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Ten years working with the Health Claims Regulation: What’s on the way out? What’s coming in?

“Novel food”, foodstuffs containing additives, rank among the greatest profit and innovation drivers of the food industry. However, when marketing the additional benefits, strict regulations need to be complied with. The Health Claims Regulation which governs advertising containing health-related statements has now been in force for ten years – and remains the subject of continual debate. On 1 and 2 June 2017, food experts, researchers and legal experts convene in Mainz for the eighth edition of the “Health Claims and Functional Ingredients” symposium, to be staged by Akademie Fresenius.

Speakers from Germany, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Great Britain report on the parameters for success and the obstacles facing advertising food using health and beauty claims. Also on the agenda: The amendment of the “Novel Food Regulation” and the question whether and how the approval process can be made easier and more efficient for the companies involved. 

Nutrigenomics and new ingredients for “cognitive health”

Many more presentations deal with the latest “functional food” product trends – from food aimed at boosting “cognitive health” to findings in the “nutrigenomics” field – the branch of science concerned with researching the interaction of nutrients with the genome. 


  • Christian Ballke, Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte (law firm)
  • Stefanie Bröring, University of Bonn
  • Patrick Coppens, EAS-Strategies
  • Louise Dye, University of Leeds
  • Coleen Forgaty Draper, Nestlé
  • Valeria di Giorgi Gerevini, Ministry of Health (Italy)
  • Sophie Hieke, EUFIC - European Food Information Council
  • Amire Mahmood, Federal Ministry of Health and Women's Affairs (Austria)
  • Andreas Meisterernst, Meisterernst Rechtsanwälte (law firm)
  • Anne-Marie Orth, RDA Scientific Consultants
  • Andreu Palou, University of the Balearic Islands
  • Lea Pollak, Croatian National Institute of Public Health
  • Lu Sang, Arla Foods Ingredients
  • Bruno Scarpa, Ministry of Health (Italy)
  • Sean Strain, Ulster University

Full programme details can be found here!

Dates: 1 and 2 June 2017

Location: Mainz 

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