Department of Management

Liisa Lähteenmäki

Understanding the impact of legislation on ‘reduction of disease risk’ claims on food and drinks: the REDICLAIM project

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  • The REDICLAIM Consortium
The Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (EC No. 1924/2006) has established a common framework for the regulation of nutrition and health claims used on foods across the European Union. This regulation aims to provide the European food industry opportunities for product innovation whilst protecting consumer interests with respect to controlling misleading advertising and promoting public health. However, in order to satisfy the approval of new health claims procedure particularly for new ‘reduction of disease risk’ claims [Article 14(1)(a) claims] , significant research activity is required by industry to scientifically
substantiate the claims they wish to make. There is a need to establish whether the implementation of this legislation is in fact driving product innovation and the development of healthy foods or whether it forms a barrier to such developments. The EU-funded REDICLAIM project is currently considering these issues. This article describes the project’s preliminary results and outlines the further programme of work.
Original languageEnglish
JournalAgro Food Industry Hi-Tech
Pages (from-to)30-32
Number of pages3
Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Research areas

  • Disease risk reduction claims, food labelling, legislation, innovation, claim substantiation, health economics

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