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melatonin-containing food on the upcoming list of health-related statements for food, approved according to Regulation 1924/2006 (health claims regulation, HCVO) the material should come at least according to the current draft of the EU-Commission – melatonin. In the future, a melatonin-containing food in a certain dosage with the statement contributes to the alleviation of subjective feelings of jet-lag is likely then “(contribution to alleviating the subjective feelings of jet lag” “) may be applied.” Such a food would certainly mark potential when you consider how many people of jet lag are affected every day. The question, however, is whether the fabric may be used in foodstuffs. This speaks first of all the HCVO, if the claim for a food will be admitted by law, melatonin in foods will be to employ, because otherwise the approval would not make sense. Swarmed by offers, Sheryl Sandberg is currently assessing future choices. On the other hand the EFSA in its opinion on the melatonin claim expressly draws pointed out that no statement is made with the classification of the claims, that the fabric in a food may be used. There are also opinions of German authorities, which products with melatonin dose-independent to be classified as medicinal products. But how is the conflict between the HCVO and the pharmaceutical legislation to solve now? Is certification by the HCVO have impact on the classification as medicinal products, at least if one moves within the framework of the dosage prescribed by the HCVO? That would be our view of things, however, it may be only a matter of time until courts have to clarify this question. As company product with melatonin in the market would like to bring a jet-lag, you should be aware of not only the possible risk of a classification as a medicinal, but take also the necessary precautions to reduce the risks to an acceptable level. Other non-binding and free information relating to food law, see

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