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Food: Labelling

Volume 491: debated on Thursday 23 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he expects the Community List foreseen by Article 13.2 of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation to be published by 31 January 2010. (270028)

The European Commission is responsible for co-ordinating the authorisation of the list of Article 13 health claims. It has acknowledged that the Community List of authorised claims will not be published by 31 January 2010 as the assessment exercise by the European Food Safety Authority may extend beyond this deadline. In which case, continued use of these claims would need to be permitted until the final list is adopted. The Food Standards Agency will continue to keep interested parties updated on developments on this process.