Another domino falls: EU countries to unite against probiotic labelling law
In April 2020 Spain went against the Health and Nutrition Claims Regulations EU 1924/2006 and authorised the use of the word 'Probiotics' on Food Labels. The Danish Ministry has now announced that it will contact other EU ministries to try to get the clause in the Health and Nutrition Claims Regulations amended. Countries that are in support include Spain, Italy, Greece, Bulgaria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Malta.
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Food Labelling Services comments:
Since the entry into force of Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, products claiming to be probiotics or to have specific health effects cannot be sold in the EU, as use of the term ‘probiotic’ is considered to be an unauthorised health claim.
In spite of many applications having been submitted to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), there are no approved health claims for probiotics. As a result, the product should be labelled with the Latin term for a particular strain of bacteria.
This challenge to the regulation may well result in an uprising against the regulation and a long-awaited amend.