FHI LFC24 and post-prandial blood glucose responses

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Article
FHI LFC24;post-prandial blood glucose;insulin;health claims
First published in the EFSA Journal
22 July 2016
Adopted
28 June 2016
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

Following an application from Food for Health Ireland (FHI), submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 13(5) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of Ireland, 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 FHI LFC24, a bovine milk-derived casein hydrolysate, and a reduction of post-prandial blood glucose responses. The food, FHI LFC24, which is the subject of the health claim, is sufficiently characterised. The claimed effect proposed by the applicant is that FHI LFC24, when co-ingested with carbohydrates, reduces post-prandial blood glucose responses. The target population proposed by the applicant is the healthy adult population. In view of the proposed mechanism by which the food would exert the claimed effect, i.e. ‘by increased post-prandial insulin secretion’, the applicant was requested to provide evidence that a reduction of post-prandial blood glucose responses achieved by an increase in insulin secretion is a beneficial physiological effect for the target population, i.e. the healthy adult population. The evidence provided by the applicant did not establish that a reduction in post-prandial glycaemic responses achieved by an increase in insulin secretion is a beneficial physiological effect for the target population. The Panel considers that a cause and effect relationship has not been established between the consumption of the food, FHI LFC24, and a beneficial physiological effect for the target population.

Panel members at the time of adoption
Jean-Louis Bresson, Barbara Burlingame, Tara Dean, Susan Fairweather-Tait, Marina Heinonen, Karen Ildico Hirsch-Ernst, Inge Mangelsdorf, Harry McArdle, Androniki Naska, Monika Neuhäuser-Berthold, Grażyna Nowicka, Kristina Pentieva, Yolanda Sanz, Alfonso Siani, Anders Sjödin, Martin Stern, Daniel Tomé, Dominique Turck, Hendrik Van Loveren, Marco Vinceti and Peter Willatts
Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies
Contact
nda [at] efsa.europa.eu
doi
10.2903/j.efsa.2016.4540
EFSA Journal 2016;14(7):4540 [7 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
Competent Authority of Ireland following an application by Food for Health Ireland (FHI)
Print on demand
Number of Pages
7