Health claims: half of foodstuffs have abnormalities


According to a survey by the Directorate General for Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) published on June 21, 2021, 44% of food products display false health claims.

What is a health claim?

When you buy a food product, you may be drawn to nutritional and health claims. These include statements which enhance foodstuffs such as, for example, sentences such as “fruit juice rich in vitamin C”, “rich in calcium”, “low in sugars”, “good for the heart”, “calcium is necessary for a bones structure normal ”, etc.

They are governed by a regulatory framework and must follow the authorization procedures provided for by the regulation. In France, the file is submitted to the General Directorate for Consumer Affairs and Fraud Control.

False health claims prohibited by law

Problem, almost half of food products have false health claims. This is what reveals a survey of the DGCCRF published on June 21, 2021. Teas, herbal teas, cereals, chocolates and products derived from honey… Almost 300 products have been scrutinized.

As a result, 44% of foodstuffs – 38% sold in stores and 69% sold on the Internet – have anomalies. Therefore, thehe State services have drawn up 60 warnings, 71 injunctions and 17 reports. This means that we are swarmed with food products that carry misleading terms.

Keep your eyes peeled the next time you go shopping and this time around you will see all the nutrition and health claims. If you find one that is not on the authorized list (see the DGCCRF website) you can report it on the website SignalConso.