Health claim poll results: There is hope!

By Shane Starling

- Last updated on GMT

Related tags: European union, European commission, Efsa

Health claim poll results: There is hope!
The NutraIngredients health claims poll has revealed an industry still hopeful that EFSA’s 80% claim rejection rate can be modified by the European Commission and member states before claims become law in 2012.

The results up until today reveal just over a third of 151 respondents (52 people) saw potential for modification of EFSA’s opinions that have rejected the likes of probiotics, carotenoids and antioxidants.

But 26% (39) believed change was ‘highly unlikely’ at this stage in the game, even if it was legally possible.

Twenty-two people (or 15%) said there was ‘no chance’ of change, while 29 people (19%) said change was possible but actions would have to occur quickly, especially with the EC saying it wants to complete the process in the first quarter of 2012.

Poll results:

Yes. The regulatory process is not complete. Changes can be made.

(52)

34%

Maybe. It's legally possible but deadlines are running short.

(29)

19%

Highly unlikely. While possible, signals for change are not strong.

(39)

26%

No chance. What EFSA says is what EU law books will say by April, 2012.

(22)

15%

A spreadsheet of the results can be found here.

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