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Danone Calls For Changes to EFSA’s Handling of Health Claims

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Danone Calls For Changes to EFSA’s Handling of Health Claims

Danone Calls For Changes to EFSA’s Handling of Health Claims
December 09
14:45 2010

Danone has again called on the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to amend its evaluation processes and clarify the criteria used for the assessments of scientific evidence relating to the health claims of specific food products. The French dairy group is responding to a recent rejection by EFSA of the link between the consumption of Actimel probiotic yoghurt drink and reduced risk of diarrhoea associated with the presence of Clostridium difficile in hospital environments.

In an opinion published on December 9th, EFSA concludes that the positive elements included in the application filed by Danone in August 2009 are not sufficient to establish a definite relationship of cause and effect between the consumption of Actimel, containing the L. Casei DN114 001, and a reduced risk of diarrhoea associated with the presence in the intestine of Clostridium difficile bacteria for older people undergoing antibiotic treatment in hospital environments.

EFSA’s opinion does not concern current communications for Actimel addressing the public at large and consumers in general, and naturally does not concern the sale of Actimel.

Commenting on the opinion, Emmanuel Faber, co-chief operating officer of Danone, states: “Danone contests this opinion, which is in contradiction with the findings of a series of clinical studies, of which the most significant was published in the British Medical Journal, a prestigious scientific review that is internationally known for its strict editorial policies. That contradiction underscores the need, which Danone has pointed to on several occasions, for EFSA to amend evaluation processes and clarify the criteria for assessments of scientific evidence relating to specific products and drawing on the findings of recent clinical studies. These same observations were raised and reiterated by stakeholders attending the recent meeting on health claims related to gut and immune function organised by EFSA on December 2 this year.”

In accordance with the Regulation, Danone will thus be submitting arguments in support of its position to EFSA within 30 days.

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