Latest headlines

European Food Safety Authority rejects caffeine and plant sterol claims

EFSA says less than 75 mg of caffeine is not an alertness aid, and the cholesterol-reduction benefits of plant sterols may not be communicated in food supplements.

February 20, 2014
/ Print / Reprints /
/ Text Size+

Caffeine alertness claim rejected by EFSA

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) issued opinions finding that products with less than 75 mg of caffeine may not bear an increased alertness claim, as most studies found no effect of caffeine doses under 75 mg on various cognitive tasks. EFSA also denied a submission to broaden the sterols-stanols cholesterol lowering claim to include powdered supplements diluted in water at 2 g per day. EFSA found the human intervention studies supplied to support the claim "did not comply with the specifications provided by the applicant for the extension of the conditions of use."

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Food Engineering Magazine.

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Plant of the Year 2014

Blue Diamond Growers was chosen as Food Engineering's 2014 Plant of the Year. The Sacramento-based company is the world’s largest producer of almonds and almond ingredients.


Burns & McDonnell project manager RJ Hope and senior project engineer Justin Hamilton discuss the distinctions between Food Safety and Food Defense as well as the implications for food manufacturers of the Food Safety Modernization Act.
More Podcasts

Food Engineering

Food Engineering December 2014 Cover

2014 December

In the December 2014 issue of Food Engineering read about our Fabulous Food Plant feature on the Chelten House, a new facility in Las Vegas.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

FSMA Audit

What is the is most important step you have taken to become ready for a FSMA audit?
View Results Poll Archive


Food Authentication Using Bioorganic Molecules

This text provides critical tools and data needed to augment routine food analysis and enhance food safety by aiding in the detection of counterfeit, and potentially deleterious, foods.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.


FE recent tweets

facebook_40.pngtwitter_40px.pngyoutube_40px.png linkedin_40px.pngGoogle +

Food Master

Food Master Cover 2014Food Master 2014 is now available!

Where the buying process begins in the food and beverage manufacturing market. 

Visit to learn more.