UK Plan To Replace EFSA Post-Brexit Leaves Industry With Unanswered Questions
With the deadline looming for the UK to strike a Brexit agreement, industry groups Food Supplements Europe and CRN UK give their reactions to government plans to create a new Nutrition and Health Claims Committee to take on the role of EFSA in the event of a no deal.
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Ascarit is seeking UK approval for the health claim “clinically proven in assisting healthy blood glucose levels” in the target population of type 2 diabetics for its white mulberry-based dietary supplement. It will be just the second claim assessed by the UK Nutrition and Health Claims Committee which took over the role from EFSA on 1 January 2021 following Brexit.
In preparation for a possible no deal Brexit, the UK government is prioritizing supply from the EU those OTC medicines deemed "important for the management of specific health conditions." The Department of Health and Social Care says it is continuing to work closely with OTC manufacturers and suppliers to prepare for Brexit.
Labelling costs approaching £1.0m, import and export delays, and higher consumer prices are some of the many issues facing the food supplements industry in the event of a no deal Brexit, trade association CRN UK tells HBW Insight.