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EC Drafts Commission Regulation Rejecting Health Claims Made on Foods

October 21, 2014

The European Commission (EC) has drafted a Commission Regulation that refuses to authorize certain health claims made on foods, other than those referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children's development and health. The regulation is in in accordance with Article 18(4) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of December 20, 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods.

The drafted regulation rejects health claims in regards to glucose as written on the Annex of this draft. According to the assessment of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), the health claims do not comply with the conditions found on Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

The rejected health claims include:

  • Glucose is metabolized within body's normal energy metabolism
  • Glucose supports normal physical activity
  • Glucose contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism
  • Glucose contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism during exercise
  • Glucose contributes to normal muscle function

In addition, the draft clarifies the conditions of a health claim made in the Annex to Regulation (EU) No 432/2012 in regards to the entry for carbohydrate-electrolyte solutions.

Information shall be given to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with the consumption of carbohydrates, from all sources, at a total intake of 4 g per kg body weight, at doses, within the first four hours and no later than six hours, following highly intensive and/or long-lasting physical exercise leading to muscle fatigue and the depletion of glycogen stores in skeletal muscle.

The proposed date of adoption of the draft is December 2014.