From November 2019
Nutrition and health claims
Nutrition claims (e.g. “low fat”, “high fibre”) and health
claims (e.g. “Vitamin D is needed for normal growth and
development of bone in children”) are often used to
highlight the beneficial effects of products, making them
more attractive to consumers. These claims are presented
on the product label or in its advertising but are regulated in
the EU by legislation, namely Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006
on Nutrition and Health Claims. This ensures any claims
made are clear, accurate and based on scientific evidence.
We often receive enquiries from clients about how to
achieve a fibre claim. The conditions to make such claims
are laid down in the Annex to Regulation (EC) No
1924/2006 which provides the following:
- Source of fibre
A claim that a food is a source of fibre, and any claim likely
to have the same meaning for the consumer, may only be
made where the product contains at least 3g of fibre per
100g or at least 1.5g of fibre per 100 kcal.
- High fibre
A claim that a food is high in fibre, and any claim likely to
have the same meaning for the consumer, may only be
made where the product contains at least 6g of fibre per
100g or at least 3g of fibre per 100 kcal.
This legislation will continue to apply once the UK has left
the EU. Products exported to the EU after EU exit day
will be required to comply with Regulation (EC) No.
1924/2006. For products sold in the UK, it is yet to be
determined whether this law will be retained as it is or
whether a new law will be put in place in due course.
Contact: Sharon Morey
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