EFSA NDA Panel (EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies ), 2015. Scientific opinion on vitamin D and contribution to the normal function of the immune system: evaluation of a health claim pursuant to Article14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006

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Abstract

Following an application from Specialised Nutrition Europe (formerly IDACE), submitted for authorisation of a health claim pursuant to Article 14 of Regulation (EC) No 1924/2006 via the Competent Authority of France, the EFSA Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition and Allergies (NDA) was asked to deliver an opinion on the scientific substantiation of a health claim related to vitamin D and its contribution to the normal function of the immune system. The Panel considers that vitamin D is sufficiently characterised. A contribution to the normal function of the immune system is a beneficial physiological effect. The Panel has previously assessed claims on vitamin D and its contribution to the normal function of the immune system with favourable outcomes. The target populations were the general population and children aged 3 to 18 years. The Panel considers that the role of vitamin D in the functioning of the immune system applies to all ages, including infants and young children (from birth to three years of age). The Panel concludes that a cause and effect relationship has been established between the dietary intake of vitamin D and contribution to the normal function of the immune system. The following wording reflects the scientific evidence: ‘Vitamin D contributes to the normal function of the immune system.’ The target population is infants and young children up to three years of age.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationParma, Italy
PublisherEuropen Food Safety Authority
Number of pages9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Seriesthe EFSA Journal
Number4182
Volume13(7)
ISSN1830-5458

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