This systematic review includes our consideration of three EU-authorised health claims:
FSANZ is also periodically updating the reviews on which the current high level health claims are based. This systematic review also includes our consideration of the existing pre-approved health claims about:
saturated fatty acids and blood cholesterol
saturated and trans fatty acids and blood cholesterol (saturated fatty acid component only). Read the review about the trans fatty acid component here.
FSANZ completed its systematic review in July 2016. We concluded that all food-health relationships investigated, including those underpinning existing high level health claims, were substantiated to a high degree of certainty.
At the time, we planned to prepare a proposal to consider including the replacement of saturated fatty acids relationship in the Code and to not further consider the relationships relating to α-Linolenic acid and Linoleic acid, noting claims associated with these could be covered by the replacement of saturated fatty acids relationship.
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In late 2021 FSANZ engaged with industry stakeholders to determine the level of interest in using the replacement of saturated fatty acids food-health relationship to make claims and, as such, whether a change to the Code might be required.
Feedback received from our stakeholders indicated a low level of interest, particularly on how a replacement claim could be applied to an individual food.
Based on the low level of interest in using this food-health relationship, FSANZ has decided not to prepare a proposal for including this food-health relationship in the Code.