The European Commission has requested the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to provide relevant scientific advice for the setting of nutrient profiles.

Article 4 of Regulation 1924/2006 on Nutrition and Health Claims on Foods foresees that the European Commission shall establish (by 19th January, 2009) specific nutrient profiles that foods or
certain groups of foods must respect in order to bear nutrition and health claims. Foods promoted with claims might be perceived by consumers as having a nutritional, physiological or other
health advantage over similar or other products without claims. The use of nutrient profiles aims to avoid a situation where nutrition or health claims could mislead consumers as to the overall
nutritional quality of a food product when trying to make healthy choices in the context of a balanced diet.

In preparing its scientific advice to the Commission, the Panel reviewed a wide range of reports and papers on nutrient profiles and considered views from stakeholders.

In addition to this Opinion, EFSA will continue to assist the European Commission in establishing a nutrient profile scheme, by developing a suitable food composition database and providing
advice on its use in testing any proposed system.

Opinion (PDF)