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Todt o, Luján JL
Good for your health? An analysis of the requirements for scientific substantiation in European health claims regulation
salud publica mex 2016; 58 (3)

Language: Español
References: 23
Page: 393-398
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Objective. To identify the various types of evidence, as well as their relative importance in European health claims regulation, in order to analyze the consequences for consumer protection of the requirements for scientific substantiation in this regulation. Materials and methods. Qualitative analysis of various documents relevant to the regulatory process, particularly as to the implications of the standards of proof for the functional food market, as well as consumer behavior. Results. European regulation defines a hierarchy of evidence that turns randomized controlled trials into a necessary and sufficient condition for health claim authorizations. Conclusions. Consumer protection can be interpreted in different manners. High standards of proof protect consumers from false information about the health outcomes of functional foods, while lower standards lead to more, albeit less accurate information about such outcomes being available to consumers.

Key words: functional food, methodology, consumer advocacy, government regulation, products publicity control.


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