Prolibra® and “helps to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle”

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Article
Prolibra®, whey protein, milk minerals, weight loss, health claims
First published in the EFSA Journal
8. November 2012
Adopted
30. Oktober 2012
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

Following an application from Glanbia Nutritionals plc, submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Ireland, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to Prolibra® and “helps to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle” in the context of energy restriction for weight loss. Prolibra® was described by the applicant as a partially hydrolysed whey protein isolate containing whey protein, peptides and milk minerals. The applicant denoted the peptides contained in Prolibra® as “weight loss peptides” and claims that these particular peptides contribute to the specificity of Prolibra® in relation to the claimed effect. The Panel notes that, while a specific fraction (i.e. the peptide fraction) of Prolibra®, is claimed to play a role on the claimed effect (i.e. “helps to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle” in the context of energy restriction for weight loss), the information provided by the applicant was insufficient to characterise these peptides and thus the food constituent (i.e. Prolibra®) for which the claim is made. The Panel considers that the food, Prolibra®, which is the subject of the health claim, is not sufficiently characterised in relation to the claimed effect. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship cannot be established between the consumption of Prolibra® and “helps to reduce body fat while preserving lean muscle” in the context of energy restriction for weight loss.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Carlo Agostoni, Roberto Berni Canani, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Marina Heinonen, Hannu Korhonen, Sébastien La Vieille, Rosangela Marchelli, Ambroise Martin, Androniki Naska, Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold, Grażyna Nowicka, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Martin Stern, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Inge Tetens, Daniel Tomé, Dominique Turck and Hans Verhagen
Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
Contact
nda [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2012.2949
EFSA Journal 2012;10(11):2949 [8 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
Competent Authority of Ireland following an application by Glanbia Nutritionals plc
Print on demand
Number of Pages
8