Health claim poll results: There is hope!

By Shane Starling

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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.



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



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



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



A spreadsheet of the results can be found here.

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