The EFSA has dismissed health claims related to the consumption of prune juice

The EFSA has dismissed health claims related to the consumption of prune juice

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has dismissed a claim that prune juice can help consumers to maintain healthy bowels.

Following a request from the European Commission, an EFSA panel on dietetic products, nutrition and allergies was asked to provide a scientific opinion on the substantiation of health claims in relation to prune juice and maintenance of normal bowel function.

EFSA ruled yesterday (19 October) that it could not find enough evidence for the claim.

"Three human intervention studies cited used interventions other than prune juice, and the other references provided only general background information and did not provide data that could be used for the scientific substantiation of the claimed effect," the report noted.

The panel concluded that a cause and effect relationship could not been established between the consumption of prune juice and maintenance of normal bowel function.