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Katia Merten-Lentz Authored FoodNavigator Article, "REFIT of the EU Nutrition and Health Claim Regulation: Outcomes and Perspectives"

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Keller and Heckman Partner Katia Merten-Lentz’s article, “REFIT of the EU Nutrition and Health Claim Regulation: Outcomes and Perspectives” was recently published in FoodNavigator. The article notes that on May 20, 2020, the European Commission completed the Regulatory Fitness and Performance program (REFIT) evaluation of the Regulation (EC) n°1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health claims (the NHCR). Even though the EU Commission concluded that the Regulation remains “fit for purpose,” it is clear from the report that the NHCR needs a refresh.

The report concluded that nutrient profiles are generally still coherent and required to achieve EU added value. The specific objectives pursued by the nutrient profiles remain relevant, even though other politics have emerged in the recent year, such as the mandatory nutrition declaration or the evaluation of voluntary front of pack nutrition labelling such as the NutriScore. The objectives of such policies differ from the setting of nutrient profiles as they were not designed to restrict the use of claims. However, the efficacy and efficiency are doubtful. The report emphasizes that in the absence of nutrient profiles, consumers continue to be exposed to foods high in fat or sugar bearing health and nutrition claims.

Keller and Heckman associate Manon Ombredane provided support for this article.

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