EHMP was one of nine new members invited onto the EC’s expanded 45-strong Advisory Group on the Food Chain and Animal and Plant Health, which advises on health claims among other matters such as food and feed labelling and safety and consumer protection.
“We are delighted to have been accepted as a member of the Advisory Group,” said EHPM chairman Peter van Doorn.
“This is certainly a recognition of EHPM’s value in discussions with the European Commission regarding food issues relevant for the sector. We have continuing serious concerns about the impact on the sector of the growing number of regulatory issues currently underway, for example the assessment procedure for article 13.1 health claims and various aspects of the draft food labelling regulation.
"We will continue to work towards ensuring that regulatory frameworks for food supplements in Europe provide opportunities for the industry to offer consumers access to a wide range of safe products of good quality bearing useful consumer information.”
The EC said it had expanded the group to provide greater representation among “certain unrepresented sectors”.
The other eight new members are:
· AESGP (Association of the European Self-Medication Industry)
· ECVC (European Coordination Via Campesina)
· EUWEP (European Union of Wholesale with Eggs, Egg Products and Poultry and Game)
· FEFANA EU (Association of Specialty Feed Ingredients and their Mixtures)
· FoEE (Friends of the Earth Europe)
· PAN EUROPE (Pesticide Action Network Europe)
· PFP (Primary Food Processors)
· SLOW FOOD (Slow Food Associazione Internazionale)