Calcium and development of bones

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Article
calcium, infants, children, bones, health claims
First published in the EFSA Journal
20 October 2016
Adopted
21 September 2016
Type
Scientific Opinion
Abstract

Following an application from Specialised Nutrition Europe (formerly IDACE), submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of France, 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 calcium and contribution to the normal development of bones. The Panel considers that calcium is sufficiently characterised and that contribution to the normal development of bones is a beneficial physiological effect. The target population proposed by the applicant is infants (from birth) and young children up to 3 years of age. The Panel has previously assessed a claim on calcium and normal growth and development of bone with a favourable outcome. The target population was children and adolescents. The Panel considers that the role of calcium in the development of bones applies to all ages including infants and young children up to 3 years of age. The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of calcium and contribution to the normal development of bones.

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.2016.4587
EFSA Journal 2016;14(10):4587 [9 pp.].
Question Number
On request from
Competent Authority of France following an application by Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE, formerly IDACE)
Print on demand
Number of Pages
9