1U.O. di Neonatologia e T.I.N. del Policlinico Universitario di Bari
‘Claim’ means any message or representation, which is not mandatory under Community or national legislation, including pictorial, graphic or symbolic representation, in any form, which states, suggests or implies that a food has particular characteristics. Scientific substantiation should be the main aspect to be taken into account for the use of claims. The food business operators using claims should justify them. Experience has shown that it is necessary to adopt measures aimed at guaranteeing that unsafe food is not placed on the market and at ensuring that systems exist to identify and respond to food safety problems. The EFSA (European Food Safety Authority) shall provide scientific advice and scientific and technical support for the Community’s legislation and policies in all fields which have a direct or indirect impact on food and feed safety.