EFSA health claim opinions
EFSA rejects prunes for kids bowel function; carbs non-characterised
“The Panel notes that no studies investigating the effect of prunes on bowel function in infants and young children were provided by the applicant,” said the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) in the opinion.
The article 14 nutrition and health claims regulation (NHCR) submission (disease risk factor reduction), first tabled by Specialised Nutrition Europe (formerly IDACE) in 2008, related to bowel function without the occurrence of diarrhea.
A prune-bowel function health claim has been approved under article 13.1 for general function claims, but for adults.
Carbohydrates and calcium
Another claim from FSE, also submitted in 2008, sought to link, “non-digestible oligo- and polysaccharides including galacto-oligosaccharides, oligofructose, polyfructose and inulin” with an, “increase in calcium absorption”.
The NDA rejected several human intervention trials as the compounds in question were deemed un-characterised.
“The Panel notes that the study products used in these human intervention studies included a variety of non-digestible oligo- and polysaccharides with variable degrees of polymerisation.”
Two other FSE article 14 claims for zinc and selenium earned positive opinions for under-3s.
The NDA agreed, “zinc contributes to normal growth” and selenium, “contributes to the protection of DNA, proteins and lipids from oxidative damage.”