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April 19, 2017

EU Regulations n. 2017/672 and n. 2017/676 - Food products : allowed the use of a specific health claim related to the presence of creatine in food and lactitol in food supplements

The European Commission has allowed the chance to bring specific health claims referring to the presence of creatine in food and lactitol in food supplements, under the conditions specified therein.

IN DEPTH
The European Commission, with EU regulations:

  • the April 7, 2017 n. 672, it has allowed the use of a specific indication of health related to the presence of creatine in foodstuffs;
  • of 10 April 2017 n. 676 allowed the use of a specific indication of health related to the presence of lactitol in food supplements;

under existing Community legislation.

Provisions laid down in Regulation no. 2017/672

The health and nutrition claim "Daily consumption of creatine can increase the training effect with resistance on the muscle strength in adults over the age of 55 years" it may be carried on food in case these:

  • contain creatine;
  •  are intended for adults over 55 years of age who regularly practice resistance training;

pursuant to the Community provisions governing the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances in food.

The foods in question must also report indicating that:

  • The information contained herein is intended for adults over 55 years of age who regularly practice a workout with resistance;
  • the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 3 g of creatine in combination with a workout with resistance which allows an increase of the load over time and which should be done at least three times per week for several weeks, with an intensity at least equal to 65-75% of the load of repetition ceiling (meaning the maximum weight or the maximum force that an individual can exert in a single lifting).

The regulation in question enters into force April 28, 2017.

 

Provisions laid down in Regulation no. 2017/676

The health and nutrition claim "The lactitol contributes to normal bowel function due to an increase in stool frequency," can be given in food supplements containing 10 g of lactitol in a single daily serving quantified, pursuant to the Community provisions regulating the addition of vitamins and minerals and of certain other substances in food.

The foods in question must also report indicating that the beneficial effect is obtained with the intake of 10 g of lactitol in a single daily dose.

Finally the indication in question must not be used for food intended for children.

The regulations in question shall enter into force on 1 May 2017.