EFFL 4|2007

Nutrient Profiles The Precondition for Health Claims
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Nutrient Profiles – The Precondition
for Health Claims

Updated BfR Position Paper, 12 March 2007

Rolf Grossklaus*

The EU Regulation on nutrition and health claims made on food envisages their use
being tied to compliance with specific nutrient profiles for foods and/or specific food
categories. This aims to avoid claims of this kind being made for foods with an
“unhealthy” nutrient profile. The Federal Institute for Risk Assessment (BfR) has been
asked to draw up general proposals and principles for the elaboration of nutrient profiles.
At two workshops and in email-based working groups during the last two years a
scientific concept for nutrient profiles was elaborated with the help of experts. On the
occasion of the 3rd Consumer Protection Forum in April 2007 the following BfR Position
Paper as the result of this intense co-operation and discussions was presented to the public.
This discussion paper is now up-dated. All statements by experts and stakeholders
are also shown on the homepage of BfR (www.bfr.bund.de).


* Rolf Grossklaus is head of the Unit on Dietary Foods, Nutrition
and Allergies, Department Food Safety, Federal Institute for Risk
Assessment (BfR), Berlin, Germany.