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TITLE Consumer understanding of health claims   CS Workshop Report.pdf (231.1 KB)
Document ID LIB592
Document type Scientific experts report/advice
Issue date 15/10/2007
Document reference 9789078637073
Original language of the document English
Full text available in EN (231.1 KB)
Document produced by ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l. organisation visiting card
Document requested by ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l. organisation visiting card
Document uploaded by Fabienne Malherbe
ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l.
(16/10/2008)
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Communication
  • Consumer protection
  • Food safety

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Short description  The new European legislation on nutrition and health claims made on foods was published on 30 December 2006. This law sets out conditions for their use, establishes a system for their scientific evaluation and will create European lists of authorised claims. An important aspect of this legislation is that it states (Article 5.2) “the use of nutrition and health claims shall only be permitted if the average consumer can be expected to understand the beneficial effects as expressed in the claim”.

This report summarises the results of a workshop organised by the ILSI Europe Consumer Science Task Force on “Consumer Understanding of Health Claims” and makes recommendations on the evidence and research that is needed to support the practical application of the legislation. It also gives guidance to producers about consumer research that should be used to support submissions.

Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The new European legislation on nutrition and health claims made on foods was published on 30 December 2006. This law sets out conditions for their use, establishes a system for their scientific evaluation and will create European lists of authorised claims. An important aspect of this legislation is that it states (Article 5.2) “the use of nutrition and health claims shall only be permitted if th ...

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