Commission Regulation has amended European Regulation 983/2009 on the authorisation and refusal of certain health claims made on food and referring to the reduction of disease risk and to children’s development and health.
One of the amendments is related to conditions of use of the claim for plant sterols, which was approved 21/10/2009.
Products with added free plant sterols or esterified can state on their label: Plant sterols have been shown to lower/reduce blood cholesterol. High cholesterol is a risk factor in the development of coronary heart disease.
Condition of use for this health claim is: Information to the consumer that the beneficial effect is obtained with a daily intake of 1,5-2,4 plant sterols. Reference to the magnitude of the effect may only be made for foods within the following categories: yellow fat spreads, dairy products, mayonnaise and salad dressings. When referring to the magnitude of the effect, the entire range «7 to 10%» and the duration to obtain the effect «in 2 to 3 weeks» must be communicated to the consumer.
Source: Vitae Caps