EFSA meets stakeholder organisations on claims and botanicals

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) on 25 February 2009 held a technical meeting with three European organisations representing food supplements manufacturers and suppliers in Europe.

The meeting with the European Responsible Nutrition Alliance (ERNA), the European Federation of Associations of Health Product Manufacturers (EHPM), and the European Botanical Forum (EBF) was an opportunity for EFSA to discuss with stakeholders on the work that EFSA is carrying out in the area of nutrition and health claims and botanicals.

During the meeting, stakeholders were given an overview of the most recent developments on claims to be assessed by EFSA in the context of the EC Regulation on nutrition and health claims. The meeting also offered an opportunity for EFSA to explain its work in the area of botanicals and to update participants on the ongoing and future work of the Scientific Committee in developing guidance for the safety assessment of botanicals, as well as the work of the Panel on food additives and nutrient sources added to food (ANS) on the assessment of the safety of nutritional substances added to food and food supplements.

EFSA’s Director of Risk Assessment Riitta Maijala said: “This was a very good meeting and it gave us the opportunity to hear feedback from industry associations on our current work in the area of botanicals and botanical preparations.”

In line with EFSA’s commitment to greater engagement with stakeholders, Ms Maijala invited participants to a conference EFSA is planning in June to take stock of EFSA’s work in the area of health and nutrition claims.