Anke Sentko, vice president regulatory affairs and nutrition communication, tells Shane Starling why the agency should consider the replacement of such carbohydrates with the likes of polyol bulk sweeteners as valid health claim proposals.
“This is something that is currently not covered by the approach EFSA has taken,” she said. “…so with these kinds of claims – and mostly micronutrients are affected by this – we are somehow in limbo.”
‘Taking out’ ingredients like carbohydrates can be just as beneficial as ‘putting in’ nutrients like pectin in the case of glycaemic response claims, she said.
“If you replace sugar with a low-glycaemic carbohydrate, or part of the sugar and part of the starch, you end up with the same glycaemic response but this currently cannot be assessed by EFSA…For these kinds of claims we need to have solutions.”
Sentko said the Commission and EFSA and other parties needed to discuss the situation to determine if an alternative approach could be arrived at.