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EU NUTRIENT PROFILES. Agency consultation on proposed EU nutrient profile model 14 November 2008. EU NUTRIENT PROFILE. Recital 10:

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eu nutrient profiles
EU NUTRIENT PROFILES

Agency consultation on proposed EU nutrient profile model

14 November 2008

eu nutrient profile
EU NUTRIENT PROFILE

Recital 10:

“Foods promoted with claims may be perceived as having .. advantages [over other foods]… encourage consumers’ … choices … [that] influence intake of nutrients … counter to scientific advice.”

Recital 11:

“ … nutrient profiles aim to avoid … claims … [that] mask the overall nutritional status of a food product, that could mislead consumers when trying to make healthy choices in the context of a balanced diet.”

eu nutrient profile3
EU NUTRIENT PROFILE

Purpose: implement Article 4 1924/2006

“.. nutrient profiles … which food or certain categories of food must comply with in order to bear nutrition or health claims …”

derogations
DEROGATIONS
  • If a product fails the profile on one nutrient:
    • no health claim may be made; a nutrition claim may be made, but only if a statement reading “high [name of the nutrient exceeding the profile] content” is made near to and with the same prominence as the claim. For example, if a food is claiming to be low in fat but it is also high in sugars, then the statement “high sugar content” should also be made
  • If a product fails the profile on two or more nutrients:
    • no claim may be made
  • The only exception to this is a “reduced” claim where the nutrient about which the claim is made does not count toward calculating the effect of the nutrient profile. For example, to make a “reduced saturated fat” claim, the food does not need to comply with the threshold set for saturated fat. However, if the product is also high in salt then the statement “high salt content” would need to be made.
efsa opinion
EFSA OPINION
  • Nutrient profiles effective at classifying foods
  • a single generic profile most practical
  • Need to take account of nutrients of public health importance to European populations
  • And foods with important roles in diets of European populations link to FBDG
  • Category based exemptions, and balancing of nutrients within categories
  • Practical – no to portion reference base
  • food database for testing
commission paper
COMMISSION PAPER
  • exemptions from nutrient profiles
  • food database to inform and test models
  • per 100g reference base
  • amended profile within categories (inc generic)
  • definition of food categories
  • thresholds in reference to FBDG
exemptions
EXEMPTIONS
  • Food supplements
  • chewing gum, mouth fresheners, low energy foods <25kcal
  • Some PARNUTS foods
  • Fruit and Vegetables [with nothing added]
effect on uk foods
EFFECT ON UK FOODS
  • 120 test foods
  • 99 pass EC model
  • 51 outright, 48 with one nutrient warning
  • 13 sat fat, 22 salt, 13 sugars
  • 21 fail EC model
effect on uk foods15
EFFECT ON UK FOODS
  • updated data on 71 breakfast cereals and 61 cheese products
  • Applying current EC thresholds:
  • 2 BC fail outright; 44 pass outright; 23 pass + sugar; 2 pass + sat fat
  • 27 cheese fail outright; 20 pass outright; 3 pass + salt; 10 pass + sat fat; 1 pass + sugar
what if
WHAT IF?

BC sodium 700 > 400 sugar 25 > 20

  • 14 BC fail outright; 23 pass outright; 23 pass + sugar; 1 pass + sat fat; 10 pass + salt

Cheese sodium 600 > 550

  • 32 cheese fail outright; 18 pass outright; 5 pass + salt; 5 pass + sat fat; 1 pass + sugar
what if17
WHAT IF?

Fats and Oils

  • Sat fat 30>25 sodium @ 300
  • In EC model: 63%>33% claim, 37%>54% + warning, 0%>13% fail
  • UK foods: of 19 products, 12 would fail sodium unsalted butter & oils pass; 4 fail sat fat @ 30g, 6 (+2) fail sat fat @ 25g
over to you
OVER TO YOU
  • Any general comments?
  • Exemptions
  • Definitions
  • Thresholds