. The permitted claims will be those listed on annex published in conjunction with the Regulation. Those, under evaluation by EFSA, and those, which the transition will run, still will be used.
Friday, November 25, 2011
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The Regulation No 1169/2011/CE of October 25, 2011 for consumer information on food (INCO Regulation) has just been published in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The provisions noticed are:
– Readability: the font size is 1.2 mm with a exception from 0.9 mm for packages with the surface area is less than 80cm ².
– Declaration of Allergens: these must be highlighted and the repeat of the allergens is mandatory
– Labelling of origin: the implementing rules are to be defined for mandatory labeling of the origin forthe primary ingredients (ingredients representing more than 50%) if the origin is different from the label on the product
– Nutrition labeling: it is mandatory (energy nutrients + 6) except for water and food supplements
– Declaration of vegetable oils: each oil must list

Regulation No 1169/2011/CE enter into force on 13 December 2011 or 20 days after its publication in the official journal of the EU. The time of application will take place between 3 to 5 years from December 13, 2011