“Prevents cardiovascular disease”, “increases immune defenses” … You may have already read these messages on food products. They are called “health claims”, and be aware that they are prohibited. But to the extent that the French are more and more aware of the role of food on health, professionals are taking advantage. The DGCCRF, the General Directorate for Consumption and Fraud Control, has looked at these foods that promise great things to consumers. According to the survey conducted by this administration, which Europe 1 reveals to you exclusively on Monday: 44% of the targeted products present an anomaly.
In total, 300 products were verified, mainly teas, herbal teas, breakfast cereals, chocolate and products derived from honey, such as candies for example. Results: 38% of products sold in stores show anomalies. There are 69% anomalies for products sold on the Internet.
Allegations related to the coronavirus epidemic
According to Romain Roussel, chief of staff at the DGCCRF, professionals do not hesitate to surf health news to challenge buyers. “We found, for example, quite surprising claims of the type: ‘this product prevents heart disease. type: ‘allows to fight against Covid-19’ or ‘allows to strengthen its immune defenses against Covid-19’ “, he notes with Europe 1.
You should know that all direct references to a disease are prohibited: such as “reduces eczema” for example. For others, the nuance is more subtle. Thus, the mention “increases the immune system” is prohibited, but the formula “contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system” is authorized. If in doubt, or if you yourself spot a fraud, you can report it on the public service site: SignalConso.
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