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Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of health claims related to Lactobacillus johnsonii BFE 6128 and “natural defences/immune system” (ID 990) and “skin health” (ID 991) pursuant to Article 13(1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

EFSA Journal 2011;9(4):2026 [13 pp.]. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2011.2026
  EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) Panel Members 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 Acknowledgment The Panel wishes to thank for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion: The members of the Working Group on Claims: 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. The members of the Claims Sub-Working Group on Gut/Immune: Jean-Louis Bresson, Maria Carmen Collado, Miguel Gueimonde, Daisy Jonkers, Martinus Løvik, Bevan Moseley, Maria Saarela, Seppo Salminen, Yolanda Sanz, Stephan Strobel, Daniel Tomé and Hendrik van Loveren. Contact nda@efsa.europa.eu
Type: Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel On request from: European Commission Question number: EFSA-Q-2008-1767 , EFSA-Q-2008-1768 Adopted: 12 November 2010 Published: 08 April 2011 Affiliation: European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Summary

Following a request from the European Commission, the Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies was asked to provide a scientific opinion on a list of health claims pursuant to Article 13 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. This opinion addresses the scientific substantiation of health claims in relation to Lactobacillus johnsonii BFE 6128 and “natural defences/immune system” and “skin health”. The scientific substantiation is based on the information provided by the Member States in the consolidated list of Article 13 health claims and references that EFSA has received from Member States or directly from stakeholders.

The food constituent that is the subject of the health claims is Lactobacillus johnsonii BFE 6128. The Panel considers that Lactobacillus johnsonii BFE 6128 is sufficiently characterised.

“Natural defences/immune system”

The claimed effect is “natural defences/immune system”. The target population is assumed to be the general population. The claimed effect is not sufficiently defined and no further details were given in the proposed wording or the clarifications provided by Member States.

The Panel considers that the claimed effect is general and non-specific, and does not refer to any specific health claim as required by Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

“Skin health”

The claimed effect is “skin health”. The target population is assumed to be the general population.

The claimed effect is not sufficiently defined and no further details were given in the proposed wording or the clarifications provided by Member States.

The Panel considers that the claimed effect is general and non-specific, and does not refer to any specific health claim as required by Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006.

Keywords

Lactobacillus johnsonii BFE 6128, skin, immune system, health claims