Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata (Slimaluma®) and helps to reduce body weight pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

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Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
Acknowledgements

The Panel wishes to thank Joanne A. Harrold and the members of the Working Group on Claims for the preparatory work on this opinion: Carlo Agostoni, Jean-Louis Bresson, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Albert Flynn, Ines Golly, Marina Heinonen, Hannu Korhonen, Martinus Løvik, Ambroise Martin, Hildegard Przyrembel, Seppo Salminen, Yolanda Sanz, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Inge Tetens, Hendrik van Loveren and Hans Verhagen.

EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2010; 8(5):1604 [11 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1604
Panel members at the time of adoption
Carlo Agostoni, Jean-Louis Bresson, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Albert Flynn, Ines Golly, Hannu Korhonen, Pagona Lagiou, Martinus Løvik, Rosangela Marchelli, Ambroise Martin, Bevan Moseley, Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold, Hildegard Przyrembel, Seppo Salminen, Yolanda Sanz, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Stephan Strobel, Inge Tetens, Daniel Tomé, Hendrik van Loveren and Hans Verhagen.
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Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
Gencor Pacific Inc.
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2010-00029
Adopted
30 April 2010
Published
12 May 2010
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

Following an application from Gencor Pacific Inc. submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of United Kingdom, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata (Slimaluma®) and “helps to reduce body weight”. Slimaluma® is an ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata standardised by its content in pregnane glycosides that is sufficiently characterised. The reduction in body weight is considered a beneficial physiological effect. Two human intervention studies were considered as being pertinent to the claim. Neither of the studies provided reported a significant effect of ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata on weight loss in humans compared to a suitable control. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of the ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata Slimaluma® and a reduction in body weight.

Keywords
Slimaluma®, Caralluma fimbriata, pregnane glycosides, body weight, health claims
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Number of Pages
11