Netherlands Allows the Use of ‘Probiotic’ on Food and Supplement Labels

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The Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority (NVWA) published the “Nutrition and Health Claims Handbook.” The handbook outlines the differences between nutrition and health claims. It also emphasises the following elements:

• By complying with health claims’ regulations, the term “probiotic” may be used on food and supplement labels in the country until the European Commission (EC) makes a statement about this.
• A pending proposal has been made to the EC to use the word “probiotics” as a generic descriptor.
• Probiotics, prebiotics, and prebiotic fibers are the other examples of health claims that have been listed.

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