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Parliamentary questions
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11 June 2019
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-001948/2019

The Commission confirms the position expressed in its answer to the Written Question E-000599/2019, which states that ‘The term detox indicates a functionality or an implied effect on health, thus it falls under the scope of the regulation on nutrition and health claims(1) (Claims Regulation).

Therefore, since the use of the term ‘detox’ on the label of a food, even if not explicitly stated in the Claims Regulation, is regulated by the currently applicable EU legislation, the Commission does not intend to adopt any additional legislation to further frame the use of the term ‘detox’ in the EU market.

The Commission would like to reiterate that Member States are responsible for enforcing food law, monitoring and verifying that the relevant requirements of food law are fulfilled by the food business operators.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 20 December 2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, OJ L 404, 30.12.2006, p. 9.

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