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European Food Safety Authority Confirms Rejection Of Nestlé's Beta-Glucan Health Claim

February 7, 2022: 12:00 AM EST
EFSA has denied Nestlé’s claim that the oat and barley beta-glucan-fortified breakfast cereals, sold by the Cereal Partners Worldwide joint venture, could help reduce blood glucose increases after consuming the meal. The products include Fitness, Cheerios and Cocoa Puffs sold in the EU. Although it is accepted that beta-glucans can reduce the blood glucose response to eating, EFSA said that to obtain the effect claimed, 4g of beta-glucans from oats or barley should be consumed for each 30g of available carbohydrate per meal. Nestlé's application was based on just 1.3g of beta‐glucans per 25g of available carbohydrate, arguing that the cooking process would boost the effect of the beta-glucans. EFSA was asked to review its negative 2021 findings and has upheld that decision. 
Oliver Morrison, "EFSA upholds rejection of Nestlé's beta-glucan health claim for cereals", FoodNavigator.com, February 07, 2022, © William Reed Business Media Ltd
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