222 general function health claims approved for food marketing


<p>The European Commission has approved first 222 general function health claims for use in the marketing of foodstuffs. Claims rejected from the list of authorised claims must be removed from marketing within six months.</p>

General function health claims refer to claims that describe the effect that a nutrient or some other substance has on growth, development and the functions of the body, on psychological and behavioural functions, or on slimming and weight control.

It is important that consumers can trust the health claims made on food. Only health claims substantiated by scientific evidence are authorised. The European Commission has also published a list of health claims, which were not considered to be substantiated by adequate scientific evidence and were not authorised for use. The list of authorised and non-authorised claims will be supplemented later when EFSA and the European Commission continue the review of health claims.

Companies are responsible for the claims that they use. They must verify that the labelling of the products contains all the information required when health claims are used.

Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira acts as the national competent authority in Finland and forwards claim applications to EFSA for an assessment. Evira's tasks include the management, steering and development of the control of nutrition and health claims in Finland. Compliance with the requirements laid down in the Nutrition and Health Claim Regulation is primarily controlled by local food control authorities.

More information on the topic:

For more information, please contact:
Ms. Kaisa Kukkonen, Senior Officer, Evira, tel. +358 50 386 8430, kaisa.kukkonen at-merkki.gif : 1Kb evira.fi
Ms. Anne Haikonen, Counsellor, Legal Affairs, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, tel. +358 50 369 7618, anne.haikonen at-merkki.gif : 1Kb mmm.fi

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