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Parliamentary questions
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24 May 2018
E-001916/2018(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-001916/2018

Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006(1) provides the EU legal framework for the use of nutrition and health claims on foods and, in particular, the procedure for the authorisation of new claims.

Further to the exchanges with the Member States at the Working Group on health, the term ‘probiotic’ is to be considered as implying a health benefit and indications such as ‘contains probiotics’ should therefore be regarded as health claims when considering new applications.

The Commission does not have the intention to take action on this specific matter.

(1)Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims made on foods, OJ L 404, 30.12.2006, p. 9-25.

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