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

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Article
Slimaluma®, Caralluma fimbriata, pregnane glycosides, energy intake, health claims
First published in the EFSA Journal
12 May 2010
Adopted
30 April 2010
Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
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 caloric intake”. Slimaluma® is an ethanol-water extract of Caralluma fimbriata standardised by its content in pregnane glycosides that is sufficiently characterised. A decrease in energy intake might be a beneficial physiological effect. A double blind, placebo controlled, randomised trial in humans investigating the effects of Slimaluma® on energy intake was considered as being pertinent to the claim. No statistically significant differences in energy intake between the experimental and placebo groups were reported. 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 decreased energy intake.

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
Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
Contact
nda [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1605
EFSA Journal 2010; 8(5):1605 [10 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
Gencor Pacific Inc.
Print on demand
Number of Pages
10