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EFSA to discuss health claims

This article was originally published in The Tan Sheet

Executive Summary

The European Food Safety Authority schedules a June 1 technical meeting to provide an update on its ongoing nutrition and health claim evaluation and an opportunity for industry stakeholders to engage with experts from the Scientific Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies, which evaluates the claims submitted by EU member states. EFSA said the meeting in Parma, Italy, also will review the general conditions, scientific criteria and pertinent studies for claim substantiation. Europe's nutritional products industry likely will seek clarity from EFSA on the claims evaluation process at the meeting, given the prevalence of negative opinions issued thus far and the sentiment held by many in industry that the criteria for claims are too rigid (1"The Tan Sheet" March 1, 2010, In Brief)

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