EFFL 4|2007

National Contributions to the Development of Nutrient Profiles

National Contributions to the Development of
Nutrient Profiles for the EU Nutrition and Health
Claims Regulation – the German Example

Andreas Kadi*

According to Article 4 (1) of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 on nutrition and health
claims made on foods, specific nutrient profiles, including exemptions, which food or certain
categories of foods must comply with in order to bear claims and/or the conditions
for the use of such claims in respect to nutrient profiles, shall be set until January 2009.
In setting these profiles, the European Food Safety Authority shall provide scientific
advice to ensure that nutrient profiles are based on scientific knowledge. As the final
decision will be made by Comitology, Member States have also begun to consult their
national risk assessment bodies to aid them in their decision-making.
This paper discusses the development process and the content of the German Federal
Institute of Risk Assessment position paper on ‘Nutrient Profiles – The Precondition for
Health Claims’. It becomes evident that the setting of nutrient profiles is not a linear but
an iterative process, which requires the involvement of all stakeholders from the outset.
The significant political dimension of the decision-making process needs an approach on
the national level, which in its transparency has to be equivalent to the work of European
institutions such as the European Food Safety Authority or the European Commission.
Any attempt not to embrace all stakeholders from the beginning or to replace scientific
knowledge with subjective opinions will deprive national contributions of their full value
and result in objections.


* The author is EU Director Scientific & Regulatory Affairs, Coca-
Cola European Union Group, Chaussée de Mons 1424, 1070
Brussels, and Chair of the Nutrient Profiles Working Group of
CIAA (Confederation of Food and Drink Industries of the EU).