Personalised Nutrition: The European Union’s Fragmented Legal Landscape and the Overlooked Implications of EU Food Law
Sabrina Röttger-Wirtz and Alie de Boer (2021)
WorkingOnline Paper No. 2/2021
Personalised nutrition, the tailoring of nutrition products, services or advice to individual characteristics such as genetics, phenotype, nutritional intake and/or exercise routine, is increasingly attracting the interest of industry, consumers and researchers. This working paper provides an overview of the current EU regulatory framework as applying to personalized nutrition, and draws attention to the important role of EU law food in the regulation of this innovative approach to nutrition. It is argued that personalised nutrition challenges the regulatory borderline between health and lifestyle products or services and, furthermore, also pushes the boundaries of current food safety and health claims legislation.