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Amended EU Directive to Authorize Health Claims on Food

September 11, 2015

The European Commission (EC) has approved Commission Regulation (EU) No 851/2013 that pertains to the list of permitted health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children's development and health. The new regulation is an amended regulation of the Commission Regulation No 432/2012.

The Regulation includes three permitted health claims to be included in the Union list:

  • Replacing sugar-containing, acidic drinks, such as soft drinks (typically 8-12g sugars/100 mL), with reformulated drinks contributes to the maintenance of tooth mineralization
  • Consumption of products high in slowly digestible starch (SDS) raises blood glucose concentration less after a meal compared to products low in SDS
  • Cocoa flavanols help maintain the elasticity of blood vessels, which contributes to normal blood flow