March 16, 2015
The Hong Kong Center for Food Safety (CFS) has opened for public opinion the consultation document entitled Proposed Regulatory Framework on Nutrition and Health Claims on Infant Formula, Follow-up Formula, and Prepackaged Foods for Infants and Young Children under the Age of 36 Months in Hong Kong.
The consultation establishes five overarching principles that define the boundary of the regulatory framework to protect nutrition and health claims for infants and young children under the age of 36 months.
- Nutrition claims (i.e. nutrient content claims and nutrient comparative claims) should be prohibited in infant formula
- Reduction of disease risk claims should be prohibited in formula products and foods for infants and young children under the age of 36 months (“IYC foods”)
- Nutrition claims (i.e. nutrient content claims and nutrient comparative claims) and nutrient function claims should be permitted in IYC foods
- Nutrients or constituents permitted to be the subjects of claims should be of high importance to the health of infants and young children
- Nutrition and health claims should meet specific content conditions and health claims should be scientifically substantiated and have undergone credible evaluation process
The document includes six annexes devoted to the following topics:
- Annex I: Examples of Claims for Orally Consumed Products in respect of which Advertisement is Controlled under the Undesirable Medical Advertisement Ordinance
- Annex II: The Scope and Categorisation of Formula Products and IYC Foods Adopted by Different Authorities
- Annex III: Definition of Nutrition and Health Claim Adopted by Different Authorities
- Annex IV: Regulatory Control on Nutrition and Health Claims in Different Authorities
- Annex V: Regulatory Approaches Adopted in Different Jurisdictions
- Annex VI: Mechanisms for Evaluating Nutrition and Health Claims Adopted in Different Jurisdictions
- The public consultation is open until April 17, 2015.