REDICLAIM - Understanding the impact of legislation on "reduction of disease risk" claims on food and drinks

Project is co-funded by:                     

Evropska komisija

Project implementers:

  • University of Surrey, UK (project leader: prof. Monique Raats)
  • MAPP – Centre for research on customer relations in the food sector, Aarhus Universitet, Denmark
  • University of Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Nutrition Institute, Slovenia
  • National Institute of Public Health


  • European Commission


  • 2013-2017

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Brief description of the project:

In November 2013, the European project REDICLAIM was launched, a joint project between the University of Ljubljana, the University of Surrey (UK), the Aarhus university (Denmark) and the Institute for Nutrition. The project focused on the health claims on reducing a risk factor in the development of a disease, according to the Article 14 (a) of the Regulation (EC) 1924/2006 and the impact of this regulation on the use of these claims on foods. In addition, research addressed the problems with authorizing risk reduction health claims, existing legislation, the very process of accepting and authorizing new claims, and the economic aspects of health claims. In addition to the evidence-tracking process and the effectiveness of legislative oversight, the objective of the project was also to issue the recommendations for legislators, industry and researchers on how to carry out research and development of new products in this field. The aim of the project was to achieve effective compliance with the legislation and to contribute to the development of innovative, competitive products.


  • KUŠAR, Anita, ŽMITEK, Katja, LÄHTEENMÄKI, Liisa, RAATS, Monique, PRAVST, Igor, ZUPANIČ, Nina (sodelavec pri raziskavi), LAVRIŠA, Živa (sodelavec pri raziskavi), MIKLAVEC, Krista (sodelavec pri raziskavi), KLOPČIČ, Marija (sodelavec pri raziskavi), et al. Comparison of requirements for using health claims on foods in the European Union, the USA, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand. Comprehensive reviews in food science and food safety. 2021, iss. 2, vol. 20, str. 1307-1332. ISSN
  • PRAVST, Igor, KUŠAR, Anita, ŽMITEK, Katja, MIKLAVEC, Krista, LAVRIŠA, Živa, LÄHTEENMÄKI, Liisa, KULIKOVSKAJA, Viktorija, MALCOLM, Rosalind N., HODGKINS, Charo E., RAATS, Monique. Recommendations for successful substantiation of new health claims in the European Union. Trends in food science & technology. [Print ed.]. Jan. 2018, vol. 71, iss. , str. 259-263, ilustr. ISSN 0924-2244.
  • RAATS, Monique, MALCOLM, Rosalind N., LÄHTEENMÄKI, Liisa, PRAVST, Igor, GAGE, Heather, CLEARY, Amanda, KARATZIA, Anastasia, KUŠAR, Anita, YANG, Wei, JACKSON, Daniel L., HODGKINS, Charo E., KLOPČIČ, Marija. Understanding the impact of legislation on ʹreduction of disease riskʹ claims on food and drinks : the REDICLAIM project. Agro food industry hi-tech. 2016, vol. 27, no. 3, str. 30-32. ISSN 1722-6996.
  • RAATS, Monique, MALCOLM, Rosalind N., LÄHTEENMÄKI, Liisa, PRAVST, Igor, GAGE, Heather, CLEARY, A., KLOPČIČ, Marija. Understanding the impact of European Regulation on the substantiation and use of claims on food and drinks : design of the REDICLAIM project and initial results. Nutrition bulletin. 2015, vol. 40, no. 4, str. 340-348. ISSN 1471-9827.

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