Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to Bimuno® GOS and reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort 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 the members of the Working Group on Claims: Carlo Agostoni, Jean-Louis Bresson, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Marina Heinonen, Ambroise Martin, Hildegard Przyrembel, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Sean (J.J.) Strain, Inge Tetens, Hendrik Van Loveren, Hans Verhagen and Peter Willatts for the preparatory work on this scientific opinion.

EFSA Journal
EFSA Journal 2014;12(7):3756 [13 pp.].
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3756
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.
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Type
Opinion of the Scientific Committee/Scientific Panel
On request from
Competent Authority of Malta following an application by Clasado Limited
Question Number
EFSA-Q-2014-00022
Adopted
25 June 2014
Published
14 July 2014
Affiliation
European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Parma, Italy
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Abstract

Following an application from Clasado Limited, submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Malta, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to Bimuno® GOS and reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort. The food constituent that is the subject of the health claim, Bimuno® GOS, which is a mixture of β‑galacto-oligosaccharides produced through conversion of lactose by enzymes from Bifidobacterium bifidum NCIMB 41171, is sufficiently characterised. The claimed effect is reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort and is considered to be a beneficial physiological effect. The applicant did not provide any studies from which data could be used for the scientific substantiation of the claimed effect of reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort. A cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of Bimuno® GOS and reducing gastro-intestinal discomfort.

Keywords
Bimuno®, GOS, β-galacto-oligosaccharides, gastro-intestinal discomfort, health claims
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Number of Pages
13