High Noon: The Italians try to play solo the Health Claims game


On November 27, 2009, the Italian Government notified a draft regulation on the use of substances other than vitamins and minerals in food supplements before the European Commission, pursuant to the procedure laid down in Article 19 of Directive 2000/13/EC1 on labelling, presentation and advertising of foodstuffs2.

It seems timely and appropriate to devote this article to this draft, which, if adopted in its current version, could entail an important breakthrough, as it would make it compulsory to refer to certain health benefits in the labelling of food supplements. The use of such health claims is strictly limited by Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods3 and, in particular, its practical implementation by the EU institutions (including the European Food Safety Authority) and the Member States.

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