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Food Safety Authority Approves 175 “General Function” Health Claims

October 1, 2009: 03:16 AM EST
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) recently published favorable opinions on about a third of the 523 health claims submitted for 200 foods and food components. Favorable opinions are issued when there is enough scientific data to back up the claims. The foods and components include vitamins, minerals, fiber, fats, carbohydrates, probiotics, and botanicals. The EFSA said about half of the unfavorable evaluations lacked sufficient data about the claims made. The purpose of the opinions is to ensure that consumers have accurate and healthful dietary information prior to purchasing, the authority stressed.
"EFSA delivers its first series of opinions on ‘general function’ health claims", European Food and Safety Authority, October 01, 2009, © EFSA
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