EU: Brussels rejects Danone baby food claim

By | 11 February 2010

EU scientists dismissed Danones evidence

EU scientists dismissed Danone's evidence

The EU has rejected Danone’s claim that immunofortis, an ingredient added to its baby formula products, strengthens babies' immune systems.

In an opinion published by the European Food Safety Authority yesterday (10 February), a scientific panel concluded that the company had failed to produce sufficient evidence to justify this claim.

The EFSA panel found studies submitted as evidence by Danone had “considerable limitations”, inconsistent results or were conducted on animals and could not be extrapolated to humans.

“The evidence presented in support of a biologically plausible mechanism by which Immunofortis could exert the claimed effect is not convincing," the EFSA panel concluded.

Danone was not immediately available for comment.

Sectors: Baby food, Chilled foods, Health & wellness, NPD & innovation

Companies: Danone

View next/previous articles

Currently reading -

EU: Brussels rejects Danone baby food claim

There are currently no comments on this article

Be the first to comment on this article

Related articles

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

A furore erupted in the UK earlier this week after meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entering the food chain. The news put the Food Standards Agency firmly in the spotlight, with the agency insisting the meat was safe but stating selling it was illegal - a stance the EU described to us as "slightly strict". Meanwhile, Kellogg announced plans to cut the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops cereals in the UK and just-food interviewed Kellogg UK boss Greg Peterson.

In the spotlight: The debate over cloned meat in the UK

The idea of science playing too obvious a role in food tends to leave a bitter taste in most European consumers' mouths.

RUSSIA: Danone, Unimilk merger approved

The Russian government has approved the merger of Danone's fresh dairy business with local firm Unimilk, according to reports.

Welcome to the home of food information, insight & intelligence

Not a member? Join here

Decrease font sizeDecrease font sizeDecrease font size Increase font sizeIncrease font sizeIncrease font size Comment on this article Email this to a friend Print this page