Originally published as Covinton E-Alert on May 25, 2012

On 16 May 2012, the European Commission adopted the much delayed list of permitted general health claims (Permitted List) for foods after scrutiny of the list by the European Parliament and the Council ended on 27 April 2012. The Permitted List contains just 222 health claims and their associated conditions of use. The vast majority of health claims submitted to the Commission for review were rejected. Food operators can use health claims on the Permitted List provided the conditions of use and other requirements of Regulation (EC) No 1924/20061 (the “Claims Regulation”) are met. The Permitted List of general health claims does not cover claims authorized following individual applications under Article 13(5) (so-called innovative claims) and Article 14 (disease risk reduction claims and claims relating to children) of the Claims Regulation.

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