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PASSCLAIM: Process for the Assessment of Scientific Support for Claims on Foods - Phase One: Preparing the Way
  PASSCLAIM Phase One Preparing the Way.pdf (2.56 MB)
Document ID LIB555
Document type Scientific peer reviewed article
Issue date 01/03/2003
Document reference NA
Original language of the document English
Document produced by ILSI Europe a.i.s.b.l. organisation visiting card
Document financed by European Commission - DG Research
Scientific domains
Policy domains
  • Consumer protection
  • Health


Short description  PASSCLAIM aims to establish criteria for the scientific support for health claims for foods. The Phase One Individual Theme Group (ITG) papers on diet-related cardiovascular disease, bone health and osteoporosis, physical performance and fitness, and review of existing processes were published in the European Journal of Nutrition, together with the summary report of the First Plenary meeting including a set of interim criteria to scientifically substantiate claims on foods.
Three ITG papers describe what needs to be done in terms of scientific research and how claims should be scientifically justified in the key areas for the development of enhanced function or reduction of disease risk claims.
Furthermore, the papers assessed the usability of the markers (and their validation) used for the scientific substantiation of the claims.
Abstract (focusing on the key recommendations)  The primary role of diet is to provide sufficient nutrients to meet the metabolic requirements of an individual and to give the consumer a feeling of satisfaction and well-being through hedonistic attributes (such as taste). In addition, by modulating specific physiological targets, diet can have an additional function: beneficial physiological and psychological effects beyond the widely accepted ...

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