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Energy restricted diets

From the 20th July 2016 Directive 2009/39/EC (PARNUTs) is repealed by Regulation (EU) No 609/2013 of 12 June 2013 on food intended for infants and young children, food for special medical purposes, and total diet replacement for weight control. See New Rules Update.

EU Legislation

Commission Directive 96/8/EC (OJ L55, 6/03/1996, p22) of 26 February 1996 on foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction.

Amended by

  • Commission Directive 2007/29/EC (OJ L139, p22, 31/05/2007 ) of 30 May 2007 amending Directive 96/8/EC as regards labelling, advertising or presenting foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction

Consolidated version of Commission Directive 96/8/EC  (dated 20th June 2007)

National Legislation

  • European Communities (Foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction) Regulations, 2007 (S.I. No. 784 of 2007)

These regulations give effect to Commission Directive 96/8/EC and Commission Directive 2007/29/EC on foods intended for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction. The Regulations lay down compositional, labelling, advertising and presentation requirements for foods for particular nutritional uses intended for use in energy restricted diets for weight reduction.

For the purposes of the Regulations, foods for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction are divided into two categories:

  • products presented as a replacement for the whole of the daily diet
  • products presented as a replacement for one or more meals of the daily diet

Foods for use in energy-restricted diets for weight reduction may only be marketed if they confirm to the provisions of S.I. No. 784 of 2007

Last reviewed: 20/7/2016

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