The EU dairy sector represented by EDA (the European Dairy Association) and supported by EWPA (the European Whey Processors Association) has always backed the new rules on slimming foods/total diet replacement (TDR) proposed by the European Commission, in particular by the new recommended minimum protein content of 75 g/day for TDR products.
This protein recommendation reflects the latest science as stated in the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) Scientific Opinion1. Given the EFSA conclusions, EDA and EWPA highlight that a minimum protein content at 75g/day would ensure that TDR products are safe and efficacious for their intended use.
The particular importance of the new Regulation for the dairy sector is that, for the first time, protein quality has been acknowledged in the European Regulation, reflecting the status of the latest nutrition science. In addition, the new Regulation also establishes a strong link between the need for high quality protein diets for weight reduction and control.