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Favorable EFSA opinion on a claim related to iodine and children cognitive development

Posted:  Wednesday, January 22, 2014

A claim on iodine and contribution to normal cognitive function has already been assessed with a favourable outcome in the general population. There is a large body of evidence indicating a crucial role for iodine in growth and development, and in preventing iodine deficiency disorders (such as retarded mental and physical development in children and adolescents)

Reference: EFSA-Q-2008-145

Applicant: IDACE

Claim type: Article 14 health claim referring to children’s development and health

Product / Matrix: Iodine

Claim: Iodine contributes to normal cognitive development

Target population: Infants and young children from birth to three years of age

Remarks:

• A claim on iodine and contribution to normal cognitive function has already been assessed with a favourable outcome in the general population

• There is a large body of evidence indicating a crucial role for iodine in growth and development, and in preventing iodine deficiency disorders (such as retarded mental and physical development in children and adolescents)

EFSA opinion: The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of iodine and contribution to normal cognitive development.

Conditions of use: A Tolerable Upper Intake Level for iodine has been established for children, and has been set at 200 µg/day for children of 1-3 years of age.

Furthermore, in order to bear the claim, the Panel considers that:

• Follow-on formulae should comply with the criteria of composition of follow-on formulae as laid down in Directive 2006/141/EC;

• Nutritionally complete foods for special medical purposes intended for use by infants or other targets should comply with the criteria of composition of these foods as laid down in Directive 1999/21/EC;

• Processed cereal-based foods for infants and young children should comply with the criteria of composition of these foods as laid down in Directive 2006/125/EC;

• Other foodstuffs intended for infants and young children should provide at least 15 % of the reference values for nutrition labeling for foods intended for infants and young children as laid down in Directive 2006/141/EC.

EFSA NDA Panel (EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies), 2014. Scientific Opinion on the substantiation of a health claim related to iodine and contribution to normal cognitive development pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006. EFSA Journal 2014;12(1):3517, 10 pp. doi:10.2903/j.efsa.2014.3517

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