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|Thursday, May 17, 2012||14:39|
(Brussels, 16 May 2012) (drinks media wire) - European food manufacturers today welcome the official adoption by the European Commission of the list of permitted Article 13.1 health claims. The list is expected to be published shortly in the Official Journal of the European Union and has already been included in the Union Register, available on the DG Sanco website.
FoodDrinkEurope welcomes the publication of this European-wide list as it provides Europe's food and drink industry with the legal clarity required. Consumers can now be confident that all claims made on products have been approved for use and are based on solid scientific evidence.
However, improvements are still needed to the way in which the Health Claims Regulation is applied. FoodDrinkEurope calls on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to improve dialogue with applicants and provide clarity on the information needed to fully substantiate a health claim. Food manufacturers believe that improvements need to be made to the way that the Claims Regulation is applied and look forward to continuing to work together with the Commission and other stakeholders constructively in this respect.
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