EU rules on health claims for fruit and vegetables to be discussed at conference

The complexities of European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) health claim regulations are being discussed later this month at a conference being held jointly by the NFU and the Horticultural Development Company.

Health Claims for Fruit and Vegetables: The Facts, of which HW is a media partner, is taking place at Stockbridge Technology Centre in Yorkshire on 23 June to help growers and processors understand the latest EFSA legislation.

Dr Kirsten Brandt of the University of Newcastle will be one of nine speakers at the event. Brandt has found that rosehips can alleviate osteoarthritis and carrots can reduce the growth of tumours.

But her work cannot be used to formulate health claims to EFSA because it only deals with the effects foods have on healthy people. She said: "When you discover a food or food component that helps sick people you are not allowed to tell the public about it, only if it helps those who are not sick."

- Large producers and processors can attend the conference free of charge. To book email emma.fisk@stc-nyorks.co.uk.


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