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European General Court has upheld bans on glucose health claims

2016-03-18 15:50

The European General Court decided on health claims such as "glucose contributes to normal energy-yielding metabolism" or "glucose contributes to normal muscle function". Although the claims werde deemed scientifically sound by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) the European Commission banned the claims after controversial discussions among the EU member states. The European General Court has upheld the ban and argued similar to the European Commission. The Court was of the opinion that according to generally accepted principles of nutrition and health the average consumer must reduce its consumption of sugar. The court argued that health claims  highlighting only the benefical effects of glucose are ambiguous and misleading.

The German company Dextro Energy challenged the ban against the European Commision on the grounds that the claims did not infringe generally accepted nutrition and health principles. It claimed the ban was disproportionate.

The compnay can lodge an appeal to the European Court of Justice.

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