EFSA Negates Future Health Claims for Probiotics

July 7, 2009

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has no displayed interest in drafting health claims for probiotics, according to accounts from EFSA’s June 15 health claims summit reported by NutraIngredients.com.One hundred and twenty representatives of the probiotics industry met in Brussels for a Q&A session which was the first opportunity for industry leaders to meet with EFSA since the organization enacted new health claims regulations three years ago.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA; Parma, Italy) has no displayed interest in drafting health claims for probiotics, according to accounts from EFSA’s June 15 health claims summit reported by NutraIngredients.com.

One hundred and twenty representatives of the probiotics industry met in Brussels for a Q&A session which was the first opportunity for industry leaders to meet with EFSA since the organization enacted new health claims regulations three years ago.

EFSA responded negatively when asked if it would draft guidance for probiotics like those recently produced by the Canadian regulatory authority. The Canadian regulatory authority released health claims guidance for safety, quality, and labeling aspects of foods containing probiotics. EFSA has not issued health claims on any food groups.

Full disclosure of questions and answers posed at the EFSA summit has not been made public, but EFSA reportedly told NutraIngredients.com on July 2 that it would publish an “overview” and report on the meeting in autumn.

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