EFSA 26/03/21 General scientific guidance for stakeholders on health claim applications (Revision 1) EFSA 26/03/21 Scientific and technical guidance for the preparation and presentation of a health claim application (Revision 3) PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-005449/2020 List of pending health claims regarding herbal and plant substances.
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-004673-17 Sicilian companies warned not to list the ancient Sicilian cereal Timilia among ingredients on product labels. In recent days, it has been reported that the company Terre e Tradizioni, based in Verona, has had a letter delivered to all the Sicilian companies which sell products containing Timilia cereal a warning letter informing them that TIMILIA is a registered trade mark and asking them to stop using the name Timilia immediately.
In the second half of the 20th century, Timilia became almost totally extinct because of the dissemination of mass-cultivation crops with limited variety and big yields; since then, thanks to greater awareness of more natural crops and organic products, many Sicilian farmers have decided to go back to growing it, supplying natural flour which is a rare and much appreciated product. Nowadays, Timilia is mainly grown by small businesses producing traditional Sicilian products.
Timilia was mentioned as a traditional Sicilian wheat in Publication No 9 of 1942 by the Sicilian Experimental Cereal-growing Station, entitled ‘I frumenti siciliani’ (Sicilian Wheats). PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-004886-18 Nutritional labelling and WHO guidelines. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-002600-19 ‘Clean Label’ Food Advertising.
However, more and more of such food is offered as imitations of meat products which have the same appearance as meat products and which are also labelled as the same product. So, for example, there is : ‘vegetarian ham’, ‘vegetarian meat sausage’, ‘vegetarian schnitzel’ and ‘vegan chicken’, to name just a few. In addition to this, many of these products are depicted on the product packaging or sold in transparent packaging to create the impression of meat products. PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-005388-15 Food labelling of glazed food products. EU Regulation No 1169/2011 regulates the labelling of glazed food products by indicating the net quantity for pre-packaged products (Article 9(e)).
Annex IX, Section 5, notes that when a solid food is presented in a covering liquid, it is also necessary to indicate the net drained weight. The Commission Opinion (ref. Ares (2015)538413) of 9 February 2015 provides for the prohibition of double weight labelling, in contrast to the regulation. With this interpretation, the consumer, not having the dual weight (water plus product) and drained net weight (product only), is not able to obtain adequate information about the water present in the package. Trading is based on the weight (water plus product). How does the Commission intend to ensure the consumer that they have the correct information about the product purchased with special reference to the difference between the total weight and the actual net drained weight? PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-004339-15 The acceptability of selling the same type of food with different ingredients in different EU countries.
PARLEMENT EUROPEEN - Réponse à question E-001118-15 Does food have a healing effect? EUROPE 16/05/12 Food: Commission adopts landmark list of permitted health claims . European Commission - Press release Food: Commission adopts landmark list of permitted health claims Brussels, 16 May 2012 – Health claims on food labelling and in advertising, for example on the role of calcium and bone health or vitamin C and the immune system, have become vital marketing tools to attract consumers' attention.
Therefore EU consumers expect accurate information on products they buy, in particular on the health claims the products may put forward. Today, a list of 222 health claims has been approved by the Commission. This list is based on sound scientific advice, will be used throughout the EU and will also help to remove misleading claims from the market before the end of the year. John Dalli, Commissioner in charge of Health and Consumer Policy, said: "Today's decision is the culmination of years of work and marks a major milestone in regulating health claims on food. Food manufacturers will have a period of 6 months to adapt their practices to the new requirements. EFSA 31/05/11 Scientific and technical guidance for the preparation and presentation of an application for authorisation of a he. EFSA Journal 2011;9(5):2170 [36 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2170 Type: Guidance of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel On request from: European Commission Question number: EFSA-Q-2007-066 , EFSA-Q-2011-00215 Adopted: 13 May 2011 Published: 31 May 2011 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy The European Commission has requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to issue an opinion on a scientific and technical guidance for applications for authorisation of health claims under Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.
For the first time, this Regulation lays down harmonised rules across the European Union for the use of nutrition claims such as “low fat”, “high fibre” or health claims such as “reducing blood cholesterol”. This Regulation foresees implementing measures to ensure that any claim made on foods' labelling, presentation or marketing in the European Union is clear, accurate and based on evidence accepted by the whole scientific community. Consequently foods bearing claims that could mislead consumers will be eliminated from the market. EUROPE 16/05/12 Questions and Answers on the list of permitted Health Claims on food products. Brussels, 16 May 2012 Questions and Answers on the list of permitted Health Claims on food products Why has the EU tackled the issue of "health claims" on food products? Consumers are looking for added value when purchasing food.