Legal and Policy Aspects
Functional foods do not have a specific place in food law; consequently there is a great deal of confusion about what they are, could or should be. A common perception is that functional foods are foodstuffs either with one or more specific added ingredients (components), or certain substances of common ingredients (components) removed and which are claimed to have a positive influence on human health or well-being. The term ‘functional foods’ for this group of products is considered to be an unfortunate one since all foodstuffs are or should be functional and a more appropriate term might be helpful. In this chapter a description developed in The Netherlands in 2000 is introduced viz. specific health promoting foods (SHPF).
KeywordsMedicinal Product Food Supplement Functional Food Precautionary Principle European Food Safety Authority
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