Updated: 11 Jul 2012

Two of Europe’s largest natural product trade associations have joined forces in a lawsuit that seeks to maintain some semblance of free speech in healthcare beyond the end of 2012. We wish them well. But in the wings, something interesting is stirring in the Netherlands…

A welcome initiative


Health Food Manufacturers’ Association (HFMA) and the Netherlands’Natuur- en Gezondheidsproducten Nederland (NPN), who are trying to block the dreaded ‘Community list’, or European Union (EU) Register, of Article 13 health claims that is mandated by the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (NHCR; No. 1924/2006).

Lest we forget, the EU Register will take a hefty set of jackboots to the concept of free speech in natural healthcare, by banning manufacturers of foods and food ingredients from making any health-related claims about their products unless they’ve been approved by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). For various reasons, EFSA has approved only 222 health claims, with claims for botanicals and probiotics still pending.

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Courtesy of http://anh-europe.org