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10 years of Functional Foods in Europe.
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PMID:  19685433     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
In 1999, the Scientific Concepts of Functional Foods in Europe: Consensus Document was published. In the last ten years the main emphasis of progress has been in the following areas: Functions of Food: It has become very clear that a large part of the known functions of vegetables, fruits and grains are not only due to the well known vitamins and minerals, but that a large variety of other non-nutritive biologically active compounds in these foods have also specific actions on human health. An increasing number of these food ingredients are now known. Claims relevant to Functional Foods: In a European Commission Concerted Action lead by ILSI Europe, the Assessment of Scientific Support for Claims on Foods (PASSCLAIM) led to criteria to assess the scientific evidence to support claims on foods. The relative strengths and limitations of types of scientific approaches and data that are relevant to different health and disease states as well as providing guidance on the interpretation of the criteria are also described. Legislation: The new European Regulation on Nutrition and Health Claims made on Foods entered into force on January 19, 2007. The regulation sets out conditions for their use, establishes a system for their scientific evaluation, and will create European lists of authorised claims. This process will be the most important development for the acceptance of foods with special functions in Europe.
Paul Walter
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Review    
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal for vitamin and nutrition research. Internationale Zeitschrift für Vitamin- und Ernährungsforschung. Journal international de vitaminologie et de nutrition     Volume:  78     ISSN:  0300-9831     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Vitam Nutr Res     Publication Date:  2008 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2009-08-17     Completed Date:  2009-10-01     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  1273304     Medline TA:  Int J Vitam Nutr Res     Country:  Switzerland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  253-60     Citation Subset:  IM    
University of Basel, Nelkenrain 2, CH-4104 Oberwil, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Diet Therapy*
Evidence-Based Medicine
Food* / history
History, 20th Century
Legislation, Food*
Plant Extracts / therapeutic use
Plants / chemistry*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Plant Extracts

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