Foods for weight control

  • Foods for weight control are regulated by specific provisions on composition and labelling according to Directive 96/8/EC on foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction. Regulation (EU) N° 609/2013 provides that the current directive will be replaced by a new delegated act : Regulation (EU) 2017/1798 will apply instead of Directive 96/8/EC from 27 October 2022.
  • From July 2016, according to Regulation (EU) N° 609/2013 concerning the revision of PARNUTS legislation, meal replacements for weight control are ordinary foods or fortified foods: the two authorized health claims on meal replacements can continue to be used, the conditions of use of those claims are amended by Regulation (EU) 2016/1413.
  • General food law (food safety, information to consumers, novel foods, nutrition and health claims,…) also applies to foods for weight control.
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