UK Food Standards Agency Consulting on EU Nutrition and Health Claims proposal

Wednesday, 30 July 2003 --The Food Standards Agency is consulting until October 24th regarding an EU proposed regulation aimed at harmonizing nutrition and health labeling requirements aross EU countries.

Under this proposal, non-specific claims such as 'good for you' and 'will improve your wellbeing' will be prohibited, as will be claims that are misleading by the way they are expressed such as '90% fat free'.

The proposal also establishes criteria for nutrtion claims such as low-fat, low-energy, fat-free.

In order to be accepted, health claims will require assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and approval by the Standing Committee on Food and Animal Health.

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