European food manufacturers have welcome the European Parliament's backing of the list of approved health claims. 

The European Parliament's Environment Committee today (21 March) rejected an objection tabled against the list of permitted Article 13 health claims.

"Following a lengthy and complex process, this is an important step towards the adoption of 222 scientifically substantiated and permitted Article 13.1 generic health claims on foods as laid down by Regulation 1924/2006 on nutrition and health claims," industry body FoodDrinkEurope said. 

A European-wide list of permitted Article 13.1 health claims list would bring "certainty to the consumer, provide information on the beneficial properties of nutrients in food and help consumers to make informed food choices, contributing to balanced diets and healthier lifestyles", the pan-European indusrty body said. 

However, it added: "In view of future health claim applications, FoodDrinkEurope reiterates its call for improved dialogue and guidance between applicants and the European Food Safety Authority  provide more certainty for food business operators when investing in R&D and innovation to facilitate this further."

Today's vote means that the European Parliament has moved a step further in the lengthy process to pass the register into law.