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Will health claims doom innovation in Europe?

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Will health claims doom innovation in Europe?
Hope that the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) might moderate its clinical-trial weighted approach for general health claims in the EU dried up on October 1, when it rejected 70 per cent of 500+ dossiers, including 181 of 181 probiotic dossiers.

Hopes of appeal or moderation by the European Commission are looking unlikely as the EC has indicated most EFSA opinions will receive little alteration. Indeed, 21 opinions have already become law.

At HIE in Paris last year, NutraIngredients asked if health claims are doomed in Europe. A year down the line, it is becoming apparent that if current methodologies prevail, for a great many sectors, they are, with potentially catastrophic results for the European food and supplements industries. asks its readers this one big question: Is food innovation in Europe doomed?

What do you think?

We would like to hear your views on whether innovation is doomed in Europe because of health claims.

Please send your comments of no more than 100 words to stephen.daniells'at' by Thursday November 5th, putting ‘Health claims’ in the subject line, and including your name, location and affiliated company or organization.

We will publish a selection of the best responses, covering all angles of the debate, on Friday November 6th.

Please note that comments will be taken as 'on the record', and the sender's name and company/organization will be published.

Health claims will be discussed at the NutraIngredients Health Claims 2010​ conference to be held in Brussels on 10th December where the likes of Danone and Unilever will share their experiences with the process. For more information and to register, please click here​ .

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