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EU food safety body issues new health claim advice

The European Food Safety Authority has updated its health claim advice

An update on how to prepare a health claim application has been issued by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

As well as the required administrative and technical information, an application must also include: data on the characterisation of the food or food constituent for which the claim is made; information to enable EFSA to characterise the claimed effect; and data to substantiate the claim.

Last December, Beneo executive board member Dominique Speleers told Food Manufacture that EFSA needed to be more open about the criteria needed for a claim.

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