Generic descriptors are still a hot potato but one step closer with draft guidance released

23rd March 2013

Generic descriptors are terms (denominations) traditionally used to describe a class of foods or beverage, which could imply an effect on human health. It has been almost 6 years since the entry into force of the Nutrition and Health Claims (1924/2006) and only now are the issue of generic descriptors been examined.

In a recent working group meeting a new draft guidance document has been released offering increased detail over the requirements for the submission of a dossier to register a generic descriptor. A number of challenges already are clear for some descriptors including providing evidence for a history of use going back 30 years.

Request for comments are due 26th March 2013

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