Brussels is preparing to clamp down on claims made by processors and manufacturers about the nutritional and health aspects of food. It intends to bring forward new laws to cover nutrition claims, functional claims and health claims. The move follows a year of consultations on the future of EU food and agriculture policy during which EU agriculture and consumer commissioners Franz Fischler and David Byrne consulted consumers, the food chain and scientists. "It was proposed that a more comprehensive approach to legislation on various types of food claims' be adopted," the EC announced. The Commission also intends to legislate on the addition of nutrients to foods and proposes to issue a consultation paper on novel foods and food processes. {{NEWS }}