22 March 2017

SNE publishes detailed guidance of Meal replacement for weight control

Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE), representing manufacturers of specialised nutrition across Europe, released today a guidance document to provide Food Business Operators with information and clarity about the recent EU regulatory changes for Meal Replacements for Weight Control.

Following the repeal of the former EU legislation governing these products [i] and the entry into force of the new EU rules on Foods for Specific Groups [ii]Meal Replacements for Weight Control are now covered by the general EU food law, and particularly the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.

President of SNE Roger Clarke states: “The guidance document released today provides concrete advice to Food Business Operators on practical aspects of the implementation of the new rules, covering both labelling and composition requirements. We hope that this guidance will allow manufacturers to navigate these changes as smoothly as possible, and help them to continue to provide reliable and safe nutrition for European consumers willing to lose or maintain weight.”

To help Food Business Operators adapt smoothly to the new compositional criteria and labelling requirements, a 3-year transition period was established. Manufacturers therefore have to comply with the new rules by 14 September 2019, although products placed on the market or labelled before this date can still be exhausted.


Notes to editors:

  • Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) is the trade association representing the interests of the specialised nutrition industry across the European Union. SNE members are the national associations of 17 Member States and their members are the companies producing tailor made dietary solutions for populations with very specific nutritional needs including infants and young children, patients under medical supervision, sportspeople, overweight and obese consumers, and those suffering from coeliac disease.
  • For further information, please consult SNE website.

[i]Commission Directive 96/8/EC on foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction

[ii]Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control ('Food for Specific Groups')