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Health Claims and Botanicals: How to Proceed with European Harmonisation?

Saskia Geurts
Keywords: Health Claims, Botanicals, European Harmonisation

The European Commission is currently evaluating what public authorities, the business community and other stakeholders want to do with the claims for botanicals – on hold since 2010 – in order to make a proposal on how applications for health claims for botanicals should be assessed and, moreover, whether the use of botanicals in foods must be regulated separately. It is a great challenge to find a legally robust and politically feasible solution for the current situation.

Saskia Geurts is Director of NPN. NPN (Natuur- & gezondheids-Producten Nederland), the Dutch trade association for producers, material suppliers, wholesalers, importers and distributors of food supplements. Email: <>.


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