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New Rules For The Food Sector

26 July 2012
Category: Legal Articles

The following article by Wendy Hederman, Commercial Partner, appeared in the Sunday Business Post on 15 July 2012.

Many consumers are pursuing healthier lifestyles by buying food that claims to have reduced fat, fewer calories, lower salt or increased nutrients. But the area of healthy food is now becoming a battleground for consumers and producers.

Last May, the European Commission adopted a list of nutrition claims, following an assessment process set out in a 2006 EU regulation. After scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), only 222 of more than 4,000 claims were appproved.

Claims that succeeded, and can be used in the promotion of foods, include: 'Reducing consumption of sodium [salt] contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure', provided the food satisfies certain conditions.

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