Health claims regulation and fortification regulation start to apply

2.7.2007

<div>The Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on foods (1924/2006) and the Regulation on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods (1925/2006) start to apply in the EU as of 1 June 2007. The Regulations harmonise legislation and practices pertaining to nutrition and health claims and to fortification of foods within the EU.</div>

Health claims regulation creates common rules for health claim marketing in EU

With the enforcement of the new Regulation, all nutrition and health claims used in the marketing of food will be assessed at Community level. As of the beginning of July, the new Regulation will affect the use of nutrition claims and in some respects also labelling, and certain references that could mislead consumers will be banned. Nutrition declaration is in the future always mandatory if any health claims are made about the product. The Regulation describes the approved nutrition claims and the conditions for their use. The first common positive list of health claims in the EU, as well as the nutrition profiles, which the products need to comply with to bear health claims, will be published later. The purpose of the nutrition profiles is to limit the use of health claims to nutritionally preferable foods. The Regulation allows transition periods of varying lengths for existing products.

Regulation on the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances to foods – permit procedure replaced by notification procedure

In Finland the procedure for placing fortified food products on the market becomes easier as of the beginning of July. A permit is no longer needed for placing a food product fortified with vitamins and/or minerals on the market, but the food business operator only needs to submit a notification to the Finnish Food Safety Authority. The application of the Regulation also involves changes in labelling. As of the beginning of July, nutrition declaration indicating e.g. the amount of added vitamins and/or minerals is compulsory in the labelling of fortified foods. No maximum amounts for vitamins and minerals added in food have been defined as yet, but will be published later. The Regulation allows transition periods for existing products.

More information can be found at:
Health claims regulation:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2007/l_012/l_01220070118en00030018.pdf

Fortification regulation:
http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/site/en/oj/2006/l_404/l_40420061230en00260038.pdf

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