The draft guidance came in three key areas:
- bone, joints and oral health.
- antioxidants, oxidative damage and cardiovascular health.
- satiety, weight management and blood glucose concentrations.
EFSA has asked for comments until August 31, after which it will publish a revised guidance along with all comments received.
It did this this week in the form of 176 pages of gut and immune feedback it received after the consultation with industry in Amsterdam in December last year.
EFSA spokesperson Lucia DeLuca said there may be other consultations later this year, but there would be no more face-to-face meetings as had occurred in Amsterdam.
“EFSA is a listening organisation engaged in further clarifying its work with interested parties,” EFSA said in a statement.
“Discussions on health claims evaluations can benefit the overall efficiency of EFSA’s evaluation process. The documents published today are just an example of the extensive consultation EFSA has been carrying out.”
It also issued general guidance for article 13.1, 13.5 and 14 health claims this week.
All the consultation documents can be found here.