EFSA adopts first opinions on health claims

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Friday, August 22, 2008

EFSA’s Panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies (NDA) has adopted its first series of opinions on claims referring to the reduction of disease risk, children's development and health

Scientists of the NDA Panel examined the scientific evidence for 8 claims, 5 of which related to children’s health and 3 to disease risk reduction. The scientific opinions describe the outcome and conclusions of the Panel’s evaluation of the scientific substantiation of the proposed health claims submitted by the applicants. This scientific advice is provided to the European Commission and Member States who will proceed with the next steps for the possible authorisation of these health claims.

EFSA’s role is to verify whether the health claim is substantiated by scientific evidence, delivering its opinion within 5 months of validating the applications received. Today’s opinions have been adopted and published within the deadline specified in the Regulation and are now available on EFSA’s website. EFSA’s advice is provided to the European Commission and Member States who will proceed with the next steps for the possible authorisation of these health claims.

At present, a further 220 such claims have been received by EFSA and will be evaluated once they have undergone a completeness check. The summaries of the claim dossiers are published on EFSA’s website once the application has been validated and is ready for the evaluation by the NDA Panel.
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