February 24, 2007
Functional Foods in Europe
From NPICenter: A food supplement industry group, the European Botanical Forum, has recently developed a safety evaluation model for possible use in used in future regulation of botanicals under food law.
Botanicals include fruit and vegetables, herbs and spices, herbal teas and infusions, herbs added to foods and beverages for taste or functional purposes and botanical food supplements. Many botanicals however, also have medicinal uses, making the task of determining which legal framework applies to which product difficult.
“Safety is key,” stated Dr Manfred Ruthsatz, Chairman of the European Botanical Forum. “The aim of the negative list is to provide a document that is widely acceptable across the 27 EU member states to allow safe applications under food law on the principle that if there is no safety risk there should [not] be any regulation. The inclusion of botanicals into negative lists, however, should be considered with care since it would preclude use of the botanical entity for all food applications whereas the safety of derivatives, extracts or isolates can be frequently demonstrated.”
The model is a response to European Parliament action last Spring regarding Functional Foods and nutritional supplements. More on European functional foods regulation: Herbalgram.org
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Posted by: Sarah | Apr 11, 2009 2:27:38 AM
I understand that in Europe they have better dietary habits than in the US, maybe our administrations should take a look at their nutiorional policies and programs to fight the obesity epidemic we are currently undergoing, I found an interesting article on international eating habits here: http://www.healthyconsumerreports.com/BestWeightManagementHabitsFromAroundTheWorld.html
I hope our nation can cooperate and learn from other success stories, it is for the best of us all.
Posted by: Joseph | Apr 5, 2010 12:58:22 PM
I think we can all learn a lot from other countries dietary practices and programs, I found an interesting article on international eating habits here> http://www.healthyconsumerreports.com/BestWeightManagementHabitsFromAroundTheWorld.html
I believe that we can apply many lessons learned through the years, if we only cooperate and are willing to listen.
Posted by: Joseph | Apr 5, 2010 1:00:54 PM