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Parliamentary questions
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26 January 2018
E-007377/2017(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-007377/2017

Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006(1) provides that health claims may only be used if they have been authorised by the Commission. The procedure of authorisation requires the scientific assessment of claims, of the highest possible standard, which is carried out by the European Food Safety Authority. To date, 267 claims have been authorised and put on the lists of authorised health claims.

However, for the particular case of health claims on botanicals used in food/food supplements, the transitional measures provided for in Article 28(5) and (6) of the Claims Regulation apply.

The legality of such health claims that are still falling under the transitional regime may have also to be assessed under national rules in addition to EU rules, the enforcement of which falls in the exclusive competence of the Member States.

The statement ‘according to traditional Chinese medicine’ accompanying a health claim may be in contravention with national and Union law on food labelling. Depending on the circumstances, such statement may for instance be prohibited in food labelling pursuant to Article 7(3) of Regulation (EU) No 1169/2011(2) as this could be understood by consumers as an information referring to medicinal properties of the food.

(1)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32006R1924&from=en
(2)http://eur-lex.europa.eu/legal-content/EN/TXT/PDF/?uri=CELEX:32011R1169&from=en

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