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Food Safety and Functional Foods in the European Union: Obesity as a Paradigmatic Example for Novel Food Development

Andreu Palou, Catalina Picó, M. Luisa Bonet
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1753-4887.2004.tb00089.x S169-S181 First published online: 1 July 2004


Since 1997, the European Union has undergone deep changes in the scientific assessment of food-related problems. Among the immediate challenges in the near future are the scientific and technological developments and regulatory measures for the so-called “functional foods,” which can positively affect the health and well- being of consumers. Obesity, whose genetic and molecular basis are increasingly understood, is now foreseen as one of the key targets for novel functional foods developments, and offers a paradigmatic example of the complexity of a biological system as a target to be controlled.

  • functional foods
  • novel foods
  • food safety
  • obesity
  • European Union

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