Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to a combination of blackcurrant seed oil, fish oil, lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin E and helps to improve dry skin conditions 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 Wilhelm Stahl 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):1608 [13 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2010.1608
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
Laboratoires innéov SNC
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2009-00767
Adopted
30 April 2010
Published
21 May 2010
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
Note
Abstract

Following an application from Laboratoires innéov SNC submitted pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of France, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim based on newly developed scientific evidence and including a request for the protection of proprietary data related to a combination of blackcurrant seed oil, fish oil, lycopene, vitamin C, and vitamin E and “helps to improve dry skin conditions”. The food is sufficiently characterised. The target population is healthy adults concerned with skin dryness and skin which feels tight and creases. Improving dry skin conditions is considered a beneficial physiological effect. The applicant identified a total of 29 publications as being pertinent to the health claim out of which 26 publications addressed the individual food constituents and not the whole combination that is the subject of the claim. In weighing the evidence, the Panel took into account that two studies on the effect of the food that is the subject of the claim that used appropriate outcomes did not result in a significant improvement in skin dryness. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the intake of a combination of blackcurrant seed oil, fish oil, lycopene, and vitamins C and E and improving dry skin conditions.

Keywords
Blackcurrant seed oil, fish oil, polyunsaturated fatty acids, lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin E, dry skin, health claims.
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Number of Pages
13