28th October 2015
Botanical health claims and nutrient profiles will be looked at as one of the European Commission’s key 23 initiatives next year.
You would be forgiven for missing it yesterday as the European Parliament debated issues like the Syrian refugee crisis in its Strasbourg plenary. But look a little closer and you will see that botanical health claims, nutrient profile and general food legislation made it into the final annual work programme – a list of ten political priorities and 23 key initiatives the Commission will be addressing in 2016. About 70 initiatives were axed by the Commission this year in the spirit of President Jean-Claude Juncker’s ambition to 'do less, better’. Speaking to press, vice-president Frans Timmermans said the Commission was now “working differently” and the work programme would only include issues that could realistically be covered within the next year. Nutrition and health claims made on botanicals, nutrient profiles and food legislation as a whole will be among those issues, covered under the pillar Regulatory Fitness and Performance (REFIT) programme . A roadmap for this set a January 2016 start date for the ‘evaluation / legislative’ initiative on nutrient profiles and botanicals and a completion date of June 2017. The scope of this project would only cover nutrient profiles and health claims on plants and their preparations but this could be extended where necessary to other regulatory aspects like safety requirements for botanicals. You can read the full article HERE