National Starch says it will begin working the recent European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) positive health claim opinion for starch replacement into its marketing materials, after more than three years of insecurity about the claim.
“We weren’t over-confident but felt we had done all we could do at the time we submitted the claim,” said Julie Scott, National Starch’s European, Middle East and Asia regulatory manager.
“You have to remember that was 2007 and we had seen a lot of other dossiers get rejected along the way so you never could tell. It’s been a roller coaster.”
Scott said the company was happy with the conditions of the opinion which found resistant starch can reduce post-prandial glycaemic and insulinaemic responses when replacing digestible starches by at least 14%.
“This is a definitely a boost as it gives our customers confidence all around the world as EFSA has such good standing globally,” she said.
EFSA's Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) opinion can be found here.