[10 April/Food Navigator]

Australian researchers are wanting stricter governance over FSANZ’s food-health relationship claims system after discovering that 40.3% of food claims have not been proven with sufficient evidence. Of the 67 food-health benefits reported, 27 were found to be “concerning” to Cancer Council Australia Nutrition Programme manager Wendy Watson. For a claim to be successful it must mention a nutrient and a health benefit linked to it. Since releasing their evidence, Watson says that they have seen a number of claims withdrawn.