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Review of health claims authorised in the European Union (EU)

​(July 2017)

Which EU-authorised claims is FSANZ considering?

When Standard 1.2.7 – Nutrition, health and related claims was gazetted in 2013, 183 food-health relationships from EU-authorised health claims were included in the Standard. These relationships can be used as the basis for making a health claim.
 
FSANZ committed to consider a further 32 EU-authorised health claims to establish whether food-health relationships from these could also be included in the Standard. Of the 32 health claims:
  • five are about various fats (alpha-linolenic acid, linoleic acid, oleic acid, and monounsaturated and/or polyunsaturated fatty acids), pectins and blood cholesterol
  • five are about various fibres or mixtures of fibre (pectins, arabinoxylan-rich fibre from wheat endosperm, beta glucan from oats and barley, resistant starch), or chromium and blood glucose
  • seven are comprised of two statements where the first statement is about a food-health relationship and the second statement is about the health effect mentioned in the first statement being a risk factor of a disease - e.g. Phytosterols reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor of coronary heart disease
  • one is about potassium and blood pressure
  • one is about alpha-linolenic and linoleic acid and growth in children
  • 13 are a range of other claims about carbohydrate electrolyte solutions, docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), meal replacements, meat or fish flesh, olive oil polyphenols, sugar replacers, walnuts, and water.

You can find a list of the above claims and details of the consideration of all EU-authorised health claims as of October 2012 in the Review Report for Standard 1.2.7.

How are the claims being considered?

FSANZ is considering the EU-authorised claims in the context of the Australia/New Zealand health claims regulatory framework. In some cases, FSANZ is preparing systematic reviews to evaluate the totality of evidence. In other cases, there may be reasons for not preparing systematic reviews, for example, when an EU-authorised health claim is very similar to an existing food-health relationship in the Code or the claims do not fit within the Australia/New Zealand regulatory framework. 

If the outcome from an assessment supports adding a new food-health relationship to the Code, FSANZ will prepare a proposal for public consultation.

FSANZ is also required to seek recommendations from the High Level Health Claims Committee and the Food Regulation Standing Committee about any proposal to add a food-health relationship to the Code for either a general level health claim or a high level health claim.  

What work has been completed?

FSANZ has completed work on 29 of the 32 EU-authorised health claims.

Read about these EU-authorised claims and our decisions.

FSANZ expects to complete consideration of the claim about resistant starch and post-prandial blood glucose rise by mid 2018.

 

 

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