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« Probiotic » term can now be used on food supplements in France

Background: in the Guidance on the  implementation of Regulation N° 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims: conclusions of the standing Committee on the food chain and animal health published in 2007, the probiotic term is considered as a health claim because it refers to the implied description or indication of a functionality on health.

Anses advises against including vitamin D3 in the list of endocrine disruptors to be mentioned on food product label

Vitamin D3, or cholecalciferol, is essential for the proper functioning of our body and plays a decisive role in the quality of bone tissue. It is provided by food (dairy products, fish, eggs) and is produced by skin exposed to the sun. However, more than 1 in 3 French people fail to meet their physiological vitamin D3 needs, which is a major public health concern. Indeed, a vitamin D3 deficiency exposes people to known risks for human health, in particular during periods of growth. Pediatric societies recommend routine vitamin D supplementation for children to prevent rickets and for the elderly to avoid osteoporosis.

FDA webinar on the update of the definition of “healthy”: october 21st

the FDA organised a webinar on october 21st to provide an overview of its proposed rule to update the definition of “healthy” nutrient

FDA proposes to update the definition of ‘healthy’ on food labeling for US food market

The proposed rule would update the definition for the implied nutrient content claim ‘healthy’ to better account for how all the nutrients in various food groups contribute and may work synergistically to create healthy dietary patterns and improve health. Under the proposed definition for the updated “healthy” claim, which is based on current nutrition science, more foods that are part of a healthy dietary pattern and recommended by the Dietary Guidelines would be eligible to use the claim on their labeling, including nuts and seeds, higher fat fish (such as salmon), certain oils and water.

The French Council of State gives a reprieve to products based on vegetable proteins using designations from animal products

The Council of State validated the request of an association against a decree which was to prohibit on October 1st names such as “steak” or “bacon” for products based on vegetable proteins.

Prohibition of use of the words “steacks”, “burgers”, etc … to designate the plant based substitutes in France

The decree of the Official Journal (OFJR) “Laws and Decrees” n° 0150 of June 30, 2022 will prohibit from October 1, 2022 “the terminology specific to the sectors traditionally associated with meat and fish to designate products not belonging to the animal Kingdom”. However, it allows the marketing of “foodstuffs manufactured or labeled” before this date (October 1) until December 31, 2023 at the latest.

Nutri-Score in Romania: senators reject it and ask for a new food labeling

USR Constanța senator Remus Negoi gave a speech in the Senate plenary session regarding the legislative initiative of USR deputy Adrian Wiener, concerning voluntary nutrition labeling “Nutri-Score and the importance of a healthy diet.

Environmental labelling scheme in France: the Planet-score

On Tuesday, May 31 the NatExpo team organized a webinar-debate on nutrition labeling and environmental labelling schemes. The five speakers were: Florence Roublot (Natexpo), Emmanuel Fournet (NielsenIQ) as moderator, Sabine Bonnot (Institut de l’agriculture et de l’alimentation biologiques – ITAB, Institute of Organic Agriculture and Food), Sybile Chapron (Nature et Aliments), and Vincent Colomb (Agence de la transition écologique – ADEME, Agency of Ecological Transition).

EFSA published the definitive version of its advice on nutrient profiling: the next steps are up to the Commission

The publication of the advice follows the public consultation to which the draft, endorsed in October 2021, had been submitted.

An asterisk (*) behind the claims of herbal dietary supplements in the Netherlands

You may see a claim followed by an asterisk on a herbal food supplement marketed in the Netherlands. These food supplements are composed of one or more plant(s) or plant extract(s) claiming effects on health. In accordance with European regulations on nutritional and health claims, only scientifically substantiated claims are permitted.

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