The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), an agency of the European Union that provides independent scientific advice and communicates on existing and emerging risks associated with the food chain, is seeking feedback on the approach it plans to take for its upcoming assessment of dietary sugars. The aim of the assessment is to establish a cut-off value for intake of “free” sugars that are not associated with adverse health effects. EFSA’s Panel on Dietetic Products, Nutrition, and Allergies (NDA) has drafted a protocol to define the methods for:
- collecting data (i.e. which data to use for the assessment and how to identify and select them);
- appraising the relevant evidence; and
- analyzing and integrating the evidence to draw conclusions that will form the basis of the scientific opinion.