Dr David Jukes, The University of Reading, UK

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Food Law News - EU - 2017

Council Minutes, 7 December 2017

HEALTH CLAIMS - Health claims made on foods: Council Discussions

The following is an extract from the minutes of the Employment, Social Policy, Health and Consumer Affairs Council meeting on the 7 December 2017.

The Council decided not to oppose the adoption of a Commission regulation refusing to authorise a health claim made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children's development and health (13849/17 + ADD 1).

Pursuant to regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 health claims made on foods are prohibited unless they are authorised by the Commission and included in a list of permitted claims. The Commission is to decide on the authorisation of health claims taking into account the opinion delivered by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

The Commission regulation's objective is to refuse an health claim related to Lactobacillus plantarum 299v (Lp299v) and its alleged increase of non-haem iron absorption (Question No EFSA- Q-2015-006962).

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